LeBron and Anthony Davis Start the Preseason, Lakers Defeat the Phoenix Suns 112-107
LeBron James and Anthony Davis were thrown in action for the first time this year, with their LA Lakers easily defeating Phoenix Suns last night.
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The final result of this matchup was 112-107 for the reigning champions, which showed its dominance in the fourth period, pouring 43 points, while allowing just 24 on the other end.
LeBron and AD played only during the first half, with the head coach Frank Vogel deciding to rest his two superstars in the latter two quarters.
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LBJ had 11 points, two assists and boards in 15 minutes, while Davis posted 10 with four rebounds, in 18 minutes. They looked relaxed and in good shape, without over-exceeding themselves.
Kyle Kuzma led the way for the champs, with 23 points in 32 minutes, shooting 4-for-8 from behind the arc. Montrezl Harrell had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and two steals off the bench, while Quinn Cook added 10.
Once again, the Lakers saw superb Talen Horton-Tucker with 18 points, shooting 7-for-11. The newcomer Marc Gasol also debuted, adding three points and 8 boards in 21 minutes.
DeAndre Ayton was dominant in the Suns, 21 points, 9 boards, and four steals, while Devin Booker had 16 points with seven dimes. Both played for 25 minutes. Chris Paul scored 4 buckets but had 8 boards and assists as well.
In other matches, this Wednesday night, New York Knicks were better than the Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-93. Julius Randle with 18 and RJ Barrett with 16 were the best among the Knicks. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 14 boards for the Cavs.
The Chicago Bulls defeated Oklahoma City Thunder, 124-103. Coby White continued his terror, dropping 27 buckets, 11-for-17 from the field, indicating that the Bulls might have a new superstar. The other one, Zach LaVine had 24, and these two guys are working together perfectly for now. Al Horford led the Thunder with 15, the same as Frank Jackson, who came off the bench.
In the most interesting game of the night, the Denver Nuggets rolled over the Portland Trail Blazers, 126-95. These two sides had a lot of beef in the past, with them often clashing in important matches or the playoff series.
That is why Nuggets didn’t have any mercy on the guests last night, annihilating them in every aspect of play. All but two Nuggets’ players scored points, with Paul Millsap having a team-high, 18. Nikola Jokic was near a triple-double with 12 buckets, 11 boards, and 8 dimes. Jamal Murray had 16.
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For the visitors from the RIP City, Robert Covington dropped 15, Damian Lillard 14 and CJ McCollum had 13. Carmelo Anthony was solid off the bench with 14 baskets.