In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on the road.
NBA continued with 3 matches. The Lakers defeated the Bucks 113-106 in the match in which the star LeBron James came to the fore with 34 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds in the fight of the two teams that are among the championship candidates.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points and Anthony Davis 18 points in the Lakers, the leader of the Western Conference, which won the season 12.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25, Jrue Holiday 22, Khris Middleton 20 points at the Bucks, the third of the Eastern Conference, which suffered its sixth defeat.
7th win in a row by Jazz
Second in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 129-118 at their court, their 7th in a row and their 11th win in a row.
Donovan Mitchell scored 36, Mike Conley 20, Jordan Clarkson 19 for Jazz.
Zion Williamson had 27 points and Brandon Ingram had 23 points in Pelicans, which had lost its 9th this season.
Knicks beat the Warriors
The New York Knicks won the match, 119-104, as guests of the Golden State Warriors.
RJ Barrett played 28 points, Julius Randle with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists in the Knicks, who won their 8th victory in a row.
Stephen Curry’s number 30 and Andrew Wiggins’s number 17 could not prevent the Warriors’ 7th defeat.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis expressed disappointment with the Lakers’ performance in their 113-106 win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night.
Although Davis was pleased with his aggression, he admitted that “he’s been playing awful right now”:
“I’m someone who always puts pressure on myself to be a better basketball player and I won’t stop doing it. To be honest with myself, I think I’m playing terrible right now. I can’t shoot. I can’t shoot free throws. But with my aggressiveness this night, playing backwards in the painted area, for other guys. I think I provide space. “
Davis closed the night with 18 points (8/18 hits), 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
AD missed 10 shots last night, with only 44.4% accuracy compared to its 53.2% average in the season. In addition, AD, who played only 2/5 hits from the foul line, had 63.6% hits in his last three games, compared to 80.1% career average.
While the Lakers remained undefeated (8-0) on the road, they raised their rank in the season to 12-4.
LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball’s return to Los Angeles – Lakers drag Hornets away late
Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James was clearly the best player on the field and, with the energetic support of Dennis Schröder, carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-105 victory. LaMelo Ball impressed in his hometown.
Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) – Charlotte Hornets (20-20) 116: 105
James started with 13 points (6/7 FG) in the first quarter and always hit important throws when the Hornets threatened to equalize or to take the lead. The MVP candidate finished the game with 37 points (14/22 FG), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schröder fulfilled his role as a secondary playmaker well with 22 points (9/19 FG) and 7 assists. In addition, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker each contributed 12 points from the bench.
LaMelo Ball held up well with 26 points (10/18 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (but 6 turnovers), the Hornets lacked points, especially from Gordon Hayward (7), but the forward distributed 10 assists and collected 9 rebounds . Terry Rozier got 20 points and P.J. Washington impressed as a small ball center with 18, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Alex Caruso (5) was available to the Lakers again after his concussion, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel, without Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, relied on Damian Jones as the center again. However, like Charlotte, L.A. later switched to smaller lineups, neither Jones nor Cody Zeller played more than 13 minutes.
With the victory and the simultaneous defeat of the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers are back in second place in the Western Conference. Charlotte ranks seventh in the east.
Bron’s got the spin and his teammates got his back 👏 pic.twitter.com/LuUUDaZME1— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2021
Both teams pushed the pace at the beginning of the game and scored again and again in the fast break, L.A. pulled away at 21:14. LeBron James (13) and Dennis Schröder (10) together scored 23 of the 31 Lakers points in the first quarter.
The high pace continued in the second quarter, but the Hornets lost control several times and allowed the Lakers with wild turnover (19:12 in total) a 14-2 run including a 51:33 lead in the middle of the section. Charlotte responded with seven unanswered points when James took a short break, but the King came back with five quick points before the break at halftime score of 60:45.
The Hornets came out of the cabin well and, with the help of a triplet from Rozier, were seven points behind. After a break, Charlotte extended his run with a triple from Ball to 16: 4 and leveled the game shortly afterwards. James Borrego waived starting center Cody Zeller and instead let P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward play long distances in the front court, whereby the Hornets won the third section with 34:23 and went into the final section with only -4.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers gained some distance with a 10-0 run and were able to hold this lead until the end, the Hornets did not get any closer than 7 points. Charlotte has three away games ahead of her with the Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. The Lakers receive the hot Hawks on Saturday afternoon, North American time.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers shoot the Golden State Warriors out of the hall
The Los Angeles Lakers have achieved a safe blowout victory against the Golden State Warriors and with their second success in a row reclaimed second place in the west. LeBron James and Co. made it at 117: 91
Los Angeles Lakers – Golden State Warriors 117: 91
LeBron James’s working day was over after just 24 minutes, a low of the season for the King. The 36-year-old didn’t need any longer to get his Lakers onto the road to victory. LeBron got 19 points (7/12 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and blocks.
Support was provided by five other Lakers players with a double-digit point yield, including Dennis Schröder. The German put on 12 points and 6 assists with a plus / minus value of +32 in just 25 minutes. Markieff Morris (13 and 8 rebounds), Kyle Kuzma (12 and 11) and Alex Caruso (13) also knew how to convince.
The Los Angeles Lakers offense rolled over the guests without mercy, and in the first quarter, L.A. had a 20-point lead, which grew to 29 points by the half-time break. The Warriors lacked the offensive power to keep up. From a distance, only 8 of the 34 attempts (23.5 percent) were successful, the guests only hit 40.7 percent from the field.
Stephen Curry couldn’t make his mark on the game either. He finished the game with 16 points (5/13 FG, 2/7 threesomes) and 7 assists, Eric Paschall was the top scorer of the Dubs with 18 points from the bench. Kelly Oubre Jr. still got 14 points, Andrew Wiggins (3, 1/5 FG) had a pitch-black day. In addition, Draymond Green twisted his left ankle in the second quarter when he landed unlucky on the foot of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. In the second half he was no longer able to play, but the game had long been decided.
Los Angeles Lakers with triple fireworks early on the trail
In the first few minutes of the game, the Lakers indicated in which direction this game should go. The home side started the game 20: 5 and welded five threes through the trap in the first six minutes. A green dunk followed by a four-point game by Curry brought some life to the dubs in the middle of the section, but they couldn’t stop the Los Angeles Lakers.
With LeBron on the bench, Schröder led the reigning champion with some good plays. Ultimately, L.A. finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run, set a season high for most points in one run, and went into the second quarter at 41:21. From the guests’ point of view, there was no improvement there. The Los Angeles Lakers scored almost at will with good drives, Golden State remained cold. A deep buzzer beater from LeBron finally paused at 73:44.
Even after the break, the Warriors couldn’t manage to make the game exciting again. Los Angeles maintained its comfortable lead in the third section and even expanded it to 35 points. The fourth quarter turned out to be extended garbage time.
Center Damian Jones, who started his career at Golden State and recently signed a ten-day contract with the Lakers, made his debut for Purple and Gold (8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks). Shortly before the end, Kostas Antetokounmpo provided a highlight with a cracking putback dunk. It was the end of the first Warriors bankruptcy after three wins in a row.
DeMarcus Cousins and Houston Rockets are reportedly facing separation – Lakers are probably interested
The Houston Rockets and Big Man DeMarcus Cousins are reportedly facing a split. The Texans apparently want to shrink and rejuvenate themselves in the front court and give cousins the opportunity to stay with another team. There are already interested parties.
As Shams Charania from The Athletic reports, the separation between the Rockets and DeMarcus Cousins could take place in the coming days. Apparently, the 30-year-old center is about to be fired or traded. When released, Cousins could choose his next team as a free agent.
As Kelly Iko (also The Athletic) adds, DeMarcus Cousins was a good influence in the dressing room and helped the young big men in the squad with tips. But the Rockets supposedly want to reduce and rejuvenate their front court. Cousins recently had difficulties with his restricted mobility after an Achilles tendon and a cruciate ligament tear, especially in defense.
After Christian Wood was injured, DMC moved into the starting five, but couldn’t convince in the bigger role. On average, Cousins comes out of the field in 25 missions this season with 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds at 37.6 percent. The Rockets only announced on Friday that they would guarantee his one-year contract for the rest of the season. This step was probably taken to thank the center for its professionalism and dedication to the team.
According to a report by Kevin O’Connor (The Ringer), the market for cousins is limited. One team that will show interest is allegedly the Los Angeles Lakers. DeMarcus Cousins was already under contract in Hollywood in the 2019/20 season, but tore a cruciate ligament before the start of the season and did not play a game for the Lakers.