The Boston Celtics are again.
OK, it was just one recreation, however a convincing win over the defending champion Warriors is one thing that may flip a group round.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 factors on 12-for-16 taking pictures because the Celtics by no means trailed on their strategy to a convincing 128-95 win over the Warriors at Oracle Enviornment.
“We put lots of emphasis on being linked, being collectively,” Kyrie Irving advised TNT’s Caron Butler afterward. “After we’re all clicking like that, we’re onerous to beat.”
Irving had 19 factors and 11 assists to assist Boston bounce again from Sunday’s 115-104 residence loss to the Rockets and put to relaxation – a minimum of for one night time – discuss of the Celtics’ latest struggles. Along with his group trying to come collectively for the stretch run, a win in Oakland might do wonders for his or her title hopes, which had seemed bleak after the Celtics closed February on a four-game shedding streak.
It was the third 30-point recreation of the season for Hayward, who has struggled all season to seek out his groove since struggling a grotesque leg damage within the first recreation of the 2017-18 season.
Gordon Hayward turns into the third Celtics reserve in franchise historical past to document three video games of 30+ factors in a single season
5 – Kevin McHale (1983-84)
5 – Kevin McHale (1989-90)
three – Ricky Davis (2004-05)
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) March 6, 2019
For the Warriors, the 33-point loss was the largest of the season and worst blowout at residence throughout coach Steve Kerr’s five-year tenure.
Rockets resolve Toronto dilemma
The Rockets aren’t used to successful in Toronto.
Houston had misplaced 9 of its final 11 visits north of the border and had been going through a stiff problem in opposition to the East elites, who had been 27-6 at residence getting into Tuesday’s matchup.
Halfway by way of the second quarter, all seemed to be going to plan, with Houston constructing a 22-point lead. However nothing comes simple in Toronto, and the Raptors rallied to regain the lead halfway by way of the third quarter.
Then James Harden wakened.
Harden scored 19 of his 35 factors – together with the group’s ultimate 16 factors – within the fourth quarter to guide the Rockets to a 107-95 victory and prolong their successful streak to 6 straight.
Harden led the Rockets in scoring for the 42nd straight recreation, the fifth-longest streak in NBA historical past. He additionally saved one other streak alive, topping 28 factors for his 39th straight recreation. That streak is the second-longest in NBA historical past, with Wilt Chamberlain (71 video games) holding the document.
James Harden scores 19 of his 35 within the fourth quarter.
Conley comes alive
Harden wasn’t the one star taking on within the fourth quarter Tuesday. In Memphis, Mike Conley scored a career-high 40 factors, together with 19 within the ultimate interval to rally the Grizzlies to a 120-111 win over the Path Blazers.
After going scoreless within the first quarter and tweaking an ankle, Conley returned and went 6-for-7 from the sphere within the fourth quarter, igniting the group with a efficiency for the ages. This four-point play, which got here with 1:38 left, put a ribbon on the Grizzlies’ upset victory.
“The gang was actually into it, the vitality within the constructing was there,” Conley stated. “It was only a enjoyable atmosphere. My teammates had enjoyable, I had enjoyable.”
Memphis remains to be 26-40 and forward of solely Phoenix within the Western Convention standings, however for one night time a minimum of, Conley and the Grizzlies gave the Memphis devoted one thing to cheer about.
“It’s enjoyable for him, a man we battle for,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated. “We perceive how stylish he’s, the kind of individual he’s. Any success that he has, you get pleasure from it for him. He deserves all of it. All the great issues that occur to him, he deserves it due to the best way he carries himself every single day, the best way he works each single day. There’s a lot respect and appreciation for him as a human being and as a basketball participant.”
Dish of the Evening
Marcus Sensible had among the best dimes of the night time, discovering a reducing Gordon Hayward with the behind-the-back wraparound feed.
Marcus Sensible with the DIME pic.twitter.com/klNUcH4hKj
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 6, 2019
Cities to the rescue
The Wolves entered Tuesday night time on a three-game shedding streak and seeing their playoff hopes dwindling. It didn’t assist they had been going through the Thunder, who welcomed the return of Paul George, who had missed three video games with a proper shoulder damage.
However Karl-Anthony Cities put his group on his shoulders, scoring 41 factors and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 131-120 win over Oklahoma Metropolis.
This dunk within the third quarter put the Thunder on discover:
However this dunk capped off his second 40-point recreation of the 12 months and put an exclamation level on the Wolves’ win:
Stat(s) of the Evening
Karl-Anthony Cities has scored 182 factors over his final 5 video games, the most effective five-game stretch in group historical past. Cities additionally moved into fifth place on Minnesota’s profession scoring listing, passing Wally Szczerbiak (6,777 factors).
A factor of magnificence
There’s one thing mesmerizing about an awesome Phantom Cam clip, and no higher instance than two superstars going head to head:
Kawhi pulls up in #PhantomCam! #WeTheNorth
— NBA (@NBA) March 6, 2019
If at first you don’t succeed…
Attempt, strive once more …
OK, third time’s the allure:
Zach LaVine rises up for the massive dunk over Myles Turner
Zach LaVine might need received the final chortle there, however Myles Turner received the win, main the Pacers to a 105-96 win with a career-high seven blocks to go together with 10 factors and 11 rebounds.
If the playoffs began right now …
After tonight’s motion, right here’s how the matchups would break down: