NBA weekly update: Five things we learned as James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo shine | Other | Sport


James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated the NBA this week, with both putting up incredible numbers. The Los Angeles Lakers’ run came to an end, but they still look like they will be near-unstoppable down the stretch. Here’s five talking points from the past week in the NBA.

LeBron James breaks the 33,000 mark

LeBron James is incredible. We all knew that, but sometimes he feels the need to remind us.

While the Lakers are continuing to torch the league – more on that later – James has been displaying his physical dominance and two-way play.

Somehow, in year 18 in the league, the NBA’s biggest superstar is as good as he’s ever been, and he showed it this week.

Averaging 25 points-per-game with seven rebounds and 11 assists, James is showing just how happy he is to he playing alongside Anthony Davis in a team he truly helped build.

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Giannis is still the MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the worthy winner of the MVP award last year, no matter what anyone says.

The Greek Freak has started this season like a man possessed, clearly desperate to turn in the MVP award for his first NBA title.

Despite his youth, Antetokounmpo has been leading the Milwaukee Bucks offense superbly, taking them to a record of 17-3 – tied with the Lakers for best record in the league.

He is averaging 31 points-per-game with 13 rebounds and 6 assists, proving he is a force on both sides of the ball.

Celtics fans don’t forget

Kyrie Irving made his long-awaited return to the Boston Celtics this week for the first time since leaving as a free agent in the summer.

Although, he didn’t. The guard was forced out of the game – which the Celtics won 121-110 – through injury, but that didn’t stop Celtics fans giving him stick.

Fans still haven’t forgiven the way Irving acted in his ill-fated final season with the franchise, after which he left for the Brooklyn Nets.

The arena was drowned in a chorus of boos and jeers whenever he was shown on the jumbotran, while posters were placed outside the TD Garden calling him a coward. 

Lakers continue to roll on – despite Dallas defeat

The Los Angeles Lakers look unstoppable. Still. Though they may have lost against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, they’re still the best team in the league.

They have now made their best start to a season since 2009, and clearly the gamble made to acquire Anthony Davis is paying off.

The ‘brow’ has taken to life in LA quickly, and is averaging 26-9-3, along with James’ brilliant return as mentioned above.

Having tasted defeat in the opening game of the year, the Lakers have completely turned their fortunes around and are now demolishing the league, and can seemingly only be stopped by themselves.



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