The Los Angeles Lakers’ faltering season continued tonight (Tuesday through Wednesday) when they surrendered 106: 100 to the New York Knicks and despite coming back from a 25-point deficit, the LA team was again disappointed and dropped to a negative balance when even Russell Westbrook’s performance was not enough for them. In addition, Miami recorded a great 92: 100 over Detroit thanks to a crushing final quarter, while Portland defeated Denver 100: 119.
New York Knicks (8:10) – Los Angeles Lakers (10: 9) 100: 106: Without LeBron James receiving a male suspension for events in the game against Detroit when he sent an elbow towards Isaiah Stewart, the Lakers enjoyed a triple double from Russell Westbrook that ended the night with 31 points and another 10 assists and 13 rebounds, but that was not enough for them to win. Anthony Davis added 20 points for the loser, while Ivan Fournier finished as the Knicks’ leading scorer with 26 points and Julius Randall scored 20 points and 16 rebounds of his own.
The host looked great from the start and after the first quarter that ended in 20:36 to her credit, she went down to the break with a 51:63 advantage. The Lakers, as mentioned, managed to make a comeback that started from the second quarter and erased a total delay of 25 to 81:81 with 50 seconds left in the end of the third quarter. From there New York re-emerged and collected a win thanks to 19:23 in the final quarter.
Los Angeles Clippers (8:10) – Dallas Mavericks (7:10) 112: 104: Luka Doncic returned from an injury that sidelined him for three games with 26 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds and helped the Mavericks record an important win over the Clippers, raising them to fourth place in the West. The game opened under the control of the Clippers, but 15 points by the Slovenian prodigy in the third quarter set a turnaround towards the final quarter. With a lag of 3, Paul George sent the game into extra time with a three on the buzzer, but the City of Angels team scored just one point in the next five minutes. Kristaps Forzingis led the winner with 30 points and 7 rebounds. On the other hand, only George (26 points) and Reggie Jackson with a record game of 31 points and 10 rebounds were noteworthy.
Detroit (13: 4) – Miami (6:10) 100: 92: A performance by Tyler Hiro who swept the Heat to victory with 31 points, while on the other hand Jeremy Grant’s 21 points were too little for the Pistons, who led 20:25 at the end of the first quarter and went down to the break with 46:53. Also in the third quarter Detroit continued to lead thanks to 21:23, but in the final quarter simply disappeared and could not face the offensive performance of Miami, which completed an amazing 16:33 run that set up its victory.
Portland (8:10) – Denver (9: 9) 100: 119: CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers to victory with 32 points, added to another 25 by Damien Lillard. Jeff Green, on the other hand, was the Nuggets’ leading scorer with 24 points in the absence of the injured Nikola Jukic. After a first quarter that ended at 27:33 for Portland, it went down to the break with a 52:66 advantage. The last quarter also belonged to the host who recorded 21:29 which guaranteed her the victory.