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Miami (AFP) – The inspiring Miami Heat lost Wednesday in the NBA for the second consecutive game, this time against the Golden State Warriors by a score of 118-104, while the Brooklyn Nets missed the excellent performances of stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The Miami quintet was penalized by Jordan Paul, who topped by 30 points and nine assists, the best mark of his career.
Basketball players Damion Lee, Jonathan Cominga and Andrew Wiggins added 22 points each for the Warriors, who also had 11 points from second Gary Payton and 16 rebounds from Kevin Looney.
For the Heat, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, quarterback Pam Adebayo had 25, star Jimmy Butler 20 points and Duncan Robinson 13 points.
Miami advanced into the fourth quarter, but after the game faltered thanks to a 37-24 stretch loss, the Heat also saw their Eastern Conference lead shrink to a game-and-a-half over the champions Milwaukee Bucks and Boston. Celtics.
Miami played without Tyler Hero, who spent the night with a sprained left knee, and Gabe Vincent with bruising to his toe.
The Warriors were without star Stephen Curry with a left foot sprain and veteran Andre Iguodala with a stiff back, while Draymond Green, Otto Porter Jr. and Clay Thompson were all taking the night off due to injuries.
Irving and Durant without support
In Memphis, the Brooklyn Nets did not gain 43 points for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant 35 and 11 rebounds and lost to the Memphis Grizzlies by 132-120.
And net kicker was Desmond Bain, who finished the match with 23 points but nine of them in a crucial fourth quarter, which the locals won 29-16, a decisive advantage for the victory.
Still banned from home games due to a New York City vaccine mandate, Irving was on the field for the first time since scoring 60 points eight days ago to beat Orlando.
But that arrangement for Irving, who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, is coming to an end. New York City Mayor Eric Adams is ready to lift the mandate for athletes and artists.
This time, Memphis was the home team with the fewest players, with top scorer Ja Morant missing due to an infection in the right knee. But they still had enough of an insult thanks to the backing of De’Anthony Melton, who equaled Bane’s 23 points, and Dillon Brooks, who finished 21 plates.
The Grizzlies have won six of the last seven encounters and are second in the Western Conference.
The Grizzlies led 76-62 in the first half and by 15 points early in the third quarter, Brooklyn finally succumbed to conceding a loss.
Memphis is the only team that has not defeated the Nets this season.
Wednesday’s NBA results:
From Detroit to Atlanta 122-101
Sacramento to Indiana 110-109
New York Knicks in Charlotte 121-106
Boston beats Utah 125-97
Golden State to Miami 118-104
Memphis to Brooklyn 132-120
Phoenix beat Minnesota 125-116
Oklahoma City to Orlando 118-102
From Dallas to Houston 110-91
San Antonio in Portland 133-96
Philadelphia to Los Angeles Lakers 126-121
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