Updates: 05.01.2022 08:18
New York – Phoenix basketball players won the NBA on board New Orleans 123: 110 and as the second team of the Western Conference and the entire league, they confirmed the assumptions. On the other hand, the Pelicans, who again missed the Czech representative Tomáš Satoranský due to the coronavirus quarantine, are penultimate in the conference. LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers to a turn and a home victory over Sacramento 122: 114 in the final quarter.
Phoenix showed from the start who’s the favorite. The Suns scored 42 points in the first quarter and built up a double-digit lead. Gradually, the home team got into the game and in the last quarter they even withdrew the loss to only two points, but the opponent quickly bounced again, thanks to the unexpected hero. Pivot Bismack Biyombo signed a ten-day deal in Phoenix a few days ago to replace the quarantined pivots, scoring eight of his 16 points in Tuesday’s final, adding two assists.
But Phoenix’s top scorer was Devin Booker with 33 points, Chris Paul scored 11 points and 15 assists. The Pelicans were pulled by Jonas Valančiunas with 25 points and 16 rebounds and Devonte Graham with 28 points. “The key was Chris Paul, who recorded the whole game well and had five assists in the last five minutes. He had the look in his eyes that said, ‘Just let me create,'” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said.
The California derby between the Lakers and Sacramento was very even. Neither team moved more than eight points and the lead changed twenty-three times. The introduction belonged to Sacramento, the second quarter of the Lakers, but in the second half the visiting Kings had a long time on top, leading by seven points in the last quarter. But then James scored 14 of his 31 points and two assists in the last eight minutes. Malik Monk scored another 11 points in the last quarter. The Lakers have won for the second time in a row, keeping in touch with the top six in seventh place in the Western Conference. Sacramento is tenth.
Memphis confirmed his good form, winning 110: 106 in Cleveland, scoring his sixth consecutive victory and confirming fourth place in the Western Conference. Ja Morant shone again, scoring six of his 26 points in the last half minute, including the key basket, 22 seconds before the end of the Grizzlies.
Results of Tuesday’s NBA matches:
Cleveland – Memphis 106:110, LA Lakers – Sacramento 122:114, New Orleans – Phoenix 110:123, New York – Indiana 104:94, Toronto – San Antonio 129:104.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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