Performance: Domantas Sabonis
Joel Embiid scored 59 points, Darius Garland scored 51, but it is here the performance of Domantas Sabonis that we have chosen to highlight. The Lithuanian interior managed a real construction site against Golden State by accumulating 26 points, 22 rebounds and 8 assists, giving the victory to the Kings (122-115) as a bonus, who have now won six of their last eight games (after losing their first four). “He had a monstrous gamenoted his coach Mike Brown. He was a monster in the racket, a monster on the rebound. » Stephen Curry’s Warriors (27 points), who led by 15 points in the first quarter, have still not won away from home this season (0v-7d).
The awakening: the Lakers
While they were coming out of a series of five defeats in a row and LeBron James is still on the sidelines (adductors), the Lakers managed a very nice performance against Brooklyn, undoubtedly their best game this season. The Californians were carried by Anthony Davis (37 points, 18 rebounds), impressive skill (15/25 in shots and 7/7 in throws) and tenacity (10 offensive rebounds).
Opposite, Kevin Durant may have also managed a great game (31 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists), he was the only one. His heat stroke at the end of the third quarter did not prevent the Lakers from keeping control of the game. Note, on the Lakers side, the good matches of Lonnie Walker IV (25 points) and Austin Reaves (15).
The Frenchie: Rudy Gobert
The only Frenchman to have walked the NBA floors last night, Rudy Gobert managed a solid performance against the Cavaliers. On the occasion of his reunion with Donovan Mitchell, his former partner transferred to Cleveland last summer, the pivot offered himself the fifth double-double of his season (15 points, 13 rebounds), adding 2 blocks and above all a great win as a bonus. Leading by twenty lengths at the end of the first quarter (40-20), D’Angelo Russell’s Wolves (30 points) avoided the return of the Cavs, led by a very impressive Darius Garland (51 points).
The surprise: Washington goes on
Without Bradley Beal, Washington had a high-flying weekend, beating two of the strongest teams in the Western Conference this season, Utah and Memphis. Last night, it was the Latvian Kristaps Porzingis (25 points) and the Israeli Denis Avidja (21) who allowed the franchise of the capital to win a fourth success in a row. Facing the Grizzlies deprived of Ja Morant (ankle), the Wizards, untenable at three points (19/40), made a nice passage at the end of the third quarter to take a definitive advantage. Here they are in the top 5 of the Eastern Conference.