Sacramento-Milwaukee NBA basketball game, March 13, 2023. Milwaukee's Janis Adetokunbo, right, and Sacramento's Trey Lyles score.
New York – Milwaukee basketball players beat Sacramento 133:124 in the NBA. Janis Adetokunbo had 46 points and 12 rebounds to win the competition's best team, while Domantas Sabonis' triple double of 23 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists was not enough for the home side.
Milwaukee trailed by nine points at halftime, but the guests dominated the second half 80:62. The biggest difference between the opponents was in shooting success, which the Bucks had 58 percent, the Kings only 44.
The game was marred by a scuffle with less than 16 seconds left involving Trey Lyles and Brook Lopez. Both players were ejected after the referees pulled them apart. At the same time, the Bucks could secure participation in the playoffs as the first team, however, they needed a loss for Miami, which defeated Utah.
Jaylen Brown also scored a total of 43 points, but his Boston surprisingly lost to Houston 109:111 and recorded its fourth loss in the last six games. A second before the end, Jayson Tatum could equalize with a shot from a drive, from a neck-breaking position and almost falling, but he missed the shot from under the basket.
“I thought it was a well-executed action. We just didn't convert the drive, ” coach Joe Mazzulla assessed the Celtics' final chance. Tatum scored 23 points in the game, but converted only eight of 22 shots. Malcolm Brogdon added 20 points, while the Celtics hit just 12 of 42 three-pointers.
Winning Houston, with a 16-52 record, the second-worst team in the competition, was led by Jalen Green's 28 points. “It paid off for us to stick together, slow down the pace and just be calm overall,” praised Green.
Golden State led Phoenix by as many as 25 points and eventually won 123-112. The star of the duel was shooter Klay Thompson, who hit eight three-pointers from 14 attempts and collected a total of 38 points. He was followed by star sniper Stephen Curry with 23 points, and another shooter, Jordan Poole, added 20.
The losers, who will be missing the injured Kevin Durant at least until the end of the regular season, were led by Devin Booker with 32 points, Deandre Ayton had 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Suns still remain fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 37-31, and the Warriors are breathing down their backs from fifth place with a record of 36-33.
Trae Young's 41 points weren't even enough for Atlanta against Minnesota, which the Hawks lost by a clear 115 :136. The team was already down 24 points at halftime and hit only four of 22 three-pointers. Vít Krejčí played less than a minute and a half in the end.
Without Ja Morant, Kyrie Irving or Luka Doncic, Dallas' match with Memphis had to be done. The visiting Grizzlies eventually won 104-88 when Desmond Bane led them with 23 points. The Mavericks were led by Jaden Hardy with 28 points or Josh Green with 23.
The results of Monday's NBA games:
Atlanta – Minnesota 115:136, Dallas – Memphis 88:104, Detroit – Indiana 117 :97, Golden State – Phoenix 123:112, Houston – Boston 111:109, Miami – Utah 119:115, Sacramento – Milwaukee 124:133.
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