Is the Utah Jazz’ (27-9) stranglehold on top spot in the NBA Western Conference slipping after they fell to a second defeat in successive games against the Eastern Conference leaders, the Philadelphia 76ers (24-12), last night?
After losing 129-124 to the New Orleans Pelicans (15-20) on Tuesday, the Jazz then faced a trip to Philadelphia a day later where they went down to a 131-123 overtime loss to the leaders of the East.
Game Of Two Halves
The match was very much a game of two halves, with the Jazz holding a nine-point advantage at the half, but strong play from the 76ers, led by MVP candidate Joel Embiid once again, saw them claw back the deficit to level the match at 118-118 at full time.
It was Embiid’s sensational three pointer with seven seconds remaining in regulation time that sent the game into overtime.
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In overtime the 76ers netted an additional 13 points to just five for the Jazz to claim the victory and another big win over a team that have been rated as arguably the best in the NBA at the present moment in time.
Embiid was the star of the show, scoring 40 points, 19 rebounds and three assists in the game. Tobias Harris also landed double figures for rebounds with 10, plus 2 assists and 22 points for the 76ers.
Donovan Mitchell top scored for the Jazz with 33 points, with Mike Conley Jr and Bojan Bogdanovic each contributing eight points. However Mitchell was also involved in the other major talking point in the game.
Mitchell Ejected For Second Technical Foul
Trailing the 76ers by five in overtime, Mitchell was ejected from the game for his second technical foul and it was a decision that did not sit well with the Utah ace as he expressed forcibly after the game.
“It’s tough to go out there, to see how we fight and compete. To have a game like that taken from us – and I’m never ever one to blame a ref, to blame an official – and we could have done more – but this is getting out of hand.”
“The fact that we just continually get screwed in a way by this. We won this game, in my personal opinion…It’s a consistent thing.”
“It’s getting f***ing ridiculous. I’m sick of it. We all are. This is something that eats me. It’s really getting out of hand. The league needs to do something about this.”
Lillard Snatches Win At The Death For Trail Blazers
In other games in the NBA last night, Damian Lillard scored a crucial game-winning three pointer as the Portland Trail Blazers (20-14) ousted the Golden State Warriors (19-17). Steph Curry top scored in the game with 35 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors who have now lost both their last two.
Buddy Hield scored 29 points with six rebounds and six assists as the Sacramento Kings (14-21) shocked the Los Angeles Lakers (24-13). The Lakers were without LeBron James for this game and his absence was keenly felt as LA fell to their seventh loss in ten games.
James Harden scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving added 24 in the Brooklyn Nets (24-13) 132-114 win over his former team the Houston Rockets (11-23) for whom John Wall (36) and Victor Oladipo (33) top scored.
The Jazz still remain well clear at the top of the Western Conference ahead of the Phoenix Suns (23-11) who move into second spot ahead of both LA teams.
In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers still lead the way one game ahead of the Nets, with the Milwaukee Bucks (21-14) not too far off the pace