Cleveland Cavaliers' Lamar Stevens celebrates after a basket during an NBA game against Boston on March 7, 2023.
Cleveland – Boston's basketball team lost for the third time in a row in the NBA, this time on the board Cleveland 114:118 after overtime. They are thus starting to lose to the best teams of the competition, Milwaukee and Denver, which won 118:113 over Toronto. The shootout was seen in Indiana, where the home team lost to Philadelphia 143:147. Sixers' triumph led by Joel Embiid's 42 points.
Boston, playing without its star Jayson Tatum, still led by 14 points in the fourth quarter, but then Cleveland was started by the unexpected hero Lamar Stevens. The substitute, who sat on the bench for three quarters, brought energy, black work and rebounds to the game and contributed significantly to the turnover along with Donovan Mitchell's 40 points.
Boston still could have won in regulation, but Grant Williams missed both free throws with one second left. In overtime, Stevens hit a key 3-pointer and added another basket, thus Cleveland won its seventh overtime this season. Not even Jaylen Brown's 32 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists were enough for Boston.
“We definitely wouldn't have won if it weren't for Lamar Stevens. He completely changed the tone of the game with his physicality and commitment,” Cleveland coach J.B. praised the substitute. Bickerstaff.
A total of 290 points were offered by the battle between Indiana and Philadelphia. Tyrese Haliburton led the home team with 40 points and 16 assists, but he had a stellar pair of Sixers against him. James Harden supplied his pivot Embiid with 20 assists, to which the Pacers did not have an adequate answer. Especially when center Myles Turner quickly picked up fouls and fouled out after 17 minutes on the court.
Embiid made 19 free throws, converted all of them, and made 11 of 16 field goals. Tyrese Maxey contributed 6 3-pointers, helping the Sixers match Indiana's main weapon, which is 3-pointers. The score was even with 10 minutes to go, but then the guests jumped to a ten-point difference and kept their lead until the end.
“When you have guys like Embiid and Harden on your team, it's hard to stop them. We didn't do that today, so we lost, even though we played very well on offense,” Indiana point guard T.J. McConnell said. “It was clear that he was going to win the team that manages to stop more attacks in a row. And that's what Philadelphia did. We weren't able to stop them several times in a row,” added Haliburton.
Denver also had to work really hard to win over Toronet, because they were still losing by a point with a minute to go. But then he scored the game's final six points on free throws, including one to shut out Scottie Barnes, and the Nuggets were able to celebrate the win. Jamal Murray contributed 24 points, Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
Atlanta narrowly lost to Miami 128:130. The Czech international Vít Krejčí was again not given a chance by the Hawks coach and watched the match from the substitutes' bench. His teammates led 111:110 for the last time, then they tried in vain to catch up with the slight lead of the opponent, who was led by Jimmy Butler's 26 points. Trae Young scored 25 points for Atlanta.
Cleveland – Boston 118:114 overtime, Denver – Toronto 118:113, Detroit – Portland 104:110, Indiana – Philadelphia 143:417, Miami – Atlanta 130:128, Sacramento – New Orleans 123:108.
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