Boston ends well, not the Clippers

Aurélie SACCHELLI, published on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:56 AM

Nine games were on the program this Thursday before the All Star Break, and they saw Boston win against Toronto, Milwaukee narrowly win in Memphis, and the Clippers lose in Washington.

Game of the night: Boston – Toronto

Boston and Toronto therefore end the first part of the season with a reversed record: 19 wins and 17 losses for the Celtics (4th) and 17 wins and 19 losses for the Raptors (8th). The C’s won 132-125 for their last game before the All Star Break. The Canadians dominated until the start of the third quarter, even counting a lead of +9, but the Celtics reversed the game afterwards. At 2’45 from the end, Brad Stevens’ men led 122-119, but a 5-0 allowed them to take the lead definitively, and finally win by seven points. Jayson Tatum was a big part of the win, with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Opposite, the Raptors, even deprived of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, were able to resist until the end thanks to 30 points from Chris Boucher. Also note the career passing record of Kyle Lowry: 19!

MVP of the night: Damian Lillard

Third victory in a row for Portland, who finished the first part of the season in 5th place in the Western Conference! The Blazers won 123-119 against Sacramento (13th), thanks to a huge match by their star, Damian Lillard. Sacramento, who fell to the Lakers the day before, gave the Oregon players a hard time, although the gap never exceeded seven points in this game. The Kings led in the first quarter, and in the last, up to 3’34 from the end (108-105). It was then that Damian Lillard, already excellent until then (32pts), put himself in “Dame Time” mode to go and offer victory to his team. He scored ten points in a row (two two 3-point shots) for his team, while Sacramento did not score a single point, and Portland then led 115-108. Thanks to De’Aaron Fox (32pts, 8rbds and 12bds in this game), the Kings came back to 118-119, but the Blazers sealed their victory in the free throws, the last two being scored by Lillard, who thus finished with 44 points (13 of 26 on shots including 8/15 at 3pts) and 7 assists.

Flop of the night: LA Clippers

Shining for most of this half-season, the Clippers ended badly, with a third straight loss that drops them to fourth place in the Western Conference. After Milwaukee and Boston, Washington defeated the Californians by a score of 119-117. Deprived of Paul George, the Clippers have however often led during this match, and even by sixteen points just before halftime. But the Wizards, led by their duo Bradley Beal (33pts, 7rbds) – Russell Westbrook (27pts, 9rbds, 11bds, 4int), returned. At 4’36 to go, the Clippers were in the lead: 102-106. But they conceded an 11-0 in four minutes (113-106), and after the six points in a row from Nicolas Batum who gave hope to the Californians (115-112 at 30 seconds from the end), everything was played free throws in the money-time and Washington snatched this victory. The Wizards, after a catastrophic start to the season, are doing much better and are in twelfth, a victory and a half from the play-ins.

Frenchman of the Night: Théo Maledon

Théo Maledon continues to have fun in this Oklahoma City team, far from being as dropped as one might have imagined at the start of the season (12th to three play-in wins). The Thunder had a good performance by going to win 107-102 in San Antonio (7th) and the French leader, selected for the Rising Stars Challenge of the All Star Game, contributed by scoring 7 points, taking 7 rebounds and delivering 5 passes in 30 minutes. To be confirmed during the second part of the season!

Thursday March 4, 2021
Washington Wizards – Los Angeles Clippers : 119-117
>>> Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 30 minutes of play, 9 points (2 out of 10 shots including 2/8 at 3pts), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 lost balls, 5 fouls

New York Knicks – Detroit Pistons : 114-104
>>> Stats by Frank Ntilikina (NYK): 13 minutes of play, 9 points (3 out of 4 on shots including 3/3 to 3pts)
>>> Stats of Sekou Doumbouya (DET): 15 minutes of play, 10 points (4 of 7 on shots including 2/3 at 3pts), 1 rebound, 1 foul
>>> Killian Hayes (DET), injured in the hip, did not play

Memphis Grizzlies – Milwaukee Bucks : 111-112
>>> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play, by decision of the coach

San Antonio Spurs – Oklahoma City Thunder : 102-107
>>> Stats of Théo Maledon (OKC): 30 minutes of play, 7 points (2 of 6 on shots including 1/3 to 3pts), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 lost ball, 2 fouls

Phoenix Suns – Golden State Warriors : 120-92
Portland Trail Blazers – Sacramento Kings : 123-119
Indiana Pacers – Denver Nuggets : 103-113
New Orleans Pelicans – Miami Heat : 93-103
Boston Celtics – Toronto Raptors : 132-125

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