Los Angeles Lakers 123-116 Washington Wizards:
J.R Smith who have not played any professional Basketball since 2018, prior to the start of the pre-season recorded a game-high 20 points to help LA Lakers beat the Wizards. Smith was a bit aggressive with his play, due to instructions given to him by his manager Frank Vogel.
Frank Vogel will probably have some rotations to do once the play-offs kick-starts, with nail-biting performances from both Dion Walters, Alex Caruso and J.R Smith, there are other unmentioned players who did pretty well for the LA based side, the coach will have some think-about with ticking his starting five.
Alex Caruso scooped 17 points, finishing with the highest steals in the match-up 3. Danny Green followed with slick play as a wing-man, he registered 13 points for the Lakers.
Japanese Rui Hachimura is becoming the talk of the moment at the Wizards with splendid offensive and defensive play. Hachimura recorded 19 Points in the game, but it was not enough to hand Washington Wizards a win.
Los Angeles Clippers 102-106 Sacramento Kings:
Despite having Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the game, LA Clippers still could not beat Sacramento Kings, as they fell to a narrow 106-102.
Bogdan Bogdanovic registered 21 points for the kings showcasing classy Basket-balling skills, his performance was well aided by splitting passes from Buddy Heild alongside De’Aron who registered 6 assists.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul Geroge combined for 36 points, for the Clippers, the latter pulling 19 points. The absence of Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley affected the team.
Sacramento Kings had more 3-pointers conversion rate 31% compared to LA Clippers 27%.
The Kings have to usurp Portland Trail Blazers to seal a play-offs berth, it seems to be a tricky task for them.
Milwaukee Bucks 103 – 124 New Orleans Pelicans:
New Orleans Pelicans started the first couple of minutes of the first quarter with 11-0 lead against Milwaukee Bucks, owing to an unsettled Milwaukee Bucks defense. They lacked that chemistry they had for most part of this season. After quickfire shocker from New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee began some scintillating on-court rotation, to rally back and reduce the deficit, but could not win the game, as they lost by 103-124.
JJ Reddick was the man of the moment as he stood-out among others to give the Bucks a big run for their money with 20 points, and couple of threes. His 20-points fit could still not surpass that of the Greek Freak who scored 30 points for the Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks are obviously a championship contenders this season, with one of their biggest chance to win this season.
NOP were without rookie Zion Williamson, but had the likes of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday in the match-up.
Brooklyn Nets 107-112 Utah Jazz:
Caris LeVert led the nets with 23 points 6 assist, Jarret Allan scored a double double for Brooklyn Nets who still miss over 6 key ahead of the new season. Allan had 19 points 10 assist.
Those big figures were not enough to help Brooklyn Nets beat Utah Jazz, who ended the game 112-107 better than Brooklyn Nets. Frenchman Rudy Gobert who was the first to test positive for the COVID-19 virus, finished the game with 20 points.
Mike Conley had 18 points while Donovan Mitchel registered 14 points.