1. 59 – 42 Rebounds
2. Kyrie’s 33 points were sufficient but inefficient
3. Celtics fail to take advantage of Jazz having no true center
The Boston Celtics. A team emerging this league lead by their new point guard Kyrie Irving.
Celtics: win or lose?
With Carmelo Anthony’s 26 points and Paul George with 22, Thunders still couldn’t overthrow the Utah Jazz without Russell Westbrook’s explosive performance.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz – Full Game Highlights | Oct 21, 2017 | 2017-18 NBA Season
Final score 115-104, Game 3 on Sunday May 7th.
The fans went crazy as the LA Lakers won their first game against the Houston Rockets 120-114 in their home opener, post-Kobe Bryant era on October 26. They drop their first road game of the season next. Utah Jazz handed the Lakers their first loss 96-89 of the season Friday October 28. And just last Sunday, Lakers battled hard but still fall to the Oklahoma Thunder 113-96. Russell Westbrook was just hard for anybody to defend. He made yet another triple double.
Yesterday was game 4 on the road. Lakers looked to pick up a second victory at Indiana. But they didn’t finish and win the game. Paul George puts up 30 to lead the Indiana Pacers past the LA Lakers 115-108. He took over the last minutes of the game down the stretch.
The LA Lakers are in Georgia today as they hit the floor against the Atlanta Hawks for the only time this season. Will the Atlanta Hawks stay undefeated with a win vs. the Lakers or will the Lakers make the Atlanta Hawks suffer their first loss of the season? Catch the game 5 tip at 7:30. Lakers have ruled Timofey Mozgov out due to left eye contusion for today’s game.
Joe Johnson leaves the Miami Heat for Utah Jazz. According to multiple reports, the veteran wing guard/forward agreed to terms with the Utah Jazz on a two-year, $22 million deal.
The 10th overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft averaged 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season. Utah Jazz will be the sixth team of Johnson in his entire 16 years in NBA.
Johnson will provide the veteran presence and leadership to the young Jazz team. This is the second move by the Utah Jazz this off season trading their lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft for George Hill last week,
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, right, attemps a shot as Utah Jazz superstar Gordon Hayward challenges him, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant poured 60 points in his final NBA game as the Lakers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Entering the final page of his twenty year long career, Kobe Bryant, dubbed as “The Black Mamba”, turned back the clock and hosted an amazing show in the fully occupied Staples Center crowd one final time, posting a season-high 60 points for the sixth time of his career in a 101-96 comeback effort win that eliminated the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
After scoring more than the whole Jazz team in the fourth quarter alone by himself, he left the game with 4.1 seconds left while the whole crowd erupting and chanting his name.
“I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. Man, this is crazy,” Bryant said after the game.
“This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”
Bryant spoke about being raised as a “die-hard Laker fan” and the deal that sent him to the one of the most popular franchise that he spent 20 years with and winning five NBA rings.
“You can’t write something better than this,” he said.
Bryant said he was proud that he took the obligations for the team in the declining years “because we didn’t run. We played through all that stuff, and we got our championships, and we did it the right way.”
The retired 18-time All-Star set records in his final game. For the most attempted shots in an NBA game in the past 30 seasons by taking 50 shots and scoring 60 points in a 22-50 outing and for the most points scored by a player in his final regular-season game. No one ever reached 30 points in his final game, with John Havlicek’s 29 in 1978 setting the former record.
“All I can do here is thank you guys,” he told the crowd. “Thank you guys for all the years of support. Thank you guys for all the motivation. Thank you for all the inspiration.”
“What can I say? Mamba out,” Bryant said while flashing his smile.
The Utah Jazz missed the playoffs, which, of course, is a very embarrasing development..
“This has been a very positive season. It may not feel like that right now because we lost a game to Dallas and obviously the game had huge implications,” Snyder said. “The fact that this group was in that game in and of itself to me is an accomplishment and the fact that we were able to compete down the stretch to put ourselves in that game is a positive.”
Hayward approves his coach.
“I think just based off the experiences we’ve all gained individually and collectively as a team, we’ve been in a lot of big moments,” Hayward said. “Forty wins is definitely a step up from two years ago when we had 20-whatever, so I think we’re trending in the right way.”
D-Will has been somewhat a disappointment after leaving Jazz, I for one thought he was just a system player, he was up there with Cp-3 and Rose when they were starting, D-will lost his touch or interest after leaving Utah, he had some notable performance for the Nets but he wasn’t the D-will we used to know.
Now that he is playing for his hometown seems like D-Will is playing inspired basketball once again.
D-Will helped the Mavs Beat Utah with a great performance and indeed a throwback one. Is this a coincidence or Mavs can cling on D-will to give Dirk his last run.
Here’s The highlight of the game:
The Spaniard Rubio quoted both tweets and called Batum a “class act” while saying Gobert is “no class act.”