With an 11-point lead at halftime, the Boston Celtics seemed to be on their method to a season sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The turning level got here 54 seconds into third quarter when tempers flared.
Marcus Sensible took exception to Joel Embiid protruding his left elbow on a tough decide that knocked Sensible to the courtroom. With Embiid’s again turned, Sensible gave Embiid a two-handed shove that despatched him sprawling towards the sideline. Embiid acquired up and needed to be separated from Sensible.
After reviewing the play, the referees gave Sensible a Flagrant 2 foul, which comes with an automated ejection. Embiid acquired a technical foul.
Embiid scored the following eight factors to assist Philadelphia pull inside 4.
“Stuff like that will get me going, will get the gang going,” Embiid instructed reporters after the sport. “Clearly, I used to be annoyed as a result of it was an affordable shot. I did not see it coming.”
Embiid completed with 37 factors and a career-high 22 rebounds, main the Sixers to their sixth straight victory, 118-115.
Philadelphia moved 4 video games forward of Boston within the standings and improved to 7-1 in video games through which they’ve had all of the items of their new beginning lineup collectively.
Assuming the Sixers end with the No. Three seed and the Celtics find yourself at No. four or 5, the 2 rivals might meet within the Jap Convention finals.
Thunder spiral additional down standings
In a span of three weeks, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder have fallen from the No. Three seed within the Western Convention right into a three-way tie for the No. 6 seed.
That is what occurs if you lose 10 of 15 video games popping out of the All-Star break.
Within the first sport of a home-and-home sequence with the Toronto Raptors, the Thunder rallied from a 20-point deficit within the second half solely to fall iin time beyond regulation, 123-114.
OKC will look to finish their present four-game slide Friday evening in Toronto.
Here is a have a look at the playoff matchups if the season ended immediately.
Thunder retire Collison’s jersey
Oklahoma Metropolis retired Nick Collison’s No. four jersey in a pregame ceremony, the primary time the franchise has so honored a participant since its transfer to Oklahoma Metropolis in 2008. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison out of Kansas in 2003 and he spent his total 15-year profession with the membership.
“I might by no means have anticipated one thing like this,” Collison mentioned. “However it’s actually a particular evening for me and my household. It has been a future. To have the ability to have the profession I had right here after which have a celebration like that, I really feel very lucky.”
Amongst his former Thunder teammates who attended the ceremony have been Kevin Durant of Golden State and Serge Ibaka of the Raptors.
Nick Collison performed a key position in creating the crew’s Oklahoma Metropolis tradition and have become generally known as “Mr. Thunder.”
All within the Antetokounmpo household
Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his second straight sport with a sprained proper ankle, however he nonetheless made some NBA historical past when his youthful brother, Kostas, made his NBA debut for the Dallas Mavericks.
The Antetokounmpo brothers grew to become the seventh set of three brothers to play within the NBA.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, presently taking part in within the EuroLeague, appeared in two video games for the New York Knicks throughout the 2015-16 season.
Kostas checked in with 5:53 left within the fourth quarter and had one level, one rebound and two steals.
“It is an important feeling, man,” Kostas mentioned. “It is a dream come true and I used to be excited I used to be in a position to rating a degree.”
With 33 seconds left, he made certainly one of two free throws.
Spurs give Wade particular presents
Dwayne Wade’s farewell tour stopped in San Antonio, and the Spurs did not wait till after the sport for the customary jersey swap.
Following a pregame video tribute, Gregg Popovich walked over to greet Wade and introduced him with a present field that included signed jerseys of Spurs legends Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
An incredible pregame tribute from the @Spurs and a particular 🎁 from Coach Pop for @DwyaneWade!#L3GENDpic.twitter.com/DuqDAsnDkQ
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 21, 2019
Seems Wade had a memorable parting shot of his personal for San Antonio, drilling a Three-pointer from simply past half courtroom on the finish of the third quarter. Wade completed with 11 factors and two rebounds in 20 minutes, because the Warmth snapped the Spurs’ nine-game successful streak with a 110-105 victory.
Stat of the evening
James Harden scored 57 factors (in a loss to the Grizzlies) — his seventh 50-point sport of the season. That is the third most 50-point video games in a single season for the reason that ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77:
Kobe Bryant (10 video games, 2006-07)Michael Jordan (eight video games, 1986-87)James Harden (7 video games, 2018-19)Kobe Bryant (6 video games, 2005-06)Michael Jordan (5 video games, 1988-89)