With a great performance from their trio of figures, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 117-102 this Tuesday against a lone Jayson Tatum while the Brooklyn Nets came from behind to prevail on the Dallas Mavericks court.
In the duel between the most winning franchises in NBA history, the Lakers completed one of their most solvent games of this irregular season, especially in the defensive section.
LeBron James reached 30 points while Russell Westbrook had 24 points and 11 assists and Anthony Davis another 17 points and 16 rebounds.
On the other side, Jayson Tatum shone with 34 points, 5 triples and 8 rebounds but, with All-Star guard Jaylen Brown injured, only three other Celtics players reached ten points.
One of them was German point guard Dennis Schröder, who stayed at 10 points and was booed all night by his former fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In an inspired start, Tatum added Boston’s first 14 points with four 3-pointers without failure.
No player had starred in the Celtics’ first 14 points in the past 25 seasons.
Vogel was forced to call a quick time-out to adjust the marking on the Boston star.
Without support from Davis, stopped in the paint by centers Robert Williams and Al Horford, or Westbrook, who missed three triples in a row, LeBron James was the one who gave the reply to Tatum.
The veteran forward was gaining confidence with two triples almost in a row to add 16 points in the first quarter alone.
The Lakers, now with Westbrook marking Tatum, protected themselves better on defense to reach the break with a small 60-55 lead.
Just back from the dressing room, the Los Angeles team prevented their rival from scoring a single field goal for almost six minutes. Williams broke the streak but immediately after Westbrook, with his first triple in four attempts, extended the Los Angeles lead to 75-62.
The point guard finished a spectacular 15-point third quarter with a fierce one-handed dunk that extended the lead to 89-70.
Tatum, again overwhelming with 9 points at the start of the fourth quarter, launched a last comeback attempt but no other Celtic accompanied him and Davis and LeBron made sure that the victory did not escape Los Angeles.
The Lakers now tie their neighboring Clippers for sixth in the Western Conference with 13 wins and 12 losses as the Celtics drop to seventh in the East (13-12).
– Durant and Harden come back in Dallas –
Trailing 17 points in the second half, the Brooklyn Nets delivered the Mavericks’ fifth straight loss at home to a frustrated Luka Doncic by a tight 102-99.
Kevin Durant had 24 points and James Harden added 23 points and 12 assists that helped keep the East-leading Nets from losing two straight losses for the first time this season.
The Mavericks dominated by 17 points midway through the third quarter but Durant, the season’s leading scorer, took control of the game with 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn took the lead for the first time with a Harden free kick that made it 91-90 with 6 minutes and 41 seconds to go.
Slovenian Luka Doncic, who finished with 28 points and 9 assists, put the Mavericks back twice, but a layup from Harden and a withering shot from Durant ensured the visitors victory.
The Mavericks, led this season by former figure Jason Kidd, have fallen to seventh in the West after posting eight losses in their last 10 games.
In the other game of the day, the New York Knicks ended a three-game losing streak, beating 121-109 on the San Antonio Spurs court.
Results of the day of Tuesday in the NBA:
Dallas Mavericks – Brooklyn Nets 99-102
San Antonio Spurs – New York Knicks 109-121
LA Lakers – Boston Celtics 117-102