Things didn’t go well for the Boston Celtics or the New York Knicks on this play. That’s because, as Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn was falling out of bounds, he threw the ball directly at Celtics big man Amir Johnson. The ball promptly hit him square in the face.
Unfortunately for O’Quinn, he wasn’t able to actually save the possession because he threw it so hard that it bounced back and hit him as he was standing out of bounds.
Two questions remain:
- How is this not a foul of some kind on O’Quinn? The NBA is wild.
- How much ice will Amir Johnson need after this? I bet it’s a lot.
Boston beat New York, 110-94, and moved to one game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics play the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.