The Lakers are slowly picking up speed, thanks to LeBron James of course, but also Dennis Schröder. The Mavs could once again rely on Luka Doncic. The NBA is on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their fifth win in a row. In the 136-134 win against the Sacramento Kings, Dennis Schröder was once again convincing. As in the game against the Atlanta Hawks, the German (27 points) was the match-winner and scored the last two baskets via a free throw.
But the Lakers’ current high has one name: LeBron James: LeBron James. The 37-year-old is chasing the NBA’s all-time scoring record by leaps and bounds and put up 37 points (eight rebounds, seven assists) in the win against the Kings. Russell Westbrook (23) and Thomas Bryant (29) also topped the 20-point mark.
With the winning streak, the Lakers, who are in twelfth place in the Western Conference, are back in the play-off places. Last season, the prestigious franchise missed the postseason.
Wagner convincing in Orlando win
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic won for the first time in over a decade at the reigning NBA champions Golden State Warriors. A well-performing Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner paved the way for Orlando’s 115-101 win. In the comeback game of Moritz Wagner (four points) after suspension, brother Franz scored 24 points and thus lined up directly behind Banchero (25). In the absence of top stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Anthony Lamb emerged as the Warriors’ top scorer.
“They were the more aggressive team,” Dubs coach Steve Kerr said afterwards. Despite the win, the Magic remain only 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Doncic, who else?
Led by their top star and MVP contender Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks got back on the winning track. Thanks to a strong start to the game, the Texans beat the New Orleans Pelicans 127-117.
34 points, ten assists and ten rebounds already meant the ninth triple-double this season for Doncic, who scored the last eleven points in the first quarter (34:15). Christian Wood also showed a strong performance with 28 points against the Pelicans, who had to do without their three top scorers around Zion Williamson.