LeBron is not enough, Lakers ko. Atlanta and Gallo at home no longer win

Utah falls at home to Cleveland, Philadelphia beaten by Charlotte. Mavs beaten in New York. Boston overtakes Indiana

D. Piasentini – S. Sandri

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LeBron James scores 34 points but the Californian derby goes to the Sacramento Kings. Instead, both the Utah Jazz at the hands of Cleveland and Philadelphia, beaten by Charlotte, fall a little by surprise on their field. Clear defeat also for Luka Doncic and his Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden in New York. To the east, Miami blacks the Atlanta crisis and Boston outpaces Indiana with a combined 67 points from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Sacramento Kings- Los Angeles Lakers 125-116

LeBron James scores 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists but his Lakers (21-21) are defeated in the Californian derby on the Kings court (17-27), very good at putting the game back on its feet in the 1st half final and finding the decisive baskets in the final. The yellow and purple played a good first part of the game overall, also finding +14, but inexplicably collapsed in the 3rd period, collecting 40 points from the hosts. LeBron and his teammates then had the mental strength to return from -13 in the last quarter, thanks to a partial 8-0, and even went to -2 (118-116) with 1:36 from the end. The Kings, however, did not disunite, managing to close it anyway with a jumper from De’Aaron Fox (29 points) and a triple from Chimezie Metu at 46.7 ” from the siren. In addition to LeBron, Malik Monk (22 points), now one of the few certainties, and rookie Austin Reaves (19 points) had a good impact in the Lakers. Russell Westbrook, on the other hand, fired a 2/14 from the field with 0/5 from three for 8 points in 37 ‘.

Sacramento: Fox 29 (11/21, 0/2 da tre, 7/9 tl), Barnes 23, Bagley III 16. Rimbalzi: Bagley III 9. Assist: Haliburton 10.

Los Angeles: James 34 (13/29, 3/12 da tre, 5/10 tl), Monk 22, Reaves 19. Rimbalzi: Westbrook 12. Assist: James 6.

Atlanta Hawks- Miami Heat 91-115

Organization, identity, attack and defense. Even without several important players, Miami (26-15) proved to be superior in everything to the Atlanta Hawks (17-23), increasingly confused and still far from being a real team. The Heat played their basketball, recently enriched by the excellent productivity from the arc (16 triples), and they did it with extreme regularity and safety throughout the match. The 16-0 partial at the beginning of the 3rd period was decisive, which completely shifted the inertia and control of the game in favor of the boys of coach Erik Spoelstra. Miami then made the void behind it, also touching +24 and always remaining with an abundant double-digit advantage until the final siren. To highlight three double doubles, signed by Tyler Herro (21 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds), Caleb Martin (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Omer Yurtseven (13 points and 10 rebounds), and the excellent return of Gabe Vincent ( 14 points), absent since the end of December. For the Hawks, 16 points and 11 rebounds by John Collins, 15 points by shooting 4/15 from the field for Trae Young and 7 points and 5 rebounds signed by Danilo Gallinari. Seventh defeat in the last 9 games for Atlanta.

Atlanta: Collins 16 (6/9, 3/4 from three, 1/2 tl), Hunter / Young / Bogdanovic 15, GALLINARI 7 (3/7, 1/4 from three). Rebounds: Collins 11. Assist: Young 5.

Miami: Herro 21 (9/19, 1/6 of three, 2/2 tl), Martin 18, Robinson / Vincent 14. Rebounds: Martin 10. Assists: Herro 11.

Utah Jazz- Cleveland Cavaliers 91-111

Utah (28-14) loses for the 4th consecutive time and confirms his bad moment by being overwhelmed at home by the very hot Cleveland Cavaliers (24-18). The Cavs dominated the 2nd half (also +25), which started with a determining 30-16 produced in the 3rd period. JB Bickerstaff’s team has definitely exploited the absence of the big men opponents, above all Rudy Gobert, and split the game in two in the pictured: 50-32 per rebound, 60-36 in the points scored in the area. To record the first triple double in career of Darius Garland (11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds), the 23 points of Lamar Stevens (15 in only the 3rd quarter) and the usual test of thickness of the rookie Evan Mobley, who put on the scoresheet 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

Utah: Clarkson 22 (8/17, 4/11 da tre, 2/3 tl), Paschal 18, Mitchell 17. Rimbalzi: O’Neale 9. Assist: Mitchell 4.

Cleveland: Stevens 23 (10/15, 1/2 da tre, 2/2 tl), Markkanen 20, Love 16. Rimbalzi: Mobley 10. Assist: Garland 15.

San Antonio Spurs- Houston Rockets 124-128

Fourth in a row defeat, the 7th in the last 8 games, for the San Antonio Spurs (12-26), who are beaten a little by surprise by the Houston Rockets (12-31) at the AT&T Center. Eric Gordon (31 points, shooting 9/10 from the field and 6/7 from threes) shined in the attack of coach Stephen Silas, who produced 54.9% from the field (45/82) and 44.4% from three (16 / 36). The entire starting lineup of the Rockets went into double digits, including Christian Wood (23 points and 11 rebounds) and Kevin Porter Jr. (18 points). Houston recovered from 9 in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. In the Spurs test, returning from 7 away games with a single victory, only the triple double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists by Dejounte Murray stands out.

San Antonio: Murray 32 (12/26, 4/9 of three, 4/7 tl), Forbes 21, Johnson 18. Rebounds: Murray 10. Assists: Murray 11.

Houston: Gordon 31 (9/10, 6/7 da tre, 7/10 tl), Wood 23, Porter Jr. 18. Rimbalzi: Wood 11. Assist: Tate 7.

New York Knicks-Dallas Mavericks 108-85

The streak of six consecutive successes of the Mavericks (22-19) who are dominated by the Knicks (21-21) arrives at the end of the line at Madison Square Garden. Dallas struggles a lot from long distance (21.6%) failing even comfortable conclusions in the series, the New York team thus puts it with its back to the wall already in the third fraction, producing a second half of great quality especially on a defensive level. Barrett very well: 32 points and seven rebounds.

New York: Barrett 32 (9/15, 4/7 da tre, 2/2 tl), Robinson 19, Randle 17. Rimbalzi: Randle 12. Assist: Randle 8.

Dallas: Doncic 21 (7/14, 1/9 da tre, 4/6 tl), Brunson 14, Hardaway Jr. 13. Rimbalzi: Doncic 11. Assist: Brunson 6.

Indiana Pacers-Boston Celtics 100-119

When the Brown-Tatum duo plays like this, beating the Celtics (21-21) becomes complicated. At Indianapolis Brown (34 points) immediately picks up pace from the perimeter and ends with an excellent 7/11 from long distance, Tatum imitates him with a test of applause beyond the 33 points scored. The Pacers (15-27) find no answers and leave the match already in the third fraction. Boston thus conquers the fourth consecutive success.

Indiana: Turner 18 (8/9, 0/5 of three, 2/2 tl), Sabonis 17, LeVert 16. Rebounds: Brissett 9. Assists: Stephenson, Sabonis 6.

Boston: Brown 34 (4/8, 7/11 da tre, 5/5 tl), Tatum 33, Schroder 23. Rimbalzi: Williams III 9. Assist: Horford, Tatum, Richardson 4.

Philadelphia 76ers-Charlotte Hornets 98-109

After more than five years the Hornets (23-19) finally manage to get the better of the 76ers (23-17). Charlotte’s last success over Philadelphia dates back to November 2, 2016, after 16 consecutive defeats the North Carolina team, thanks to the excellent performance of a Hayward (30 points with 13/16 from the field) at times absolutely inevitable finally overtakes Philly. Embiid’s 31 points are not enough, the guests place the decisive acceleration in the second quarter and never look back.

Philadelphia: Embiid 31 (10/14, 1/3 of three, 10/14 tl), Harris 17, Korkmaz 14. Rebounds: Harris 8. Assists: Harris 5.

Charlotte: Hayward 30 (9/12, 4/4 da tre), Rozier 22, Bridges 21. Rimbalzi: Bridges, Washington 8. Assist: Ball 8.

Washington Wizards-Orlando Magic 112-106

Even without Bradley, in the pits due to the Covid protocol, the Wizards (22-20) manage to get the better of the increasingly disappointing Magic (7-35) who thus collect their tenth consecutive defeat in the Capital. Above all, a Kuzma shines in a great moment of form flirting with a triple double: 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Washington: Kuzma 19 (5/8, 2/3 da tre, 3/4 tl), Dinwiddie 17, Harrell 16. Rimbalzi: Kuzma, Caldwell-Pope 10. Assist: Kuzma 9.

Orlando: Anthony 19 (4/9, 2/8 of three, 5/6 tl), Ross 17, Lopez 16. Rebounds: Lopez, Anthony 11. Assists: Wagner 10.

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LeBron is not enough, Lakers ko. Atlanta and Gallo at home no longer win