NBA : Celtics Bag Victory
April 18, 2021, 12:17:14 PM
Jayson Tatum lost his personal duel with Stephen Curry, but the Boston Celtics won their battle with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, outwitting the visitors to a 119-114 victory in a nationally televised team streak duel.
Tatum scored a driving hoop to break a tie with 48.8 seconds left, and Kemba Walker delivered the dagger with a 3-pointer 24 seconds later, allowing the Celtics to register their sixth straight victory.
Tatum finished with a team-high 44 points, three behind Curry, who continued his week-long attack on the 3-point line with 11 more.
Curry, who twisted his left ankle in the fourth quarter but never left the game, totaled 32 points for a league-best 10th consecutive game and topped 40 for the third time in four games in the six last days.
The Spurs played without starters DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl and key reserve Patty Mills, all retained to rest in Game 2 of a back-to-back home road.
But players employed by San Antonio outscored the Suns, leading by 19 points at halftime and by as much as 31 in the fourth quarter while rolling towards victory.
Keldon Johnson added 17 points for San Antonio with Dejounte Murray scoring 14, Drew Eubanks hitting for 13 points and taking 13 rebounds, and Derrick White scoring 12 for Spurs.
Bulls 106, Horsemen 96 Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points and added seven rebounds with five assists as Chicago beat visiting Cleveland. Lauri Markkanen added 16 points off the bench and Denzel Valentine added 13 points as the Bulls' losing streak ended in five games.
Darius Garland had 22 points and 12 assists for the Cavaliers. Collin Sexton also scored 22 points, Kevin Love added 14, Isaac Okoro 13 and Jarrett Allen 10 points and 11 rebounds.