The numbers speak for themselves. On the night of Sunday on Monday, Anthony Davis scored 55 points (over 70% shooting) and grabbed 17 rebounds against Washington. He becomes the first Laker since 2013 to score more than 40 points in two consecutive games… We can add three counterattacks to that and we understand that the interior alone outscored the Wizards (130-119).
The All-Star, well accompanied by LeBron James (29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), allows the Californian franchise to continue its recovery (eight wins in the last ten games) after its disastrous start to the season, with a 12th place almost unthinkable a few weeks ago. Conversely, with this loss on his floor, the Wizards chained a sixth failure in seven games and left the top 10 of the Eastern Conference and therefore a potential play-in.
The Celtics as bosses on the Nets floor
Still in form with a four-game winning streak before this game, the Brooklyn Nets certainly can’t get it right against Boston, against whom they have lost their eighth straight (92-103). Jaylen Brown, the man of the night (34 points, 10 rebounds), carried Boston from the beginning of the game with 20 points in the first quarter alone. Jayson Tatum, franchise leader since the beginning of the season, bounced back (29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals) after his lackluster performance in Saturday’s loss to Miami.
Despite Kevin Durant’s 31 points and 7 rebounds, Boston was able to impose its defense again and Kyrie Irving, author of 18 points and 8 rebounds, faced it with a certain lack of shooting efficiency (7 out of 21). The turning point of the game came in the fourth quarter. With the Celtics leading by just two points, Al Horford drained a three-pointer (his only basket of the game) before countering Durant’s shot and quickly taking Brown to the dunk for a near decisive lead (85-76 ). Boston remains a solid leader in the East.
Zach LaVine performs well, but Bulls lose to Kings
On fire, Zach LaVine carried Chicago into the night, but it was not enough to win on the floor of Sacramento (110-101). The Bulls star had a season-best 41 points on the clock, along with eight rebounds and four steals, yet the Kings collective (every player in the Big Five scored in double figures) managed a third straight win . Off the bench, Malik Monk stood out with 20 points on the clock.
Sacramento is off to its best 22-game start to the season since 2004-05. Conversely, the Bulls have lost ten of their last fourteen meetings and are sinking a little deeper into the crisis.
Yes Morant still brilliant with the Grizzlies
We don’t stop Ja Morant anymore. “He is a special player and he has a special impact on our victories”, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said after their success against the Detroit Pistons (122-112). How to prove him wrong? Scorer of 21 points in the third quarter alone (31 total, 10 assists), he turned the game around as the Pistons began to claw their way back into the game after getting a first-quarter layup (40-26). Morant allows Memphis to win for the fourth time in five games.
Sunday’s other games
After five consecutive defeats at home, the New York Knicks eventually winning (92-81) against Cleveland. While they remained on seven defeats in eight matches, the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of the return from injury of their All Star point guard Damian Lillard (21 points, 6 assists) to win Indiana (116-100). At home, the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Denver Nuggets (121-106) and the Phoenix Suns has, himself, signed a very great victory among the san antonio spurs (133-95).