Celtics roll over ‘Wolves again, Blaz­ers sur­prise Spurs

New Straits Times - - Sport -


AL Horford de­liv­ered 20 points and nine re­bounds as the Bos­ton Celtics con­tin­ued their dom­i­na­tion over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves with a 117-104 win on Wed­nes­day.

Bos­ton won theirs 10th game in the last 11 thanks to a 21-6 run bridg­ing the halves, a com­plete game by Horford and a stel­lar Isa­iah Thomas per­for­mance.

Horford just missed his sec­ond ca­reer triple dou­ble as he also had eight as­sists.

“We needed (Horford) to be locked in tonight be­cause (Karl-An­thony) Towns is a real tal­ented guy. So Al had that as­sign­ment on the other end for a lot of the game ,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

It marked the 11th con­sec­u­tive win for the Celtics over Min­neso- ta at the Bos­ton Gar­den arena.

Else­where, Damian Lil­lard scored 36 points, in­clud­ing four free-throws in the fi­nal five sec­onds, as the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers stunned the San An­to­nio Spurs 110-106.

“Look, we laid an egg (in New Or­leans) — it was our worst loss of the year. And then, tonight, we have our best win of the year,” Trail Blaz­ers coach Terry Stotts said.

In Hous­ton, Lou Wil­liams scored 30 points off the bench against his for­mer team and James Harden recorded his 17th triple-dou­ble on the sea­son as the Hous­ton Rock­ets crushed the hap­less Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 139-100.

Lak­ers coach Luke Wal­ton said his play­ers need to stop blam­ing each other.

“We need to fig­ure out as a group, not in­di­vid­u­ally, but as a group how to han­dle ad­ver­sity and how to re­act when things get tough,” Wal­ton said.

In Los An­ge­les, Khris Mid­dle-

ton and Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 16 points apiece, and Mil­wau­kee ended an eight-game los­ing skid at Sta­ples Cen­tre with a 97-96 win over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

RE­SULTS: Mil­wau­kee 97 LA Clip­pers 96, Sacra­mento 107 Phoenix 101, Mem­phis 98 Chicago 91, Hous­ton 139 LA Lak­ers 100, Port­land 110 San An­to­nio 106, Bos­ton 117 Min­nesota 104, Mi­ami 120 New Or­leans 112, Utah 97 Detroit 83, Dal­las 112 Wash­ing­ton 107, In­di­ana 98 Char­lotte 77. AFP

Bos­ton Celtics Al Horford

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