The Dallas Mavericks must plug in a sensitive defeat against the Neut York Knick’s Angelfanten. Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo surpassed for their teams and Phoenix Suns are already qualified for the playoffs in the top game in Miami after a convincing presentation.
- Charlotte Hornets (32-35) – Boston Celtics (40-27) 101: 115 (Boxscore)
- Detroit Pistons (18-48) – Chicago Bulls (40-26) 108: 114 (Boxscore)
- Miami Heat (44-23) – Phoenix Suns (53-13) 90: 111 (Boxscore)
Charlotte Hornets (32-35) – Boston Celtics (40-27) 101: 115 (Boxscore)
- The hornets are further in free fall and must slowly even be the play-in, if they continue to play. Boston did not play a good match, but finally drove a sovereign victory. That was mainly at another gala of Jayson Tatum, who could do what he wanted. At the end were 44 points (16/24 FG, 6/9 threesome, 6/6 ft, 5 rebounds, 3 steals).
- Still in the middle of the third quarter, the hosts in this match led after the bank had forgotten the weak start to ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas. Lamelo Ball spent large parts of the game on the bench and came to only 15 meters in 28 minutes. Boston seemed lethargic, which was particularly decorated with Jaylen Brown (15, 6/16), which was the first 30 minutes invisible.
- Then the Forward woke up and headed the turning with seven fast points. Between the third and fourth section, the Celtics succeeded for a good two minutes a 14: 0 race – with the kind support of stupid fouls from Montrezl Harrell (10, 7 Boards) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (9) – then for the Hornets out of the air. Tatum socked four triples in the final portion and came alone in halftime two to 28 meters.
- For Boston score, six players twice again, including Marcus Smart (12, 9 Assists), Rob Williams (11, 11 Rebounds) and Al Horford (10, 10 Boards). For the Hornets was P.J. Washington (17) the best scorer while Miles Bridges (17, 5/14) and Terry Rozier (14, 5/117) remained pale. Daniel Theis played only 4:39 minutes for the Celtics and came to 2 meters, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 block.
Detroit Pistons (18-48) – Chicago Bulls (40-26) 108: 114 (Boxscore)
- It was anything but convincing, but who has a demar Derozan in the squad, who can also win such games. The All-Star had the bulls with 36 points (12/25 FG, 12/13 ft) and 8 rebounds to a dirty victory and achieved 28 meters in the second half. Detroit did not find any answers to the forward, even top rookie Cade Cunningham could not stop Derozan in one-counter-one.
- Nearly nine minutes before the end, the pistons had just led seven counters thanks to Cunningham. The No.1-pick showed with 22 points (9/15) and 6 assists one of his most efficient games, but in the end did nothing else. The bulls turned the game with a 17: 2 run over seven minutes and could rely on their stars.
- In addition to Derozan, Zach Lavine (25, 7/14) also achieved eight meters in the final portion, the All-Star also marched eleven times to the frewurflinie. This was ultimately the key, the bulls sinked 31 of their 35 Freebies (Detroit: 13/17 ft) and allowed themselves to be a icy evening of downtown (only 3/15 threesome). Two of these triples went to the account of Coby White (8).
- Nikola Vucevic (21, 8/11), however, dominated in the zone, also because Detroit Isaiah Stewart was missing. For the first time EX-Nr.2-Pick Marvin Bagley (10), which was overwhelmed with this task, started. Veteran Kelly Olynyk (12) made it much better.
- And another curiosum: Such a basket can not be seen all days in the NBA. We congratulate the ex-Ulm Javontte Green to this masterpiece.
Miami Heat (44-23) – Phoenix Suns (53-13) 90: 111 (Boxscore)
- It’s simply impressive as the Suns game to win game – so also at the leader of the Eastern Conference. By the way, the playoff participation was also secured, of course the first team. Chris Paul was missing, Devin Booker (Corona) returned after four playing pause and added directly to the collective. 23 points (7/12), 8 rebounds, 9 assists and this buzzerbeater at the end of the third quarter were proof enough.
- Decisive was the third quarter when the Suns settle with a 34: 19 section clearly and sometimes completely dominated the boards. Alone Javale McGee (11, 15 Boards), who also striked with this, uh, beautiful Dirk homage, reached 7 offensive rebounds, which duel under the baskets decided the guests more than 64:46 for themselves.
- Miami lacked Jimmy Butler (ill) and that was noticeable. Against the basic defense of the Suns, the Heat only fell slightly, just over half of the experiments went through the Reuse. The best scorer of the hosts were Duncan Robinson (22, 6/11 threesome), Bam Adebayo (17, 6 Boards) and Tyler Herro (17, 7/20) behind it was far too little. Kyle Lowry (5) played 10 assists (including this beauty), but only took three throws.
- The Suns could escape it so easily, six players achieved at least 11 points. Behind Topscorer Booker, Mikal Bridges (21, 9/13, 9 rebounds) was really good, but Deandre Ayton (19, 9/10, 10 rebounds) was in no way to the forward. Cameron Payne (11, 10 assists) posted a double double.
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