Butler's smash gave Miami the win, Boston defended first place

Butler's smash gave Miami the win, Boston defended first place

Butler's smash gives Miami the win, Boston grabs first place

Miami's Jimmy Butler, right, is fouled by Houston's Jae'Sean Tate in an NBA game on Feb. 11, 2023.

New York – An unexpected action ended with a smash by Jimmy Butler brought Miami basketball players a 97-95 win over Houston in the NBA. The Heat are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of New York, who lost 108-119 to Philadelphia. The leader of the entire competition is still Boston, which won 127:116 over Charlotte and stayed ahead of Milwaukee. The Bucks recorded their 10th straight win as they beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-106.

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Butler's smash gives Miami a win, Boston takes first

Butler's smash gives Miami the win, Boston grabs first place

Butler's smash gave Miami a win, Boston lost first place

Butler's smash gives Miami a win, Boston takes first place

Tyler Herro in particular held Miami with 31 points. In the end, Butler converted free throws, and coach Erik Spoelstra entrusted him with the decisive action in the last action. The guests were able to equalize with 0.7 seconds before the end thanks to Jalen Green, and until the end of the game there was time left for a single touch of the ball and an extremely fast shot, or a smash after a throw-in. And that's exactly what the Heat played. Gabe Vincent threw the ball from the sideline to the rim and Butler slammed it home. He gave a total of 16 points.

“We tried it sometime three years ago in a practice game. And now we pulled it off. It's one of the few positive things about being locked in a bubble because of covid and being able to try these things,” said coach Spoelstra. “We made a mistake in communication there. I told them to stay under the basket, but they didn't agree on the takeover and didn't stay there. Another thing we have to learn from,” said Houston coach Stephen Silas.

Boston Jayson Tatum, who gave 41 points, helped to win over Charlotte. He was seconded by Derrick White with a new personal high of 33 points and eight triples. He replaced Jaylen Brown, another support of the team, who has facial fractures from the last game after being accidentally elbowed by teammate Tatum. However, Brown should be back and playing with a mask soon.

The Celtics will need him because Milwaukee will give them a bad time in the battle for first place. On Friday, they beat the Clippers and reached a double-digit victory streak for the first time since the 2019/20 season. Janis Adetokunbo contributed 35 points.

The best scorer of the evening was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 44 points, who led Oklahoma City to a 138-129 win over Portland. Damian Lillard scored 38 points for the Blazers, including 20 points in the first quarter.

Even without the injured Luka Dončič, Dallas won for the third time in a row, defeating its neighbor Sacramento 122:114. The Mavericks had seven double-digit scorers, led by Kyrie Irving, who added 10 assists to his 25 points. “We played really good and team basketball. We borrowed the ball and everyone had fun today,” said Josh Green, who scored 17 points.

Utah, still without new point guard Russell Westbrook, won 122-116 in Toronto. Philadelphia won 119-108 over New York. Joel Embiid contributed 35 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden gave 20 points and confirmed his role as the best scorer of the competition with 12 assists.

In a battle between the two worst teams in the competition, Detroit won over San Antonio 138-131 after the second overtime. He was significantly helped by Jalen Duren, who recorded 30 points and 17 rebounds and at the age of 19 became only the fourth teenage player in history after Moses Malone, LeBron James and Paolo Bancher to score over 30 points and 15 rebounds.

NBA:

Boston – Charlotte 127:116, Detroit – San Antonio 138:131 after the second overtime, Indiana – Phoenix 104:117, LA Clippers – Milwaukee 106:119, Memphis – Minnesota 128:107, Miami – Houston 97:95, New Orleans – Cleveland 107:118, Philadelphia – New York 119:108, Portland – Oklahoma City 129:138, Sacramento – Dallas 114:122, Toronto – Utah 116:122.

Table:

Eastern Conference:

Atlantic Division:

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Boston 56 40 16 71.4
2. Philadelphia 54 35 19 64.8
3. Brooklyn 55 33 22 60.0
4 . New York 57 30 27 52.6
5. Toronto 57 26 31 45 ,6

Central Division:

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Milwaukee 56 39 17 69.6
2. Cleveland 58 36 22 62.1< /td>
3. Chicago 55 26 29 47.3
4. Indiana 57 25 32 43.9
5. Detroit 57 15 42 26.3

Southeastern Division:< /p>

1. Miami 56 31 25< /td>

55.4
2. Atlanta 56 28< /td>

28 50.0
3. Washington 54 25 29 46.3
4. Orlando 56 23 33 41.1
5. Charlotte 57 15 42 26.3

Western Conference:

Southwest Division:

1. Memphis 55 34 21 61.8
2. Dallas 57 31 26 54.4
3. New Orleans 57 29 28 50.9
4. San Antonio 56 14 42 25.0
5. Houston 56 13 43 23.2

Northwest Division:

1. Denver 56 38 18 67.9
2. Minnesota 59 30 29 50 ,8
3. Utah 57 28 29 49.1
4. Oklahoma City 55 27 28 49.1
5. Portland 56 27 29 48.2

Pacific division:

1. Sacramento 55 31 24 56.4
2. Phoenix 58 31 27 53.4
3. LA Clippers< /td>

59 31 28 52.5
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Golden State 55 28 27 50.9
5. LA Lakers 56 25 31 44, 6