Houston (USA), Jan. 8 – The Los Angeles Lakers maintain their winning march and reached six consecutive victories, in addition to achieving their 30th victory so far in the championship, which brought them closer to the league leadership , which now occupy the Milwaukee Bucks.
While veteran forward Carmelo Anthony and center forward Andre Drummond established individual brands with a winning basket and a double-double, respectively, which left the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons winners.
Star forward LeBron James contributed 31 points – leading scorer -, five rebounds, five assists and two ball recoveries, which allowed the Lakers to easily beat the New York Knicks by 117-87.
The victory is the sixth consecutive that the Lakers got and with a 30-7 mark they become the second team that reaches 30 victories this season.
Power forward Anthony Davis played 38 minutes and scored only five points for the Lakers, as he left the field during the third quarter after injuring the lower back in a spectacular fall.
Davis injured the sacrum bone, the lower part of the spine above the coccyx, when he lost his balance after trying a plug to the power forward Julius Randle, former Lakers player, who had penetrated the basket.
The first X-ray tests were negative, but Davis did not return to the game and the Lakers executives and his agent, Rich Paul, confirmed that the player will undergo more medical tests that accurately determine his physical condition.
Davis, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is the main reason for the rapid rise of the Lakers to the top of the Western Conference and before the game it was known that he had rejected the team’s offer for a maximum contract extension by four years and 146 million dollars so you will be a free agent without restrictions.
In his first season with the Lakers, Davis, which was acquired by transfer to the New Orleans Pelicans, has averages of 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Anthony contributed 28 points, including the winning basket of the game in which the Trail Blazers were imposed at home 99-101 to the Toronto Raptors.
The Trail Blazers broke a four-game losing streak in Toronto and won for the second time in 10 games against the Raptors, the current league champions, who had base Kyle Lowry as leader with a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists.
The base Chris Paul got 28 points, including 20 in the fourth period and extension, with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who won at home 103-111 to the Brooklyn Nets.
Another base, the reserve Derrick Rose, who contributed 24 points, scored when the basket that decided to win the Detroit Pistons 113-115 before the Cleveland Cavaliers remained 27 seconds of regulation time.
The victory provided good news for the Pistons, who play without their stellar power forward Blake Griffin, who underwent surgery on his left knee and will be away from activity for a prolonged period of rehabilitation.
The pivot Andre Drummond achieved double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds and reaches 38 professional games in which he reaches the 20-20 mark in both categories.
Power forward Kevin Love, who tried to leave behind the controversy with the Cavaliers of wanting to go and face their teammates, was the leader who contributed 30 goals and nine rebounds, without being able to avoid the fifth consecutive defeat of his team.
The forward Dillon Brooks had 28 goals for the Memphis Grizzlies, who beat 119-112 to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and got the third straight win.
Rookie baseman Ja Morant got 25 points and power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. reached 21 points with the Grizzlies.
Another base, DeAaron Fox, scored 27 points as the leader of the Sacramento Kings attack, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 103-114, and won the third game of the last four.
The guard Devin Booker contributed 34 points as the best scorer of the Suns, and it was his seventh consecutive game with at least 30 goals, which extends his franchise record.