Theis and Celtics also win their second game against Brooklyn

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Theis and Celtics also win their second game against Brooklyn

While most Europeans are asleep, North American professional leagues were buzzing. What happened that night in American football, basketball and ice hockey.

Basketball: The Celtics are 17 points behind

Despite being 17 points behind, the Boston Celtics have achieved a good starting position in the NBA playoffs and are leading 2-0 against the Brooklyn Nets. National basketball player Daniel Theis played a big role in 114: 107 on Wednesday night (local time) with 15 points and above all a lot of hard work in defense. In the second home game, after being left behind, the hosts had to move to the final quarter for their first lead at 94:92, but then did not let the nets around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving return.

Durant struggled with defensive aggression, hitting only four of his 17 attempts from the field. In the second half he scored all his points from free kicks. The Nets’s best player was again the game’s most successful scorer with 27 points.

Irving also did not have a particularly good evening and also scored just four goals from the match. The Muslim of Australian descent briefly emerged from the interior in the first quarter, returning from the locker room with a banana and more food. Irving fasts during Ramadan, eating only after sunset and before sunrise.

The next two games in the playoff series are now in Brooklyn. Whoever has four wins first, advances to the next round of the last eight teams.

After a tour in Toronto, the Philadelphia 76ers are now just another win away from qualifying for the second round. The favorite saved himself against the Raptors in extra time without bringing him once in regular time. Just 0.9 seconds before the end of the extra five minutes, Joel Embiid struck an extraordinary free kick to make it 104-101 for the 76ers, ending their third win of the series. Isaac Bonga was not used for Raptors.

Reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks conceded the series draw against the Chicago Bulls. After the initial victory was 110: 114, the outstanding man was the Bulls professional DeMar DeRozan with 41 points.

Hockey: Draisaitl and Oilers take a big step towards the play-offs

National ice hockey player Leon Draisaitl is almost certain of a playoff qualifier with the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL. The Oilers beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Wednesday night (local time) and now have 96 points five games before the end of the North American Premier League main round.

The Vegas Golden Knights, ranked fourth in the Pacific Division, still turned their home game against the Washington Capitals and won 4-3 after extra time, but are seven points behind in a game that has already been played. Vegas can still get a maximum of eight points in its remaining games. The first three teams in a division are guaranteed a ticket to the play-offs. The Los Angeles Kings are in third place with 92 points.

The leading team in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche with Nico Sturm from Augsburg, lost 3-2 to the Seattle Kraken. The team from Denver is number one in the Central Division and has already secured a playoff ticket. On the other hand, for the octopuses around goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer there are no more chances.

With the Capitals, Alexander Ovechkin scored twice against Las Vegas and now has 50 goals this season. His ninth season with at least 50 hits in the National Hockey League is a joint record with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.

Basketball: Magic Johnson is furious about Nowitzki

Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a big fan of Dirk Nowitzki. “I love Dirk! Dirk has changed the game of basketball, the way the Big Men play now,” said the 62-year-old Bild (Thursday). his jumping, how he created the attacks, how he shot from the trio, but also from the middle distance, the way he passes – he changed the game for the big players. ” Johnson Nowitzki does not count the top five basketball players of all time, “but definitely in the top 10 – without question!”

(RP / SID / dpa)

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