Bulls vs. Hawks.
Simply probably the most anticipated recreation on Friday’s schedule.
By some means, the Chicago Bulls’ 168-161 quadruple-overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks turned out to be probably the most entertaining recreation of the night time and the third-highest scoring affair in NBA historical past.
Trae Younger had the perfect recreation of his nascent profession, pouring in 49 factors and 16 assists. Zach LaVine countered Younger’s dominance with a 47-point, nine-rebound and nine-assist efficiency of his personal.
There was a ton to remove from this recreation, however what higher method to summarize it than by placing each Younger and LaVine in the identical breath as all-time nice Michael Jordan… is not that how this works?
Younger turned the primary NBA rookie with 45 factors and 10 assists in a recreation since Jordan in 1984. And LaVine’s line of 47 factors, 9 rebounds and 9 assists hadn’t been achieved by any Bulls participant since Jordan in 1989.
Severely, the long run’s vivid for these two up-and-comers.
Kawhi. Nonetheless. Clutch.
Raptors star Kawhi Leonard reminded everybody why he’s among the best closers within the recreation.
The All-Star ahead leads the NBA with 5.zero ppg in clutch conditions (rating inside 5 factors in ultimate 5 minutes) and lived as much as his repute on Friday, drilling a game-winning jumper over Damian Lillard to carry Toronto previous Portland, 119-117.
KAWHI. GAME. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Sr1G0acVPT
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 2, 2019
The win snapped Portland’s five-game profitable streak.
Leonard, who completed with 38 factors on 63.6 % taking pictures, scored 15 within the fourth on an environment friendly 75 % taking pictures. Eleven of his 15 factors got here throughout clutch time.
That kind of manufacturing in opposition to above-average groups will bode nicely for the Raptors within the playoffs, particularly when all of that is simply thought of observe for the previous Finals MVP.
Kawhi Leonard: “There’s 82 video games and for me these are simply practices and playoffs is when it’s time to lace them up.”
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 2, 2019
Bucks first to clinch
Eric Bledsoe began his day by reportedly agreeing to a four-year, $70-million extension with Milwaukee. The ninth-year level guard ended the day by dropping a season-high 31 factors in opposition to the Lakers, together with the dagger Three-pointer that punched the Bucks’ ticket to the playoffs.
We’re simply getting began!!#FearTheDeerpic.twitter.com/HTksSx0bus
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 2, 2019
The Bucks gained their seventh recreation in a row and 10th straight on the highway.
With the Sacramento Kings shedding to the LA Clippers, the Lakers had a shot to tie the Kings for ninth within the Western Convention standings. As a substitute, LeBron James & Co. proceed to reside within the 10th spot, with the Minnesota Timberwolves trailing by one recreation.
If the playoffs started at present, right here’s how issues would look:
Slew of wonderful slams
Brandon Ingram’s outstanding spin transfer and reverse dunk…
…was to not be outdone by LeBron James’ unbelievable reverse putback…
…till Ingram got here again with this vicious slam over former teammate Brook Lopez.
Sidenote: It is the newest in a collection of Lakers exhibiting no mercy to their former teammates. Ingram simply bodied Lopez, Kuzma not too long ago threw down on Julius Randle and Ingram obliterated Corey Brewer for one of the crucial disrespectful dunks of the 12 months. Somebody warn Ivica Zubac earlier than Monday’s contest, please.
Again to your frequently scheduled dunk session.
One phrase: Giannis.
In the meantime, simply south of L.A., Devin Booker laid the hammer on Anthony Davis for some Wildcat-on-Wildcat crime.
Currys exhibiting off bunnies
The Curry brothers have apparently been making an attempt to reside above the rim as of late.
Steph recorded his first dunk of the season final Friday, and youthful brother Seth adopted that up per week later with a throwdown of his personal.
It was the primary time Seth dunked in his profession, which definitely caught the attention of massive bro.
Okay @sdotcurry I see you 🐰🐰🐰
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 2, 2019
Kanter stays dwelling
Enes Kanter didn’t journey for Friday’s nationally-televised recreation in Toronto due to immigration points. The Turkish huge man offered the pre-game report on Twitter.
Enes Kanter – OUT (Dictatorship) 🤦🏻♂️
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) March 2, 2019