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NBA Boston and Oklahoma City ‘take the lead’ in PO 2nd round with big win

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The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences of the National Basketball Association (NBA) regular league, took the lead with a big win in the first game of the second round of the playoffs (PO).

Boston defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-95 in the first game of the second round of the 2023-2024 NBA Eastern Conference PO held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on the 8th (Korean time).

Boston, which took first place in the Eastern Conference with the highest winning percentage (64 wins, 18 losses, 0.780) in the NBA regular league this season, beat the Miami Heat with 4 wins and 1 loss in the first round of the PO, and then got off to an easy start in the second round.

Cleveland overturned an 18-point deficit in Game 7 of the first round, unable to maintain the momentum it had gained by holding the Orlando Magic, and began the second round with a loss.

Boston’s Jaylen Brown posted 32 points and 6 rebounds, and Derrick White contributed 25 points and 5 assists, including 7 3-point shots.

Jayson Tatum added 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Led by White, Boston hit 18 3-point shots that day.

In Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell contributed with 33 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Boston took the lead at 25-25 with about 4 minutes left in the first quarter thanks to Tatum’s 3-point play, and then widened the lead without losing the lead even once, winning an easy victory.

Oklahoma City, ranked first in the West in the regular season (57 wins, 25 losses), also took a step toward the conference finals by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 117-95 at home.

Oklahoma City defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round with 4 straight wins without giving up a single game, and then went on to win 5 games in a row.

Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a key role in the victory with a triple-double performance of 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists, Chet Holmgren had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks, and Jaylen Williams had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. .

Dallas, who defeated the Los Angeles (LA) Clippers with 4 wins and 2 losses in the first round, faced the burden of a game that would lead to a loss in the first game.

Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, Luka Doncic had 19 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds, and Daniel Gafford had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but they could not lead to victory. 토토사이트

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