Chicago (USA), March 27 (EFE).- The Lakers dropped to 10th in the West and the Nets dropped to ninth in the East after losing head-to-head games against the Pelicans and Hornets, respectively, on an NBA Sunday in which the Celtics they snatched the 76ers the first square of the East.
If this Sunday was a test to measure the level of the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Nets against direct rivals in the fight for the “play-in”, the two defeats represent a serious alarm for their ambitions.
PELICANS 116 – LAKERS 108
The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 23-point lead and fell 116-108 on the visit to Los Angeles. New Orleans Pelicansdespite the 39 points of Lebron Jameswhich left them tenth in the West with a single victory over the San Antonio Spurseleventh and out of the “play-in” positions.
A game that seemed under control, and dominated by LeBron James, became a new nightmare for the Lakers, who saw how Brandon Ingram led with his 26 points the second best comeback in the history of the Pelicans.
NETS 110 – HORNETS 119
Irving did not exceed 16 points, with a modest six of 22 shots, while Durant had 27 points, with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Steve Nash’s Nets fell to ninth position, which would force them, at this time, to win two games to access the playoffs.
CELTIC 134 – TIMBERWOLVES 112
There is no one to stop the Celtics, who sealed their sixth consecutive victory led by a stellar duo made up of Jayson Tatum (34 points) and Jalen Brown (31 points and 10 rebounds).
The Garden saw his team storm the first position in the East and display a stellar level of basketball, against the Timberwolves in which the Dominican Karl Anthony Towns scored 19 points, with four rebounds and five assists.
SUNS 114 – 76ERS 104
The 76ers gave up the lead and lost three positions in the table after surrendering to the Suns, already sure of first place in the West, despite 37 points from Joel Embid.
MAVERICKS 114 – JAZZ 100
the slovenian Luka Doncić sealed a double double of 32 points and ten rebounds in the triumph of the Dallas Mavericks against the Utah Jazzin which it may be an anticipation of the first round duel of the next “playoffs”.
The Mavs could also count on 23 points and seven triples from Reggie Bullock in a victory that allowed them to strengthen their fifth position, behind the Jazz, fourth.
WIZARDS 123 – WARRIORS 115
The Warriors, without Steph Curry, lost five of their last six games after surrendering the visit to the Wizards with 25 points of Corey Kispert.
PISTONS 102 – KNICKS 104
As much as only mathematics leaves them alive, the Knicks did not throw in the towel in the fight for the “play-in” and chained their third consecutive victory, this time at the expense of the Pistons.
RJ Barrett had 21 points and nine rebounds, while Julius Randle contributed 20 points, with seven rebounds and five assists.
.1. Boston Celtics (47-28)
.two. Miami Heat (47-28)
.3. Milwaukee Bucks (46-28)
.4. Philadelphia 76ers (46-28)
.5. Bulls (43-31)
.6. Toronto Raptors (42-32)
.7. Cleveland Cavaliers (41-33)
.8. Charlotte Hornets (39-36)
.9. Brooklyn Nets (39-36)
10. Atlanta Hawks (37-37)
11. New York Knicks (33-42)
12. Washington Wizards (32-42)
13. Indiana Pacers (25-50)
14. Detroit Pistons (20-55)
15. Orlando Magic (20-55)
.1. Phoenix Suns (61-14)
.two. Memphis Grizzlies (52-32)
.3. Golden State Warriors (48-27)
.4. Dallas Mavericks (46-29)
.5. Utah Jazz (45-30)
.6. Denver Nuggets (44-31)
.7. Minnesota Timberwolves (43-33)
.8. LA Clippers (36-39)
.9. New Orleans Pelicans (32-43)
10. LA Lakers (31-43)
11. San Antonio Spurs (30-44)
12. Portland Trail Blazers (27-47)
13. Sacramento Kings (27-48)
14. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-53)
15. Houston Rockets (20-55).
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