Dusseldorf While most Europeans are sleeping, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What happened that night in football, basketball and ice hockey.
Basketball: Celtics trail 17 points
Despite being 17 points behind, the Boston Celtics managed to secure a good starting position in the NBA playoffs and lead 2-0 against the Brooklyn Nets. National basketball player Daniel Theis played a big role in Wednesday night’s 114:107 (local time) with 15 points and, above all, a lot of strong defensive work. In the second home game, after falling behind, the hosts needed to go all the way to the last quarter for their first lead of 94:92, but then they didn’t let the Nets around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving come back.
Durant struggled with defensive aggression, hitting just four of his 17 field attempts. In the second half, he scored all his points on free throws. The Nets’ best player was still the game’s most successful pitcher with 27 points.
Irving didn’t have a particularly good night either and he also managed just four goals in the game. The Australian-born Muslim briefly left the countryside in the first trimester, 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 de force in Toronto, the Philadelphia 76ers are just one more win away from qualifying for the second round. The favorite saved himself against the Raptors in overtime without leading once in regulation time. Just 0.9 seconds before the end of the extra five minutes, Joel Embiid landed a remarkable shot to make it 104-101 for the 76ers, completing his third series win. Isaac Bonga was not used by the Raptors.
Defending champion Milwaukee Bucks awarded the series tie against the Chicago Bulls. After the early win there was a 110:114, the standout man was Bulls pro DeMar DeRozan with 41 points.
Hockey: Draisaitl and Oilers take big step towards playoffs
National ice hockey player Leon Draisaitl is almost certain of a playoff qualification with the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL. The Oilers defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Wednesday night (local time) and now have 96 points five games before the end of the North American League main round.
The Vegas Golden Knights, fourth in the Pacific Division, still turned their game at home against the Washington Capitals and won 4-3 after overtime, but are seven points behind in a game that has already been played. Vegas can still get a maximum of eight points on its remaining games. The top three teams in a division guarantee a ticket to the playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings are third with 92 points.
The best team in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche with Nico Sturm of Augsburg, lost 3-2 to the Seattle Kraken. The Denver team is number one in the Central Division and is already guaranteed a playoff spot. For the octopuses around goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer, on the other hand, 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 of at least 50 hits in the National Hockey League is a record shared with Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.
Basketball: Magic Johnson praises Nowitzki
Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a huge fan of Dirk Nowitzki. “I love Dirk! Dirk changed the game of basketball, the way the “Big Men” play now,” said the 62-year-old “Bild” player (Thursday). “The big ones always played in the basket. With his shooting, how he created his attacks, how he played from the three-line, but also from mid-range, the way he passes – he changed the game for the big players.” Johnson Nowitzki doesn’t count five basketball players at all. times, “but definitely in the top 10 – without a doubt!”