Deprived of LeBron James, hurt the adductors, the Lakers have chained a second victory in a row on the night of Friday to Saturday against the Pistons (121-128). In a meeting hung in front of the last of the eastern conferenceit took a huge performance from Anthony Davis for the Angelinos to earn a second straight victory.
The strong winger compiled 38 points (10/16 shooting) and 16 rebounds, in addition to 4 blocks. Above all, it was he who widened the gap in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points in the last 7 minutes, including 8 on free throws (18/21 in the exercise tonight).
On the other side, Killian Hayes, very skilful, made one of the best matches of his season (18 points at 4/6 from three points) but that was not enough to change the game. Detroit remains last in the East and despite the victory, the Lakers remain bogged down in a mediocre 14th place Westfar from the qualifying places for the playoffs.
The number of Lakers players who have exceeded 10 points scored this Saturday
Embiid dominates Antetokounmpo
In the clash of the evening, the Philadelphia Sixers won against the Milwaukee Bucks (110-102). After the show of Tyrese Maxey (24 points in 20 minutes), who had to leave the floor after returning from the locker room because of a painful ankle, it was Joel Embiid who took matters into his own hands.
Well defended by Brook Lopez, the Franco-Cameroonian knew how to let the game come to him and came close to a triple-double (32 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists) with an altruism that we did not necessarily know about him. Giannis Antetokounmpo missed out in his MVP duel with 25 points but percentages well below his standards (10/22 shooting, 4/15 on the throw line).
Milwaukee remains second in the East, in ambush behind Boston which has chained a ninth consecutive victory. The Sixers pass them in positive, with a record of 8 wins for 7 losses.