NBA: The Philadelphia 76ers blunder at home – The Boston Celtics consolidate their lead against the Brooklyn Nets

Despite 50 points from Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers are beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are winning in the top game in the east.

Pascal Siakam, meanwhile, dominates Charlotte, Milwaukee loses without half their team in the Heat.

Philadelphia 76ers (25-16) – OKC Thunder (19-23) 114:133 (BOXSCORE)

  • What a statement of thunder! OKC had only won five away games this season, now they have been making appearances with one of the best teams in the East and dominating. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the MVP again (37 points, 10/16 FG, 16/16 FT, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), but he didn’t have to shoulder the burden alone.
  • OKC hit 14 threes, kept going to the free throw line (31/33 freebies!), and kept the ball much better than the Sixers (11:17 turnovers). The Thunder swarmed Philly on several occasions, scoring 21 fastbreak points – meanwhile, 21 was also the game’s best lead.
  • It didn’t stay so clear, in the fourth quarter the Sixers made things exciting at times as Joel Embiid (30 points, 10/17, 10 rebounds) pitched up here again. But there was a minimal difference of 6 points, also because OKC showed no weakness in a free-throw contest in the final minutes.
  • The Thunder have now won four of their last six games. Besides Shai, Josh Giddey (20 points, 8 assists), Jalen Williams and Tre Mann (both 14) were particularly popular, while Embiid received support from James Harden (24 points, 15 assists, 7 turnovers) and Tyrese Maxey (17).

Here are the highlights of the game!

Brooklyn Nets (27-14) – Boston Celtics (31-12) 98:109 (BOXSCORE)

  • Fifth consecutive victory for the Celtics, who are now clearly ahead in the East after beating their closest rival in a one-on-one duel. While both teams lacked key players, it was less of a Superstars game and more of a duel that proved Boston’s depth.
  • Jayson Tatum didn’t have a great shooting game (20 points, 7/22 FG), 11 rebounds, 5 assists, but had plenty of support and five teammates who scored at least 12 points – although Jaylen Brown and Al Horford were each absent. Three guards Marcus Smart (16 points, 10 assists), Malcolm Brogdon (16) and Derrick White (15) all showed strong performances. The Celtics dominated under the basket (48:31 rebounds) and used a solid phase on their bench early in the fourth quarter to break away. In addition to Brodgon, Payton Pritchard (9) also had some good scenes.
  • On the other side, Kyrie Irving (24) was the top scorer, with TJ Warren (20) and Joe Harris (18) hot on his heels. Ben Simmons had his team’s best plus/minus rating (+10) despite not scoring (0/3) – but he grabbed 9 rebounds and delivered 13 assists. Without Kevin Durant, Brooklyn lacked the punch at the end to make it exciting again.

Here are the highlights of the game!

Miami Heat (23-20) – Milwaukee Bucks (27-15) 108:102 (BOXSCORE)

  • The Heat almost started again. After posting an NBA record 40/40 from the free throw line in the previous game, they were clear in this game until Jimmy Butler of all people missed a free throw in the final minute. So in the end it was 15/16, the streak ended with 55 free shots. Butler will be able to recover from it, but in the end it was enough for the victory.
  • It didn’t look like it at first. The Bucks, with half their team missing (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Joe Ingles, Serge Ibaka, Grayson Allen), got off to a dominant start and led early by 32-17, but that lead didn’t last long. . The strong Jrue Holiday (24 points, 11 assists) was too lonely, especially the other starters didn’t get enough, although the Bucks did hit a whopping 22(!) Three. Very little passed from the country of two, Milwaukee also seemed completely inferior physically (61:39 rebounds) and a little tired on the second day of a consecutive streak.
  • The Heat took advantage of that in the second half. Miami also lacked a backcourt (Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro) but had great representation. Gabe Vincent led with a career high (28 points), while Bam Adebayo (24, 12 rebounds), Butler (17 and 11) and Max Strus (12 and 10) all had double-doubles. Victor Oladipo also had 14, 8 and 8 assists from the bench.
  • While the starters were disappointing for the Bucks, three bench players were responsible for 15 three-pointers. Jevon Carter hit 6 (18 points), AJ Green 5 (15) and Jordan Nwora 4 (16) triples.

Toronto Raptors (19-23) – Charlotte Hornets (11-32) 124:114 (BOXSCORE)

  • Are the Raptors finally pulling themselves together? After all, the Canadiens have now won three games in a row, something they never managed to do before this season. They could particularly thank Pascal Siakam for that, who gave the Hornets an extremely effective 35 points (11/13 FG, 3/3 3FG, 10/12 FT) and scored 12 points straight in the first quarter.
  • However, the performance was not completely sovereign – Toronto led the whole game and sometimes with up to 18 points, but in the end it was still close. With 1:19 to go, LaMelo Ball had a chance to come back at -2 with a three, but his three wouldn’t fall and the visiting star also missed a layup. A three-pointer from Fred VanVleet (11 points, 8 assists) finally cleared things up on the other side.
  • Ball scored 32 points (11/19) for the Hornets before committing a final-minute foul. Terry Rozier scored 21 points, Mason Plumlee had 16 and 15 rebounds (at 6/6 FG) – Charlotte, however, continued to stumble on her own feet, her 22 turnovers led to 26 points for the hosts.
  • With the Raptors, Scottie Barnes showed one of his best performances of the season (21, 8/14, 9 assists, 7 rebounds), Gary Trent Jr. confirmed his recent good form with 19 points, even if the three did not come (2/11). OG Anunoby scored 12 of his 15 points in the starting quarter.

Portland Trail Blazers (19-22) – Cleveland Cavaliers (27-16) 113:119 (BOXSCORE)

  • It’s not going well with the Blazers at the moment, five games in a row have now been lost – although Damian Lillard really tried everything in this game. The superstar (16/28 FG) scored 50 points, but even that monstrous performance wasn’t enough. The Blazers had led the entire game until a few minutes from the end.
  • With up to 14 points, Portland was leading at halftime, Dame was already at 25 at the break. But the Cavs went from strength to strength after the break, the moment came midway through the fourth quarter and the guests won with an 8-0 on their first tour. It was above all Donovan Mitchell who now took control of the match, scoring 10 of his 26 points in the last six minutes.
  • Mitchell was again his team’s top scorer, just ahead of Jarrett Allen (24, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) and Darius Garland (20, 10 assists). Ricky Rubio also returned to the Cavaliers. The Spaniard last played in December 2021 and has since been out with a ruptured cruciate ligament, he was eventually cleared to play again and had a direct positive impact in just over ten minutes (9 points).
  • With the Blazers, Lillard, who hit 50 for the first time this season, was a bit lacking in support. Jerami Grant had 22 points, but the whole bank only had 9. The Blazers ran out of steam in the last quarter and the team only managed 22 points here.

Los Angeles Lakers (19-23) – Dallas Mavericks (24-19) 115:119 2OT (MATCH REPORT)

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