Houston, United States, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- The teams with the best records of the NBA regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, vindicated themselves Thursday by achieving victories in the fourth day of the playoffs, allowing them to tie 1-1 against the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers.
Meanhile the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat consolidated their winning game and took a 2-0 lead in the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers, respectively.
Normalcy returned to the Bucks game, with Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, leading, who contributed a double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds, which helped them beat the Magics 111-96.
The Milwaukee team, which had surpassed the best record in the NBA (56-17) have still not managed to regain their maximum potential, but at least, in the second game, the Bucks recovered some important pieces within your team play.
As was the best contribution of the Cuban-American center Brook López, who achieved 20 points, and the guard Pat Connaughton who reached 15 after scoring 5 of 8 triples.
Montenegrin Swiss center Nikola Vucevic continued his 35-point individual effort in the opener by scoring 32 points, but this time he was unable to dominate Antetokounmpo or Lopez inside the paint.
Center Anthony Davis imposed his power inside the paint and with a double-double of 31 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, he led the Lakers’ attack, which easily beat the Trail Blazers 111-88.
Along with Davis, who scored three triples from four attempts, four other players had double-digit numbers, including guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who reached 16 points, including four triples from six attempts, and emerged as the winning factor of surprise. .
Star forward LeBron James did not have his best individual performance with 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and six turnovers.
But the team didn’t need it after the Trail Blazers lost starting point guard Damian Lillard in the third quarter, who dislocated his left index finger when he collided with Davis’ right foot, leading to a drive-thru.
Lillard’s injury left the Trail Blazers without any reaction capacity in a game in which they were always down on the scoreboard and with the biggest deficit of 32 points.
Lillard had 18 points and three rebounds before injuring himself, but missed 8 of 14 shots from the field and 6 of 7 3-point attempts.
The good news for the Trail Blazers was to learn that Lillard’s X-rays were negative for any type of fracture in the inner structure of his toe, which will allow him to compete again on Saturday, in Game 3. EFE-EPA