With the drop of LeBron James, Los angeles lakers they let slip a 26-point lead on Wednesday to fall to the youth Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that did not know the victory in this season of the NBA.
In a day full of surprises, the current champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, and another of the great favorites, the Brooklyn Nets, they also stumbled before the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat, respectively.
The most unexpected fall was that of the Lakers on the court of the Thunder by 123-115 despite the 30 points of Anthony Davis and triple double Russell Westbrook: 20 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.
The Angelina franchise could not count on LeBron James for his ankle problems, but it did put on track Davis despite the fact that the night before he had injured his knee in the win in extra time against the San antonio spurs.
Davis started the game with force adding 12 points in the first quarter, in which the Lakers They seemed to put the victory on track with a partial 41-19.
The Los Angeles team had an advantage of 26 points but in the third quarter they collapsed against some Thunder that they had not released their winning record in the first four games.
The team of Oklahoma City, the most inexperienced in the league, got on the back of his best player, the point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with 27 points and spectacular baskets as a triple in the last second of the third quarter against Westbrook.
That triple put the Thunder 97-95 heading into the last period, which led to a bizarre finale.
With only ten seconds to play, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony two triples failed that did not touch the rim and would have placed the tie.
Frustration in Lakers led to Westbrook was expelled for facing Darius Bazley for celebrating a dunk with the game already sentenced to Oklahoma.
The Lakers They add two victories and three defeats at the beginning of the season in which their commitment to an ultra-veteran squad is leaving many doubts.
Giannis scores 40 in defeat
The Nets, who also have a balance of 2-3, fell this Wednesday against the Miami Heat by 106-93.
Defense of Brooklyn could not stop the pivot in the paint Bam Adebayo, who added 24 points and 9 rebounds and was well supported by Jimmy Butler, which ended with 17 and 14.
Kevin Durant returned to lead offensively to Brooklyn with 25 points and 11 rebounds while James Harden he continues with his irregular start to the season and finished with just 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
The Nets they still can’t count on the other member of their ‘Big 3’, Kyrie Irving, separated from the team for his refusal to be vaccinated against covid-19.
On Milwaukee, the Bucks suffered their second defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves by 113-108 despite 40 points and 16 rebounds from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The other star of Bucks, Khris Middleton, he stayed at 16 points with 1/8 in triples and only one other teammate, Grayson Allen, exceeded ten points with 13.
Milwaukee was not able to stop the trio of young figures from the Timberwolves, which combined to score 79 points: D’Angelo Russell (29), Karl-Anthony Towns (25) and Anthony Edwards (25).
Results of the day:
- Orlando Magic – Charlotte Hornets 111-120
- Boston Celtics – Washington Wizards 107-116
- Brooklyn Nets – Miami Heat 93-106
- Toronto Raptors – Indiana Pacers 118-100
- New Orleans Pelicans – Atlanta Hawks 99-102
- Milwaukee Bucks – Minnesota Timberwolves 108-113
- Oklahoma City Thunder – Los Angeles Lakers 123-115