Brooklyn rediscovers Harden and Aldridge, Jokic destroys Doncic

Barba plays his best game of the year and helps the Nets beat Indiana. In Denver the Nuggets of the Serbian asphalt the Mavs of the Slovenian

Davide Chinellato


MVPs shine in the highlights of the NBA night. Brooklyn enjoys the best James Harden of the season in winning over Indiana. Nikola Jokic, the current mvp, drags Denver to a sensational victory over the Mavs of aspiring mvp Luka Doncic.

Brooklyn Nets-Indiana Pacers 105-98

The Beard is the infallible man from the average. James Harden and LaMarcus Aldridge are Brooklyn’s heroes in the home win over Indiana, far more combative than his record (1 win-5 losses) would suggest. Harden, however still far from top form, closes his best game of the season with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, a booty built also thanks to the 16/19 from the line: in the first 5 races of the season he had only shot 15 times with the time trial stopped. in all. “It’s a matter of aggression – he says at the end of the match -: I hadn’t been aggressive enough in previous games, but here I succeeded. Every match for me must be an improvement. I am continuing to work off the pitch and in the match I try to be aggressive and take my shots because I know that soon I will be myself again ”.

Aldridge, on the other hand, has never stopped being himself: decisive in the final with 21 points and 8 rebounds, the second overall choice in the 2006 Draft becomes the 48th player ever to break through the 20,000-point barrier in his career. “It is an honor, especially after the crazy last season and the long road I had to face to get back,” he says. Brooklyn (3-3) won thanks to them and Kevin Durant 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, but pardoned by the referees who did not throw him out when he threw a ball into the stands 4’40 “from the end of the third quarter (” He would he had to be expelled ”admitted chief referee Sean Wright). The defense that limited Indiana to 60 points after the 38 conceded in the first quarter also did well and seems to be in progress. Turnouts (18 in total) remain the main flaw to be corrected. Indiana is on the third knockout in a row: coach Carlisle did not have Malcolm Brogdon, in addition to long-term residents Caris LeVert and TJ Warren, but he caught the wildcard Torrey Craig, the best with 28 points and 11 rebounds from the bench: Still good in attack Chris Duarte ( 19 points for the best rookie of this first part of the season), Domantas Sabonis did a lot (16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), but nothing sensational. The Pacers have too many injuries to understand if their defects are structural or momentary, but for now they run in circles.


Indiana escapes at 46-30 at 9’16 “from the break thanks to the unleashed Craig, but Brooklyn finds a way to seal the host attack and with 13 points in Harden’s period goes to the break ahead 58-55. The Nets try to escape in the third period, with Aldridge pushing them up to 83-69 at 1’54 ”from the siren when he joins the 20,000 points club. Indiana starts the last quarter under 85-74, but finds a way to return to 90-90 with Sabonis 5’15 ”from the end. And then it gets stuck again, with the Nets who, thanks to Aldridge and Harden’s free riders, find a way to get a good escape.

Brooklyn: Harden 29 (2/5 of two, 3/6 of three, 16/19 free throws), Durant 22, Aldridge 21. Rebounds: Durant 11. Assists: Harden 8.

Indiana: Craig 28 (5/9, 4/7 6/8 tl), Duarte 19, Sabonis 16. Rimbalzi: Craig 11. Assist: Sabonis 6.

Denver Nuggets-Dallas Mavericks 106-75

It was to be the battle between the incumbent MVP and the aspiring heir to the throne. Instead, it turns into a solo, that of Denver (3-2) that overwhelms Dallas (3-2) at home and returns to win after two defeats. Thanks to a splendid team performance orchestrated by Nikola Jokic, which shows why he is the current MVP with a show of 11 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in 25 ‘. The Serbian is a center but carries the ball like a play and makes a team in which everyone knows what to do and that closes the practice with a maxi run of 33-9 in the third period. In addition to Jokic, Aaron Gordon (13 points and 5 rebounds), Will Barton (17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists) and the defense of the Nuggets shine, who in the first three quarters clears the Mavs keeping them at 29.5% shooting, even at 3 / 16 in the third period. Dallas, for the second game in a row without Kristaps Porzingis, is too bad to be true and not even his aspiring mvp, Luka Doncic, is saved from general disaster. The Slovenian closes with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists: he is still the least worst of his, but he never manages to bite except for a few flashes of class at the beginning of the game. Dallas was in the second game in 24 hours: the attack was disastrous, unable to find an alternative to Doncic and the three-point shot (7/29 from the arc in the first three quarters), the defense a sieve punched at will by the Nuggets. To be among the best in the conference you need much more.


Denver escapes at 27-15 at 90 ”from the first siren, but Dallas returns to the game and even overtakes at 30-29 with a dunk from Cauley-Stein. The Nuggets try to leave again (54-37), but the Mavs mend, reach the break under 54-44 and put the first basket of the second half. Jokic commits two venial fouls in the first minute of the third period, but coach Malone leaves him on the pitch despite being already at four: it is the decisive move, because orchestrated by the MVP the Nuggets become irresistible and humiliate Dallas. Denver: Barton 17 (5/6, 2/6, 1/1 tl), Je. Green 14, Gordon 13. Rimbalzi: Jokic 16. Assist: Jokic 8

Dallas: Doncic 16 (4/14, 1/4, 5/5 tl), Burke 11, Powell 8. Rimbalzi: Green 7. Assist: Doncic 4.

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Brooklyn rediscovers Harden and Aldridge, Jokic destroys Doncic

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