NBA results, March 2, 2018
LA Lakers 131 – Miami Heat 113
Philadelphia 76ers 108 – Cleveland Cavaliers 97
Sacramento Kings 116 – Brooklyn Nets 111
Portland Trail Blazers 108 – Minnesota Timberwolves 99
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Cleveland gets Processed
Philadelphia wants LeBron James. A few days before the Sixers were scheduled to visit Cleveland, three billboards popped up in Philly, directly recruiting James.
A Philadelphia-based company put up three billboards on highway to downtown Cleveland this morning saying that city wanted LeBron. Here they are in order. pic.twitter.com/vntsa8h3mE
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 26, 2018
If the billboards didn’t work, then the Sixers’ performance today against the Cavaliers should have worked better. Six players scored in double figures led by Joel Embiid who put up 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Ben Simmons nearly had a triple-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The two young guns leading the Process in Philly overshadowed the new pieces of the Cavaliers.
It even seemed like James and the Sixers had light, jovial relationship with each other.
There’s no assurance that the James will be staying with the Cavaliers this summer. But the city of Cleveland looks like they’re ready to fight for their King.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) March 1, 2018
2. Lakers are on a four-game winning streak
In their previous game, they had nine players score in double figures as they rushed out to their third straight win.
The LA Lakers made their way to South Beach and continued to showcase their balanced offensive attack as they grabbed their fourth straight win. Isaiah Thomas had his best game in purple and gold as he scored 29 points with six treys.
Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram continued their hot streak as they scored 25 and 19 respectively. Lonzo Ball also made his mark in the game putting up stats all across the board. He becomes the first rookie since Magic Johnson to put up a 4×6 line.
The Lakers have picked up momentum and are also showcasing themselves as an attractive destination for free agents.
3. Lillard leads the Blazers to a comeback
The Minnesota Timberwolves looked like they were rolling along. They held a double digit lead and were clicking. But Dame Time came early. Lillard put on a show in the middle quarters as he led the Blazers to a comeback win.
Lillard scored 35 points to help the Blazers get the crucial win.
Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?
With the Cleveland-Philly game all but done with, Dario Saric dunked the ball during a fast break. Jordan Clarkson didn’t appreciate the move and threw the ball at Saric. Clarkson was ejected for that move.
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