Match Report

NBA Roundup: Jayson Tatum Dominates with 41 Points as Celtics Extend Win Streak

The Boston Celtics maintained their impressive record over the Brooklyn Nets, tipping off an evening filled with electrifying matchups. Led by the remarkable 41-point showcase from Jayson Tatum, the Celtics secured a fifth consecutive victory. Meanwhile, standout individual performances dotted the evening, with Anthony Edwards dazzling with a phenomenal 41-point effort for the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Nikola Jovic stole the spotlight with a career-high 24 points for the Miami Heat.

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Last Updated: 2024-02-14

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Boston Celtics 118, Brooklyn Nets 110

Jayson Tatum emerged as the standout performer, showcasing his prowess with a remarkable 41-point, 14-rebound performance. The Celtics asserted their dominance, securing their fifth consecutive victory with a 118-110 triumph over the Nets on Tuesday night in the opening game of a home-and-home series.


Highlighted by Tatum's stellar display, Jaylen Brown contributed 19 points to bolster the Celtics' offensive charge. Despite missing Kristaps Porzingis due to a lower back contusion, Boston maintained control throughout the contest, with Al Horford seamlessly stepping in to notch 16 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting performance. Derrick White and Jrue Holiday also made notable contributions, each tallying 16 and 14 points respectively, with Holiday further enhancing his impact with 12 assists.


Tatum's first-half performance equalled his career-best scoring mark with an impressive 31-point haul, setting the tone for Boston's commanding lead. The Celtics capitalised on their depth and resilience, ultimately clinching their sixth consecutive victory in Brooklyn.


Despite the Nets' efforts to mount a comeback, led by Mikal Bridges' 27 points and Cam Thomas' 26-point contribution, they fell short, marking their fourth loss in five games.


With the win, the Celtics improved to an impressive 42-12 record and set the stage for a highly anticipated rematch against the Nets on Wednesday, serving as the final matchup for both teams before the All-Star break.

Oklahoma City Thunder 127, Orlando Magic 113

Jalen Williams emerged as a scoring force, notching an impressive 33 points to propel his team to victory. Supported by Canada's own Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who contributed 32 points and five assists, the Thunder secured a notable win over the Magic.


Gilgeous-Alexander, hailing from Hamilton, showcased his offensive prowess particularly in the third quarter, where he orchestrated a pivotal surge, scoring 13 points within a five-minute span to help the Thunder seize control of the game. This victory came on a significant evening for the Magic, as they retired the jersey of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, honouring his illustrious career by retiring his iconic No. 32 jersey.


Contributing to the Thunder's triumph, youngster Chet Holmgren delivered an all-around performance with 13 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks, further fortifying Oklahoma's dominance on both ends of the court.


Despite a valiant effort from the Magic, led by Paolo Banchero's impressive double-double performance of 23 points and 10 assists, along with Wendell Carter Jr.'s 22 points and seven rebounds, they ultimately fell short against the Thunder's relentless offensive onslaught and defensive prowess.

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Miami Heat 123, Milwaukee Bucks 97

Nikola Jovic stole the spotlight by achieving a career-high 24 points, leading his team to victory over the reigning champions. Bam Adebayo further fuelled Miami's triumph with his second triple-double of the season, tallying 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.


Duncan Robinson also played a pivotal role in the Heat's offensive surge, contributing 23 points while impressively shooting 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. Miami showcased their resilience, securing their fifth win in seven games following a challenging seven-game losing streak. However, they faced this victory without the presence of Jimmy Butler, who continues to be on personal leave after a family tragedy.


Despite the efforts of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who recorded 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists for the Bucks, Milwaukee fell short against the Heat's determined performance. Notably, Antetokounmpo's remarkable performance lacked a single free-throw attempt throughout the game, highlighting Miami's defensive discipline.


Milwaukee faced additional challenges with Khris Middleton side-lined for a fourth consecutive game due to a sprained left ankle, further impacting their offensive firepower.


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Minnesota Timberwolves 121, Portland Trail Blazers 109

Anthony Edwards shone brightly, dazzling with a phenomenal 41-point showcase, driving his team to a crucial victory while further deepening the woes of the Portland Trail Blazers, who extended their losing streak to five games.


Supported by Rudy Gobert, who contributed a solid double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, the Timberwolves showcased their dominance, securing a crucial win despite early foul trouble for Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished the game with 13 points.


Deandre Ayton led the charge for the Blazers with an impressive 22-point, 16-rebound effort, displaying resilience amidst the team's struggles. However, it was not enough to overcome the Timberwolves' determined performance.


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Phoenix Suns 130, Sacramento Kings 125

Kevin Durant led the charge for Phoenix with a formidable 28-point performance, while Devin Booker added 25 points to bolster their offensive effort. The Suns showcased their strength by overcoming an 11-point deficit in the third quarter, ultimately securing a hard-fought victory over Sacramento.


The Suns managed to edge ahead with a two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter after erasing the deficit. The game remained tightly contested, with the score tied at 108 until late in the fourth quarter. A pivotal 3-pointer from Royce O’Neale with 47 seconds left provided Phoenix with a crucial 122-118 lead. 


However, Sacramento's De’Aaron Fox quickly responded with a 3-pointer of his own, narrowing the margin to 122-121 with 41 seconds remaining. Nonetheless, Booker's clutch jumper after a timeout extended Phoenix's led to 124-121, and the Suns held their nerve to secure the win by making crucial free throws in the closing moments.


Despite the Suns' triumph, Sacramento's Domantas Sabonis delivered an outstanding performance with his third consecutive triple-double, amassing 35 points, 18 rebounds, and 12 assists. De’Aaron Fox also made a significant impact for the Kings, contributing 40 points in a valiant effort.


The game was not without its setbacks for Phoenix, as guard Bradley Beal sustained a left hamstring injury in the first quarter, side-lining him for the remainder of the game.


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Los Angeles Lakers 125, Detroit Pistons 111

LeBron James once again showcased his veteran leadership by contributing 25 points and dishing out eight assists to guide his team to victory. Anthony Davis further solidified the Lakers' performance with an impressive double-double, tallying 20 points and 14 rebounds.


D’Angelo Russell emerged as a key contributor for the Lakers, delivering 21 points and connecting on four 3-pointers to bolster the team's offensive firepower. The Lakers' collective effort resulted in their fifth win in six games, marking a significant improvement in their recent form as they continue to build momentum in the league.


Rui Hachimura and Austin Reaves also made noteworthy contributions for the Lakers, each adding 15 points to the scoreboard. Spencer Dinwiddie made his debut with the Lakers, chipping in with six points and seven assists to make his presence felt on the court.


Despite the Lakers' dominant performance, the Detroit Pistons put up a valiant effort, with Ausar Thompson leading the charge with 19 points. James Wiseman also made an impact for the Pistons with 18 points and nine rebounds.


The Pistons, who had managed to secure victories in two of their previous three games, struggled to contain the Lakers' offensive onslaught, ultimately falling short in their bid for another upset.

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