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NBA: Boston ensures the best record at the end of the season

  • April 4, 2024
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The Boston Celtics made their mark with a large victory against the ambitious Oklahoma City Thunder (135-100), the Milwaukee Bucks lost again and Orlando maintained its positive momentum on Wednesday in the NBA.

Boston hits hard

The Boston Celtics struck a big blow with a big victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (135-100). The Massachusetts franchise, leading in the East, thus ensured the best record at the end of the season (60 victories – 16 defeats and 6 matches to play), and therefore to have home field advantage during all the play-offs to a possible NBA Finals. Above all, the C’s stepped on one of the outsiders to the title, the young Thunder, engaged in the race for first place in the Western conference. The Celtics of Latvian pivot Kristaps Porzingis (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Jayson Tatum (24 points) took off in the 4th quarter, winning 42 to 17. “Win more than 60 games and ensure the best balance sheet, it’s not nothing,” greeted Tatum. The blow is hard for OKC, now 3rd in the West (52-24), just behind the champion Denver (53-23) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (53-23), who corrected the Toronto Raptors (133-85) , now on a series of 15 defeats.

. The Bucks lose again

The Milwaukee Bucks, deprived of leader Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton and Patrick Beverley, lost for the second time in two days, at home against Memphis (111-101). The Bucks (47-29) remain second in the East but under threat from Cleveland (46-31), beaten by the Suns on Wednesday.

NBA: Boston leaves its mark and ensures the best record at the end of the season

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. Flynn close to record

Detroit guard Malachi Flynn blazed with 50 points coming off the bench, very close to the NBA record for a replacement held by Jamal Crawford (51 in 2019). But the Pistons, the worst team of the season, still lost to Atlanta (121-113), which was able to count on Jalen Johnson’s first triple double (28 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists).

. Orlando pushes

The Orlando Magic scored a third success in a row against the New Orleans Pelicans (117-108), thanks to 32 points from their young leader Paolo Banchero. A victory which allows the Magic to move to 4th in the East just ahead of the New York Knicks, who did not play on Wednesday. Also in the hunt for a good place in the play-offs, the Pelicans lost for the 4th time in 5 matches, and left their 6th place in the West, the last one which allows them to avoid the play-offs, to the Phoenix Suns , winners against Cleveland (122-101).