Boston’s Jayson Tatum scores against Washington.
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Tatum needed 32 shooting attempts from the game for a fifty-point performance, turning 14 of them, including five threes. However, he was never wrong from the free throw line, from where he hit all 17 shots. He also added eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks. “I came to the field today with the idea that I will clearly be the best,” he said after the match. With 29 points and seven bouncing balls, Kemba Walker seconded him, Tristan Thompson scored a double double for 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The usual performances of the usual leaders were not enough for Washington: Bradley Beal scored 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Russell Westbrook 20 points and 14 rebounds. In addition to both stars, Ish Smith scored 17 points and bounced eight balls, and pivot Daniel Gafford added 12 points.
The Wizards will play Indiana for the eighth place in the East, with the winner of the match challenging the best team in the Philadelphia conference in the playoffs. The Pacers had an easy job with Charlotte at the beginning of the preliminary round, which they clearly defeated by 27 points. Indiana decided more or less in the first half, which she controlled 69:45, and overall she gained up to 39 points during the duel. This is despite the absence of Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, TJ Warren or Jeremy Lamb.
The west is waiting for the hit
In the Western Conference on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers champions will compete for the seventh place in the attractive duel with Golden State. The loser will then face the winners of the match between the ninth Memphis and the tenth San Antonio.
The Pacers relied on eight double-digit shooters, most of whom, 23 points, were scored by Canadian Oshae Brissett. Doug McDermott added 21 points, but the Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis shone. The son of the famous father scored 14 points, 21 rebounds and nine final passes in 32 and a half minutes on the field.
“They played as a team of experienced veterans. They didn’t let themselves be decided by the weight of the moment at all and they were even better than we are used to with them, “said the coach of the losers, James Borrego. Although Miles Bridges scored 23 points and added eight rebounds, the Hornets missed Gordon Hayward and Cody Martin too much. That’s the end of the season for Charlotte.
Preliminary round of play off – Eastern Conference:
Indiana – Charlotte 144:117
Boston – Washington 118:100