Two games were played Thursday night in the NBA, the last two before a week-long All-Star Game break. In Boston, the Celtics needed two overtime to defeat the Clippers in a long undecided game (141-133). In this encounter pitting the third of each conference, Jayson Tatum guided his partners with 39 points (to a double-double rebound) when Gordon Hayward signed him a double-double (21 pts, 13 rbs). Opposite, neither Kawhi Leonard's double-double (26 pts, 11 rbs), nor Lou Williams' 35 points were enough and the Clippers recorded a third defeat in four games.
In the other meeting of the night, Zion Williamson once again ensured the spectacle by improving by one his best total in career with 32 points, establishing the passage the record of precocity of a player chaining six games in a row to more than 20 points. However, the rookie's new major performance was insufficient for New Orleans who bowed at home against Oklahoma City (118-123). In the wake of his Europeans Dario Gallinari as well as Dennis Schroder (29 and 22 pts), the Thunder will have led a large part of the match and resumes its march forward after the defeat against the Spurs Tuesday evening. Shay Gilgeous-Alexander's partners remain 7e West. New Orleans comes to a halt after three successes in a row, the Pelicans point to 11e rank.
Results of the night
Boston – LA Clippers 141-133 AD
New Orleans – Oklahoma City 118-123