Here’s last night’s NBA roundup!
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 117-112 in a spectacular Game 1 and are now leading the series 1-0. As against the Grizzliez, the Lakers benefited from a strong defensive performance and an outstanding Anthony Davis (30), who had 30 points, 23 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. And hit the wrong basket….
I’m sorry, what? When trying to get a defensive rebound, the ball bounces off his fingertips into his own basket in the third quarter at a score of 73:71. Anthony Davis had to grin and shook his head, because such a mishap happens extremely rarely.
However, the two points were officially credited to his opponent Kevon Looney (27). The Warriors center had ten points and a strong 23 rebounds. But Davis was responsible for the basket to 73:73 in the exciting playoff game.
“No leadership is safe against them, they can overheat at any moment. It’s a confidence boost for us, but we know what this team is capable of,” Davis said of the defending champion. “We haven’t done anything yet.”
Another Lakers player also played well: Our national team captain Dennis Schröder (29). Born in Braunschweig, he impressed with a strong defensive performance and contributed 19 points to the Lakers’ victory. Superstar LeBron James (38) had 22 points, eleven rebounds and four assists. Steph Curry (35) provided 27 points for the Warriors, Klay Thompson (33) contributed 25 points.
The Lakers initially pulled away in the third quarter and temporarily extended their lead to 14 points in the last quarter before the Warriors equalized with a 14-0 run to 112:112. In the last 98 seconds of the game, however, only the Lakers scored, two converted free throws by Schröder to 117:112 sealed the Lakers’ important victory.
The Warriors are already under pressure going into the second game in the best-of-seven series on Friday (3 a.m.). A team needs four wins to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
New York equalizes the series – 1:1
Previously, the New York Knicks had leveled against the Miami Heat in their semifinals series in the Eastern Conference. After the opening defeat, the Knicks prevailed with 111:105. The German Isaiah Hartenstein (24) had three points and nine rebounds in the important success. The best pitcher of the game was Knicks pro Jalen Brunson (26) with 30 points, his teammate Julius Randle (28) put up 25 points. In the second game of the series, the Miami Heat had to do without Jimmy Butler (33), who was sidelined.
The next two games are in Miami. Game 3 takes place on Saturday (9:30 p.m.) at the Kaseya Center, Miami.