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Lakers win in Utah without LeBron James and Celtics crush Nets

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Lakers win in Utah without LeBron James and Celtics crush Nets

Los Angeles (AFP) – Saving LeBron James before the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 138-122 on Wednesday with an extraordinary performance by Anthony Davis and Rui Hachimura, while the Boston Celtics crushed for 50 points to the Brooklyn Nets.

First modification: 02/15/2024 – 04:47 Last modification: 02/15/2024 – 08:46

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The NBA offered an intense menu of 13 games on the penultimate day before the start of the All-Star Game weekend.

A large number of players who will participate in the event took a break on Wednesday, including LeBron James, who will break the record for appearances in the All-Star with 20.

The Lakers did not miss their leader this time and signed a convincing victory on the Jazz court led by Davis, who had 37 points and 15 rebounds, and the Japanese Hachimura with 33 points, the best scoring mark of his career.

The Los Angeles team, led with solvency this time by D’Angelo Russell (11 points and 14 assists), continues to rise with six wins in the seven games played in February, which places it in ninth place in the Western Conference.

One behind are the Golden State Warriors, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped when they fell 130-125 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The other Los Angeles team overcame a 12-point deficit in the last eight minutes despite not having Kawhi Leonard due to a left adductor problem.

The reaction came after the expulsion of his coach, Ty Lue, for angrily protesting following a harsh foul by his center Mason Plumlee on rookie Brandin Podziesmki, who signed an astonishing tally of 25 points, 8 assists and 5 three-pointers without a mistake coming out of alternate.

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Paul George (24 points) led the Clippers’ comeback at the Chase Center in San Francisco despite another great performance by Stephen Curry, with 41 points and 9 triples.

The 35-year-old point guard became the first player in history to string four consecutive games with at least seven triples.

Boston’s sixth straight win

Without the need for All-Star guard Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 136-86 for their sixth straight win.

In Boston, point guard Derrick White led the green offense this time with 27 points while star forward Jayson Tatum scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.

Jayson Tatum’s Boston Celtics chained their sixth straight victory in the NBA on Wednesday. © Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Jaylen Brown, who will be a substitute in Sunday’s All-Star Game, was sidelined with a shoulder bruise, as was Al Horford due to discomfort in his left foot.

The offensive wreckage of the Nets was absolute, with only two players in double figures in scoring. One of them was his figure, Mikal Bridges, who was left with just 10 points.

The Celtics continue to rule the East with a record of 43 wins and 12 losses. Their most immediate pursuer are the Cleveland Cavaliers (36-17), who on Wednesday resumed their exceptional winning streak by beating the Chicago Bulls 108-105.

The ‘Cavs’, who stumbled on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, have accumulated 18 wins in the last 20 games.

Guard Donovan Mitchell, also a reserve in the All-Star, led the local attack with 30 points and 7 assists while point guard Coby White stood out for the Bulls with 32 and 4.

Doncic celebrates against ‘Wemby’

With the loss of Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets suffered their third straight loss, falling to the Sacramento Kings 102-98.

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Luka Doncic (right) greets Victor Wembanyama before the start of the game between the Mavericks and Spurs. © Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

The current champions did not overcome the absence of their game director on a gray night in the shooting of Nikola Jokic, who finished with 15 points on a statistic of 6-17 in field goals.

For their part, the Dallas Mavericks of Luka Doncic (27 points) and Kyrie Irving (34) beat the San Antonio Spurs of the French phenomenon Victor Wembanyama by a comfortable 116-93, who once again shone with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 plugs.

— Wednesday’s NBA results:

Charlotte Hornets – Atlanta Hawks 122-99

Orlando Magic – NY Knicks 118-100

Philadelphia 76ers – Miami Heat 104-109

Boston Celtics – Brooklyn Nets 136-86

Cleveland Cavaliers – Chicago Bulls 108-105

Toronto Raptors – Indiana Pacers 125-127

Memphis Grizzlies – Houston Rockets 121-113

New Orleans Pelicans – Washington Wizards 133-126

Dallas Mavericks – San Antonio Spurs 116-93

Denver Nuggets – Sacramento Kings 98-102

Phoenix Suns – Detroit Pistons 116-100

Utah Jazz – LA Lakers 122-138

Golden State Warriors – LA Clippers 125-130

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