Seventy Sixers boosts their winning streak and the Celtics overtake the Heat


LOS ANGELES- The Philadelphia Seventy Sixers continued their strong performances and managed to withstand the Washington Wizards and beat them 136-114 the day before yesterday, despite the last star Bradley Bell scoring 60 points, to maintain his record in the NBA thanks to Joel Embed and Seth Curry.
Tobias Harris and Chuck Milton scored 19 points each, and Ben Simmons added 17 points and 12 assists, for Philadelphia to achieve its fifth successive victory and raise his record in the lead to seven wins against one defeat.
The Sixers led by 21 points in the third quarter, but the Wizards woke up and equalized 131-131 four minutes before the end of the match.
Then Philadelphia scored eight consecutive points to move away in the score, and the Boyzards inflicted the most painful defeat, especially with Russell Westbrook leaving in the last minutes with a hand injury, after contributing 20 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists.
The matches came as a crowd of supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the Congress building in Washington, forcing lawmakers to flee, and resulting in the death of a woman.
The players and coaches touched on the violence, especially the court decision issued a day earlier not to charge any officer in the case of the paraplegic case of black American Jacob Blake after a white policeman shot him in Wisconsin last August.
“We play tonight’s match with a sad heart after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, and we know that protesters in our country’s capital are treated differently by political leaders based on their stance on the issues,” Boston Celtics and Miami Heat players said in a joint statement before their match.
They added, “The big difference between the way the demonstrators were treated last spring and summer and the encouragement given to today’s demonstrators who acted illegally, shows how much effort we have to make.”
The match between Celtics and Heat was the first between the two teams since the latter’s victory over Celtics in the Eastern District Finals, and the match saw the Celtics hard-fought 107-105 victory.
The Boston team took advantage of a ten-point lead in a minute and 17 seconds before the end of the match, so Hit managed to equalize, but Payton Pritchard scored the winning basket in the last ten seconds of the match.
Jimmy Butler was the Heat’s top scorer with 26 points, while Jason Tatum for Celtics scored 27 points and 21 points for Jailin Brown.
In Orlando, Terence Ross and his teammate Dwayne Bacon scored 20 points, leading the Magic to win 105-94 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But a knee injury ended Markel Folz’s season and soured the victory, after he felt pain on the field, and the team later said he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
On the other hand, Charlotte Hornets star Gordon Hayward scored 44 points to lead his team to a 102-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
With 35 points for Malcolm Brugdon, the Indiana Pacers scored a 114-107 victory over the Houston Rockets, whose star James Harden was modest by 15 points and 12 assists.
The Milwaukee Bucks overcame the Detroit Pistons 130-115 thanks to 25 points scored by the most expensive Greek American League player, Yannis Antetokunembo.
The match saw Pistons superstar Derek Rose early exit after injuring his right knee.
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat hosts New Oleanz Pelicans 111-110. Shay Gilgus-Alexander won Thunder with 21 points, while two free throws scored by George Hill 12 seconds before the end of the match secured the victory.
Zion Williamson scored 29 points for Pelicans, in addition to a “Triple Double” of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists from New Zealander Stephen Adams, who achieved his first “Triple Double” in his career against his former team.
With 21 points each for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 108-101 in San Francisco.
Warriors star Stephen Curry suffered from a scarcity of scoring with only 13 points, after he managed to score 92 points in his previous two matches, including 62 points, the highest in his career against Portland last Sunday. – (AFP)


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