Lakers, infinite crisis: overwhelmed at home by the Bulls. Davis expelled. Paul show, the Suns fly

Without LeBron, LA lost for the 4th time in 7 games. The 36-year-old dominates the 4th period in Phoenix’s success in Minneapolis. Well Miami, Portland and Memphis

Riccardo Pratesi


Lakers, what’s up? Los Angeles is wiped out at home by Chicago and confirms that it is still looking for an identity, even more so without the injured LeBron James. Chris Paul at 36 is still capable of dominating a 4th quarter, the one that allows Phoenix to beat Minneapolis. Successes as well for Miami, Portland and Memphis.

Lakers-Chicago 103-121

Chicago big 3 wipe out the Lakers at Staples Center. DeRozan overflows with 38 points, Ball adds 27 with 7 triples and 8 assists, LaVine 26 with a sensational +33 plus minus and the Bulls (10-4) confirm themselves as a glowing team. Even without Vucevic, the starting center, a potential All Star. The Lakers (8-7) continue with the ups and downs of the hitherto too humoral and unfriendly start to the season. This time they go down. Of course, LeBron was missing, still out of the question, but it was reasonable to expect more. And instead the usual bad third quarter, this time from -12 (-89 overall since the beginning of the season), engulfs the Californians. The 4th quarter becomes a guest performance with the former Ball targeting from everywhere. The Lakers finish without Anthony Davis, sent off for protests with 2’20 ”to play in the third quarter: they finish with 20 points, 6 rebounds and without a shoe. It is the second career expulsion. For coach Vogel’s boys now begins a series of trips, starting with Milwaukee, which will tell the truth about their actual consistency. Certainly without LeBron (3-4 in his absence) for now Westbrook as emotional leader and Davis as technical leader have not emerged, or not enough. A partial consolation for the yellow-violet: a new career record of points for Horton-Tucker, 28, but perfected in a widely compromised game. Chicago completes the coat of the LA teams: he had just beaten the Clippers at home as well.

The Angels: Horton-Tucker 28 (5/10. 4/9, 6/6 t.l.), Westbrook 25, Davis 20. Rimbalzi: Howard/Davis/Westbrook/Horton-Tucker 6. Assist: Westbrook 8.

Chicago: DeRozan 38 (13/18, 2/5, 6/6 t.l.), Ball 27, LaVine 26. Rimbalzi: Bradley 9. Assist: Ball 8.

minnesota-phoenix 96-99

Chris Paul still knows how to turn an NBA game like an omelette. He gives the Suns (10-3) their ninth straight win by scoring 19 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter against Wolves (4-9) beaten for the sixth time out of 8 home games. Ayton had to be the one to take the stage, after returning to the field after an injury, after 5 absences, but at 36, CP3 still knows how to overflow as a scorer when needed, and take the stage. Beverley misses the free 95 all, then Russell fails the triple overtaking in the final, with the Suns above 2 after a free throw from Booker and Minny loses for the eighth time in the last nine outings because Beasley fails to do so. miracle from under his basket at the last second.

Minnesota: Towns 35 (5/10, 5/9, 10/11 t.l.), Russell 22, Beasley 12. Rimbalzi: Towns 13. Assist: Edwards 6.

Phoenix: Booker 29 (5/12, 2/4, 13/15 tl), Ayton 22, Paul 21. Rebounds: Ayton 12. Assists: Paul 8.

Oklahoma City-Miami 90-103

The Heat (9-5) moved to Oklahoma despite the absences of Butler (right ankle) and Adebayo (left knee). Herro takes care of it, raging, scoring 26 points and confirming the excellent start to the season. Robinson gives him a hand, 13 points per scoreboard in the 3rd quarter alone, who seems to have unlocked the shot, after the stammering of the first games. The Thunder (5-8) hold up for a while, going to the interval on 43 all, then give in to the distance. Good Giddey, the Australian freshman, with 6 points, 9 rebounds and as many assists.

Oklahoma City: Dort 20 (4/8, 4/8), Robinson-Earl 16, Gilgeous-Alexander 10. Rimbalzi: Giddey 9. Assist: Giddey 9.

Miami: Herro 26 (4/10, 5/8, 3/3 t.l.), Robinson 21, Strus 13. Rimbalzi: Lowry 8. Assist: Lowry 11.

portland-toronto 118-113

Coach Billups had asked more of his Blazers, protagonists of a mediocre start to the season. Satisfied. Against Toronto (7-8) they win by shooting 56% from the field, the best percentage in 15 games. Portland (7-8) rides a 29-point McCollum and author of the decisive basket in the sprint, as the Canadians lose the ball in 3 consecutive possessions, with Siakam, Barnes and Van Vleet. The Blazers, who finish with Nance from the center in place of Nurkic for defensive reasons, go up to 6-1 record at home, Toronto drops to 5-2 away. McCollum comments: “We lost a lot, we didn’t get used to it, we needed to win, I tried to be aggressive”.

Portland: McCollum 29 (5/7, 6/11, 1/2 t.l.), Lillard 24, Nance 15. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 14. Assist: Lillard 8.

Toronto: Anunoby 29 (3/9, 6/10, 5/6 tl), Siakam 20, Barnes / Trent 18. Rimbalzi: Barnes 8. Assist: Van Vleet 7.

memphis-houston 136-102

The Rockets (1-13) prove to be the panacea for all ills for the Grizzlies, who return to success against the Texans after three consecutive defeats. Houston has lost 12 straight games now. Of course, if you concede 74 points in the first half alone, it is difficult to expect a different ending. The 136 points on the scoresheet are the maximum of the season for Memphis, who enjoys the usual 22 points of Morant who at the end of the game emphasizes above all the defensive effort of the team. But the Grizzlies (7-7) are expected to try again against much more convincing opponents. Porter Jr came out in the 2nd quarter without then returning to the parquet.

Memphis: Morant 22 (5/9, 4/6), Jackson 18. Brooks 16. Rimbalzi: Jackson 7. Assist: Morant 6.

Houston: Green 15 (4/7, 2/6, 1/2 t.l.), Tate 14, Wood 11. Rimbalzi: Tate 9. Assist: Augustin/Cristopher 5.

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Lakers, infinite crisis: overwhelmed at home by the Bulls. Davis expelled. Paul show, the Suns fly