The small slate of games was a fun one and the match up of the night on Thursday night was definitely a thriller!
The Bucks take down the Sixers at home in a game full of drama, The Lakers continue losing and the Kings outlasted the Cavs in a match that didn’t really mean much.
All that and more, SportsTips.com have broken down the three games that was played last night!
Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers
What. A. Game! We expected both teams would go easy right before the playoffs but both teams wanted to make a statement on who’s the ‘King’ of the East and this was a show down to the very end.
The Drama started in the first quarter, Embiid and Bledsoe was extremely chipping the first couple of minutes and was tussling down low for the rebound. Bledsoe who seemed to be helpless and frustrated pushed Embiid, Embiid the troll-master as usual handed him the ball (a point was already scored) as a sign of pity.This was when all hell broke loose, Bledsoe threw the ball right at Embiid’s chest, at full force and you audibly hear the thump of Embiid’s chest through the hoop microphone set up.
The bucks still did it without Bledsoe all through the god-like performance of our MVP, Giannis.
Ben Simmons was just way too passive in this game only shooting 5 shots in total, despite Embiid’s great triple double the Sixers just looked outmatched by the Bucks who was missing their starting point guard.
Bucks Win 128 – 122
Top Scorer: Giannis Antetonkoumpo – 45 Points
Top Assists: TIED – Joel Embiid & Ben Simmons – 13 Assists
Top Rebounds: TIED – Giannis Antetokoumpo & Joel Embiid – 13 Rebounds
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Sacramento Kings
This was a fun back and forth match-up between two young cores and unfortunately for young Colin Sexton, De’Aron Fox got the better of him tonight. He was dishing and diming all night with Bogdanovic and Hield making their three pointers. It would have been fun for this Kings team to play in the playoffs but unfortunately its too late, they play hard every night which a great thing is to see for a young team.
The key stat of the game here is turnovers, Steve Kerr cites that the Warriors lose every time they get more than 15 turnovers in a game and the Cleveland Cavaliers had 20 turnovers last night! Compared to the Kings 6, Sexton needs to be a better handler and run some more plays for the team. It would be encouraging to see him get moved to the shooting guard position and the Cavs look for another young point guard as Sexton doesn’t have the skill set to run the point.
Kings Win 117 – 104
Top Scorer: Buddy Hield – 23 Points
Top Assists: De’Aaron Fox – 10 Assists
Top Rebounds: Larry Nance Jr – 16 Rebounds
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers
The warriors are rolling, this was reminiscent of the old Warriors that locked teams down on the defensive end in such a suffocating manner and then raining down threes on the other end to kill off their hopes. While it’s the Lakers this time, they did the same thing to the Nuggets and they seem to be more than prepared for the playoffs.
The team fed the ball a lot to Cousins as we expected who was banging down low to McGee, who was helpless to stop him (ended the game in a -28 in the plus/minus box score). There wasn’t really much they could do (The Lakers) with Kuzma out as well. Jonathan Williams looked good off the bench, getting a double double with 13 boards and 17 points. Stephen Curry who credits his hot shooting to his new contact lenses shot fairly bad last night going 3 – 14 , 1 – 9 from three. There’s still too much firepower for the Warriors team though for them to lose to a tanking lakers.
Warriors Win 108 – 90
Top Scorer: DeMarcus Cousins – 21 Points
Top Assists: Kevin Durant – 8 Assists
Top Rebounds: Jonathan Williams – 13 Rebounds
Player of the night: Giannis Antetokoumpo
Best Team Performance: Milwaukee Bucks
Most Dissapointing Team: Performance: Philadelphia 76ers