It was a surprising start to the second week in the NBA bubble in Orlando as title favourites, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers were both handed shock defeats.
Devin Booker shined for Suns as he ended the game with a spinning fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to beat the Clippers. Miami Heat beat the Celtics to close the gap for the 3rd seed, while the Portland TrailBlazers scored a comfortable win to boost their NBA playoff hopes. Dallas Mavericks’ young star, Luka Doncic scored his 14th triple-double of the season to beat the Kings in overtime.
Los Angeles Clippers 115 – 117 Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker‘s fadeaway over Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the final seconds earned a shock win for the Pheonix Suns over the LA Clippers. The Suns now have 3-0 in the NBA bubble and look to continue their winning streak trail 8th place Memphis Grizzlies by 3 games now in the Western Conference standings.
Booker finished the game with 35 points and 8 assists, including a 66% success rate from the 3 point line. The Clippers have lost 2 games already since the restart and will have their work cut out after a calf injury to guard Patrick Beverley, to confirm the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. Leonard and George combined for 50 points but were outshone by Devon Booker who won it at the buzzer for the Phoenix Suns.
🚨☀️ D-BOOK WINS IT 🚨☀️
— NBA (@NBA) August 4, 2020
Milwaukee Bucks 116 – 119 Brooklyn Nets
Milwaukee Bucks suffered back to back shock losses in the NBA bubble after losing to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, scored 26 points for the Nets including two back-to-back 3’s in the final stages of the game to edge the Eastern Conference leaders. Current MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points on the night before sitting out the entire second half of the game. The Bucks now have a 54-14 record and will look to bounce back from the losses and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Dallas Mavericks 114 – 110 Sacramento Kings
Luka Doncic scored a historic triple-double to overpower the Kings in overtime, 114-110. Doncic scored 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists and became the youngest player in NBA history to complete a game with 30+ points, 20+ rebounds and 10+ assists. Mavericks (41-29) are almost assured of the 7th seed now and look to continue this form into the playoffs.
Miami Heat 112 – 106 Boston Celtics
Miami Heat bagged a crucial win versus the Celtics, without star player, Jimmy Butler, and move closer to the No.3 seed. Bam Adebayo was the star of the night scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to bag his 40th double-double of the season.
You can't hit a three-pointer more perfect than this:
👀 the net pic.twitter.com/bYsqTmQ0ys
— x – Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 5, 2020
Jason Tatum top-scored for the Celtics scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. “Obviously we want to win all of these games, but equally important is getting everybody healthy, playing well, building chemistry, and just making sure guys are getting in rhythm for the Playoffs.“, he said in the post-match interview.
Other NBA Results of the Day :
Portland TrailBlazers 110 – 102 Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers 120 – 109 Orlando Magic