The best team of the regular season, the Utah Jazz, defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120 to 113 in Memphis at Monday’s NBA Playoffs, and were one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. After losing in their first home game, the Salt Lake City franchise made it 3–1, returning to its best-of-seven series.
The Jazz victory was again led by playmaker Donovan Mitchell, who finished the fourth of the match with 30 points, eight assists and two steals in 34 minutes. For the Grizzlies, Ja Morant was once again the leader on the court and finished the game with a “double-double” (two points in two fundamentals) of 23 points and 12 assists.
The main difference of the match was the efficiency of the jazz game in the perimeter. While the Grizzlies pitched 10 of 35 (28.6% success rate), the Utah team converted 17 of 35 pitches (48.6%) into those three-point kicks.
The series now returns to Salt Lake City, which hosts Game 5 on Wednesday. The winner of the duel will face the West semi-finals ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks.
Formerly – To survive the first round series, the Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122 to 114 at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC. The United States capital team is still alive, now a total scoreboard with a 3–1 defeat. The next game will be at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this Wednesday.
The game marked another “triple-double” (double digits on three fundamentals) for Russell Westbrook’s career. The point guard had 19 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists. Bradley Beal was the team’s scorer with 27 points. Japanese Rui Hachimura was also highlighted with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Brazilian Raulzinho scored 11 points.
Tobias Harris was the name of the 76ers with 21 goals, in addition to 13 rebounds. Ben Simmons had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The turn of 3 to 0 has never come from 4 to 3 in NBA playoff history, but the fact that Cameroon center Joel Embiid comes out with an injury to his right knee in the first quarter gives a warning sign. There were only 11 minutes on the court. After the fall the player went into the locker room and did not return. He scored eight points and six rebounds.