NBA basketball game Los Angeles Lakers – Milwaukee, February 9, 2023. Janis Adetokunbo of Milwaukee scoring in front, Dennis Schröder of the Lakers, right, Austin Reaves, left.
New York – The Los Angeles Lakers lost in the NBA at home to Milwaukee 106:115. They were without a rested LeBron James, who became the leading scorer in league history last game. It was already the ninth win in a row for Milwaukee, and the only victory separates the Bucks from the leader of the Boston competition. The best team of the Western Conference, Denver surprisingly faltered in Orlando, where they lost 104-115. After trading stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Brooklyn won 116-105 over Chicago.
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< p>The Lakers started against Milwaukee significantly weakened. In addition to James, the new reinforcements who are on the way in exchange for Russell Westbrook were also missing. The Lakers played the game with nine players. Although Dennis Schröder shone with 25 points and 12 assists, and Anthony Davis added 23 points and 16 rebounds, it was not enough for the Bucks. Janis Adetokunbo scored the key nine points in the middle of the last quarter and arranged a quiet ending. In total, Adetokunbo collected 38 points and 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee moved into second place in the entire competition ahead of Denver, who did not win the game in Orlando. Although the Nuggets quickly took a 12-0 lead, Orlando turned the score around before the end of the first quarter and won the game thanks to the good performance of their bench. Aaron Gordon's 37 points, who had his best performance of the season against his former team, were not enough for Denver. Nikola Jokič added 29 points.
In contrast, Orlando had seven double-digit scorers. Wendell Carter scored 19 points, Cole Anthony and Bol Bol scored 17 points off the bench. “We figured out how to play against them. We struggled on defense and let that spark us on offense. We outplayed them physically,” Anthony said.
Brooklyn has been the talk of the town lately for trading away its stars Irving and Durant, but on Thursday, the Nets showed they could be successful with a new team. Against Chicago, they still started without reinforcements from Phoenix, which they received in exchange for Durant, but they still won convincingly against the Bulls.
Spencer Dinwiddie, who returned to Brooklyn from Dallas in exchange for Irving, scored 25 points and was the team's leading scorer. Cam Thomas, who had scored over 40 points in the previous three games, had trouble shooting from the field this time, but was the team's second-leading scorer with 20 points thanks to 13 free throws. Not even Zach LaVine's 38 points were enough for Chicago.
“We just found a way to deal with the situation. After those changes, nobody on the team panicked. We focused on the game and did a really good job,” said Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn.
Atlanta also succeeded, beating a weakened Phoenix 116:107. Trae Young contributed 36 points and 12 assists. Czech representative Vít Krejčí watched his team win only from the bench. In addition to Durant's new signing, the Suns were also missing Devin Booker. The team's best scorer was Josh Okogie with 25 points.
The results of Thursday's NBA games:
Atlanta – Phoenix 116:107, Brooklyn – Chicago 116:105, LA Lakers – Milwaukee 106:115 , Orlando – Denver 115:104.
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