Michael Cox  |  Sat 23rd Mar   | NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers will the miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Oklahoma avenged the defeat against the Raptors from a couple of days ago, while Rockets beat Spurs with James Harden scoring 61 points.

D’Angelo Russell Buries Lakers’ Playoff Hopes

He came to Staples Center pumped up after a tremendous game in Sacramento, and 44 points dropped. The one thing which was on Russell’s mind was to get his revenge over the former team, by crushing their playoff chances. And the No.2 pick drafted by LAL did the same. His Nets won 111-106, and Russell had a show of his own, when silencing the fans after one long-distance hit in the last quarter.

The Lakers were near the Nets throughout the majority of the game, but they couldn’t endure the late push of the guests from Brooklyn.

Joe Harris had 26 points, six threes, most of them on Russell’s assists. Nets point guard had 13 dimes with 21 points and was killing the home team’s defense.

JaVale McGee had a game of his life, posting 33 points and 20 boards for the losing side. LeBron finished one rebound short of reaching a triple-double, 25 points, 14 dimes, and 9 boards.

OKC Hits Back at Toronto

There was no other option for the Thunder but to win in Canada. Otherwise, they would lose all the chances for coming back at a No.3 place in the West. OKC defeated the Raptors 116-109, coming back from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter.

Kyle Lowry’s absence was a massive blow for the home team, and two of the leading players, Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam combined for 15 turnovers. The Claw had 37 points and 6 boards, with 8 TO’s, while Siakam had 25 and 7 lost possessions.

On the other side, a triple-double machine called Russell Westbrook made another fine performance with 18 buckets, 13 assists, and 12 rebounds. Paul George was at his MVP level with 28 points, and 6 boards, while Dennis Shroeder came off the bench and delivered 26 buckets.

Harden Continues to Impress

And we need to say that the world “impress” is the least we could say about his last night’s game against the Spurs. Rockets fought a tight win, earned in the final period, 111-105, and the Beard poured 61 points, his eighth performance of the season with 50 or more scored.

He was simply unstoppable. On the other side, both San Antonio’s leaders DeRozan and Aldridge failed to perform at the usual level. Bryn Forbes had 20 for the guests, and Derrick White 18.

The next best thing in Houston was Chris Paul with 18 points.

Denver defeated the sorry Knicks with 111-93, with Jokic’s 21 points and 17 rebounds. Buck beat Heat and got even for a loss in Florida seven days ago. It was 116-87, with Giannis’ 27 buckets. Milwaukee recorded its 54th win of the season.

The Clippers had one hell of a game against the Cavaliers in Ohio in which they trailed 15 at the end of the first period, then came back, and eventually had to defend the lead in the last moments of the match. They won 110-108 but after a lot of troubles.

Magic was better than the Grizzlies in Orlando, 123-119 after overtimes.

Michael Cox