HOUSTON — Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers maintained their fight for the leadership of the Western Conference with two wins, while in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers succumbed to the decimated Portland Trail Blazers..
In the individual section, the forward Kelly Oubre Jr. claimed his best performance since joining the Golden State Warriors and did so with 40 points that left him as the best scorer of the NBA day.
The base reserves Jordan Clarkson had his best touch of the wrist on shots from outside the perimeter and with five triples he reached 23 points that helped Utah beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-112 away from home.
Along with Clarkson, who also grabbed seven rebounds, Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and guard Donovan Mitchell added 18 points with which the Jazz put their global record at 17-5, the best in the Western Conference and the league.
While the French center Rudy Gobert was once again the best of the Jazz in the inside game with a double-double 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Utah team started a new winning streak with his second win in a row after breaking another of 11 wins in a row, the best that has occurred so far this season.
The eaves LeBron James finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, German point guard Dennis Schröder added 21 points and the Lakers took off in the second half to win 114-93 over the Denver Nuggets.
Backup guard Talen Horton-Tucker converted 12 of his 17 points during the reigning NBA champion’s inspired second-half offense as he returned to his court after a solid seven-game road trip and improved his surprisingly modest home record to 5. -4 with his victory in the reissue of last season’s Western Conference final in the bubble.
James advanced to the third position of the historical classification of players with more shots from the field and signed the triple-double 96 of his career, the second of the season, while the Lakers won the eleventh game in the last 14 days of competition.
The Canadian base Jamal Murray scored 20 points and reserve Monte Morris added 16 to the Nuggets tally., who conceded their second loss in eight games. Serbian center Nikola Jokic was left with just 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Listen to him Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points and Swiss Turkish internal Enes Kanter had a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds that allowed the decimated Trail Blazers to beat the Sixers 105-121 away from home, who broke a four-game winning streak.
The veteran forward Carmelo Anthony also shone in the balanced attack of the Trail Blazers, scoring 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, recovered a ball and put two blocks..
While the Cameroonian center Joel Embiid scored 37 points as the Sixers’ leading scorer, but had no presence in the inside game after losing the duel with Kanter after capturing five rebounds.
Embiid tied former point guard Andrew Toney’s team record with 25 points in the second quarter.. Toney established it on March 21, 1982 in the last quarter of the game they played against the Boston Celtics.
Forward Tobias Harris was better in the inside game and finished with a double-double, but he only scored 12 points and caught 11 balls under the hoops.
But the Sixers didn’t have the starting point guard, Australian Ben Simmons, a tight left calf, and his absence was felt too much, much more so than the Trail Blazers had.
Portland played without starting point guard Damian Lillard (abdominal strain), forward Derrick Jones Jr. (sprained left foot) and four other players who were already out, including starting guard and second-leading scorer CJ McCollum (left foot). , and the Trail Blazers were left with nine players.
The offensive explosion that the Warriors expected from forward Kelly Oubre Jr. occurred at the American Airlines Center, where he scored 40 points – the best professional record – and his team beat the local Dallas Mavericks with a 116-147 beating, who lost the seventh game in his field.
The base John Wall had 22 points and eight assists that put him in front of the balanced attack of the Houston Rockets who prevailed on the road 103-115 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Listen to him Eric Gordon had another 20 points and the Rockets were back on the winning path after breaking a streak of six straight wins.