NBA Series | Thunder and Celtics win their first second-round game

(Boston) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 29 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks 117-95 on Tuesday as this second round series in the West began.

The Ontarian also collected nine rebounds and nine assists.

Chet Holmgren added 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Jalen Williams lacked precision for three quarters, before amassing 10 points in the last period. He finished the game with 18 points.

Gilgeous-Alexander had the upper hand against Luka Doncic, in a clash of candidates for the title of most valuable player in the NBA.

Doncic had 19 points. His continuous play record was six for 19 and he committed five turnovers.

It was largely Luguentz Dort, from Montreal, who was assigned to counter him.

“He is simply a warrior,” Daigneault said of Dort. He brings energy to all matches. Doncic is very hard to cover. He didn’t have his best touch, but ‘Lu’ made things difficult for him. The team in general did a good job at this level. »


Luguentz Dort and Luka Doncic

Cason Wallace also did his part as did Holmgren, near the basket.

Kyrie Irving generated 20 points, while Daniel Gafford was the author of 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

Game two will be presented on Thursday, once again in Oklahoma City.

Gilgeous-Alexander had a brief reprieve early in the second quarter, returning to the game with 8:20 on the clock. He totaled 11 points in the second quarter, helping the Thunder lead 62-53 at the half.

The Hamilton athlete finished the half with 19 points. Aaron Wiggins had 12 points in the first two quarters and 16 total.

Dallas scored nine straight points early in the third quarter, cutting OKC’s lead to 66-65. The Thunder took a timeout, then three-pointers from Isaiah Joe and Dort helped calm the game down.

The Quebecer then pulled off a spectacular steal against Doncic, leading to a dunk from Williams. The Thunder then took a 74-67 lead.

After the Mavericks took too long to shoot, Gilgeous-Alexander hit a three-pointer, giving the Thunder an 80-69 cushion.

Irving hit the target from long range as the third quarter ended. OKC, however, remained in control, 89-79.

In the final quarter, Williams scored eight straight points, punctuating the sequence with a three-pointer. This gave the Thunder a 102-87 lead.

Dort contributed seven points, two steals and four rebounds, all on offense.

Jaylin Williams was very productive in 17 minutes, contributing 11 points and nine rebounds.

OKC showed a 45.7% success rate for three-pointers, in addition to having the advantage 52-39 in rebounds and 29-19 in assists.

Cleveland 95 – Boston 120

Jaylen Brown had 32 points and the Boston Celtics got off to a good start in their second round series against Cleveland on Tuesday, inflicting a 120-95 loss on the Cavaliers.


Jaylen Brown (7)

Derrick White had 25 points, including seven three-pointers.

Jayson Tatum added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which led 59-49 at the half.

The Cavaliers only hit 11 of 42 three-point shots.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points and six assists.

He is the fourth player in NBA history to collect at least 30 points in six straight series.

Michael Jordan achieved it three times, while Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain can also boast it.

Game 2 will be presented Thursday evening, once again in Boston.

The Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen missed his fourth straight game with a rib injury.

Celtics Kristaps Porzingis missed a second straight game with a strained right calf.


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