The Los Angeles Clippers Triumphal March It was expanded by winning the seventh consecutive game that allows it to share the best record in the league with its neighbors in the Lakers at the end of the NBA Sunday, which also left the victories of the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Forward Kawhi Leonard approached the triple-double and the Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100, allowing them Go 13-4, the best in the Western Conference and in the league, which they share with the Lakers, who rested.
Leonard got 34 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Clippers’ leading scorer and the key player throughout the game played at the Staples Center.
With star forward Paul George without his best shooting inspiration and physical issues, Spanish Congolese center Serge Ibaka emerged as another key player in the triumph of the Clippers by contributing 17 points against his former team.
The guard Jaylen Brown vindicated himself with his Celtics team as winners by giving an entire scoring display against the Cleveland Cavaliers to whom They defeated by beating 141-103.
Brown scored 33 points, including 20 in the third period, as Celtics leader (9-6), which ended a three-game losing streak.
Boston, which continued without power forward Jayson Tatum, under the NBA’s covid-19 health and safety protocols, established the best mark of the season in points when going to rest 73-51, including 19 of Brown.
The Cavaliers had guard Collin Sexton as their best scorer, with 13 points, but well below his average of 20 or more points that he had achieved. in the last 15 consecutive games.
Cleveland ended its three-game winning streak, following back-to-back victories over the Nets de Brooklyn in which they scored 147 and 125 points, respectively.
Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds that made the difference in the game that the Bucks won 129-115 against the Atlanta Hawks.
Antetokounmpo, who missed both of his 3-point attempts, fell short of a triple-double after dishing out eight assists, and the Bucks (10-6) rose to second in the league. Eastern Conference, led by the Philadelphia Sixers.
The reserve point guard, Australian Patty Mills, had 21 points as the best scorer of the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Washington Wizards 121-101, who returned to play for the first time since last January 11 when under the NBA’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
The Wizards still have six ineligible players and their participation in the league has begun to be questioned by the Washington team’s own professionals, including their stars, Brandley Beal y el base Russell Westbrook.
Point guard Damian Lillard maintained his scoring inspiration with the contribution of 39 points that allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to beat the New York Knicks.
The Trail Blazers, who were up to 25 points ahead, they saw how in the fourth period they let it be snatched away and they needed to fight to the fullest before they could secure the victory that left them with a 9-6 overall record.
Rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley, who came out as a reserve, had 31 points, including five 3-pointers from eight attempts, which left him with the best mark as a professional, and also dished out four assists, but did not avoid the Knicks’ second straight loss.
The eaves Gordon Hayward He had 39 points and added nine rebounds as the leader of the Charlotte Hornets that beat the Orlando Magic 104-107 away from home, in a duel of losing teams in the Eastern Conference, and broke a streak of four consecutive losses, overcoming a disadvantage 14 points to improve their global mark at 7-9.
Swiss Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic led the Orlando team’s attack with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, but they were not enough to avoid defeat, the second in a row and the eighth in the last nine games played.
The consolation for Vucevic was having reached the personal best of the 10,000 points as an NBA professional.
English forward Og Anunoby scored 30 points, his best mark of the season, and made three free throws in the last minute that broke the tie on the scoreboard and The Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 102-107 on the road.
The Raptors (7-9), who played without the starters, el base Kyle Lowry and Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam, both injured, won the second consecutive game and the fifth in the last six games.