Boston Celtics dominated the LA Lakers in revenge for a loss in January and register a fifth straight victory to keep pace at the top of the Eastern Conference. Also Thursday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo returns from a six-game injury absence, Steph Curry had another 30-point night and Phoenix joined Utah with 40 wins.
Thursday night NBA results
|Milwaukee Bucks 120-109 Atlanta Hawks|
|Golden State Warriors 119-101 Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Boston Celtics 121 – 113 Los Angeles Lakers|
|Sacramento Kings 114-122 Phoenix Suns|
Boston Celtics 121 – 113 Los Angeles Lakers
Jaylen Brown scored 40 points and had nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics completed a perfect road trip with a 121-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Celtics, who finished 3-0 on the trek and earned their fifth consecutive victory overall, were never left behind in the game, leading up to 27 points early in the fourth quarter before the Lakers bench does not tighten the final margin.
Brown finished 17 of 20 on the field and at one point, 11 consecutive shots, while Boston’s Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard each scored 15 points.
Jayson Tatum and Tristan Thompson contributed 14 points each, and Kemba Walker had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Starting in place of André Drummond (bruised right big toe), Lakers center Marc Gasol had a hot shooting night, finishing 4 of 6 in the 3-point arc and totaling 18 points. Talen Horton-Tucker added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The Lakers allowed fans to enter Staples Center for the first time this season, but the 1915 present had little to cheer on from the start as the Celtics took a 14-2 lead and never looked back. .
Boston avenged a 96-95 home loss to Los Angeles on Jan. 30 and won for the seventh time in eight games overall, while the Lakers have now lost five of their last nine games.
Milwaukee Bucks 120-109 Atlanta Hawks
Jrue Holiday scored 23 points, Brook Lopez posted a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double, and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks held back the Atlanta Hawks with a dominant 120-109 victory.
A balanced scoring effort, with seven Bucks scoring in double digits, propelled Milwaukee to a lead they held almost overnight, securing a third straight victory, while also inflicting just a second loss in the last nine on the Hawks.
The advantage grew to 19 points before a 15-4 run in Atlanta in the fourth quarter brought the Hawks down to less than eight points.
Trae Young, returning from a calf injury that sidelined him for two games, scored four of his 15 points to cap the Hawks’ bust. Milwaukee responded with a quick 7-0 push that effectively sidelined the game.
Pat Connaughton connected on one of his four 3-pointers during the Bucks run. He finished with 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Giannis Antetokounmpo came back from a six-game absence with a knee injury to score 15 points, almost 14 below his season average. Milwaukee’s second-leading scorer in the campaign, Khris Middleton, finished with 10 points – less than half his average. He added nine rebounds and seven assists.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led all scorers with 28 points. Solomon Hill added 18 points, a season-high, and Clint Capela recorded a double-double with 16 points and a high of 16 rebounds.
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Sacramento Kings 114-122 Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton scored 26 points on 10 of 11 shots and had 11 rebounds to lead the scorching Phoenix Suns to a 122-114 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings.
Devin Booker added 23 points as Phoenix won their fourth straight contest and 14th in their last 16 games. The Suns (40-15) became the second NBA team to achieve 40 wins this season, after the Utah Jazz (41).
Chris Paul recorded 13 points, 11 assists and three steals and Mikal Bridges and Jevon Carter also scored 13 points each for Phoenix.
De’Aaron Fox recorded 27 points and eight assists, but the Kings fell to tie their worst losing streak of the nine-game season, to which they also fell in February. Buddy Hield added 24 points and Delon Wright 16.
Harrison Barnes scored 14 points, Tyrese Haliburton added 12 and Hassan Whiteside contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, who had 55.1% of his shots and was 14 of 30 behind the arc.
Torrey Craig made a 3-point with 6:45 remaining to cap a decisive 11-1 run as Phoenix turned a two-point deficit into a 108-100 lead.
Golden State Warriors 119-101 Cleveland Cavaliers
Stephen Curry again led the Golden State Warriors, scoring 33 points in a 119-101 victory over host Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Despite struggling early in the 3-point range (4 of 13 for the game), Curry recorded his ninth straight game with over 30 points to help the Warriors claim their fourth straight win and fifth in their last six. matches.
Collin Sexton returned after missing the previous two games with a left groin strain and led the Cavaliers with 30 points, but Cleveland lost for the third time in their last four games.
Curry faced frequent doubles defending by the Cavaliers and shot 12-on-25 overall as he attacked the basket more often to break peripheral pressure; he also finished with five assists, four rebounds and two blocks.
The Warriors say rookie center James Wiseman will officially miss the remainder of the season and return for the 2021-22 season after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee.
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Andrew Wiggins had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Juan Toscano-Anderson finished with a career-high 20 points on 8 of 9 shots.
After dragging through the first quarter, the Warriors took the lead on their second bucket of the second quarter and never dragged again.
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