LeBron James couldn’t avoid losing the Lakers last night in the NBA. The same fate was reserved for Joel Embiid with Philadelphia despite an extraordinary performance.
Two days after their victorious derby against the Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers bit the dust against defending champion Toronto (107-92). Despite a double-double (20 points-10 rebounds), His Majesty LeBron James could not do anything to counter the form of the Canadians. The palm goes to Kyle Lowry, credited with 33 points and 14 rebounds. He was perfectly supported by Fred Van Vleet, also finished in double-double: 13 points and 11 assists. This hitch has very little impact on the franchise of the City of Angels, firmly anchored at the top of the Western Conference. The Raptors remain 2nd in the East.
Cameroonian Joel Embiid soared last night but to no avail. For the second time in his career, during the same meeting he exceeded 40 points (41) and 20 rebounds (21). Breathtaking ! Nonetheless, the Sixers stumbled upon a burning TJ Warren. With his 53 points he broke his career record. Indiana needed it to win this match (127-121) and thus toast 5th place in the Eastern Conference to its victim of the day.
Finally, the Clippers for their part easily subdued the Pelicans (126-103), allowing themselves to breathe very early during the meeting the executives of the team. Paul George finished leading scorer (28 points), closely followed by Kawhi Leonard (24 points).
The Heat wins the shock of the day
Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee already in the rhythm