5 Up, 5 Down is a biweekly column featuring the best and worst from the NBA as it stands on alternating Monday mornings. There are many happy things happening in the NBA. Gerald Green is here and playing for the Rockets, something I never thought I would see.
The surging Miami Heat boosted their playoff hopes with a 103-102 win over the Utah Jazz in the NBA on Sunday. For all the chatter surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors this season, few
When Saturday's game was on the line and the Brooklyn Nets began to overload on Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum took over by scoring the last five points as Boston pulled out an 87-85 nail-biter. The points scored by Tatum down the stretch were huge, obviously. Boston is 16-4 when Tatum takes 10 or more shot attempts.
Stephen Curry erupted for 45 points to propel the Golden State Warriors to a 121-105 NBA victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday. Curry, who has dazzled since returning from an 11-game injury absence, connected on eight of his 16 three-point attempts and made a career-high 15 of his 16 free-throws.
The Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets were both short-handed on Saturday, in a matchup between potential playoff teams, but they provided an entertaining contest. Tobias Harris, an underrated forward, led the Pistons to a 108-101 victory against
LOS ANGELES – Points came easily for Steph Curry on Saturday. "I just wanted to start off the game right," Curry said. "I knew right away, when I got free for a couple of threes in the first quarter and they went down, I got in a rhythm," Curry said.
With a couple big wins behind them and a long plane ride ahead, the Boston Celtics knew they were in for a rough game. Playing without Al Horford because of a sore left knee, Boston won its sixth straight heading into its trip to London to face Philadelphia on Thursday. The Celtics were trailing by one when Tatum got the ball and drove for a powerful slam that gave them an 84-83 lead.
The "Next man up" approach has been one that has been working most of this season for the Boston Celtics. Without Horford, Boston still managed to deliver a defensive gem of a game in defeating Brooklyn 87-85. Aron Baynes got the start for Horford and delivered a solid performance with 10 points and six rebounds.
Kyrie Irving scores 21 points and Jayson Tatum adds 14 as the Boston Celtics survive for an 87-85 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
With a couple big wins behind them and a long plane ride ahead, the Boston Celtics knew they were in for a rough game. ''I think everybody had to push through,'' rookie Jayson Tatum said. Playing without Al Horford because of a sore left knee, Boston won its sixth straight heading into its trip to London to face Philadelphia on Thursday.