Lakers and Nets leave again, surprise Hornets: the results of the night

All easy for LA (good Westbrook and Melo) and Brooklyn against modest opponents like Houston and Detroit. Durant gets sent off for a foul on Olynyk. The Hornets also fold Portland with Ball and Bridges

Davide Piasentini

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The Lakers win at the Staples Center against Houston thanks to the important performances of Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, fundamental in the script of the race even more than LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Easy easy success, however, for the Brooklyn Nets, who clearly overtake the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center with James Harden’s 59th triple-double in career (equaled Larry Bird in the all-time ranking) and 23 points from Kevin Durant, sent off in 3rd fourth. Finally, the victory over Portland of the increasingly convincing Charlotte Hornets, dragged by LaMelo Ball (27 points) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (26 points).

L.A. Lakers-Houston 95-85

The Lakers (4-3) dominate Houston (1-5) at the Staples Center, also reaching +28 in the 4th period but then fall asleep, allowing the Texans to limit the damage and make a clear defeat less evident. Los Angeles had fun on the parquet, especially in the 1st half, and found many baskets in transition and many quality individual plays, which appeared more integrated with each other. Despite a not very sparkling LeBron (15 points with 6/19 shooting and 0/6 from three, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals), the yellow-purple found in Westbrook and Melo the two phenomenal engines of the game. The first with 20 points (9/22 from the field), 9 assists (only 2 turnovers), 8 rebounds and a +25 plus / minus, the second with 23 points, 2 steals and 4 blocks off the bench. Davis’s performance was also solid with 16 points (7/17 shooting) and 13 rebounds in 33 ‘. Lakers, therefore, much more solid and with some acceleration of extraordinary impact on the game both from a technical and environmental point of view, with the electrified Staples. The Rockets had an important reaction of pride in the finale, while remaining proudly true to themselves, for better or for worse, throughout the race. They are young people with great personality but still far, as it should be, from having a complete identity. For Houston, “double double” by order for Christian Wood (16 points and 13 rebounds) and 17 points off the bench for Eric Gordon. Not brilliant, however, the rookie Jalen Green (7 points, 2/8 shooting).

L.A. Lakers:Anthony 23 (8/14, 5/8 of three, 2/4 tl), Westbrook 20, Davis 16. Rebounds: Davis 13. Assists: Westbrook 9.

Houston: Gordon 17 (4/10, 4/6 da tre, 5/7 tl), Wood 16, Porter Jr. 13. Rimbalzi: Wood 13. Assist: Green 5.

Brooklyn-Detroit 117-91

Easy victory for the Brooklyn Nets (4-3) at the Barclays Center against the very modest Detroit Pistons (1-5), without rookie Cade Cunningham, who was rested for the second game of the back-to-back. Steve Nash’s team stretched their hands on the match in the 2nd quarter (36-24) and then consolidated their technical dominance in the 3rd, propelled by a basketball full of qualitative gusts and executions of the highest technical caliber. James Harden finished his career in his 59th triple-double, reaching 7th in the all-time rankings Larry Bird, and joked with his opponents, imagining the action ahead of all the other players and projecting it into the future. For “The Beard” 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29 ‘. The other Nets phenomenon, Kevin Durant, delighted the audience for just 27 ‘, before being sent off in the final part of the 3rd quarter for an unsportsmanlike foul against Kelly Olynyk, “guilty” of having brought a rather energetic block on Brooklyn number 7. KD played splendidly, scored 23 points with 10/13 from the field, never forcing a shot or a choice. Another player who made the difference for the Nets against the Pistons was LaMarcus Aldridge with 16 “semi-automatic” points (7/8 shooting) coming off the bench. Detroit has almost never been in the game, with the exception of the 1st quarter and some small fragments of the 2nd, and has let go in a completely natural way, crushed by the technical difference compared to the opponent. Jerami Grant badly with just 11 points, 5/15 shooting and -21 plus / minus. Brooklyn, on the other hand, shot with 65.3% from the field (47/72) and 52% from three (13/25), dominated by rebounds (41-29), in the points scored in the area (42-30) and in the assists. team (30-21).

Brooklyn: Durant 23 (10/13, 1/1 da tre, 2/3 tl), Harden 18, Aldridge 16. Rimbalzi: Harden 10. Assist: Harden 12.

Detroit: Joseph 13 (4/6, 1/1 of three, 4/4 tl), Jackson 12, Grant 11. Rebounds: Jackson 5. Assists: Bey 6.

Charlotte-Portland 125-113

Charlotte (5-2) raises the level in the second half, scoring 72 points, and wins an important success against Portland (3-3) to consolidate a start to the season as a real team, having fun on the court, giving a show in the half field offensive and, above all, wants to continue the process of maturation. James Borrego’s Hornets have a very specific identity, all the players firmly believe in their potential, and the effects on the pitch are evident. The involvement of the group is total, starting with the two leaders, LaMelo Ball (27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists) and Miles Bridges (19 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds). The supporting cast is also excellent, with the great performance of PJ Washington (17 points with 8/8 from the field) and, above all, of Kelly Oubre Jr. (26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals), the most decisive of the Hornets with 13 points in the 4th period. Charlotte produced 36 assists out of 44 goals scored, which is significant. Portland, on the other hand, progressively lost lucidity and intensity during the match and was little supported in terms of offensive turnover by Damian Lillard, who finished with 14 points and 12 assists, shooting 2/20 from the field and 2/14 from three. CJ McCollum’s 25 points and 8 assists and Anfernee Simons’ 19 off the bench were useless. Still too many empty passes in the performance of the Blazers. Too many to think of beating a healthy team like Charlotte away from home.

Charlotte: Ball 27 (10/20, 4/9 of three, 3/4 tl), Oubre Jr. 26, Bridges 19. Rebounds: Ball 9. Assists: Bridges 9.

Portland: McCollum 25 (10/24, 4/11 da tre, 1/2 tl), Simons 19, Lillard/Powell 14. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 14. Assist: Lillard 12.

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