Philadelphias Celtics-Phobia – LeBron facing problems
The Boston Celtics have rehabilitated some of the hustle and bustle of the last few days and beaten Philadelphia. For the Los Angeles Lakers it is getting tight and Golden State is marching.
The Celtics needed this urgently: After the two bad defeats against the L.A. teams (Buzzer Beater bankruptcy against the Lakers, 28-point lead against the Clippers was given away) and the fuss about the future of Kyrie Irving, the record champion has brought some peace with a division victory at the Philadelphia 76ers.
At 112:109, in the absence of the injured Irving, Jayson Tatum (20 points/10 rebounds/1 assist), Big Man Al Horford (23/8/5) and Gordon Hayward (26/4/3), who after his bad injury at the beginning of last season is still not the same as before, were the most convincing riders.
For the Sixers, who were again overtaken by Boston in the Eastern Conference ranking, the misery against the team from Beantown continues. Philly lost every one of last year’s three games to Celtics this season after the second round out in last year’s play-offs, and at the same time, they lost to the newly formed star team for the first time. Also worrying from a 76ers point of view: The record against Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Boston, the top teams in the east, is 1:7 – only Chicago (0:7), Cleveland (0:8) and Atlanta (0:8) are worse in this respect.
As usual, Kevin Durant (28 points), Stephen Curry (24) and Klay Thompson (24) were both scoring well in the victory over Jazz. Curious: “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson dislocates the ring finger of his left hand in the first quarter, comes back after a short break and gives Utah 22 points.
The air becomes thinner for the Lakers – Golden State marches
A little further south along the east coast, the Los Angeles Lakers had to accept their next setback in the fight for a play-off ticket. LeBron James and his team lost 113:117 at the Atlanta Hawks despite a triple-double of the “Kings” (28/11/16) and are ninth behind city rival Clippers in eighth place. Gradually the air gets thinner with two and a half wins behind.
The Golden State Warriors, who defended their leading position against the Utah Jazz with a 115:108 win, should be much less worried. Kevin Durant (28 points), Stephen Curry (24) and Klay Thompson (24) were as unerring as usual.
NBA, Results from 12 February
Atlanta Hawks – Los Angeles Lakers 117:113
Philadelphia 76ers – Boston Celtics 109:112
Memphis Grizzlies – San Antonio Spurs 107:108
New Orleans Pelicans – Orlando Magic 88:118
Golden State Warriors – Utah Jazz 115:108