Nets lose, Lakers win without LeBron, Horford grabs 12 rebounds and Duarte scores 11

The Brooklyn Nets crashed this Wednesday with their sixth loss in a row in a day in which the Los Angeles Lakers won without LeBron James and teams with good feelings, such as the Philadelphia 76ers or the Dallas Mavericks, fell unexpectedly.

Kings 112, Nets 101

The Brooklyn Nets were shipwrecked in the last quarter (29-15) and allowed their game to come back against the Sacramento Kings, who had been in a ruinous state of mind after having lost the last seven games.

Seven Kings players had more than 10 points, with Harrison Barnes leading scorer, while Nic Claxton was the best of the Nets (23 points and 11 rebounds) in a night to forget James Harden (4 points with 2 of 11 shooting) and Kyrie Irving (15 points on 5-for-15 shooting).

Lakers 99, Blazers 94

In a game of little brilliance and poor shooting, Carmelo Anthony (24 points, with 8 of 12 attempts and 8 rebounds) and Anthony Davis (30 points and 15 rebounds) managed to beat the Portland Trail Blazers led by Norman Powell (30 points and 5 rebounds).

LeBron James missed his fourth straight game with a sore knee, but the Lakers snapped their three-game losing streak.

Wizards 106, Sixers 103

Two completely opposite trends were being measured in Philadelphia: the Sixers’ five straight wins versus the Wizards’ six straight losses.

Against all odds, it was Washington who took the victory in the final seconds thanks to Kyle Kuzma (24 points and 7 rebounds) and Spencer Dinwiddie (triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists).

Joel Embiid (27 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists) was the best of the Sixers while the Brazilian Raul Neto played 17 minutes for the Wizards in which he contributed 9 points, one rebound and 3 assists.

Thunder 120, Mavericks 114

Luka Doncic pulled the trigger with 40 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists, but the Dallas Mavericks unexpectedly fell at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder after overtime.

Luguentz Dort (30 points and 6 rebounds) and Tre Mann (29 points) gave a valuable victory to the Thunder, who are penultimate in the West.

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Rockets 115, Cavaliers 104

The Rockets, bottom in the West, occupy a worse place than the Thunder, but the Houston team was happy to defeat the thriving Cleveland Cavaliers with solvency and with Jalen Green and Christian Wood leading (21 points per head).

Evan Mobley (29 points and 12 rebounds) was the leading scorer for the Cavaliers, who lost 17 balls.

Jazz 108, Nuggets 104

The Utah Jazz took advantage of Nikola Jokic’s absence and, with a tight win against the Denver Nuggets, ended a very worrying five-game losing streak.

Trent Forrest (18 points) was the leading scorer of the six Jazz players above 10 points while Bryn Forbes (26 points) was the main benchmark for the Nuggets.

The Argentine Facundo Campazzo, who is not going through his best moment with Denver, did not have minutes in the game.

Grizzlies 120, Knicks 108

The Memphis Grizzlies exploited the weaknesses of the New York Knicks and won a game at Madison Square Garden that they already dominated by 19 points in the second quarter.

Jaren Jackson Jr. (26 points and 10 rebounds) led the Grizzlies and Evan Fournier (30 points and 5 rebounds) did the same for the Knicks.

Magic 119, Pacers 118

The Orlando Magic, colistas in the East, pressed in the last minutes to achieve a very creditable comeback on the Indiana Pacers’ court.

The best in the Magic was Gary Harris (22 points) and in the Pacers Caris LeVert stood out (26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists).

Dominican Chris Duarte played 32 minutes for the Pacers in which he had 11 points, 7 rebounds and one assist.

Celtics 113, Hornets 107

The Boston Celtics suffered but in the end they tied the victory against the Charlotte Hornets with a fantastic LaMelo Ball (38 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists).

Josh Richardson (23 points) guided the Celtics to three straight wins and in which Al Horford played 33 minutes and got 6 points, 12 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

 

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