Lakers lose and Devin Booker gets ejected in a dramatic NBA game
Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns in a game that gave us a lot to unpack.
On the Lakers end, the team lost despite a terrific performance from LeBron James. “The King” finished the night with 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. However, lack of good support from the other players and some uncanny changes made by coach Frank Vogel led to a loss for the team from LA.
After the defeat, it was reported that LeBron chose to not travel with the team to Sacramento. He will most likely miss the game against the Kinds tonight, making that his first missed game for this season.
For the Suns, they have won their last 15 out of 18 games. In this one, Saric and Bridges delivered key performances that helped Phoenix seal the win, despite the controversial decision made by the referees to eject Devin Booker.
The Suns guard was removed from the game, after receiving a second technical foul for arguing against a call. Many NBA fans and commentators found this decision to be ridiculous and a representation of how soft the game is becoming.
Denver beats Milwaukee, Jokic records another triple-double
The Denver Nuggets won against the Milwaukee Bucks, 128 to 97.
Nikola Jokic put on another dominating performance and recorded another triple-double for the season.
The Joker finished the night with 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. With this, he becomes only the 9th player in NBA history to record 50+ career triple-doubles and only the second center to do so, after Wilt Chamberlain. Jokic needed only 416 games to achieve this feat, compared to Wilt who did it in 703.
This Nuggets win and the way Denver utilizes the pick-n-roll had analysts on NBA on TNT discussing the modern-day game. Candace Parker and Shaq got into a bit of an argument over what the pick-n-roll play is nowadays and the importance of shooting in the NBA.
Celtics are back to winning, Clippers go to 4th in the West
After losing three games in a row and falling below .500, the Boston Celtics have returned to winning. Last night, they recorded their third victory in a row, defeating the Clippers 117 to 112.
Kyle Walker and Jaylen Brown put on stable performances that helped offset the great night that Paul George was having for the LA team.
PG13 scored 32 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and 4 assists, however, his performance in the clutch was terrible, and the Clippers had their second loss in a row.
After the Suns and Lakers games, the other LA team is now at 4th place in the Western Conference. As for the Celtics, their recent winning stretch has gotten them to the same position on the East.