The Lakers guarantee their top spot for the first time since 2010


Anthony Davis scored 42 points and led the Los Angeles Lakers to guarantee the Western Zone’s NBA lead for the first time since 2010, beating the Utah Jazz 116-108 in Orlando.

The Lakers responded, after the shock of his Saturday loss to defending champions Raptors, with a strong performance against the talented Utah squad.

This is the first time since 2010 that the Lakers have secured the lead in their western region, when their late star Kobe Bryant, who died early in the helicopter crash, led him to the prestigious title.

And to his torrential points, Davis added 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 robberies and 4 triples.

On the other hand, teammate “King” LeBron James finished the game with 22 points and 9 assists, to succeed the Lakers in overcoming the intransigence of Utah.

And Davis said: “With all we went through this season, it means a lot to us that we are ranked first in the West, but we have not finished yet.”

Davis, who scored 23 points in the first half, became the first Lakers player since Bryant to score 20 or more points in the first half in 20 games. “To be in one class with him is a lot to me,” Davis said.

And Utah, fifth in West, who qualified for the playoff, won the wing Donovan Mitchell 33 points, and distributor Mike Conley added 24 points and 8 assists, and the French player Rudi Goubert, the first infected with the Corona virus in the league, 16 points and 13 follow-up.

But Utah missed his shot, Bojan Bogdanovic, with his wrist.

Fred Van Fleet planted 7 3s in the Miami Heat basket to lead the title holder Raptors to victory 107-103.

Toronto, the eastern region summer (48 wins and 18 losses), moved away, 6 victories from Miami, the fourth.

Van Fleet finished the game with 36 points, breaking his personal number, and his distinguished fellow Cameroonian Pascal Siakam added 22 points, while the Slovenian substitute Goran Dragic was the best of the loser with 25 points.

The league competition was suspended last March because of the “Covid-19” virus, before its completion last week, according to a modified formula in the “bubble” in Orlando, Florida, with the participation of 22 of the 30 teams that are the number of “NBI” teams.

Van Fleet also made a remarkable defensive contribution with the Raptors, when Jimmy Butler was forced to lose the ball, depriving Miami of the opportunity to adjust.

Raptors coach Nick Norse expressed his satisfaction with his player’s performance: “What makes his defense unique is that he does not look fast, but his side speed and the way he moves his feet is great.”

Raptors added Kyle Lawrie, 14 points, and Spain’s Serge Ibaka, 15 points.

Serbian Nikola Jokic scored “Triple Double” (at least 10 in three statistical categories), leading Denver Nuggets to a victory over Oklahoma City Thunder 121-113 after the extension.

Giants Jokic finished the game with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, to lift the Denver tally in third place in the Western Region to 44 wins and 23 losses, one victory over the second Los Angeles Clippers.

Jokic, however, was not the best registrar for his team, as the young Michael Porter Jr. hit hard, adding 37 points, including 4 3s and 12 rebounds.

Among the losers, Canadian Gilgius-Alexander Shay was the best with 24 points, and Chris Paul, who wasted a decisive free-throw in real time 23 points, added Italian Danilo Gallenari 20.

“We needed that. For the young men here, I think it’s the 24 or 27 today here, they work a lot,” said Jokic, who dominated the extra time, that the victory was achieved thanks to the team’s great efforts behind the scenes since his team entered the bubble.

As for his coach, Michael Malone, he added: “I think it is important for us to win. A victory in our region against a good team.”

He continued: “We have been here for about 28 days. I do not even know what the true number is.”

New Orleans, Pellicans needed to beat Memphis Grizzlies to stay in the playoff qualification race, and it did so by a ten-point 109-99 lead.

Juvenile Zion Williamson (23 points) outperformed his confrontation with Ja Morant (11 points and 8 assists) to win the best young player in the league.

Fortunately for Pelicans, the San Antonio Spurs tenth Western fell in front of the Philadelphia Seventh Sixers 130-132, leaving the ninth place to the Portland Trail Blazers.

After turning ten points behind, Spears advanced 4 minutes ahead of the end, but he collapsed after a hat-trick from Shake Milton 7 seconds before the end.

Indiana Pesro beat Washington Wizards 111-100 thanks to 34 points for T. Jay Warren, after scoring 53 points in the Philadelphia basket.

A catastrophic red streak and beware what awaits us in the fall!


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