Updates: 14.01.2021 08:50
New York – The Los Angeles Lakers have clearly won 128:99 in Oklahoma City and have won the NBA for the eighth time in their last nine games. LeBron James, who scored 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and substitute Montrezl Harrell with 21 points contributed the most. Dallas defeated Charlotte 104: 93 in the triumphant return of Latvian under-basketball player Kristaps Porzingis.
The Lakers have a 100% balance on their opponents’ pitches and broke the club record with their seventh outdoor win at the start of the season. “We only take care of ourselves outside. All the restrictions, covid and other things, have brought us even closer,” James said. The reigning champions shot the threes with a success rate of 46 percent and with a balance of 10-3 leading the Western Conference. Thunder are ninth.
Dallas dragged Charlotte Luka Dončič into the hall again. The Slovenian young man had 34 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. In addition to Tim Hardaway with 18 points, the Mavericks could also lean on Porzingis, who started for the first time after a protracted knee injury. The Latvian national team played for 21 minutes and scored 16 points.
“If we have both, it completely changes the situation,” revealed coach Rick Carlisle after becoming the 16th coach in history to reach 800 goals. “Kristaps is a fantastic player. He still has to get into the rhythm, but it was great for the first duel,” Dončič praised.
Milwaukee defeated Detroit for the third time in January, this time 110: 101. The team from Wisconsin could again rely on the double most useful player of the league, Janis Adetokunbo, who recorded a triple double for 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 passes.
The Bucks built up a decisive lead in the first part, which they controlled 27:13. In the second, they led until 52:29, when they had more threes (11) than the opponent of converted shots from the field (9). “We are trying to build a game of shooting. It wants to record the ball well and especially to hit,” said coach Mike Budenholzer.
Brooklyn, who was shaken by the exchange of four clubs at night, led by gunner James Harden, defeated the New York derby and the weakened 116: 109 line-up. For personal reasons, he again missed Kyrie Irving, as well as Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen, who, like Harden, changed jerseys.
The Nets team was pulled by Kevin Durant with 26 points and his six teammates reached the double digits. 30 points and seven rebounds of Julius Randl’s pivot were not enough for the Knicks. Portland led to a 132: 126 victory in Sacramento by Damian Lillard, who shone with 40 points and 13 assists. CJ McCollum added 28 points, both hitting six threes. The Clippers also succeeded, beating New Orleans 111: 108 thanks to 28 points by Kawhi Leonard.
Three matches Washington – Utah, Boston – Orlando and Phoenix Atlanta had to be postponed due to coronavirus, the duels Washington – Detroit and Golden State – Phoenix will not be played on Friday. Some clubs do not have enough players due to quarantines.
Charlotte – Dallas 93:104, Detroit – Milwaukee 101:110, LA Clippers – New Orleans 111:106, Minnesota – Memphis 107:118, New York – Brooklyn 109:116, Oklahoma City – LA Lakers 99:128, Sacramento – Portland 126:132.
The Boston-Orlando, Phoenix-Atlanta and Washington-Utah matches were postponed.
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