The Rockets defeated the Bucks, Boston survived a comeback


After the night opened with two big dramas, with Boston beating Portland 118: 124 and Brooklyn beat Washington 110: 118, the main course also provided the goods: after a tense battle and despite a performance by Yannis Antecompo, Houston defeated the Milwaukee crown 116: 120. At the same time, San Antonio defeated Memphis, Orlando defeated Sacramento and Dallas defeated Phoenix.

Milwaukee – Houston 120: 116
The main course of the night was a meeting between Yannis Antecompo and his band and that of James Harden, and it provided the results right from the start. The Bucks were the ones to dictate the pace in the first quarter, and even climbed to a record 13-point lead, but the “bearded” and Russell Westbrook did not let them escape and turned the momentum.

Milwaukee did not get excited, came out of the locker room excellently and recorded a great third quarter of 27:36, which brings us straight to the penalty shootout duel at the end. With the clock showing half a minute to go and the result balanced, Westbrook went for two shots, withstood the pressure and passed the ball into Yannis’ hands – but the star lost and gave Westbrook a chance to increase the lead. Hence, the Bucks have not returned.

Westbrook led the Houston scoring with 31 points (8 rebounds and 6 assists), followed by James Harden with 24 (7 rebounds and 7 assists). Yannis’ 36 points and 18 rebounds on the other side, as well as Chris Middleton’s 27 points (and 12 rebounds) and Brock Lopez’s 23 (and 12 rebounds) were not enough for Milwaukee.

Washington Wizards – Brooklyn Nets 110: 118
The game opened with a great Wizards run, with Thomas Bryant contributing 5 points in 2:11 at the start of the first quarter. Despite this, the Nets were able to come back and finish the quarter with a minimum advantage of 3 points, much thanks to the good ability of Joe Harris (27 points). The game was tight throughout, but Washington was more dominant until the end of the third quarter, largely due to Bryant’s excellent first half, which ended it with 18 points (30 overall).
The second half continued to be very close. Jarrett Allen, who broke the dunk record for the season in the club’s history, provided 20 points and 12 rebounds and displayed excellent offensive and defensive ability. A three by Harris at the start of the fourth quarter returned the lead to Brooklyn, when he later added two more. 14 points in the fourth quarter out of Charis Lewart’s 34 were decisive in favor of the Nets, who equaled the Orlando Magic balance in seventh place in the East.

Portland Trailblazers – Boston Celtics 124: 128
What a tremendous game we got from the bubble. After Boston already led by 25 points and it looked like the second half would go all the way to a long Garbage Time, Portland managed to make a huge comeback when they scored 22 points, leaving the Celtics on just 8 points. Much thanks to the excellent ability of Yusuf Norkitz, who finished with 30 points and 9 rebounds.

In the final quarter of the game we got a tremendous thriller, with 1:57 seconds to go a three-pointer by Gary Trent Jr. set up a 118: 119 lead for Portland. But Gordon Hayward’s 4 straight points returned the advantage to Brad Stevens’ team. Seconds to the end the referees ruled in the wrong decision that Jason Taitum returned a ball to his half of the field, allowing Portland to reduce to just one point.

With three seconds left and Boston’s lead was 3 points, a terrible pass from Yusuf Norkich went outside the bounds and ended the story for the Blazers. At the end Jason Taitum added two successful shots from the line and set up a dramatic victory for the Celtics. Taitum was also the leading scorer, finishing with 34 points and 8 assists.

Memphis Grizzlies – San Antonio Spurs 108: 106
In a battle between two rivals fighting for a place in the playoffs, Gonta Marie led San Antonio to a critical victory, which left it in a battle for eighth place in the West. The guard scored 21 points and next to him five more players who finished in double figures.

The Spurs maintained the advantage in most stages of the game, with the record difference reaching 11 points. But Memphis, on the other hand, managed to stay in the game when the one who stood out for its part was Ja Morant. The rookie provided another excellent game, and was close to a triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.

12 seconds to go in a 3-point lead for the Spurs, Drusen went on to throw from the line and missed both attempts. In doing so he gave Memphis a chance to equalize and Jaren Jackson did so with a tremendous three in the face of his guard. Drusen took the responsibility, after the fouls and managed to squeeze in another second offense to finish. This time the star scored twice and returned the advantage to San Antonio. Jackson tried again with a crazy shot, but it was already too much and the win went to the Spurs.

With only 6 games left until the end of the regular season from the “bubble,” San Antonio, which is ranked tenth in the West, hopes to continue this trend. Greg Popovich’s team counts a third victory in a row and in the next game, Philadelphia 76 ‘awaits them. Of course it depends not only on itself, but also on the results of Memphis and Portland down the road.


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