LA stood against the Nuggets for a long time (129-118) before hitting on money time. Because in the end, the absence of LeBron James, needed to rest his painful left wrist for the fourth time in six games, inevitably weighed. He had scored 38 points in the loss against New Orleans on Friday … For his second game in a row, after a month and a half without playing, Anthony Davis was still successful (28 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 against) . And Russell Westbrook, often criticized for his poor choices this season, played fair and good (27 points, 11/15 on shots, 10 rebounds). But they met Nikola Jokic. The MVP in power, certainly sinning with many stray bullets (7) was their executor (38 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists). Will Barton, very capable behind the arc (6/8) also contributed (25 points).
If the Nuggets consolidate their 5th place in the West, the Lakers remain stuck in 11th place, still ahead of San Antonio (10), which beat Portland (113-92). The Spurs are two wins ahead, with four games remaining for each pair until the end of the regular season. The calculations have already started, but California coach Frank Vogel assures us not to “be preoccupied with mathematics“.”I’m worried about the next game. From this defeat he learns lessons for the next meeting, hoping to get a victory against PhoenixBut a hurdle Tuesday against the Suns, the league leaders who conceded a surprise loss to Oklahoma City (117-96), could mathematically act to eliminate the 2020 champion from the play-off race and mark the end. of a nightmare season.