The games saw Indiana Pacers player Jay Jay Warren score, 53 points, the highest in his career, during which he led his team to victory at the Philadelphia Seven Sixers, with a score of 127-121.
In the first match, Kyle Lawrie led his team to overcome the score of 107-92 over the Los Angeles City team, seeking to regain its position among the top NBI championships, after missing in 2018-2019 from the exclusionary roles of “Play Off”.
Laurie finished the meeting with 33 points and 14 follow-ups, with a point lower than the total score of the Lakers star LeBron James (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Anthony Davis (14 points), in the match held behind closed doors at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida, in The third day of the resumed league after being suspended due to the Corona virus.
“In the face of some great players, we entered the match with the desire to play well, and we performed well,” Lawrie said.
This was the most prominent match on the third day of the resumption of the league competitions, after being suspended last March because of “Covid-19”, before completing this week according to a modified formula in the “bubble” of Orlando. With the participation of 22 of the 30 teams, the number of “NB” teams Which”.
Toronto scored its second victory over the Lakers on their second match of the season, after defeating them in a score of 113-104 last November.
James admitted that Toronto imposed its clout in yesterday’s game, saying that his team must “rise and eliminate” in any possible future confrontation.
He added: “When you implement attempts, it weakens the defense, and this is what we did not do.”
Lakers coach Frank Vogel noted Toronto’s defensive stiffness, which kept Los Angeles below the 100-point threshold for the first time in its last seven games, including the Saturday game that Toronto started with a strong game, and advanced 13-0 with the start of the first quarter.
Lakers needed 4:51 minutes to score his first attempt, the longest period without points this season.
The Lakers gradually returned, equaling the numbers in the second quarter, and advanced by six points at the beginning of the third. But this difference was the biggest that Los Angeles managed to make throughout the game, as the Canadian team returned to impose its preference in the last quarter, of which James spent part of it on the bench.
Toronto extended the difference to 16 points in the last minutes.
The match brought together two teams that are considered the most prominent candidates to compete for the title. Flickers tops the Western Region ranking with 50 wins from 65 games, while Toronto, with 47 wins and 18 losses, is second in the East behind the Milwaukee Bucks, holder of the best league record for the 2019-2020 season.
Lowry was the best with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists, while teammate OG Anthony added 23 points, and Cameroonian Pascal Siacam added 15 points and 9 rebounds in favor of Toronto.
In contrast, James, the league’s best player four times, was the most prominent in the Lakers with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Kyle Kozma added 16 points, Davis 14 points and six rebounds.
Clippers enhance and Warren shine
Raptors are running this season in the absence of the biggest contributor to the title 2018-2019, its former player Kauhee Leonard, who moved to the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the potential competitors for the title.
On Saturday Clippers scored a major victory over New Orleans Pelicans 126-103, Lennard’s share of which was 24 points.
Clippers strengthened its second position in the western region, after achieving its 45th victory (compared to 21 losses), especially thanks to Paul George, who ended the meeting with 28 points, while Ridgy Jackson contributed 15 points with eight rebounds.
While Clippers guaranteed his qualification to the playoff exclusion rounds that start on August 17, Pelicans is still among the competitors for the last two cards (from eight) for the western region, but he slipped to 12th after receiving Saturday his 38th loss in 66 games.
The best record for Canadian Pelicans was Nickel Alexander-Walker with 15 points.
Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia Seventh Sixers 121-121, in a result that will not affect the two playoff cards of the Eastern Region teams.
But the match was marked by the great performance of Indiana player Jay Jay Warren, with 53 points, including nine three-pointers (out of 12 attempts).
The player, 26, said: “It was a good total effort by the team. I did what I did best: put the ball in the basket.”
“The feeling is amazing. This is a great start,” added the player, who finished the first quarter with 19 points out of 29 for his team, referring to the team’s first game after the season resumed.
Warren’s performance overshadowed the performance of the Cameroonian Philadelphia star Joel Emped, who scored 41 points and 21 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets 125-105, thanks to Jimmy Butler and Pam Adebayo, who scored 22 points each.
And in Miami, the fourth eastern region and the third West Denver, also participating in the “Play Off” competitions.