LeBron, Harden and Gasol, up, while the Celtics fall despite the efforts of Irving and Horford
The Spanish Pau Gasol, of the San Antonio Spurs, celebrates a mat achieved before the Houston Rockets visitors in the semifinals of the Western Conference of the NBA, on May 3, 2017
LeBron James, James Harden and Spaniard Pau Gasol were up this Monday in the NBA, while the Boston Celtics yielded to the Detroit Pistons despite the efforts of Kyrie Irving and the Dominican Al Horford.
LeBron showed the promising Philadelphia 76ers how high the bar is to compete with the best of the Eastern Conference.
He added 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Sixers with a score of 113-91.
The defending Eastern Conference champions won their eighth consecutive game, also thanks to 15 goals from Dwyane Wade and 14 with 10 rebounds from Jeff Green.
“These guys are starting to turn the corner here,” LeBron said. “They had some great victories this year, we had to come in with the mentality that it’s not about the Sixers three or four years ago, they’re active and you have to be very alert from the start,” the four-time MVP added. Most Valuable) of the NBA.
Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who had won three in a row and five of the last six.
In San Antonio, the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 115-108, with 33 points and 10 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge and 25 from Pau Gasol.
The Argentinean Manu Ginobili barely scored two goals off the bench in 16 minutes.
For the Mavericks, Puerto Rican JJ Barea overflowed with 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes.
In Houston, Harden scored 20 of his 37 points in the first period to lead the Rockets hosts to a 117-103 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Harden added 10 rebounds and eight assists to guide the Rockets to their fifth straight win.
Clint Capela added 20 points for Houston and his point guard Chris Paul finished with 14 assists.
For the New York team, the best was Isaiah Whitehead, with 24 cartons coming off the bench, followed by Spencer Dinwiddie (14 units), Caris LeVert (13) and Sean Kilpatrick (12).
Ryan Anderson contributed 13 points and Eric Gordon 12 from the bench for the Houston team, which had an ominous reserve in triples to make only one in 10 attempts.
The Rockets, who have won 11 of their last 12 games, have a record of 16-4, the third-best record in their history at the start of the season.
The Nets will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night and the Rockets will receive the Indiana Pacers that same day.
– The Celtics skate –
In Boston, Andre Drummond scored 26 points with a whopping 22 rebounds, the two personal highs of the season, and Tobias Harris added 31 to lead the Detroit Pistons in a 118-108 victory over the Celtics.
Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and 11 points in the last 5:36 minutes to help the Detroit team win the clash of old school rivals who are once again the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Reggie Jackson scored 20 points with seven assists for the Pistons, who have won three of their last four.
Marcus Smart scored 23 points, Irving 18 and Horford 11 with five sacks, actions missed by the Celtics, who have lost two games since a streak of 16 consecutive victories.
In other results, the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic by 121-109 and the Portland Trail Blazers, the New York Knicks by 103-91.