For his return, Joel Embiid was immediately thrown into the deep end. The match that night between his team and that of Wolves was indeed a real thriller. Behind 20 points at the start of the third quarter, the Sixers managed to come back. For that, the men of Doc Rivers were able to say thank you to the trio Tobias Harris / Joel Embiid / Tyrese Maxey, author of 42 of the 59 points of the Sixers over the period. As in addition Karl-Anthony Towns, very good so far (28 points and 10 rebounds) suffered from his sixth fault at the end of regular time, everyone said to themselves after the tap of Andre Drummond to snatch the extension that the Sixers were going to win. But D’Angelo Russell was on the lookout. The point guard, author of 35 points in total, compiled 12, in addition to two assists in the two extensions. If we add the fourth quarter, that’s 27 of his 35 points. And in addition, he was also effective in defense, since he was the one who made the very last interception on Maxey, 10 seconds from time and with the Sixers leading by two points, to send Taurean Prince to the double, and win the game. Despite the enormous performance of Embiid, author of 42 points and 14 rebounds.

Since the start of the season, defenses have tightened in the NBA. Except that the Hornets and the Rockets obviously did not have the memo last night: the two teams were clearly in open house operation. At the end of regulation time, the score was 135 everywhere. Which means that we end up with a lot of players who have scored cards: 21 points for Gordon Hayward, 22 for Miles Bridges, 31 for Terry Rozier, 19 for LaMelo Ball (in addition to 11 rebounds and 13 assists ), 13 for PJ Washington (and he was the one who won overtime with a tap on a failed three-point LaMelo Ball 5 seconds from the end) or 23 for Kelly Oubre Jr. Et ca, ce n is that for the Hornets. Among their opponents, the MVP is called Christian Wood. Author of 33 points and 16 rebounds, the interior launched his team perfectly in overtime, which allowed them to lead them to victory.

In this close match from start to finish, the Heat ended up winning. And they can thank a rather unlikely hero: Gabe Vincent. The leader completely caught fire in the last quarter, returning four of his six three-point attempts, plus four free throws, including two at 7 seconds from the end to kill the match (he finished with 20 points in total) . Faced with these blows, the performance of DeMar DeRozan (28 points) or Alex Caruso (22 points), were not enough.

– With seven players over ten points and three over 20, the collective strength of the Jazz hurt the helpless Pelicans. Final score: 127 to 105.

– Kemba Walker injured, Tom Thibodeau made the choice to start Alec Burks in post 1. A profitable idea, since his duet with Evan Fournier hurt the Hawks (43 points in aggregate) and allowed the Knicks to win despite the perfs of Trae Young (33 points and 7 assists) and Clint Capela (16 points and 21 rebounds). Final score: 99 to 90.

– Big game of Darius Garland (26 points and 11 assists), and the Cavs easily have the Magic (105 to 92).

– The duo Kyle Kuzma / Bradley Beal (48 points to two), made the Mavs fold. However, Luka Doncic was in good shape (33 points and 10 assists) but the lack of defense was expensive (120 to 14).

– Kevin Durant was huge last night against the Suns (39 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists) but he was too lonely. James Harden, despite his triple double, did not have much impact (12, 13 and 14 but 4/15 on shots).