The player: Anthony Davis in success
Without LeBron James, it was once again Anthony Davis who carried the Lakers against San Antonio, for a third consecutive success for the Californian franchise. As against the Nets (37 points and 18 rebounds) and the Pistons (38 points and 16 rebounds), the interior gave a very bad evening to his alter ego, Gorgui Dieng in this case. In the end, 30 points and 18 rebounds for 60% shooting success. From the first quarter, Davis piled up 18 points to allow the Lakers to lead widely (34-20), thus relieving the fans. The Los Angeles team, 13th in the West and just ahead of its evening rival, won by 31 points (123-92).
The series: Sacramento Kings, and six
It had been almost 18 years, since January 2005, that the Kings had not known such a prosperous period. The Sacramento franchise has, against Detroit, chained a sixth consecutive success. A victory won in difficulty because the Kings were led for a good part of the match, before finally equalizing at 124 everywhere with 3’23” to play. A 7-0 inflicted shortly after on their rivals then relieved them, for a final success of eight points (137-129).
De’Aaron Fox scored 33 points, Harrison Barnes 27 and Kevin Huerter 24. Sacramento, which remains on 16 consecutive seasons without reaching the play-offs, is 5th in the West with 60% wins.
The perf: Klay Thompson at the quarter turn
Friable since the start of the season (15 points on average, 35% success), Klay Thompson signed an enormous performance during the trip to Houston: 41 points (record of the season) including 20 from the first quarter, and a 10/13 at 3 points which must have made his teammate Stephen Curry jealous, author of “only” 33 points. And it took this combination of fire to allow the Warriors to finally win outside this season after eight defeats. Because it was not easy, despite a largely dominated first period (40-28). The young Rockets had the answer and led 108-107 before cracking late in the game.