Seven games were on the night’s program in the NBA, and they notably saw the Boston Celtics inflict a correction on the Philadelphia 76ers. Giannis Antetokounmpo meanwhile scored 50 points for Milwaukee, as Miami fell at home to Dallas and Phoenix won again.
The poster of the night: Philadelphia – Boston
But who will stop the Boston Celtics? Ime Udoka’s men struck a blow Tuesday night by crushing the Philadelphia 76ers in their hall. They won 87-135, the biggest gap in history between the two franchises, who faced each other for the 457th time! There was no suspense in this game, where the Celtics led from start to finish. They were ten points ahead at the end of the first quarter and 27 at halftime, thanks in particular to Jaylen Brown who scored 26 of his 29 in the first half. Boston won the last two quarters by 16 and 5 points and the gap increased to +51! A real basketball lesson. Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and took 12 rebounds, while opposite, Joel Embiid had to settle for 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. It was however 31 games that the Cameroonian pivot had scored at least 25 points!
The MVP of the night: Giannis Antetokounmpo
And to think that he hadn’t played the day before against Portland because of pain in his left ankle… Giannis Antetokounmpo was in great shape on Tuesday during Milwaukee’s victory over Indiana (128-119)! The Greek scored 50 points, 17 of 21 on shots and 14 of 18 on free throws. It’s his season high, and he falls just two points short of his career high. If the Pacers of an excellent Buddy Hield (36pts at 8/12 at 3pts, record of his season) led at the start of the match and once in the middle of the second quarter, the Bucks then made their talent speak, even if they only led by one point minutes from the end of the third quarter. It’s the fourth time in his career that Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 50 points, but victory meant a lot more to him. “It’s a nice feeling to score 50 points, it’s something you remember forever, but I don’t hold the victory anymore. I want to win games. We still have a game on Thursday (against Philadelphia, editor’s note) and we want to end on a good note before the All Star Break, ”said the former MVP.
The flop of the night: Miami
The leader of the Eastern Conference has fallen! Miami lost at home to Dallas, fifth in the West, 99-107. The Heat were in front for much of the game, however, and were leading by thirteen points just before halftime. But the Mavs managed a great third quarter (19-30) to come back to score, before confirming in the last (21-26). Five Dallas players finished with at least 12 points: 12 for Davis Bertans, 14 for Dorian Finney-Smith, 19 for Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber and 21 for Luka Doncic, also author of 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The Floridians, who remained on five straight wins, could count on Jimmy Butler’s 29 points and 10 rebounds and Bam Adebayo’s 21 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. They are now tied with Chicago at the top of the standings.
The French of the night: Nicolas Batum
Only two French played on Tuesday, and Nicolas Batum was much better than Frank Ntilikina. Even if the Clippers lost 103-96 by cracking in the last minutes in Phoenix, which chained a sixth victory in a row, they could count on an 18-point “Batman” (his best score since his 32-point card against Indiana on January 17), 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He finished second best scorer for his team behind Marcus Morris Jr, and above all exceeded the bar of 10,000 career points! “It’s only 10,000 points, others are at 30,000. I don’t know how they do it, it’s crazy. In any case, it’s an accomplishment, it’s a good thing to put on the CV, ”smiled the Frenchman.
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Atlanta Hawks –Cleveland Cavaliers: 124-116
>>> Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL) did not play, by decision of the coach
Miami Heat- Dallas Mavericks : 99-107
>>> Stats of Frank Ntilikina (DAL): 4 minutes of play, 3 points (1/2 on shots including 1/2 at 3pts), 1 assist
New Orleans Pelicans- Memphis Grizzlies : 109-121
>>> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play, by decision of the coach
>>> Yves Pons (MEM) was not in the group
Phoenix Suns –Los Angeles Clippers: 103-96
>>> Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 25 minutes of play, 18 points (7/14 on shots including 4/8 at 3pts), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 interception, 2 blocks
Philadelphia 76ers- Boston Celtics : 87-135
Milwaukee Bucks – Indiana Pacers: 128-119
Minnesota Timberwolves – Charlotte Hornets: 126-120 a.d.