Only two games were scheduled for the night of Thursday to Friday in the NBA, after which the championship will pause for a short week, giving way to the All-Star Game.
Boston overcomes the Clippers
The Celtics made the Clippers fold they managed to beat 141-133 after two overtime hours Thursday in Boston in the NBA game between the two thirds of the East and West Conferences. In this meeting, Jayson Tatum was the best scorer of the match. The Celtics winger scored 39 points, with 61% two-point success (14/23) and 50% three-point success (5/10). Very active, he also took 9 rebounds. All in 47 minutes on the parquet floor. Also note the double-double of Gordon Hayward with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Lou Williams was the top scorer with the Californian team with 35 points while Kawhi Leonard signed a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
"It was hard," said Tatum, relieved. "My teammates trusted me," rejoiced the winger, whose beautiful evening against the Clippers made him forget his poor performance Tuesday night during the defeat in Houston (5/15 two points and 0 / 7 to three points). In the first overtime, Tatum had placed Boston in the lead after a layup within 25 seconds of the buzzer. But by three points, Landry Shamet for the Clippers pushed Boston to a second overtime which this time was fatal.
Oklahoma City stops New Orleans but not Zion
In the other game of an evening that included only two as the NBA will stop until next Wednesday to make way for the All-Star Game this weekend in Chicago, Oklahoma City Thunder came defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 123-118 and posted an eighth away away success, a record tied in franchise history. It was in the second quarter that the Thunder built a small advantage that it managed to the end, well led by the Italian Dario Gallinari and his 29 points 12 out of 18 in shooting. At the same time, Chris Paul was satisfied with a small double-double with 14 points and 12 assists, in the same way as the Australian pivot Steven Adams (11 points and 11 rebounds), author of a sensational basket to the buzzer half-time.
The star of the evening is to be found on the side of the defeated: the “rookie” Zion Williamson, number 1 of the 2019 draft, again distinguished himself by scoring 32 points for the Pelicans, the new highest total of the young career of this 19-year-old strongman, who is predicted to have a brilliant career. This is the sixth consecutive time that Zion Williamson has been above the 20-point mark. At 19, this is an earliest record in NBA history. Which was not enough for the Pelicans, who are stopped after three straight wins and remain eleventh to the west, while the Thunder is seventh.
Make way for the star match now!