Aaron Gordon signed a mate this Sunday for the history of Christmas days in the NBA in the victory of the Denver Nuggets against the Phoenix Suns, in a program in which the Slovenian Luka Doncic, dominant against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jayson Tatum, with 41 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, and Cameroonian Joel Embiid, with 35 points against the Knicks, gave spectacular performances.
Jokic achieved the triple double number 83 of his career and his Nuggets reached the sole lead in the West (21-11) at the cost of some Suns in which Shamet signed 31 points, with seven triples, without a prize. Devin Booker retired after just four minutes (two points) on the track due to a relapse of his pubic injury and set off alarm bells for the Suns.
On a day when the Mavericks honored their brightest legend, Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, Doncic became the first player from the Texan franchise to score 32 points on Christmas Day. With a third period of 51 points, Jason Kidd’s team, eighth (18-16), added its third consecutive victory, at the cost of some Lakers who fell for the fifth game in a row and remained thirteenth (13-20).
The Golden State Warriors showed their faces and, after the two humiliations suffered against the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, they beat the Memphis Grizzlies at home thanks to Jordan Poole’s 32 points, on a night marked by up to five technical fouls called on the NBA champions.
Thompson contributed 24 points and Draymond Green, who was also accused of a technique, excelled with a double double of thirteen rebounds and thirteen assists, to which he added three points, the result of a triple.
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