In a thrilling matchup, the Boston Celtics emerged victorious against the Miami Heat with a score of 110-106, maintaining their lead in the Eastern Conference. Despite a fierce comeback attempt by Miami that reduced Boston's 15-point lead to just two in the final minutes, the Celtics held their ground.
Jayson Tatum delivered a standout performance, securing 26 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, falling just one assist short of a triple-double. Kristaps Porzingis contributed significantly with 25 points, while Tyler Herro led the Heat with 24 points.
The game turned feisty in the fourth quarter as Boston's Jaylen Brown and Miami's Duncan Robinson clashed, exchanging heated words. Brown received a flagrant foul during the altercation.
Despite a late three-pointer from Herro bringing Miami within two points at 106-104 with 1:49 remaining, Tatum and Porzingis sealed the victory for the Celtics from the free-throw line. The intense encounter highlighted the competitive spirit between these two Eastern Conference teams, especially considering Miami's upset over Boston in last year's conference finals.
In another matchup, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams propelled the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 127-113 victory against the Sacramento Kings. Gilgeous-Alexander exploded for 38 points, while Williams added 32, helping the Thunder break a two-game losing streak.
The win elevated the Thunder to the third position in the Western Conference, trailing the Minnesota Timberwolves by just half a game. Despite a triple-double performance from the Kings' Domantas Sabonis (21 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists), Sacramento remains in the play-in positions, holding the seventh spot in the West.