The celebrities shined brightly within the Pacific Northwest on Thursday evening in a sport that oozed with playoff depth.
Russell Westbrook had 37 factors and Paul George added 32 factors and 14 rebounds for the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in a chippy 129-121 extra time win over the Portland Path Blazers.
Damian Lillard turned in an epic efficiency, ending with 51 factors, 9 assists and 5 rebounds.
The top of regulation was crammed with drama. Jusuf Nurkic took an elbow to the face from George, however George was not referred to as for a foul. George missed his layup try on the play, however with Nurkic on the ground, Terrance Ferguson grabbed the rebound and scored with 13.1 seconds left to place Oklahoma Metropolis up 113-111.
Moments later, George and Nurkic jawed at one another and drew technical fouls with four.four seconds left. As a result of it was Nurkic’s second technical, he was ejected. Thunder coach Billy Donovan then selected reserve Skal Labissiere to shoot the Blazers’ two free throws instead of Nurkic. He missed each, however a loose-ball foul was referred to as on the Thunder and Al-Farouq-Aminu made each pictures to tie it at 113 with 2.9 seconds left.
After a turnover by the Thunder, the sport went to extra time, the place Westbrook scored eight factors, together with the go-ahead Three-pointer.
The victory gave the Thunder a four-game collection sweep of the Blazers this season, and pulled them forward of Portland and Houston, who entered the evening in a three-way tie for No. Three within the West.
Russ silencing the group 🤐😂 pic.twitter.com/xwhelCbfIa
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March eight, 2019
Enes Kanter reconnected with Westbrook earlier than the sport and obtained a pleasant cheer from followers at Moda Heart as he checked in for his dwelling debut within the first quarter. Kanter later launched himself to girl sitting courtside whereas chasing down a unfastened ball.
Do not make Giannis indignant
After main by as many as 14 factors, the Bucks discovered themselves in a decent battle with the Pacers halfway by way of the third quarter.
With the Bucks up 67-61, Giannis Antetokounmpo was hit laborious on a dunk try. No whistle. As an alternative, Myles Turner was credited with a block and the Pacers went the opposite manner, with Bojan Bogdanovic drilling a Three-pointer. Three-point sport.
Antetokounmpo stayed beneath the basket in disbelief for a second earlier than getting up and working down an official to voice his displeasure, instantly getting assessed a technical.
Giannis Antetokounmpo channeled his frustration over a non-call and subsequent technical foul in the easiest way doable.
Milwaukee responded with a 13-Zero run. Antetokounmpo began the spurt with a dunk and completed it with one other.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated the whole group fed off the technical foul.
“It felt like the entire enviornment, his teammates, I believe everyone was in all probability considerably pissed off, however I believe that frustration bought channeled into an excellent vitality,” Budenholzer stated.
The Bucks by no means appeared again on their solution to a 117-98 victory, halting their first shedding streak of the season.
Antetokounmpo completed with a team-high 29 factors and 12 rebounds. He scored eight straight factors within the remaining minutes, together with two spectacular dunks.
Milwaukee’s Obtained Expertise
Are you able to identify all 50 states in beneath 30 seconds? Bucks guard Sterling Brown can, and apparently with no mnemonic system. The video aired throughout a timeout and shortly went viral.
Brown, who missed his sixth straight sport as a consequence of a proper wrist damage, says he remembers “all 50 of those from social research.”
Sterling Brown simply named ALL 50 states in 30 seconds!! 😱#FearTheDeerpic.twitter.com/h4w0PfNWYc
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March eight, 2019