Lakers, Raptors And Thunder Become Winners; Doncic And Williamson, Dominant

Houston (USA), Feb 22 (EFE) .- Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder confirmed in the beginning the second half of the league that they aspire to be in the playoffs and fight for the title in their respective conferences.While in the individual section, Slovenian baseman Luka Doncic, also returned full form as the winning leader of the Dallas Mavericks, and rookie power forward Zion Williamson has already put the Pelicans of New Orleans in the fight for the playoffs. Star forward LeBron James once again emerged as the leader of the Lakers’ attack by scoring 32 points and seven assists that helped them defeat Memphis Grizzlies by 117-105. The Lakers, with a 42-12 mark, with their fourth consecutive victory since last February 6, march leaders of the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. Center Anthony Davis got a double-double of 28 goals, 13 rebounds and seven plugs qu and left him the Lakers leader in the actions within the painting by completing a large second half. James and Davis returned to the regular season competition after having been protagonists last Sunday in the 69th edition of the All-Star Party, that Team LeBron (James) won by 157-156 to Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in homage to former escort Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash. Davis with a personnel shot was the one who decided the victory by getting point 157 (Objective Encestador) of the game that premiered a new format. Cameroon power forward Pascal Siakam had double-double 37 points and 12 rebounds that helped the Raptors win easily 118-101 at the Phoenix Suns. The Raptors (41 -15) got their sixteenth victory in the last 17 games and leaders of the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference are consolidated, where the Milwaukee Bucks have the best brand and also in the league. After the 15-game winning streak, the best in the Toronto franchise, ended with a defeat in Brooklyn in the last game before the All-Star break, the Raptors recovered at the start of the second half of the season with their eighth consecutive victory at home.The Toronto team, current NBA defending champions, has not lost consecutive games since they were overtaken in overtime by the Indiana Pacers on December 23 and a home loss to the Boston Celtics Christmas Day, but a 19-1 mark since then. The forward Gordon Hayward contributed 29 points and the Celtics won at home by 117-127 to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the loss of the stellar pivot, the American of origin Dominican, Karl-Anthony Towns, injured. The Celtics have won for the ninth time in the last 10 games and are 1.5 games behind the NBA defending champions, the Toronto Raptors for the second time. 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. Veteran baseman Chris Paul scored 29 points as the leading scorer for the Thunder, who defeated the Denver Nuggets 113-101, dueling leading teams from the Northwest Division. The Nuggets began the day with the second best mark of the Western Conference. Again, the Serbian center All-Star, Nikola Jokic with 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists was the leader of the Nuggets attack, but could not avoid defeat. Doncic’s figure returned to stand out as the undisputed leader of the Mavericks attack by contributing a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds that helped them beat the Orlando Magic by beating 106-122 and stayed at the gates of the fourteenth triple- double. The former Real Madrid player played 34 minutes in which he scored 10 of 21 field shots, including 4 of 8 triples and 9 of 12 from the personnel line. The Mavericks improved to 19-8 off-field this season, after they won only 18 combined matches as a visiting team in the last two seasons. Williamson contributed 25 points as leader of the Pelicans attack, who won at home 115-128 at the Portland Trail Blazers. The Pelicans, who led by up to 22 points, have won four of his last five games and enter fully into the fight for the eighth place in the Western Conference. Read more Williamson achieved his seventh consecutive game with at least 20 points and is also positioned as the big favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award His streak of games with more than 20 points is the longest among NBA rookies this season, and he was the first player since legendary Michael Jordan to have 20 or more goals in eight of his first 10 professional games. DeJounte Murray base contributed 23 points as the best scorer of the San Antonio Spurs, who won at home 104-113 to the Utah Jazz, who won for the second time so far in the league. Results of the day, Cleveland, with the debut of its interim coach J.B.Bickerstaff on the bench, defeated Washington and Indiana at home 108-113 by 98-106 against New York. (c) EFE Agency

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