With an impressive triple at the buzzer, Maxi Kleber broke the heart of the Lakers this Friday in which the Sixers extended their great streak to seven consecutive victories while, on the opposite side, the Warriors crashed with their tenth straight loss at home .
Mavericks 111, Lakers 110
With three free throws with 7 seconds to go and a lethal three-pointer at the buzzer, German Maxi Kleber destroyed the Lakers, led by Anthony Davis who had 26 points and 10 rebounds but made several serious errors in the end.
In addition to Kleber, the other outstanding name of the Mavericks -even without the injured Luka Doncic- was Kyrie Irving with 38 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in his return.
Sixers 121, Hornets 82
The Sixers had a most pleasant party in Charlotte with 38 points and 13 rebounds from a Joel Embiid who only needed to be on the track for 29 minutes.
The Hornets, with four consecutive losses, had a starving attack: Terry Rozier was the top scorer with 14 points and the team as a whole only made 5 of 35 on triples.
Hawks 127, Warriors 119
Ten straight losses away from San Francisco and 7-28 overall on the road all season. That’s the appalling record on the road for a Warriors who cherished a comeback but faltered down the stretch in Atlanta.
Stephen Curry had 31 points and 6 rebounds for the Warriors and Trae Young had 25 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the Hawks.
Bulls 139, Timberwolves 131
Anthony Edwards injured his ankle in the first quarter and the Wolves lost in Chicago after two overtimes against some Bulls with 49 points and 14 rebounds from DeMar DeRozan.
Rudy Gobert, with 21 points and 19 rebounds, stood out in Minnesota.
Rockets 114, Pelicans 112
A last-second triple by Jabari Smith Jr. sank some Pelicans with the increasingly complicated accounts to be in the playoffs.
Brandon Ingram (31 points and 6 assists) was the best for New Orleans and Jalen Green (25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) led Houston.
The Spanish Usman Garuba had 4 rebounds for the Rockets and his compatriot Willy Hernangómez did not play for the Pelicans.
Cavaliers 117, Wizards 94
Darius Garland (24 points and 9 assists) took charge of some Cavaliers in which 12 of his 13 players added points (including the Spanish Ricky Rubio with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists).
Bradley Beal (22 points and 8 rebounds) was the benchmark for the Wizards.
Grizzlies 126, Spurs 120
After trailing by 29 points in the third period, the Grizzlies made a great comeback and left the Spurs without a prize in overtime.
Tyus Jones (20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) and Devin Vassell (25 points) stood out in Memphis and San Antonio, respectively.
Celtics 126, Blazers 112
Damian Lillard scored 41 points but the Blazers chained their fifth loss in a row and it is increasingly difficult to reach the play-in.
Jayson Tatum (34 points and 12 rebounds) led some Celtics in which the Dominican Al Horford contributed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists.
.1. Milwaukee Bucks 50-20
.2. Boston Celtics 49-22
.3. Philadelphia 76ers 47-22
.4. Cleveland Cavaliers 45-28
.5. New York Knicks 41-30
.6. Brooklyn Nets 39-31
.7. Miami Heat 38-33
.8. Atlanta Hawks 35-35
.9. Toronto Raptors 34-36
10. Chicago Bulls 32-37
11.Indiana Pacers 32-38
12.Washington Wizards 32-38
13. Orlando Magic 28-42
14. Charlotte Hornets 22-50
15. Detroit Pistons 16-55
. Western Conference:
.1. Denver Nuggets 47-23
.2. Sacramento Kings 42-27
.3. Memphis Grizzlies 42-27
.4. Phoenix Suns 38-32
.5. Los Angeles Clippers 37-33
.6. Dallas Mavericks 36-35
.7. Golden State Warriors 36-35
.8. Minnesota Timberwolves 35-36
.9. Oklahoma City Thunder 34-36
10. Los Angeles Lakers 34-37
11. Utah Jazz 33-36
12. New Orleans Pelicans 33-37
13. Portland Trail Blazers 31-39
14. San Antonio Spurs 18-52
15. Houston Rockets 18-52
NEXT DAY (Saturday March 18)
New York Knicks – Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers – Orlando Magic
Indiana Pacers – Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors – Minnesota Timberwolves
Washington Wizards – Sacramento Kings
Chicago Bulls – Miami Heat
Memphis Grizzlies – Golden State Warriors
Utah Jazz – Boston Celtics