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NBA: Ricky Rubio breaks his way to his best night in the NBA | NBA 2021

 NBA: Ricky Rubio breaks his way to his best night in the NBA |  NBA 2021

The Spanish point guard suffers an injury to his left knee against the Pelicans when he entered the basket and retired helped by his teammates

Ricky Rubio, helped by his teammates after injuring himself.Derick hingleAP
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Ricky Rubio was injured in the final minutes of the game that the Cavaliers lost in New Orleans (108-104) against the Pelicans, with the Spanish point guard signing one of the best performances of his career. A doubly bitter loss because Cleveland blew a 23-point lead.

Rubio was on the verge of the triple double with 27 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, which made him the leading scorer, rebounder and author of assists of the game. Rubio’s 13 rebounds equal his personal record and are three more than those achieved by the Pelicans’ pvot, Jonas Valanciunas.

But Rubio couldn’t finish the game. When there were 2.20 minutes to go, and when the point guard was starring in a tackle, Rubio slipped and injured his left knee. Between gestures of pain, the point guard indicated that the thing was serious and had to be removed from the court with the assistance of his teammates Isaac Okoro and Kevin Love.

Curry’s 3,000 triples

Stephen Curry had a bittersweet night. He became the first player to reach 3,000 3-pointers in the NBA, but the Warriors fell 89-86 to the Nuggets. Curry had 23 points and five triples but was unusually off the mark until the fourth quarter, when the Warriors came close to completing a spectacular comeback.

Serbian pvot Nikola Jokic, current MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the league, led Denver with 22 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. The Nuggets surprised the Western Conference leaders from the start with a 31-16 run in the first quarter.

With the drop of Draymond green, Golden State did not find fluidity in its attack and Curry just scored his first triple at the end of the third quarter. With that triple, the point guard reached 3,000 in his career, a mark no one has ever reached before. Curry had already become on December 14 the greatest tripler in history, surpassing the 2,973 triples registered by Ray allen.

The Warriors star also chains 157 games scoring at least a triple, which equals the NBA record he owns. The point guard started the fourth quarter with just eight points but determined to finish the comeback against the Nuggets, who had seen their advantage reduced from 24 to 13 points.

The Warriors tied at 84 with a minute to go but Jokic put a decisive plug on the rookie. Jonathan Kuminga with Denver leading 88-86 with 2.5 seconds remaining. The Argentinian Facundo Campazzo (5 points and 7 assists) could sentence the game from the free throw line but only scored one of the two shots, giving the Warriors one last chance, which Andre Iguodala squandered with a desperately missed triple.

End of the Lakers’ losing streak

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 132-123 and ended a five-game losing streak. Two days after his 37th birthday, LeBron James played the team’s pvot for the first time in his career, responding with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

The forward also became the third player to reach 36,000 points and continues to hunt for the first two in the ranking, Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).

By his side, Russell westbrook He also reached the triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, but the Lakers had to do their best to defeat the young Rockets, last in the West. Two brilliant assists from Westbrook to James in the final two minutes ended the resistance of the locals, led by youngsters Kevin Porter Jr (22 points and 9 assists) and Jalen Green (24 and 4).

The Lakers coaching staff has been trying since the beginning of the season to find the ideal quintet for this squad, which occupies a worrying seventh position in the West, outside of the direct playoff spots.

The assistent David fizdale, who relieves Frank Vogel during his coronavirus leave, decided to place James (2.06m) as pvot from the start. “It is the first time that I start as a pvot,” acknowledged LeBron, who is in his 19th season in the NBA. “The quintets have changed a lot but we are already beginning to recover players” who were in quarantine.

Reference from elmundo