Boston Celtics clinch first place in NBA with dominating victory

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Boston Celtics clinch first place in NBA with dominating victory

Boston Celtics clinch first place in NBA with dominating victory

In a commanding performance, the Boston Celtics took first place in the NBA with six games remaining, guaranteeing home-field advantage for the playoffs. The Celtics cruised to a stunning 135-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, powered by stellar performances from Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown.

Porzingis led the charge with 27 points and 12 rebounds, showing his versatility and impact on both ends of the floor. Tatum had 24 points, while Brown added 23 points, delighting the Celtics faithful after enduring a grueling 13-day road trip.

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The Celtics' league-leading 60 wins and 16 losses underscore their dominance this season as they bid for a record 18th NBA title, their last championship win coming in 2008.


Meanwhile, the Thunder struggled in the absence of leading scorers Shai Gilges-Alexander and Jalen Williams, who were ruled out with injuries. Despite the efforts of Josh Gadde, Lugantz-Dort, and Chet Holmgren, the Thunder were unable to contain the Celtics' offensive attack.

In other NBA action, the Toronto Raptors suffered their 15th straight loss, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-85. Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 28 points, aided by Naz Reed, as the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a setback, without key players Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton, and Patrick Beverley in a 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. They lost.


The Los Angeles Lakers boosted their playoff hopes with a crucial 125-120 victory over the Washington Wizards thanks to stellar performances from Anthony Davis and LeBron James. Despite a remarkable 50-point burst from Malachi Flynn off the bench, the Detroit Pistons came up short against the Atlanta Hawks, led by Jaylen Johnson's triple-double.

On the other hand, the Orlando Magic beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-108 thanks to Paolo Banchero's 32 points, while the Brooklyn Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 115-111, with Noah Clooney shining off the bench. Deandre Ayton led the Portland Trail Blazers to an 89-86 victory over the Charlotte Hornets with a double-double performance.

The Celtics' rise to first place solidifies their status as a strong playoff contender, as teams across the league continue to compete for postseason positioning.
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