Boston (USA), April 22nd (EFE). Point keeper Kimba Walker equaled his best record of the season with 32 points, including five three-pointers from 11 attempts, and the Boston Celtics easily managed to win 99-86 to the Phoenix Suns, who broke a two-game winning streak outside their home.
Walker fired 11 of the 17 shots from the field, in addition to picking up four rebounds and distributing four more passes, in the match his team needed the most after the Celtics team lost goalkeeper Jaylene Brown, who suffered from pain in the left shoulder.
Powerful striker Jason Tatum missed 14 of his 17 shots from the field, although he finished the match with a double of 15 points and 17 rebounds.
The Celtics led by 21 points in the second half. They won nine of their last 11 games and 32-27, the sixth best match at that conference, and tied with the Atlanta Hawks.
After winning in Philadelphia on Wednesday, the Suns (42-17) lost two games to the Utah Jazz, who rested and had the best record in the Western Conference and League.
Despite the loss, the Suns remained 19-8 as a road team, the best in the NBA.
Chris Paul scored 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, which this time could not save his team from defeat, the third in the last 10 matches.
Spanish goalkeeper Devin Booker reached 15 points before committing a sixth personal foul that left him out of the match 4:37 minutes before the end.
Boston led 66-45 in the third quarter with Tatum’s jump shot. The Suns responded with a 14-2 line and lost 77-65, entering the fourth.
Striker Michael Bridges put 3 points on Phoenix 95-86 striker with 1:29 playable. But the stealing and throwing of the ball from goalkeeper Marcus Smart helped the Celtics stop him.
Walker and Smart were out from their Monday night loss to Chicago due to illnesses other than COVID-19.
With Rare being out of season at the end of the season on schedule, they had an extra two days to recover before Thursday’s clash.
Walker, who also had not played in a row to rest the weak left knee that knocked him out of competition in his first 11 games this season, looked renewed.
The starting point guard for the Celtics scored his first four field goals in the match, including three hat-tricks, during the first half of 19 points.
He worked nearly every part of his game offensively, from creating space by dribbling for 3 seconds, to bypassing defenders and entering the line with short shots or forcing them to commit personal mistakes.
The Sun scored 24 points in 23 turns of Celtics.
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