LA Lakers meet the Brooklyn Nets this Saturday at Barclays Center, where LA defeated the Nets 126-101.
Starting off both the teams were already without some of their star players as the Lakers were without Lebron James and Anthony Davis.
Meanwhile, the Nets without their star player James Harden, but things got even worse when Kyrie ejected for the Nets.
No Bron. No AD. No Kuzma.
The Lakers still blowout the Nets 😳 pic.twitter.com/TFOjLop0ST
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 11, 2021
The Lakers started strong in the 1st quarter as they scored 33 points while the Nets scored 25 points.
Subsequently, both the teams entered the 2nd quarter with the Lakers leading by eight points.
The Nets were able to hold well as they shot 63.2 percent in the second quarter and cut down the lead to three at halftime.
The Lakers were ahead 66-62 when Kyrie Irving fouled Dennis Schroder with 9:41 left in the third.
Schroder applauded the call and started jawing, and a few seconds later.
When the Lakers were about to inbound the ball, they were still jawing each other.
Nobody stopped jawing, and soon they ejected. Eventually, the Lakers opened the third quarter with a 15-2 run over the Nets.
They led most of the way over the Nets. And soon Los Angeles extended its lead to 21 points 90 seconds into the fourth quarter.
“I thought that they were the aggressor,” said Nets head coach Steve Nash. “They were more physical.
They hit first. We didn’t match their physicality and competitive fire. This is what you get.
This is a team missing a bunch of guys and guys get an opportunity and their eyes light up and they came out and played harder more than us, played more physical than us, and it’s a great lesson for us.”
The Lakers played well without their star players.
The Lakers were not only without James and Anthony but also without Kyle Kuzma.
But despite that, they played really well in both the offensive and defensive ends as eight players of the Lakers scored double points.
Andre Drummond scored well with 20 points including 11 rebounds making a double-double.
Andre Drummond's (20 PTS, 11 REB) double-double propels the @Lakers past BKN on the road!
Ben McLemore: 17 PTS, 5 3PM
Talen Horton-Tucker: 14 PTS, 11 AST (career-high)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 14 PTS, 5 AST pic.twitter.com/1T05Xj1rxe
— NBA (@NBA) April 11, 2021
Similarly, Dennis Schroder scored 19 points with 4 assists, a rebound despite being ejected after playing 20 minutes.
”Today we were out here competing, making shots and, yeah, that’s the best win of the year I would say,” Schroder said.
Likewise, Ben Mclemore scored 17points while three players scored 14 points for the Lakers.
On the other hand, Kevin Durant led for the Nets scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
”They hit us in the mouth early and then we were fighting uphill all game,” Durant said.
Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving left after 21 minutes scoring 18 points and 4 rebounds.
Another player that was able to score in double-figure was LaMarcus Aldridge who scored 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
With the loss, the Nets fall to 2nd place in Eastern Conference while the Lakers stand in fifth place in the Western Conference.
Now, the Nets face Minnesota Timberwolves and the Lakers face Newyork Knicks on Tuesday.
Joel Embid leads the Philadelphia 76ers to win over the OKC.
Philadelphia Sixers faced Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night and defeated the latter 117-93 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The 76ers started strong against the Thunders scoring 37 points in the 1st quarter and the Thunders scoring only 25 points.
In the 2nd quarter, OKC made a good return by scoring 28 points and not letting the 76ers score more points.
However, the 76ers still were ahead with 9 points lead as they were already ahead with 8 points in the 1st quarter and scored 29 additional points in the 2nd quarter.
In the third quarter, both the teams were head to head with a scoring difference of only a point. Philadelphia Sixers lead the third with 24-23 over the Thunder.
But in the fourth quarter 76ers snapped scoring incredibly well as well as defending equally well. They made 27 points while the Thunders only made 17 points.
The Philadelphia 76ers finally took the win with 117-93 with a huge score of 24 points.
Joel Embid dominated the scoring for the 76ers with 27 points along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Similarly, Furkan Korkmaz added a season-high 20 points, five steals, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes.
Likewise, Ben Simmons posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in 28 minutes.
On the other hand, Thunders’ Darius Bazley had 17 points and nine rebounds in his first action since missing 15 games with a shoulder bruise.
“We’re happy he’s back,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.
“We’re happy he looks like he’s in pretty good shape, the body looks good. Just keep building from here. This is an important 20 games for him.”
Now OKC faces Utah Jazz on Wednesday while the 76ers face Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
24th straight home game win for Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz took their 24th consecutive win after defeating Sacramento Kings 128-112 on Saturday.
In the first quarter, Utah Jazz took the lead scoring 34 points over 31 points made by the Kings.
Sacramento Kings bounced back in the second quarter scoring 34 points while the Jazz was only able to drop 25 points.
Entering the third quarter, the Kings were ahead 6 points. Jazz needed their players to step up and score more to take the lead.
When they desperately needed the offensive end to do well, Donovan Mitchell stepped up.
He scored extremely well to bring the Jazz back in the lead. Jazz scored 36 points over 24 points scored by the Kings.
Similarly in the fourth quarter also the Jazz dominated the Kings ultimately taking their 24th straight win.
The Kings once had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter, but they were soon outscored 24-7 over the final 5:43.
In the win over the Kings, Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell tied his season-high scoring 42 points along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
Donovan Mitchell is the first Jazz player with 35+ points in 3 straight games since Karl Malone in 1993.
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 11, 2021
On the other hand, De’ Aaron Fox scored 30 points with 2 rebounds and 8 assists for the Kings.
Now, Jazz faces the Washington Wizards on Tuesday while the Kings will meet New Orleans Pelicans.