Hawks Stage Epic Comeback Against Celtics, Sabonis Makes NBA History

De’Andre Hunter shoots a 3-pointer during the Hawks’ victory against the Celtics on March 25, 2024 in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox)

Trailing by 30 points in the first half, the Atlanta Hawks managed to overthrow the best team in the league, Boston, 120-118 on Monday in the NBA, during a night that saw the interior of Sacramento Domantas Sabonis put his name in the record books.

+ Stunning Hawks against Boston

Faced with the Celtics, already assured of finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference and who remained on 9 consecutive victories, Atlanta seemed to be off to a bad start for a while, being 30 points behind in the second quarter. But the Hawks, still without their star leader Trae Young, who injured his left hand in February, relied on their aggressiveness to come back little by little and finally win 120-118 to the delight of their audience. “When you know that there are people behind you who support you in all weathers – and there was a lot of bad weather this evening – it helps a lot to ensure that the good weather returns,” greeted Quin Snyder, the coach of the Hawks, still 10th in the East (32 v. – 39 l.) and virtually qualified for the play-offs to reach the playoffs.

+ Domantas Sabonis passes Kevin Love

In a league fond of statistics of all kinds, Sacramento’s Lithuanian interior Domantas Sabonis twice entered his name in the record books during his team’s 108-96 victory against Philadelphia. With 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, he became the fifth player in history with at least 25 triple-doubles (10 units or more in three statistical categories) in a season (after Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokic). And he also surpassed Kevin Love to become the only holder of the number of consecutive double-doubles (54) since the merger of the NBA with the ABA, another American basketball league, in 1976-1977.

+ Houston doesn’t stop

Once again carried by their back Jalen Green (27 points), the Rockets, long moribund, scored a 9th consecutive victory against Portland 110-92. With now 36 victories for 35 defeats, they are putting pressure on Golden State (36 v. – 34 l.), 10th in the Western conference, the last place offering a ticket for the play-offs for access to the playoffs.

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+ Spurs win without Wemby

Yet deprived of their star debutant Victor Wembanyama, the Spurs managed to secure their 16th victory of the season against the Suns 104-102. In the absence of the French interior, it was winger Jeremy Sochan who took charge, with 26 points and 18 rebounds. In the race for the playoffs, this defeat hurts Kevin Durant’s Suns, who slipped to 8th place in the West, synonymous with the play-offs, and saw Dallas and Sacramento pass them in front.

+ Denver consolidates its first place

Victorious 128-103 over the Grizzlies, the Nuggets, defending champions, consolidated their first place in the West, in a race still hotly contested with Oklahoma City and Minnesota, who did not play Monday. Another great match, double MVP Nikola Jokic came close to a new triple-double (29 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists).


2024-03-26 08:16:24
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