- Bam Adebayo’s game-winner takes down the Brooklyn Nets
- Dallas Mavericks suffered another defeat, this time to the Sacramento Kings
- The New York Knicks defeated New Orleans Pelicans for their sixth victory in a row
Heat Better Than Nets, Adebayo Comes Clutch
Bam Adebayo is the best player of the Miami Heat this season, and the confirmation for that came this Sunday night. The fantastic center scored a buzzer-beating jump shot that sunk the No.1 title candidates, the Brooklyn Nets, at their Barclays Center. The final result of the game was 109-107.
The nets started with Durant and Irving, without Harden, yet KD had to leave the game after just four minutes due to a thigh injury. The hosts still posted a good performance, primarily because of Landry Shamet, who scored 30 buckets. Kyrie added 10 with nine assists and Joe Harris and 12.
Adebayo ended the night with 21 and 15 boards, Kendrick Nunn had 17, and Trevor Ariza 15. Goran Dragic came off the bench to score 18, while Jimmy Butler didn’t play.
Mavericks Disappoint Again
There isn’t a worse moment for the Dallas Mavericks to slip into a crisis than now. With the playoffs on the line and the season nearing its end, Luka Doncic and his crew began playing bad, posting just one win in the past five events, with the latest failure coming at home to the sorry Sacramento Kings.
Despite Doncic’s 37 points, his Mavs lost to Sacramento 121-107, allowing the Kings to snap a nine-game losing streak. The guests had De’Aaron fox with 30 points and 12 assists, while Terence Davis entered the bench to add 23 points. Harrison Barnes scored 24.
Dorian Finney-Smith made six threes, totaling 28 points, and Jalen Brunson scored 20 off the bench for the hosts. However, Kristaps Porzingis’ terrible performance, nine points, and 11 boards, 1-for-7 from three, was the main reason for Dallas’ defeat.
Knicks on the Run
Opposite to Mavs, the New York Knicks shifted into a higher gear when needed the most. Tom Thibodeau’s boys defeated the New Orleans Pelicans following overtime, 122-112.
This was the sixth straight victory for the franchise from the Big Apple, who now has 31 wins and 27 defeats, sitting sixth in the East, which is the place that leads directly into the postseason. Just to remind you, seeds 7-10 will participate in the play-in tournament.
Julius Randle had 33 points and ten assists but five boards and blocks each, while Derrick Rose played superbly off the bench with 23 buckets. RJ Barrett scored 18 buckets, and Reggie Bullock 15.
Zion had a game-high 34 points, but that didn’t help his Pels to avoid a defeat. Eric Bledsoe ended the night with 20, and Brandon Ingram had 19. As time goes by, the Pelicans are further and further away from the playoffs. Currently, they sit three games behind the Spurs, who are 10th in the last play-in place.
In other matches of the night, Atlanta Hawks defeated the Indiana Pacers, 129-117m Charlotte Hornets beat Portland Trail Blazers, 109-101, Houston was better than Orlando Magic, 114-110, while Toronto posted a victory in Oklahoma City against the Thunder, 112-106. In the last event of this Sunday night, the LA Clippers had no troubles against the Minnesota timberwolves, 124-105.