The Lakers easily defeat the Nets
To begin with, both teams were missing some of their finest players, with the Lakers missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Meanwhile, the Nets were without their star player, James Harden, but things got worse for the Nets when Kyrie ejected.
The Lakers dominated the first quarter, scoring 33 points while the Nets scored 25.
Following that, both teams entered the second quarter with the Lakers leading by eight points.
The Nets were able to retain their lead after shooting 63.2 percent in the second quarter and cutting it to three at halftime.
The Lakers lead 66-62 with 9:41 left in the third when Kyrie Irving fouled Dennis Schroder.
Schroder praised the decision and began jawing a few seconds later.
They were still jawing when the Lakers were about to inbound the ball.
Nobody stopped jawing, and they were shortly ejected.
The Lakers eventually opened the third quarter with a 15-2 surge over the Nets.
They lead the Nets for the majority of the game.
Los Angeles quickly increased its lead to 21 points 90 seconds into the fourth quarter.
“I thought they were the aggressor,” Nets head coach Steve Nash stated. “They were more aggressive.
They struck first. We couldn’t compete with their physicality and competitive fire.
This is exactly what you get.
This is a squad that is missing a lot of men, and when they get an opportunity, their eyes light up, and they came out and played tougher than us, more physical than us, and it’s a fantastic lesson for us.”
The Lakers performed admirably despite the absence of their best players
The Lakers were missing not only James and Anthony but also Kyle Kuzma.
Despite this, the Lakers performed admirably on both the offensive and defensive ends, with eight players scoring in double figures.
Andre Drummond finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Similarly, despite getting expelled after 20 minutes, Dennis Schroder scored 19 points, had four assists, and a rebound.
“We were out here competing, making shots today, and, sure, that’s the biggest win of the year,” Schroder said.
Similarly, Ben McLemore scored 17 points, while three Lakers players scored 14 points.
Kevin Durant, on the other hand, led the Nets with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
“They struck us in the mouth early, and then we had to struggle uphill the rest of the game,” Durant said.
Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, left after 21 minutes with 18 points and 4 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge also scored in double figures, finishing with 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
With the loss, the Nets drop to second place in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers drop to fifth in the Western Conference.
On Tuesday, the Nets will play the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Lakers will play the New York Knicks.
The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Joel Embed
The 76ers got off to a fast start against the Thunder, scoring 37 points in the first quarter while the Thunder only scored 25.
OKC made a good comeback in the second quarter, scoring 28 points and preventing the 76ers from scoring more.
However, the 76ers were still ahead by 9 points after leading by 8 points in the first quarter and scoring 29 more points in the second quarter.
Both teams went head to head in the third quarter, with only a point separating them.
The Sixers lead the third quarter, 24-23, against the Thunder.
However, the 76ers came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring and defending admirably.
They scored 27 points while the Thunder only scored 17.
The Philadelphia 76ers eventually won 117-93, thanks to a stunning 24-point performance from LeBron James.
Joel Embid led the way for the 76ers with 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Furkan Korkmaz contributed 20 points, five steals, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes.
In 28 minutes, Ben Simmons had 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 FT), three rebounds, and three assists.
Darius Bazley of the Thunder, on the other hand, had 17 points and nine rebounds in his first game back after missing 15 games with a shoulder bruise.
Thunder coach Mark Daigneault stated, “We’re glad he’s back.”
“We’re glad he appears to be in good form; his physique appears to be in good shape.”
Simply continue to construct from here. This is a crucial 20-game stretch for him.”
OKC will now play the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, while the 76ers will play the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
Utah Jazz wins their 24th consecutive home game
The Utah Jazz established the lead in the first quarter, scoring 34 points to the Kings’ 31.
The Sacramento Kings scored 34 points in the second quarter, while the Jazz only managed 25 points.
The Kings led by 6 points going into the third quarter.
To seize the lead, the Jazz needed their guys to step up and score more points.
Donovan Mitchell stood up when they needed the offensive line to perform well.
He scored brilliantly to put the Jazz back in front.
The Jazz outscored the Kings by 36 points to 24.
Similarly, the Jazz dominated the Kings in the fourth quarter, eventually winning their 24th straight game.
The Kings had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter but were quickly outscored 24-7 in the final 5:43 seconds.
Donovan Mitchell tied his season high with 42 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in the Jazz’s win over the Kings.
Mike Conley also had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Joe Ingles had 20 points, three rebounds, and six assists.
De Aaron Fox, on the other hand, led the Kings with 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Similarly, Richaun Holmes scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Buddy Hield contributed 19 points.
The Jazz will now play the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, while the Kings will play the New Orleans Pelicans.