Utah, the Lakers and Philadelphia all lost Saturday night in the NBA, while the New York Knicks continued their streak by signing a ninth victory in a row against the Raptors (120-103).
For the leader of the Western Conference, the defeat is particularly unexpected: the Jazz, certainly without Donovan Mitchell, cracked against Minnesota, fourteenth and already eliminated from the race for the play-offs (101-96).
On the Utah side, which is the fourth loss at home since the start of the season.
Rudy Gobert took 17 rebounds and scored nine points.
Less surprising, the defeat of Philadelphia against Milwaukee (132-94) is however much more worrying for the second in the Eastern Conference, which fails to join the leader Brooklyn in the standings and records a fourth straight loss.
The Pennsylvania franchise is clearly suffering from Ben Simmons' medical absence for four games now.
In pursuit of Abdul-Jabbar
Saturday in Wisconsin, the Sixers also had to evolve without Joel Embiid, touched to a shoulder.
None of the Sixers, orphans of their two pillars, managed to exceed the fifteen points.
What let all the light to Giannis Antetokounmpo (24 pts, 14 rebounds, 7 assists): the "Greek Freak" has become the second most prolific player in the history of the Bucks with 12,023 points.
The 26-year-old double MVP (best player) of the NBA overtook Glenn Robinson (12,010 points) on Saturday and moved closer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14,211).
"It's a magnificent reward", welcomed Antetokounmpo.
But “it's a marathon, not a sprint, I have to keep working hard,” he added.
The remark is also valid for the defending champions: the Lakers were corrected (108-93) by Dallas, a third defeat in a row which places them under the threat of their executioner, sixth in the West with two victories less than the Lakers.
Unheard of in eight years for the Knicks
Fourth in the East, the Knicks confirmed their sparkling form on Saturday by winning a ninth straight game at home against Toronto (120-103).
This is their best streak of victories since the 2012-2013 season, during which they had lined up thirteen successes.
The day after Brooklyn took power in the standings, the other franchise in New York was once again able to count on Julius Randle (31 pts, 10 rebounds), but also on RJ Barrett (25 pts, 12 rebounds) or Derrick Rose (19 pts, 7 assists).
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