The New York Knicks knocked out the Boston Celtics on Monday and the Miami Heat surprised the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA day in which it was learned that LeBron James will be out for several weeks due to a problem in his right foot suffered on Sunday and in which LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets broke his right ankle.
Knicks 109, Celtics 94
The New York Knicks extended their sweet moment and beat the Celtics at Madison Square Garden to celebrate their sixth consecutive victory, the ninth in the last eleven games.
Julius Randle and Immanuel Quickley led Tom Thibodeau’s team to victory with 23 points each. Randle, who played in all 63 games for the Knicks this year, added seven rebounds and four assists to his game, while Quickley made four 3-pointers and finished 7 of 13 shooting.
Jayson Tatum, one of the MVP candidates this year along with Serbian Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, did not exceed fourteen points, seven rebounds and nine assists, with six of 18 shooting and one of eleven shooting and ended up expelled for the first time. time in his career.
The Dominican Al Horford played 28 minutes and scored 13 points.
With this loss, the Celtics were caught up in command of the East by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Heat 101, Sixers 99
A great Jimmy Butler, who touched the triple double with 23 points, eleven rebounds and nine assists against his former team, with four steals, allowed the Heat to end their streak of four consecutive losses at the cost of some 76ers who fell for the second time in a row. after the painful setback in the last breath against the Celtics.
Joel Embiid had 27 points and twelve rebounds, while James Harden contributed twenty points with twelve assists, but the Sixers lost their tenth game of the year at home and finished third in the East (39-21).
The Heat occupy the seventh position, in the ‘play-in’ zone.
Hornets 117, Pistons 106
LaMelo Ball fractured his right ankle after an offensive action by the Hornets in which he made a change of direction, without having contact with a rival. He ended up lying on the ground and returned to the locker room when he had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in 20.59 minutes on the track.
Ball, the third overall pick in the 2020 draft, is averaging 23.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game this year with the Hornets. The Hornets, penultimate in the East, have five consecutive victories, while the Pistons are sunk in the last position of that same conference.
Magic 101, Pelicans 93
The Pelicans lost their fourth consecutive game and see their tenth position in jeopardy, the last one that gives access to the ‘play-in’, by surrendering at home against the Magic of Italian Paolo Banchero, protagonist with 29 points and eight rebounds.
Brandon Ingram had 25 points, but his team continues to miss Zion Williamson, out with injury. The Spanish Willy Hernangómez had no minutes.
1. Milwaukee Bucks 43-17
2. Boston Celtics 44-18
3. Philadelphia 76ers 39-21
4. Cleveland Cavaliers 39-25
5. New York Knicks 36-27
6. Brooklyn Nets 34-26
7. Miami Heat 33-29
8. Atlanta Hawks 31-30
9. Toronto Raptors 30-32
10.Washington Wizards 28-32
11. Chicago Bulls 28-33
12. Indiana Pacers 27-35
13. Orlando Magic 25-36
14. Charlotte Hornets 20-43
15. Detroit Pistons 15-47
1. Denver Nuggets 43-19
2. Memphis Grizzlies 36-23
3. Sacramento Kings 35-25
4. Phoenix Suns 33-29
5. LA Clippers 33-30
6. Dallas Mavericks 32-30
7. Golden State Warriors 31-30
8. Utah Jazz 31-31
9. Minnesota Timberwolves 31-32
10. New Orleans Pelicans 30-31
11. Portland Trail Blazers 29-31
12. LA Lakers 29-32
13. Oklahoma City Thunder 28-32
14. San Antonio Spurs 14-47
15. Houston Rockets 13-47