Oklahoma's basketball players beat Boston 127:123 at home, but they almost missed the opportunity to get their fifth win in a row. The home side got off to a dream start, building a comfortable lead in the second quarter that signaled an easy continuation of the winning streak.
However, Boston, fueled by the dynamic duo of Kristaps Porzingis and Jayson Tatum, refused to go down without a fight. Led by their stellar tandem, the Celtics came back, erased the deficit and turned the game into a thriller for the fans of both clubs.
Oklahoma was led by Shay Gilges-Alexander with 36 points, seven assists and six rebounds.With the scoreboard flickering and tension hanging in the air, Oklahoma's young guns were cold. Josh Giddey was the hero of the night, finishing with a blistering 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to help his team through a tense finish.
Chet Holgram also played a key role, not only contributing 14 points and 7 assists, but draining 3-pointers as Boston threatened to steal the win.
Celtics six-game winning streak snapped
Despite a valiant comeback effort, Boston's impressive six-game winning streak was snapped.
Porzingis and Tatum showed themselves with 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Latvian and 30 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists for the American. Their efforts were supported by Derrick White's 19 points and Jaylen Brown's 15 points, but in the end it wasn't enough to overcome Oklahoma's determination.
While the Celtics tasted defeat for the first time in six games, their lead in the Eastern Conference remains intact. With just their seventh defeat in 33 games, they remain comfortably top of the table. For Oklahoma, the victory marks a very important moment of the season, they beat one of the main candidates for the playoffs, which will surely give them a new dose of self-confidence.
They faced a huge challenge, but kept their composure when it was most needed and deservedly celebrated. With this victory, they proved that they are one of the most serious candidates in the Western Conference. Given that both teams can boast impressive records, we can say that this was the most interesting game of this NBA round.