Anytime Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are involved, a show is about to happen. Luckily for the NBA world, all these players were involved in two games on Thursday night.
Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers entered the matchup with 24-4 records, tied for the best in the league. With this matchup, Giannis could take the crown from LeBron when the best players in the league are discussed. The Bucks would win 111-104.
The weirdest part about this game is how underwhelming LeBron was all night. The rest of the Lakers showed up, with Davis scoring 36 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. To add to that, Danny Green scored 21 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points. LeBron, having not missed a game this season, played 37 minutes and posted a 21-point, 12 rebound, 11 assist triple-double.
To combat the Lakers and add to his 2019-2020 MVP resume, Giannis scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Wesley Matthews, and George Hill all scored in double digits. Giannis showed how dangerous he can be moving forward, shooting five-for-seven from the three-point line.
After the Bucks defeated the Lakers, the Houston Rockets completed a second half comeback against the Los Angeles Clippers, winning 122-117. After a 41-point second quarter, the Clippers led 69-54 at halftime.
The second half was all Rockets, as they scored 36 points in the third quarter and 30 points in the fourth quarter. Six Rockets scored in the double digits, with Westbrook scoring 40 and Harden scoring 28 points. The Rockets are finally starting to gel as a team, and can get past the first-round of the playoffs and are a dangerous team to see in the second round.
After a below average performance and his load management this season, Leonard can be taken out of best player discussions, as George might be the best player for the Clippers. George scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Leonard scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Only Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, and Landry Shamet scored in double digits for the Clippers.
Leonard played 37 points this game, so it’s safe to say he won’t be playing against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.