Boston's winning streak continued Saturday in San Antonio. The Celtics outclassed the Spurs 115-135. This 7th success (against a defeat in Philadelphia the first night) allows Boston to be alone at the top in the East and equal the balance of their great rivals the Lakers, leaders in the West.
It would be perfect for Brad Stevens' men, who set the points record in the first half of the season (72), if winger Gordon Hayward broke his left hand shortly before the end of the second quarter. in a shock with LaMarcus Aldridge. Returning to his best after two years of hardship since his arrival in the Massachusetts, Hayward turned to 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season. He should miss at least one month of competition unless he needs surgery. In this case, he may be absent longer.
Golden State star Stephen Curry also fractured his left hand early in the season. After his operation, his absence is estimated at three months. Since then, the Warriors, triple champions and quintuple finalists in the last five seasons, continue to sink in the rankings. They are now the last of the West conference with a record of two wins in ten games. Saturday, Golden State lost 114-108 to Oklahoma City, giving in the fourth quarter after finishing 23 points behind.
Houston moved up to 3rd place in the West (6-3-3). James Harden was irresistible in Chicago and the Rockets gave the lesson to the Bulls 94-117. "The Beard" has a statistical record of 42 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists. Russell Westbrook is now well established in his role as 2nd knife. OKC's ex-handyman had 26 points and 7 rebounds. The good news for the formation of Mike D'Antoni is the return in great shape of the pivot Clint Capela, author of 16 points, 20 rebounds and 4 against.
Dallas responded well after losing to New York. The Mavericks went on to win Memphis 122-138 in a high intensity game in which both teams made more than 52% of their tries in the basket. Slovenian leader Mavs Luka Doncic continues to ride with excellence (24 pts, 14 reb, 8 ast) and straight to All Star status.