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Morant pushes down Lakers, Suns equal Warriors

On the eve of LeBron James’ birthday, Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies did not give him a gift, winning 104-99 against the Lakers and claiming their third consecutive success in a championship still disrupted by the Covid.

Ja Morant, whose last-second basket had already allowed the Grizzlies to win 114-113 over the Phoenix Suns on Monday, this time scored 41 points, including six three-point baskets, a new personal best.

This Wednesday, he spearheaded the Grizzlies’ comeback, yet led by 14 points in the third quarter, and scored 25 points in the second half, allowing Memphis to consolidate its fourth place in the conference Where is. “I took what the defense gave me and it worked out well for us,” Morant said. “Tonight was just my evening”.

The Lakers, despite the 37 points scored by James could only bow. 37, it is also from this Thursday the age of James, born December 30, 1984, and who to celebrate it with a little advance, Wednesday evening equaled his record of three-point shots in a match, with eight.

In addition to James’ 14th game this season with 30 points or more, Russell Westbrook had added a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. But that did not prevent the Lakers, often rough, to cash their 6th defeat in seven matches, they who had yet Tuesday ended their black series of 5 defeats in a row.

“We have just lost a match that we could have won”, could only note James who had become Tuesday the third player in history to reach 36,000 points after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

The Suns are shining

Also in the west, the Phoenix Suns, meanwhile, joined the Golden State Warriors in the lead with a 115-97 victory over Oklahoma City.

Devin Booker scored 38 points for the Suns, who tie the Warriors for the league’s best record at 27 wins and seven losses.

On the Thunder side, whose five players have been sidelined by the Covid-19 since last Thursday, Ty Jerome scored 24 points.

The Sacramento Kings meanwhile narrowly clinched a 95-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, thanks to Chimezie Metu who scored a three-point basket in the last minute of the game.

Zach LaVine carried Chicago once again, scoring 25 points, and allowing the Bulls to win 131-117 over the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three days.

Report de match

The Hawks team was deprived of 15 players due to Covid protocols and injuries.

The coronavirus also led to the postponement of the meeting between Miami and San Antonio, scheduled for Wednesday, due to the inability of the Heat, decimated by injuries and players placed in anti-Covid health protocol, to align eight players on the parquet.

Point guard Gabe Vincent, NBA champion winger PJ Tucker and young Zylan Cheatham joined the NBA health protocol on Wednesday, joining their teammates Kyle Lowry, Udonis Haslem and Max Strus.

The Heat were already without Bam Adebayo, who had a thumb injury, as well as Dewayne Dedmon, Markieff Morris and Victor Oladipo. Miami also indicated on Wednesday that Jimmy Butler was unavailable due to a sprained right ankle, contracted late in the game on Tuesday in the 119-112 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Celtics 91-82 in Boston, while Alec Burks scored 34 points to lead the New York Knicks to the 94-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

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