The Washington Wizards, big surprise of the NBA season, they beat the Miami Heat 103-100 this Saturday to place themselves one step away from the l
The Washington Wizards, big surprise of the NBA season, they beat the Miami Heat 103-100 this Saturday to place themselves one step away from the leadership of the Eastern Conference While Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 20 rebounds in the Bucks’ win over Magic.
The Wizards, who add 11 wins and 5 losses, unseated the Heat (11-6) from second place in the conference thanks to a final acceleration in which they lifted 10 points of disadvantage in the last four minutes.
Gritting my teeth in defense point guard Spencer Dinwiddie nailed two 3-pointers and a two-pointer in an 11-0 run with which the Wizards went ahead to stay with the win.
Dinwiddie, with 16 points and 4 assists, and the shooting guard Bradley Beal, with 21 and 9, led a great choral performance by the Washingtons in front of their audience at the Capital One Arena.
For Miami, guard Jimmy Butler reached 29 points and backup guard Tyler Herro all 20.
In its turn, Giannis Antetokounmpo had one of the best performances of the year in the league in a 117-108 victory for the Milwaukee Bucks against the Orlando Magic.
The Greek added 32 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks and only the piston came down from the free throw line (15/23).
The Magic substitutes looked for the comeback in the fourth quarter with a 37-21 run but Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton (13 points) returned to the court in the final minutes to seal the third straight win for the reigning champions.
Wolves crush Grizzlies
In Minnesota, the Timberwolves crushed the Memphis Grizzlies 138-95 on a dominant night from their young trio of figures., Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards, who combined for 72 points.
From the first quarter of 40-32, the superiority of the Timberwolves was so clear that neither Russell (28 points), Edwards (23) and Towns (21) were on track for more than 27 minutes.
Minnesota ranks 10th in the West, which gives access to play the playoff repechage, while the Grizzlies of a weak Ja Morant (11 points) fall to eighth.
In Boston, Jayson Tatum added his third game in a row above 30 points for the Celtics to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105.
One day after beating the Los Angeles Lakers by 22 points, the Celtics came close to being surprised in the fourth quarter by the young Thunder but Tatum closed the game with two final free throws.
The forward maintained his offensive streak with 33 points, 6 triples and 8 rebounds while the German point guard Dennis Schröder reached 29 points and 6 assists.
Despite not having the injured Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have recovered from a disastrous start to the season and have a positive balance for the first time (9-8) in the ninth square of the East.
Rockets don’t lift their heads in NY
In New York, the Knicks defeated the Houston Rockets 106-99, which are still sunk in the West with 1 win and 15 losses.
The texan team, which last season began a rebuilding process by selling James Harden, He has not known victory since the second league game, on October 22.
Center Christian Wood had 18 points and 12 rebounds and rookie Jalen Green another 16 points but the Rockets’ problems from the 3-throw line (25.6%) and from the free (59.1%) doomed them at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks came back from their Wednesday loss to the Orlando Magic driven by a great last quarter from the backup guard Alec burks, who scored 3 of his 20 points in that period.
Power forward Julius Randle stroked the triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and center Mitchell Robinson (6 points) retired due to a blow to the nose.