Tough night for Giddey: Timberwolves topple Thunder
Aussie NBA star Giddey jeered over underage girl scandal. Edwards hurt as Timberwolves beat Thunder. Doncic leads Mavericks past Rockets.
The recent NBA game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder was marked by a controversial incident involving Australian player Josh Giddey. Throughout the game, Giddey was the target of boos and jeers from the crowd, which was a result of the NBA's announcement that he was being investigated for allegedly having a relationship with an underage girl. The accusation was made in a social media post, and while it has since been taken down, the investigation is ongoing. Despite the distraction and noise, Giddey managed to play 28 minutes, scoring 10 points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out one assist.
The game itself was a hard-fought battle, with the Timberwolves ultimately emerging victorious, led by Rudy Gobert's impressive performance of 17 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks. The Thunder, despite a strong showing from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, fell short in the second half, scoring only 42 points and shooting 6 for 26 in the third quarter. This allowed the Timberwolves to secure the win and maintain their position as the top team in the Western Conference.
In another game, the Dallas Mavericks secured a 121-115 victory over the Houston Rockets, with Luka Doncic delivering a standout performance of 41 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. The win prevented the Rockets from advancing to the quarter-finals of the In-Season Tournament and allowed the New Orleans Pelicans to win Group B in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics dominated the Chicago Bulls with a final score of 124-97, securing their spot in the quarter-finals of the NBA In-Season Tournament. Jaylen Brown led the charge with 30 points, while Jayson Tatum contributed 21 points to the victory. The Celtics' win in a three-team tiebreaker with Orlando and Brooklyn earned them the No.3 seed in the Eastern Conference, and they will face the No.2 Indiana Pacers in the next round.
Overall, it was a night of intense competition and standout performances, with players like Giddey, Gobert, Doncic, and Brown making significant impacts on their respective games. The NBA continues to deliver thrilling matchups and compelling storylines as the season progresses.