Heat scorch Bucks in blowout, Tatum scores 41 in Celtics romp

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Nikola Jovic of the Miami Heat takes a three point shot during the second half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on Feb. 13, 2024 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

In a stunning upset, the under-strength Miami Heat displayed incredible resilience, overpowering the struggling Milwaukee Bucks with a decisive 123-97 victory. Despite the absence of key players such as Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier, Miami’s sharpshooting prowess, highlighted by 19-of-40 three-pointers, proved insurmountable. Nikola Jovic led with 24 points, and Duncan Robinson’s six threes contributed to the onslaught. Bucks coach Doc Rivers faces defensive contemplation as the team heads into the All-Star break, while Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 23 points couldn’t rescue them from a challenging night.

The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak, securing their fifth consecutive victory with a 118-110 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets. Jayson Tatum’s outstanding 41-point double-double, along with Jaylen Brown’s 19 points, showcased the Celtics’ dominance, maintaining their top spot in the Eastern Conference at 42-12.

In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves maintained their lead with a comfortable 121-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Anthony Edwards delivered a stellar 41-point performance, securing the Timberwolves’ 38-16 record. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from an early deficit, defeating the Orlando Magic 127-113 behind Jalen Williams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s combined 65 points.

The Phoenix Suns faced a formidable challenge from the Sacramento Kings but emerged victorious with a 130-125 win. Kevin Durant led the Suns with 28 points, complemented by Devin Booker’s 25 and Eric Gordon’s 23. Despite De’Aaron Fox’s 40 points and Domantas Sabonis’ triple-double (35 points, 18 rebounds, 12 assists), the Kings couldn’t secure the win in a thrilling encounter with 17 lead changes.

In Los Angeles, the Lakers showcased their dominance against the league-worst Detroit Pistons, securing a comfortable 125-111 victory. LeBron James led the charge with 25 points, highlighting the Lakers’ formidable firepower.

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