Kevin Durant scored 23 points in his debut with the Suns, while Jayson Tatum led the Celtics to a victory against the Cavs with a game-high 41 points.
Today, the Boston Celtics prevailed against the Cleveland Cavaliers by 117-113. Earlier in the season, the Cavs defeated the Celtics in two nail-biting overtime contests.
The first two quarters were a back-and-forth game between the two teams, with Cleveland only behind by three points after the first half of play. After that, Boston did not waste any time extending their advantage during the third quarter, scoring 41 important points to Cleveland’s 26.
The Celtics started the game with a 7-0 run to build up a double-digit lead, 62-52, followed by three-pointers from Al Horford and Marcus Smart and an and-1 play from Jayson Tatum. They could get their groove on after they had the lead, which allowed them to snag the win.
Tatum finished the game with 41 points, including 18 points scored in the decisive third canto. Tatum eclipsed Giannis Antetokounmpo for eighth position on the NBA’s all-time scoring chart for players under 25 with his 20th career game in which he scored at least 40 points. In addition, Horford produced a season-high 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting to contribute to the win.
These two helped outperform fellow All-Star Donovan Mitchell, who scored 44 points despite missing the third quarter due to a frightening fall. Mitchell was out for the whole game. Still keeping things going for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland, who completed the game with 29 points.
On Wednesday night in Charlotte, Kevin Durant finally played in his first game for the Phoenix Suns, a matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. Durant had been out with a knee ailment since the beginning of January, and the last time he participated in a game, he was still a member of the Brooklyn Nets. The injury had kept him out of action since early January.
In his debut game with the Suns, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, and the team could pull out the victory in Charlotte. The team was led by Devin Booker, who scored 37 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out seven assists.
KD is approaching his comeback to basketball with his new squad with an attitude of realism. It will be long until he feels at ease being around Booker and the others alongside the others.
The Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks in large part to the clever play of Austin Reaves beneath the basket, which helped the Lakers pull away. Towards the end of the game, he had 19 points and four assists.