Cleveland continues its excellent momentum by sinking the Lakers while the other Los Angeles franchise, the Clippers, also suffered the loss against Utah.
And 8! The Cleveland Cavs won their eighth straight NBA victory on Sunday night, rolling over the always pale LA Lakers (114-100), thanks in particular to 33 points scored by Donovan Mitchell.
In the city of Angels, the Cavaliers validated their longest winning streak in five years and, with their 8-1, continue to follow the furious pace of the Milwaukee Bucks (9-0) at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Lakers, they have an unworthy record of 2 wins for seven defeats – only Houston is worse in the West. Sunday evening, in his room, LA was deluded for a long time, leading by 12 points during the first quarter, then another six at the break (64-58).
«What we saw in the first half is what we want to do. We were present, in the fight“said coach Darvin Ham. “And then, in second, again, the shots stopped coming, we lost a few balls and the wireof the match, he lamented. Against his first NBA team, LeBron James scored 27 points, and Anthony Davis validated a double-double (19 pts, 12 rebounds). But the latter only scored two unfortunate points in the second half. And the leader Russel Westbrook, despite 19 pts and 10 assists, has accumulated seven ball losses.
The Cavs clearly kicked into high gear after the break. Mitchell, preserved the day before against Detroit, soared, as did point guard Darius Garland (24 points), on an upward slope after an eye injury.
Utah is here
As for the presence oftheirlegend LeBron James on the floor, she did not cloud the Cavs, according to Donovan Mitchell.
«I grew up as a Cavs fan, so I’m fully aware of LeBron, but I don’t think we thought about that on the court.said Mitchell, who now has six 30-plus-point games with Cleveland this season. “You always have to have respect for the legends… But, in the end, we are all here to winadded the three-time All Star.
In the other three games of the day, LA’s second team, the Clippers, also lost, their fifth in ten games, against Utah. With an 8-3 record, the Jazz remain second in the Western Conference, ahead of Memphis (7-3), which ended up putting down the diminished Wizards (103-97).
Nearly half of the Grizzlies’ points (51) came from the Desmond Bane-Ja Morant duo, with the latter also adding nine rebounds and six assists. Finally, taking advantage of the return of Fred VanVleet (30 pts, 11 assists) after three games away, the Raptors got the better of the Chicago Bulls (113-104).
Although their leading scorer, Cameroonian Pascal Siakam, remained on the bench, it was the entire Raptors starting five who achieved a double-double, allowing the Canadian franchise to bounce back from the narrow defeat in Dallas ( 111-110) Friday.