With a triple double of LeBron James, the Los Angeles team beat the Kings in Sacramento on another emotional night
The Lakers achieved their first victory at the dawn of Sunday since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant a week ago. One day after the emotional tribute at the Staples Center in the loss to Portland, LeBron James threw the team behind him in Sacramento with a triple double that allowed the Kings to be knocked down (113-129).
Bryant's memory was constant again during the game. In the first time dead a video of Bryant and his daughter Gianna was shown, also died in the helicopter accident that claimed the lives of a total of nine people, playing basketball, before the eyes of the players of Lakers and Kings. In addition, numbers 8 and 24 appeared on the court with the voice of the background intent.
The tributes continued throughout the game while the attendees, many with Bryant's shirts, repeatedly sang his name. A memorial wall with images of Kobe and Gianna was also placed in one of the main entrances to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. A space to collect messages and flowers from fans.
And in the park, the Lakers ended the streak of two consecutive losses thanks to the great performance of James, who achieved his ninth triple double of the season and 92 of his career. In 34 minutes of play, LeBron sum 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The 21 points of Anthony Davis and 19 of Avery Bradley were also decisive.
51 points of Lillard
For his part, Damian Lillard extended his exceptional streak and achieved his fourth double double in a row: 51 points and 12 decisive assists for the Blazers to prevail over Utah (124-107). In 36 minutes, he made 17 of 29 field shots, including 9 of 15 triples, 8 of 8 from the staff line, and caught two rebounds. Lillard has scored 40 or more points in five of his last six games, averaging 48.8 points in that period.
Defeat of the Willy Hornets
Meanwhile, the Spanish pvot Willy Hernangmez scored 10 points in another defeat of the Charlotte Hornets, this time by 114-90 in his visit to San Antonio Spurs who still fight to get into the playoffs. Hernangmez completed his statistics with two rebounds, two assists and a steal of ball in the 18:02 minutes he was on the AT&T Center park, where the 25 points of his partner Miles Bridges did not prevent a new stumbling block of the Hornets.
Thus, the Charlotte franchise occupies the twelfth place in the Eastern Conference, with a balance of 16-33. For his part, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and was the top scorer of the Spurs, whose irregularity makes them go tenth in the Western Conference (22-26).
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