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Last Night’s Limited NBA Lineup Didn’t Limit The Action

It only took three NBA games last night to give fans great action, including a good number of points and a lot of crazy offensive moves. The intensity of every single match is increasing now and the players’ performances are out of this world.  At this pace, by the end of the season, the NBA might be burned out.

Lakers And James Run The Show

Last night showed what could be considered Milwaukee Bucks’ No. 1 offense vs. LA Lakers’ No. 1 defense in last night’s game.  LeBron James was unstoppable, scoring, just like that, a season-high 34 points in the opener of a seven-game road trip. This led to the final score of 113-105, with the Lakers beating the Bucks last night.  King James said that the results of last season’s NBA awards voting were not part of his motivation, as he was already looking forward to facing the Bucks and their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The last time these teams faced each other was back in the 2019-20 awards voting, which, as part of the result for defensive player of the year, Antetokounmpo finished just ahead of Anthony Davis.

After having this fact clarified, Davis, who had 18 points 6 assists, and 9 rebounds, added, “That was last season, obviously, no one brought that up or talked about it. Our motivation was not losing two in a row tonight. We were able to get that accomplished.”

Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, but he also managed to have 9 turnovers. Adding very important points to the team, there is Khris Middleton with 20 and Jrue Holiday with 22 points.  Now, the Lakers are visiting Chicago on Saturday and the Bucks are hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Jazz Continue To Pummel The Pels

After having a tough start, the Utah Jazz managed to get settled when Donovan Mitchell and company pushed their way past the New Orleans Pelicans’ defense. In this tight match, Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points and helped the Jazz to beat the Pelicans on Thursday night, with a final score of 129-118.  This gave Utah, at the same time, its seventh straight win. After getting this positive result, Mitchell said, “Every chance I got, just kept putting pressure on the defense and getting to the basket.”  His efficient performance allowed him to go 6 for 8 from 3-point range.

On the other hand, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram contributed to the Pelicans by scoring 27 and 23 points, respectively, but the momentum of an almost perfect first quarter couldn’t be further sustained and head coach Stan Van Gundy was self-conscious when talking about this matter, saying, “Our pace offensively slowed down, We didn’t play with much pace or force on the offensive end. We quit making shots. And defensively we really weren’t good the entire game.”  The Jazz will now host Golden State on Sunday night while the Pelicans play their final game of a seven-game road trip against Minnesota.

Knicks On A Hot Streak

In a third straight win and matching their longest winning streak, the New York Knicks started getting very confident and beat the Golden State Warriors, with an on-fire RJ Barret scoring a career-high 28 points, getting a final result of 119-104 last night.  Stephen Curry, who scored 30 points with five 3-pointers, wasn’t very satisfied with the final result.  His state of mind was made worse by the fact that Draymond Green was ejected on a disputed technical for, apparently, he was yelling at teammate James Wiseman.

Julius Randle had very good chances at a triple-double but fell just short; however, he was able to score a total of 16 points, 9 assists, and 17 rebounds to help New York reach victory. He said after the game, “We come into every game feeling like we should win the game or give ourselves a chance to win the game.”  As part of what’s coming next, the Warriors will go to Utah on Saturday night and the Knicks are visiting the Sacramento Kings tonight to continue a four-game road trip out west.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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