The Lakers, collectively impressive, and Dallas, still carried by the amazing Luka Doncic, garnered a fourth straight victory Wednesday in the NBA, where Kevin Durant also distinguished himself with Brooklyn while waiting to form an expected “Big 3” with James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
The Lakers are walking
And four victories in a row for the defending champion, who again made Oklahoma City (128-99) the demonstration of his current great collective strength around LeBron James, author of a complete game (26 points, 6 rebounds , 7 passes). Anthony Davis (18 pts, 7 rebounds) and Montrezl Harrell (21 pts, 6 rebounds from the bench) also had an important contribution. This 7th consecutive success outside of its bases constitutes a record for the Californian franchise: in all its history, it had never started a season with such a series. What to consolidate its domination in the West (10-3). Without demerit, the Thunder lacked arguments, despite the efforts of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (17 pts).
While awaiting the return of Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) and the arrival of James Harden, finally ceded by Houston in a monster transaction also involving Indiana and Cleveland, Kevin Durant firmly held the house Nets, winners with the Knicks in the new derby. -Yorki (116-109). “KD”, who had shone the day before, decisive late in the game to beat Denver (122-116), had less to do (26 pts, 6 assists) for his first “back-to-back” since his return to competition after a year and a half of absence due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. At his side, Joe Harris and Bruce Brown, 15 points each, as well as the French Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (13 pts) made up for the absences of Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince, who left in the exchange with Harden. For the Knicks, where only Julius Randle (30 pts) survived, the series of setbacks lengthens (4).
The Mavs continue
This time he did not succeed in the triple-double, but Luka Doncic, named best player of the past week in the West, confirmed his sparkling form during the victory of Dallas at Charlotte (104-93). The 21-year-old Slovenian prodigy compiled 36 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, adding 4 blocks, his personal best, which testify to a change of mind: he no longer just wants to shine offensively, he also wants better defend, aware of this need to make the Mavericks a competitive team. The evening was all the more successful for the Texans (6th in the West) as their Latvian pivot Kristaps Porzingis (16 pts), whose start to the season was delayed due to an operation on his right knee in October, made a smooth comeback. And that their coach Rick Carlisle took the opportunity to pass the 800 victory mark. Side Hornets (7th in the East), more than the good series of four victories stopped, it is the exit on injury of their best player Gordon Hayward (16 pts), touched in the left hip, which worried afterwards.
The Bucks are walking around
The matches follow one another and are similar between the Bucks and the Pistons: for the third time, Milwaukee won (110-101) without being worried, Giannis Antetokounmpo taking the opportunity to achieve the 20th triple-double of his career (22 pts , 10 rbds, 10 assists). The reigning double MVP was not alone, Jrue Holiday adding 21 points for the Bucks who started strong by making 7 long-distance baskets on their first 11 attempts to finish with a very honorable total (19/43). Thanks to this third consecutive victory, the Wisconsin franchise joins Philadelphia in 2nd place in the East, while Detroit remains the red lantern.