The last day of the NBA had several leading players, but among all of them the forward Kevin Durant and the guard Devin Booker stood out, authors of 45 and 44 points respectively in the victories of the Brooklyn Nets over the Orlando Magic (109-102) and of the Phoenix Suns against the Sacramento Kings (117-122).
Shooting tremendously 19 of 24, 'Durantula' led the New Yorkers' win against the Magic and was supported by Kyrie Irving's 20 points and Nic Claxton's 17-point, 13-rebound double-double. The negative news for the Nets was the injury to Ben Simmons, who retired in the second quarter with a sore left knee. For their part, the Magic lost their seventh game of their last eight and are sunk in the penultimate place in the East, with a record of 5-16.
In Sacramento, Booker gave the Suns their fifth straight win on 17-of-28 shooting from the field, along with eight rebounds, four assists and six steals. Jayson Tatum also stood out, who after missing the last game returned to the court to lead the Boston Celtics with 35 points against the Hornets (140-105). Those of the clover, who have four wins in a row, are solid leaders of the East with 17 wins and only four losses.
Another of the protagonists of the day was Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian sealed the best performance of his career by scoring 41 points in the Washington Wizards' 142-127 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Porzingis confirmed his brilliant form with a 12 of 18 shooting accuracy and a 6 of 10 three-pointer.
Instead, the Lakers returned to offer their worst image against the Indiana Pacers who won in Los Angeles after coming back from 17 points in the last quarter (116-115). The Angelenos succumbed with a triple on the buzzer of Andrew Nembhard. Anthony Davis had a double double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, Russell Westbrook had 24 points and LeBron James contributed 21, but the Angelenos still can't have continuity.