Deprived of their two stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers looked like victims when they arrived in the almost impregnable TD Garden of the Boston Celtics, the best team of the season. But the blue-collar Lakers created a huge surprise with a 114-105 victory.
Usually catastrophic in the exercise, the Angelenos were diabolical from afar (19 out of 36 at 53%), like Austin Reaves, author of 32 points (7 out of 10 from three points).
“We just played the right way, giving 110%. When you do that, you can beat anyone,” Reaves commented.
Opposite, a good Jayson Tatum (23 points, 7 rebounds) was not enough, and the “C’s” suffered their third defeat of the season at home. This success allows the Lakers to balance their record (25 wins in 50 matches) and consolidate their 9th place in the West, Boston remaining a comfortable leader in the East (37 wins - 12 losses).
Victor Wembanyama was named rookie of the month for January for the Western Conference, a first for him. The 20-year-old Frenchman averaged 24 points and 9.6 rebounds in 14 games played in January, despite limited playing time after an ankle scare in December.
This award is important in the race for the honorary title of rookie of the year, which should be played between him and Oklahoma City interior Chet Holmgren.
“Wemby” was not selected by the coaches for the All-Star Game scheduled for February 18 in Indianapolis. The giant (2.24 m) of the San Antonio Spurs is paying for the poor results of his franchise, last in the West (38 defeats - 10 wins).
He will still participate in the All-Star Weekend, on the occasion of the “Rising Stars”, a match for rising stars which he will play on February 16 with his compatriot Bilal Coulibaly (Washington), before taking part in the skill competition of the “Skills Challenge” on February 17.
Hit in the left knee on Tuesday, after having suffered the fall on his leg from Jonathan Kuminga against the Warriors on Tuesday, Joel Embiid suffers from the meniscus, indicated the Sixers after an MRI. The 2023 MVP will miss at least the next two matches while awaiting treatment.
If his absence were to continue, the blow would be hard for the 76ers, 5th in the Eastern Conference, for whom Embiid scores on average more than 35 points per game. Without him, the 76ers won against the Utah Jazz (127-124) and were able to count on new All-Star Tyrese Maxey, exceptional with 51 points, his record.
New York Knicks leader Jalen Brunson celebrated the news of his first selection to the All-Star Game with 40 points and decisive actions at the end of the game against the Indiana Pacers (109-105). The Knicks thus have a 9th consecutive success and are getting closer to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference occupied by Milwaukee.