Despite LeBron James, another loss to the Lakers, Nikola Jokic saves Denver

Seven NBA games were played that night, and East-leading Boston suffered its second straight loss at Miami. In the West, Denver can thank Nikola Jokic for being atop the conference (still). Finally, despite 46 points, LeBron James could not avoid the 26th defeat of the season for the Lakers.

178 points below Abdul-Jabbar’s record

Has “LBJ” ever been so strong at 38? The question now pops up with every release of his, almost always tagged “masterclass”. Has averaged 35 points and 51.8% shooting success in 10 games this January. It’s enough to catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points) at a very high pace, as he needs only 178 units to overtake the legend in the all-time leading scorer ranking.

During this “angeleno” derby, James (46 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals) took advantage of the opportunity to pass his personal record for baskets (9) behind the arc and now boasts that everyone has scored at least 40 points. teams in the league. And so he rang the bell in vain for the Lakers, who were comatose and in Gruyere mode for three quarters against the collectively more effective Clippers behind Paul George (27 points, 9 rebounds) and Kawhi Leonard (25 points, 9). rbds).

“LeBron is playing at an incredible level, I’m happy for him, but we have to improve. We have to fight, play together and help him.”, – his coach Darwin Ham is aware of the urgency. Stuck at No. 13, the Lakers are indeed far from the playoffs. “Clippers” continues to gain momentum in the 5th place.

15th triple-double of the season for Jokic

At the top of the conference, Denver gave itself a scare, blowing a 19-point lead in New Orleans before finally winning to the wire thanks to Nikola Jokic.

Not satisfied with the new triple-double (25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists), the 4th in a row and the 15th of the season, the two-time MVP hit the winning basket from the mid-range with 16.9 seconds. from the end. Despite this fifth straight setback, the Pelicans, who will be out for two more weeks (hamstring), remain in No. 4.

Especially since Dallas (6th) had to lose at home to Washington (127-126). Luka Doncic still struggled, scoring 41 points (15 rebounds, 6 assists), but Kyle Kuzma (30 points) hit the free throw (11th in the East) with 5 seconds left for the Wizards. In Phoenix, the Suns (7th) won their fourth straight at the expense of Charlotte (128-97).

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Boston stops again

Boston, the leader in the East, accepted its second consecutive loss in Miami (98-95), poorly managed in the last quarter and paid for 30 points from Bam Adebayo.

Jaylen Brown (adductor), Al Horford (back), Malcolm Brogdon (personal reasons) and Marcus Smart (ankle) were too heavy for the Celtics, who led by 10 units (87-77) in the end. quarter, thanks to Jayson Tatum (31 points, 14 rebounds). The Heat, without Jimmy Butler (back), scored 15 points while missing ten straight shots by the C’s. The latter still tied the score (95-95) on Grant Williams’ long-range banderilla in the final minute.

But Adebayo (15 rbds) was clumsy (9 points on 4/19) in this matchup, but Tyler Herro, who intercepted Tatum’s pass and was decisive, put Miami back on a backhand layup with 20 seconds left. final possession.

Miami remains sixth behind Cleveland (105-103) at New York (105-103), where Julius Randle (36 points, 13 rebounds) sparkled with eight baskets behind the arc.

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