NBA, stellar challenge during the night: incredible duel between James and Curry. The Lakers win 145-144


By John

It’s a match for the basketball history books that took place during the night in Los Angeles, where LeBron James and the Lakers beat Steph Curry’s Warriors 145-144 at the end of an exceptional duel between the two NBA stars and after two additional ones. At 39, James had a remarkable game: 36 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in 48 minutes on the court, while Curry, 35, finished with 46 points and seven assists, but was unable to avoid defeat. The Golden State legend first managed to tie the game at 118-118 with about five seconds left in regulation, then with a three-point shot with five seconds left in the second overtime he put the Warriors ahead. But James turned the tables, converting two free throws. This duel, «is something I will not forget and I will be able to watch with my grandchildren, to say that I played against one of the best players in the history of basketball», commented James. In the other matches, Nikola Jokic and the reigning champions Denver Nuggets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-105, without their star Joel Embiid, who was stopped by an injury in the warm-up. Jokic scored 26 points and 16 rebounds while on the other side Reed scored 30 with 13 rebounds. The Miami Heat suffered their sixth straight loss, losing 125-109 to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It is the first time in three years that Miami has not lost six in a row but the match highlighted the Knicks’ improvement since Anunoby arrived from Toronto, with 12 wins and two knockouts. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Milwaukee Bucks, second in the East, in their win over New Orleans 141-117. Luka Doncic, after scoring 73 points yesterday, stopped at 28 against the Sacramento Kings and so his Mavericks lost 120-115. Finally, Victor Wembanyama’s Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-112. The number one pick in the draft totaled 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists allowing San Antonio, last in the West, to beat the second place.