NBA. The Celtics have the Lakers to themselves and Joel Embiid is having fun against Denver
Boston pulled off a “classic” against the Lakers after overtime (125-121), despite LeBron James still being great with 41 points, this Saturday in the NBA, Joel Embiid, stratospheric with 47 points, during Philadelphia’s victory over Nikola Jokic ( 126-119) v. Denver.
The poster boy against two of the most successful franchises in history, 17 crowns apiece, has delivered on all of its promise and turned in favor of the Celtics, who are comfortable leaders in the East. But it was close, as LA led for a long time and did not notice a foul by Jayson Tatum (30 points, 11 rebounds) on James (9 rebounds, 8 assists) who went to the rim before the buzzer.
“That hurt a lot! I do not understand”lamented “LBJ” on Twitter long after the game.
Boston wins in overtime
On the floor, he screamed in vain at the injustice and Patrick Beverley was given a technical foul after bringing the camera to the referees.
In all good and bad shooting, the back (15 points) came close to being the California hero of the evening with the award-winning basket in the final minute and his extremely rare dunk. Jaylen Brown led to the C’s tying goal.
Five minutes of play benefited Boston, Brown scored 11 of 37 points, well assisted by Malcolm Brogdon (26 points).
Anthony Davis (16 points, 10 rebounds) on the Lakers side, still far from the playoffs in 13th place in the West, couldn’t get enough weight to support James, who is fast approaching Karam’s record. Abdul Jabbar. He needs just 117 to become the league’s all-time leading scorer.
Steps on Embiid Jokic
The poster was also raised earlier in Philadelphia between No. 2 in the East and No. 1 in the West, with Joel Embiid’s power play allowing the Sixers to knock off the Nuggets, but trail by 15 at halftime. .
The Cameroonian French, then American – the two countries praying to use his talents for the 2023 Worlds and 2024 Olympics – was ultra-dominant at the meet. And a 30-second banner of debris planted on Nikola Jokic’s nose and beard proved fatal.
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He immediately turned around and spread his hands, his gaze seemed to say: “But what do you want to do to me? ». An image reminiscent of the famous Michael Jordan who martyred Portland in Game 1 in 1992 when the Bulls won.
The harmless Serbian interior (24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) couldn’t do anything, while Embiid (18 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks) was unstoppable in the second half of the matchup, but was poorly recruited by Philly. because the Nuggets were ahead by 5 minutes in the 40th second.
A renewed race for the title of MVP
In the race for Jokic’s two-time MVP title, as well as a game determined to send a message to fans who favor Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum in five-time All-Star competition, Embiid had the game-tying move in the 3rd quarter, going off the dribble to send the Serb into the wind and dunk. accelerated to.
“There is no competition. I love this big guy. “Two-time MVP, one of the best players in the league… We just wanted to go against the best team in the West and I think we have a chance for the title.” reacted.
Brooklyn, in turn, defeated the Knicks (122-115), led by Kyrie Irving (32 points), and consolidated the 4th place in the East.
In Atlanta, the Clippers chained the fifth victory (120-113) carried by the reborn Kawhi Leonard (32 points) and rose to the 4th position in the West.
Finally, in San Antonio, the Suns spoiled the birthday of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, now 74, by winning (128-118 ap), especially thanks to Chris Paul (31 points, 11 assists).