NBA gave us four games on Thursday night, and that was fair enough for the fans to get a night full of action and surprises. This included the LA Lakers going down for their second consecutive night.
Lakers Still Having Difficulty
With Anthony Davis sidelined last night for the Lakers due to a right quad contusion, LeBron James started strong against the Detroit Pistons by making his first seven shots from the field. This gave the Lakers the lead in the first quarter, headed toward victory. Then he became more of a facilitator and was able to score only 2 points after halftime, and the Pistons overcame the Lakers to win 107-92.
Blake Griffin, who scored 23 points for Detroit, seems to be having a great week against two big teams, the Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers, but, oddly, there was a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in between. James ultimately picked up 22 points and 10 assists after the Lakers lost by a point against the 76ers. This is the first losing streak for the defending champion since before last year’s playoffs.
With 6:54 remaining, Detroit was leading by one of Griffin’s 3-pointers and started a 16-0 run. After that, the Lakers spent around 7 minutes without scoring. The Lakers will visit the Boston Celtics this Saturday, while the Pistons are visiting the Golden State Warriors on the same night, looking for revenge since they lost against them on December 29, 116-106.
After starting off on the wrong foot, the Houston Rockets and Victor Oladipo, who scored 25 points, were able to manage a twist to overcome the Portland Trail Blazers, 104-101, on Thursday. The Trail Blazers were up by 20 points in the first quarter, but they couldn’t keep that lead and the Rockets now have their fourth straight victory of the season. Oladipo extended the lead with just 26.2 seconds to go, while, on the other end, Gary Trent Jr. missed a layup for Portland that would have given his team a fighting chance.
Christian Wood returned to the field after missing three games due to a sprained right ankle and finished with a total of 22 points and 12 rebounds. John Wall contributed another 20 points. As part of what’s coming next, the Trail Blazers continue a seven-game trip at Chicago on Saturday, and the Rockets will begin a four-game trip at New Orleans the same day.
Clippers Edge Out The Heat
In a very tight match, the LA Clippers used a 20-2 run and Nicolas Batum got 18 points to help what became a victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night, with a final score of 109-105. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were sidelined due to the league’s virus protocol, while Patrick Beverly was also out with right knee soreness. Still, Lou Williams put in his effort and scored a total of 17 points for the Clippers.
On the other side, Miami got 30 combined-points from the two-was contract players, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus, who scored 18 and 12 points, respectively. Bam Adebayo also contributed with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists for the Heats. Up next, the Clippers will visit Orlando today and, tomorrow, the Heats will host Sacramento.
The Sun Finally Shines On Phoenix
The Phoenix Suns finally snapped an awful three-game losing streak after beating the Golden State Warriors, 114-93, on Thursday night. This was achieved after a good performance by Abdel Nader, who scored 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists. He and Fran Kaminsky were unstoppable in the fourth quarter and Monty Williams, the Suns head coach, was very pleased with the way these two backups performed. They are mainly the reason why the team has 34 assists on 41 made baskets.
Stephen Curry scored 24 points for the Warriors, while Andrew Wiggins and Eric Paschall scored 16 and 12 points, respectively. The Suns will be at Dallas on Saturday and Monday night, while the Warriors are hosting Detroit on Saturday night.