Westbrook save OKC – Boston win top game
Russell Westbrook leads Oklahoma City to victory in the final quarter. The Celtics beat the Portland Trailblazers without Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis.
The Boston Celtics (49-23) defeated the Portland Trailblazers (44-28) 105:100 in the NBA top game without injured superstar Kyrie Irving.
However, the second-best team of the Eastern Conference needed a furious chase to catch up in the final quarter for the narrow victory. At the beginning of the last round the Celtics, who have to give up the German pro Daniel Theis for the rest of the season due to injury, were still ten points behind.
Match winner for Boston was Forward Marcus Morris with 30 points. On the Trailblazer side, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 26 points. However, this was not sufficient against the decisive final spurt of the Celtics.
Vice champion Cleveland had no problems at all with Kellerkind Phoenix. LeBron James and Company. the Suns, who suffered their tenth consecutive defeat, swept off the pitch with 120:95.
“King James” scored 27 points, but only looked at the final quarter from the bank. Besides the blowout victory, the Cavs also celebrated the return of Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood. Nance Jr. came back with a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder also collected an important victory in the race for the playoffs. OKC defeated Miami 105:99 thanks to 17 points in Russell Westbrook’s final quarter. Before the quarter, the Western Conference’s fourth place in the standings was still just behind.
Last year’s MVP Westbrook scored a total of 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Center Steven Adams contributed 24 points and twelve rebounds.
In the 124:120 victory of San Antonio Spurs against Utah Jazz, LaMarcus Aldridge set a new career record with 45 points. The Spurs also needed Aldridge’s points to beat the next top performance of jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell.
The 21-year-old Guard finished with 35 points.
“LaMarcus was outrageously good, like the last two games,” enthuses Spurs-Oldie Manu Ginobili. “He carries us.”
The Spurs still have about ten games to worry about before the playoffs begin. However, by beating Jazz, the five-time champion has gained a cushion of two wins on Utah, which is currently eighth in the Western Conference (NBA tables).