Last night, NBA matches were exceptional and the high scores were again part of the great hot action and great offensive moves offered by many of the league’s star players. Although a few teams are having to do battle with COVID-19 more than they are other teams, the season continues to advance closer to the expected summer Playoffs.
King James Still Lights Up The Courts
LeBron James, as usual, came strong after scoring a season-high 46 points and helping the LA Lakers to get a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 115-108 on Monday night. Anthony Davis also contributed by scoring 17 points and ten rebounds while 15 points were scored by Montrezl Harrell. The Lakers have now improved to 10-0 on the road this season. For the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond, Cedi Osman, and Collin Sexton scored 25, 20, and 17 points, respectively.
James made 19 of his 26 shots from the field. This game couldn’t have gone much better for him, being his first game in Ohio in more than two years. In this case, only 2.000 fans were able to attend the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to see Lebron’s magic live due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Celtics Overpower The Bulls
The Boston Celtics open a road stretch after getting a victory against the Chicago Bulls. Jaylen Brown helped his team after scoring a total of 26 points on his return to the lineup after having COVID-19, Jayson Tatum added some extra 24 points, leading to a final score of 119-103.
At the break, Boston was leading by ten points and they managed to keep control of the game and open the third quarter on a 14-2 run. Even when a game-high of 30 points was achieved by Chicago’s Zach LaVine, it wasn’t enough to achieve a positive final result, and this would be now their second straight defeat. As part of what’s coming next, the Bulls are hosting Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers on Saturday, while the Celtics are scheduled to visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
Brogdon Rebounds From Off Night
After having a very poor performance in his last game 24 hours ago, Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon came back strong and scored a career-high 36 points, helping the Pacers pull away from the Toronto Raptors 129-114. Jeremy Lamb scored 22 points and, with that, matched his season-high. But not everything was good news for the Pacers since Domantas Sabonis has been scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee. This Pacers’ forward had 11 points in 11 minutes before leaving Monday’s game after playing just one quarter. He didn’t return and, luckily, the immediate X-Rays didn’t show any structural damage, but the MRI is scheduled for Tuesday as part of protocol.
In Toronto, the scoring was led by Fred VanVleet, who picked up 25 points and six rebounds, while Norman Powell scored a total of 24 points.
The Raptors are beginning a three-game homestand Wednesday against Milwaukee Bucks and the Pacers will be playing the first of two games this Wednesday in Charlotte.
Pistons Exit From Slump
The Detroit Pistons’ four-game losing streak is finally over after beating the Philadelphia 76ers 119-104 on Monday. With an impressive shooting night, Delon Wright scored a career-high 28 points and finally overpassed his previous career-best in 2019 of 26 points. He also added nine assists and seven rebounds to help the team pick up a win. Adding to the performance, Jerami Grant and Wayne Ellington scored 25 and 20 points, respectively.
On the other hand, Tobias Harris also had a great night, leading the Sixers scoring after getting a total of 25 points. The back soreness was still affecting Sixers star Joel Embiid, who couldn’t play because of it. He helped the team after scoring 33 points in the previous Saturday victory, and the Sixers now host the Lakers on Wednesday. On the other side, the Pistons are visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on the same day.