The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz once again demonstrated their superiority by achieving two wins on a Saturday NBA game that also left the first triumph of the Brooklyn Nets with the “Big 3”, a new mark by Stephen Curry and another triumph of Denver Nuggets with irrepressible Nikola Jokic and with Facundo Campazzo who continues to add filming.
The Lakers arrived at the United Center in Chicago and had pivot Anthony Davis as the leader, with 37 points, which led them to victory (90-101) against the Bulls. The defending NBA champions improved to 9-0 on the road and a league-best 13-4 aggregate mark after winning their eighth straight game against Chicago.
Davis scored his highest score this season against his hometown team. The seven-time Lakers All-Star had reached 26 points at halftime. In turn, forward LeBron James had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds that also made him the protagonist of the victory.
Anthony Davis tries the rim against Thaddeus Young’s brand. Photo: EFE
The overwhelming game of the Jazz continued one more day with guard Donovan Mitchell who contributed 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the game they won 127-108 over the Golden State Warriors. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Jazz (12-4), allowing them to stand out as leaders in the Northwest Division and share second place in the Western Conference.
Curry couldn’t prevent the Warriors’ loss, but he set another new individual record by hitting five 3-pointers that allowed him to reach 2,562 as a professional and outnumber Reggie Miller (2,560) on the all-time list. Now only Ray Allen is ahead of Curry with the NBA’s best record of 2,973 3-pointers made during his professional career.
Stephen Curry is now going for Ray Allen’s mark to be the greatest 3-pointer in history. Photo: AP
Forward Kevin Durant led the Brooklyn Nets attack with 31 points, which they had to overcome to win 128-124 over the decimated Miami Heat that featured center Bam Adebayo with 41 points.
Point guard Kyrie Irving added 28 points and guard James Harden a double-double of 12 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds to complete the work of the new “Big 3” of the NBA who won their first game together after losing. against Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cameroonian center Joel Embiid posted a 33-point double-double, including two free throws with 7s2 to go, and 14 rebounds for the Philadelphia Sixers to beat the Detroit Pistons 110-114 on the road. Embiid was coming off amassing 80 points in his two previous games, both wins over Boston. With their victory, the third in a row, the Sixers (12-5) remain at the top of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with the fourth best record in the league.
Joel Embiid (21) is the leader of the Sixers, the best in the East. Photo: Reuters
Guard Eric Gordon and center DeMarcus Cousins combined for 61 points to help the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-133 on the road for the second straight win.
Gordon became the Rockets’ top scorer (6-9) by scoring 33 points – the season’s best mark – including six of nine triples, with three rebounds and two assists.
Cousins benefited from the absence of Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis – a break from being a game on consecutive nights – and was always in control of the actions within the paint. This is how he achieved his best individual performance since joining the Rockets this season with 28 points, 17 rebounds and five assists.
Slovenian guard Luka Doncic scored 26 points while sitting for the entire fourth quarter after the game was out of reach of the Mavericks (8-8), who lost Game 3 on their field at the American Airlines Center, where they are 2-3.
Unstoppable Jokic: 29 points and 22 rebounds for an impressive double-double. Photo: AFP
Serbian center Nikola Jokic was once again dominant, contributing a double-double of 29 points, 22 rebounds and six assists that helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 112-120 on the road in a game of consecutive nights that they had to define also in the extension.
It was the second night in a row that the teams played overtime times. The Nuggets (9-7) won 126-130 in Friday’s game, after recovering from a 14-point deficit. Argentine Facundo Campazzo played 15 minutes with the Nuggets and contributed three points after scoring a triple of three attempts with two assists and two personal fouls.
Center Naz Reid had 20 points and led the Minnesota Timberwolves to 120-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, in a duel of losing teams. With the victory Minnesota broke a streak of four consecutive losses.