The nightmare of Harden in Utah finishes in happy end for the Rockets

In a horrible game, without aim, James Harden gives him to score 22 points (and 10 assists), although 14 of them were from the free throw line. And it was horrible because


In a horrible game, without aim, James Harden gives him to score 22 points (and 10 assists), although 14 of them were from the free throw line. And it was horrible because he missed 17 of his 20 field goals. Also his first 15 attempts. But he showed up in the fourth quarter and Houston won by 101-104 in Utah. The Rockets are one step away from making a rosco to the Jazz.

During the first three quarters, Harden could not overcome the Jazz defense. However, he came up with 14 goals in the fourth period, which made the difference. The Rockets star scored two free throws with 42.4 seconds to go before the end of regulation time that gave the 97-101 partial advantage, which would be decisive.

Neither the Spanish base Ricky Rubio could win the individual duel to Chris Paul (18 points), when finishing the match with 10 points in the 31 minutes he played. The El Masnou player scored 3 of 6 field goals, missed the two triple attempts he made, and hit 4 of 6 from the personnel line.

The Rockets, who last season eliminated the Jazz in the semifinals by 4-1, will have the opportunity to do it again and this time with a sweep, if on Monday they achieve again the victory in the fourth game of the series that they will compete on the same stage as the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Mirotic joins the Bucks party

Forward Khris Middleton added 20 points with nine rebounds and led the Bucks' attack, which they won with ease at home by 103-119 to the Pistons in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoff round.

This time the Bucks played their best team basketball without needing a great performance from the Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo , who finished with a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, recovered a ball and lost four.

The Bucks star, and candidate for MVP in the league, had problems with the personal and lost the individual duel with power forward Blake Griffin , who returned as the owner of the Pistons after losing both First matches due to injury to the right knee. Griffin was the leader of the Pistons to get 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists that also avoided the defeat of the Pistons, who finished eighth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season and the Bucks, first and best brand in the league.

Nikola Mirotic played 14 minutes as reserve and contributed 12 points and captured a defensive rebound. The former Real Madrid player scored 3 of 5 field goals, which were all triple attempts, and he hit 3-3 from the personnel line.

The game was the first of the final phase in the history of Little Caesars Arena, the new field of the Pistons, which missed the playoffs of the 2017-18 season, and the Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Ice (NHL), which did not play in the previous season and neither in the present.

The last NBA playoff game in the city of Detroit was on April 27, 1985, when the Pistons lost 123-127 to the Knicks, at Joe Louis Arena, after the roof of the Pontiac Silverdome was damaged. the official field of the Detroit team.

The Nuggets regain the advantage

The combination of Serbian center Nikola Jokic, with double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds and the 24 goals of Canadian Jamal Murray allowed the Nuggets to beat the Spurs 103-117 in the first round match of the Western Conference playoffs .

The Nuggets concluded the game with 15 3-pointers from 31 attempts and the victory they won at the AT & T Center in San Antonio was the first playoff since April 22, 2007.

Embiid decides and provokes a collective fight

Cameroonian center Joel Embiid returned as the owner of the Sixers and became the great protagonist of the fourth game of the playoff round of the first round of the Eastern Conference that won at home by 112-108 to the Nets.

Embiid did everything on the track at the Barclays Center, where he contributed a double-double of 31 points with 16 rebounds, gave the key assist that allowed teammate power forward Mike Scott to score the three pointer that put the Sixers ahead the score with 18 seconds remaining and caused a collective fight that ended with the expulsions of Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley .

The fifth game will be played next Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and the Sixers will have the opportunity to get the pass to the semifinals for the second consecutive season.

With 7:46 minutes left of the third period, Embiid blatantly fouled Nets center Jarrett Allen, and Dudley went to push him and blame him for the action, prompting Butle to assault the Nets' player. and both went to the floor among the spectators along with Australian baseman Ben Simmons.

In the end, after putting the situation under control, the referees decided the expulsion of Dudley and Butler, with double techniques and the blatant lack of Embiid, who continued as leader in the game and the Sixers ended up dominating the rest by 41-51.

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