Houston (USA), Jan. 21 – Marathon Day in the NBA to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day holiday that left the humiliation of Los Angeles Lakers of LeBron James in Boston to the new Celtics, the 61-point mark from Damian Lillard base and the 21 triples of the New Orleans Pelicans.
While the Milwaukee Bucks established themselves as the best team in the league, the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz kept fighting for the Northwest Division lead, which they share, and the Oklahoma City Thunder left the Houston Rockets in crisis .
The baseman Kemba Walker lived the most special night as a professional since he came to the Celtics when he managed to beat a team of forward LeBron James for the first time in his career after winning the Los Angeles Lakers by 139-107.
Walker, as a Charlotte Hornets franchise player, was never able to win James (28-0), but this time he contributed 20 points and helped the Celtics’ balanced attack achieve the victory he had wanted as well as professional and end the losing streak before the four-time winner of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
The forward Jayson Tatum also stood out as leader of the Celtics attack to get 27 points that left the Lakers, current leaders of the Western Conference with the worst defeat so far this season, and the biggest in the 50 years of rivalry between both NBA dynasties, which distribute 33 league titles.
Only seven times the difference in the final score in duels between the two teams exceeded the 30-point barrier.
James, who contributed a double-double of 15 goals, 13 assists and four rebounds, acknowledged at the end of the game that the Celtics “beat” them in all facets and there was nothing to object.
It was Lillard’s big night that contributed 61 points, his best franchise mark, as well as the 11 triples he achieved in the game that the Trail Blazers won in the 129-124 extra time to the Golden State Warriors.
Lillard also became the first NBA player to score 60 or more points with 10 or more triples in a match and is the sixth with several 60-point games.
Another base, Jrue Holiday returned full form after having been down several games due to injury of his left elbow and emerged with 36 points as the leader of the attack of the New Orleans Pelicans that imposed visitors by 116-123 to the Grizzlies from Memphis, to those who cut a streak of seven consecutive wins.
The Pelicans also established the best brand in the history of the team with 21 triples.The Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo starred in another special day in his professional career by achieving a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the game that the Bucks won 111-98 against the Chicago Bulls and celebrated with it reaches 10,000 as a professional.
In turn, the Bucks (39-6) achieved the seventh straight victory, swept the Bulls for the second time in the four-season series since 2017-18 and consolidated as leading leaders of the Eastern Conference and the league.
Rookie power forward Michael Porter Jr. got his second double-double of the season by contributing 20 points and 14 rebounds that helped the Nuggets win 100-107 visitors to the Minnesotta Timberwolves, who lost the sixth straight game .
The contribution of Porter Jr. was decisive for the Nuggets to return to the path of triumph and with a 30-13 mark they remain at the head of the Northwest Division leadership, tied with the Utah Jazz, who also won 118-88 at the Indiana Pacers.
The escort Donovan Mitchell contributed 25 points as leader of the balanced attack of the Jazz, who won the second consecutive game and the twelfth in the last 13 they have played.
Base Chris Paul returned to the Toyota Center and claimed to be the All-Star and leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder who led the visitors triumph 107-112 against the Houston Rockets, his former team, who suffered the fourth straight loss , the worst run so far this season.
Paul scored 28 points, including four triples, captured seven rebounds, handed out three assists and regained three balls as leader of a list of four Thunder players who had double-digit numbers.
The base Russell Westbrook also shone before his former team of the Thunder with a triple-double of 32 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, the eighth of the season, as leader of the Rockets.
The Australian baseman Ben Simmons became the leader of the Philadelphia Sixers to whom he contributed a triple-double of 34 points – he scored best professional brand -, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the game that won visitors 111-117 against the Brooklyn Nets, who played without star base Kyrie Irving, injured.
In other results of the day, San Antonio won at home by 118-120 to Phoenix, Toronto did the same against Atlanta (117-122), Orlando against Charlotte (83-106) and New York to Cleveland (86-106) .
While Miami defeated from home, in extra time, 118-113 to Sacramento and Washington beat 106-100 to Detroit.