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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Clippers Eric Bledsoe # 12 will face Denver Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo # 7 in the third quarter at Crypto.com Arena on December 26, 2021. — AFP

Los Angeles: Denver and his NBA Most Valuable Nikola Jokić stopped the rally of the fierce Clippers with a 103-100 victory in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Nuggets were nine behind, with a 17-point third-quarter lead evaporating, leaving 9:04 and rallying for a few wins. Jokić scored 26 points and lowered the Nuggets’ 22 rebounds. Will Barton added 17, and Austin Rivers and Monte Morris each scored 12 points as they avoided a collapse that wasted a 19-point lead after losing to Charlotte on Thursday.

Luke Kennard ejected 3 pointers with 19 seconds remaining and pulled the Clippers within 1 with 101-100. However, Jokić was fouled in inbound play and made two free throws to push Denver’s lead to three, and Brandon Boston’s three-point attempt at the Los Angeles buzzer did not fail. Boston and Eric Bledsoe led Los Angeles with 18 points each. Ivica Zubac has scored 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who had been playing their first match since Paul George announced that he would be absent for at least three weeks after tearing his right elbow ligament.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler recovered from eight games of injury and double-doubled with a 93-83 victory over Orlando Magic in the Miami Heat. Butler, who was pushed aside by a bruise on his coccyx, scored 17 points, reduced 11 rebounds, assisted 4 times, and stealed 3 times. It’s never been so timely after Miami guard Kyle Lowry took part in a parade of NBA players who were hit by COVID-19 concerns on Saturday.

There were also no regular starters BAM Adebayo and PJ Tucker in Miami. Orlando was even shorter and connected with only 37.8% of the shots from the field, but the team reached half-time with Miami holding a slim lead of 42-39. Six three pointers helped pull the heat apart in the third quarter of 30 points. They led as many as 18 people in the fourth phase.

Dealing with inevitable injuries has become more of a problem for all teams in the wave of coronavirus cases in the league, which reflects the rise of Omicron variants in the United States. Magic had six players on the league’s COVID protocol on Sunday and another player was allowed to return, but is still absent due to conditioning issues. The other six players were injured. “You’re expecting something unexpected,” said Magic coach Jamal Mosley.

In the Cleveland, the Cavaliers defeated Toronto 144-99 in their first Raptors match since December 18. The Raptors have postponed three of the last four games due to a lack of available players. Four signed under the rules of normal contract and league hardship. Toronto coach Nick Nurse said before the match, “I haven’t done anything since the last match.” Kevin Love and Darius Garland set the club’s record at 46 points in the third quarter, scoring 22 points each at the Cavaliers.

Ravine lifts the Bulls

In Chicago, the Bulls were backed by Zach LaVine’s return from the COVID protocol with a 113-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Ravine scored 32 points and DeMar DeRozan added 24 to Chicago. Chicago has led most of the way to three consecutive victories. Ravien, who hasn’t played since December 11, admitted that he was dissatisfied with being excluded due to COVID concerns.

“But that’s the world we live in right now,” he said. “I’m not a poor thinker because everyone in the league and the world is dealing with it now.” Joel Embiid of Philadelphia scored 36 points and Bradley, the top scorer for COVID. It was another biased case in Washington with 13 rebounds in the 76ers’ 117-96 victory over the Wizard without Beal. Memphis Grizzlies, who lost Dillon Brooks and two other players due to COVID concerns on Sunday morning, made a slow start against Kings of Sacramento and won 127-102. — AFP

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