Late rookie guard effort allows Celtic to pip HEAT

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The Boston Celtics were helped to victory a 107-105 win over the Miami Heat by a last-second putback dunk by rookie guard Payton Pritchard, who reversed an eight-point deficit in the first quarter before recovering in the third and pressing their opponents until the end.

In the fourth quarter, the back-and-forth began, with both teams stringing together late runs, but the effort by Pritchard to save a missed lay-up by Marcus Smart was eventually sufficient for Boston to claim the narrow victory. Com/20ndRYXrSJ- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 7, 2021 With 27 points, Jayson Tatum led the Celtics, while Jimmy Butler added 26 points and eight rebounds. It was also a close match in New Orleans, where the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Pelicans 111-110. The hosts began the match well, but let up in the third quarter, bringing the Thunder back into the match. While New Orleans was able to turn things around in the fourth quarter, as George Hill made two late free throws to secure the Thunder’s third win of the season, they were unable to score a much-needed basket. Three 3’s in a row for Mike Muscala. Catch @FoxSportsOK the rest of the 4th quarter. Image.twitter. Com/itgs4xsiGV- OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 7, 2021 For Oklahoma City, Darius Bazley posted a double-double and Zion Williamson was the top scorer for the Pelicans with 29 points. In Philadelphia, the 76ers edged the Washington Wizards 141-136. Bradley Beal’s 60 points were not enough for the Wizards to conquer Joel Embiid and Seth Curry’s pair, which combined for 66 points. It was Philadelphia’s fifth straight victory, while the Wizards began the season with a record of 2-6 wins and losses. The winning streak of Steph Curry came to an end in the 108-101 loss of the Golden State Warriors to the Los Angeles Clippers. Another productive outing. Image.twitter. Com/g0LTwAYts9- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 7, 2021Curry made just one of his six three-point attempts en route to 13 points – a significant change from his 62-point effort earlier in the week against the Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, in the seven-point win of the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored 21 points. 35 points were scored by Malcolm Brogdon to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 114-107 victory over the Houston Rockets. With Julius Randle scoring 30 points and collecting 16 rebounds in a 112-100 victory, the New York Knicks continued their impressive early form against the Utah Jazz. The rest of the day’s games: the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-94, the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-94, the Milwaukee Bucks picked up a 15-point victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Phoenix Suns picked up their sixth 123-115 season win over the Toronto Raptors, and the Sacramento Kings beat Coby White’s 36-point effort to defeat the Chicago Bulls

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