LeBron James and Kevin Durant, two of probably the most elite gamers within the NBA right now, have each recorded 50-point video games over the previous couple of days. James did it towards the Washington Wizards and Durant towards the New York Knicks, with their opponents eleventh and twelfth within the East, respectively.
Each the LA Lakers (29-38) and the Brooklyn Nets (35-33) are going through uphill battles, regardless of being stacked with superstars assembled to win a title. The Lakers performed .500 ball via early January earlier than going 8-19. The Nets led the East for a lot of the season however had a 3-17 swoon sparked by Durant’s knee harm in early January.
Their present standings demand such performances, and each the legends of the sport stepped up and delivered.
On “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” Shannon Sharpe picked LeBron James’ 50-point recreation over Kevin Durant’s. He backed his argument with numbers from the sport. However James’ hardest critic, Skip Bayless, downplayed James’ efforts:
“LeBron was enjoying the Wizards. It’s the Wizards with out Bradley Beal. The information are about the identical, between the Knicks (28-40) and the Wizards (29-37) proper now.”
Bayless then threw gentle on the Knicks’ latest play:
“They’ve had a sizzling streak. As a result of they got here to the Clippers, on the Clippers, they gained by 23, then they went as much as Sacramento – gained by 16. That’s no simple chore. After which they go to Dallas and win by 30.”
By way of statistics, James scored 50 factors whereas capturing 72%, together with 66.7% from past the arc. Durant racked up 53 factors, capturing 51.4%, going 30.8% from past the arc. James even had a greater free-throw capturing proportion, however Durant tried and transformed just a few extra.
Whereas the Lakers’ gained by a snug 13-point margin (122-109 on Friday), the Nets beat the Knicks 110-107 Sunday – with Durant scoring the final seven factors in a nail-biting end. Though James’ 19-point third quarter was what gave the Lakers a cushion, Bayless furthered his argument by saying:
“Nearer versus noncloser. (James) didn’t want to shut, I tweeted ‘Even LeBron can shut this one,’ as a result of it wasn’t shut. You must be a better when it’s shut.”
Each LeBron James and Kevin Durant are anticipated to carry out on a nightly foundation
With the common season near its conclusion, the Lakers and the Nets are usually not the place they anticipated to be. Each groups have confronted their very own set of issues, with roster building and accidents being on the forefront of their points.
Each franchises are doubtless headed to the play-in match. The Nets, eighth within the East, try to win and keep away from it altogether. They path the sixth-place Cleveland Cavaliers (38-29) by 3.5 video games. The Lakers, ninth within the West, are battling to remain inside that bracket.
Even when it isn’t 50-point video games going ahead, LeBron James and Kevin Durant will have to be on prime of their recreation to maintain their franchises in rivalry.
Q. Whose 50-point effort was extra beneficial?