Monday NBA Action

Grace Higgins | January 21st, 2020

• After missing five straight games, Anthony Davis returned to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup in a matchup against the Boston Celtics. In the NBA’s oldest rivalry, the Celtics were able to cool off the red-hot Lakers in a 139-107 victory. Kemba Walker, who previously never beat LeBron James in an NBA game, scored 20 points, adding to a Celtics offense that saw three players score at least 20 points (Walker with 20, Jaylen Brown with 20 and Jayson Tatum with 27). The Lakers looked sluggish, never holding the Celtics offense to under 33 points for any quarter. James had 15 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, while Davis had nine points and four rebounds.

• Giannis Antetokounmpo is the MVP for this season. Even with James Harden scoring ridiculous amounts of points on an even more ridiculous amount of shot attempts, the Greek Freak is leading a Milwaukee Bucks squad to a historic pace. The team has a 12.6 point differential, leading the NBA by a wide margin, with the Lakers 8.6 being in second place. Against the Chicago Bulls, Giannis scored 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished 10 assists. For the season, he is now averaging 30.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists, while being in the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year. This is the MVP, and any other answer is simply wrong.

• Without Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers won a tough game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were without Kyrie Irving, so the offense generated points in various forms. Six players scored in double digits, showing the versatility of the team and how to best utilize the talent around Irving. Ben Simmons led a late charge for the 76ers, tying a career-high by scoring 34 points. He also added 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the well-sought-after triple-double.

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