Basketball – NBA – Oklahoma City stifled Utah Jazz

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Thanks to a defense in point, the Oklahoma City Thunder, of which it was the first game, corrected the Utah Jazz (110-94). Miami offered Denver (125-105). One hundred and forty-two days after their match canceled at the last minute by Rudy Gobert’s positive Covid-19 control, Oklahoma City and Utah found themselves on the floor this Saturday in Orlando. It was the Thunder’s entry into contention as Jazz had already played and won Thursday against New Orleans. On the field, however, it seemed that it was Utah who lacked rhythm. Throughout the first half, Gobert and his teammates were never able to get out of the excellent opposing defensive pressure. The final score (110-94) is also rather flattering for them since they were up to 29 points behind (78-49, 29th). read also The resultsRankings Nerlens Noel was distinguished by a good activity, rewarded by four blocks (plus 13 points). Chris Paul (18 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (18 points, 6 assists, 3 steals) played a key role in the Thunder’s stranglehold, not to mention the double-double from Steve Adams ( 16 points, 11 rebounds). Blocked at 25% of three-point address (8 of 31), the Jazz experienced a collective failure since no player has exceeded the 13 points scored (Mitchell’s total, but 5 of 15 shooting). Gobert has compiled 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Utah will try to bounce back in two days against the Los Angeles Lakers, leaders of the Western Conference. Earlier in the day, the Miami Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets (125-105) deprived of Jamal Murray. The difference was made in the third quarter when the Heat exploded offensively (38-22) under the leadership of Bam Adebayo, Jae Crowder (who scored all of his points for the match in this period) and Jimmy Butler. The Heat star, who scored 22 points and delivered 7 assists, was at the center of an unprecedented scene before the match. As announced, Butler arrived in a shirt with no sign-up (be it the ones offered by the social justice-themed league or his name) but the referees told him that was against the rules and that ‘he had to put on a jersey with his name on it. “I decided to change because I told myself that my teammates would probably need me”Butler said, quite annoyed by the league’s decision. On the Denver side, a few days after sharing conspiracy theories on the coronavirus, Michael Porter Jr missed the opportunity to win while he was established. He finished with only a 4 of 11 shooting (11 points) and three balls lost in 23 minutes.

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