The Celtics streak is over: the Kings win by miracle

Smart's last shot went out of the ring and the Celtics lost for the first time since the opening day. He played for Hield and decisive Bogdanovic.


The streak of the Celtics is over. It was in Sacramento, where there was a bit of justice for some Kings who are starting to play frankly well despite the regrets: their horrendous start at 0-5, the injuries of De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley ... this time they touched another defeat by the hairs and in extremis, but finally the luck smiled to them. The one that they lacked against the Lakers, for example, in their last game before this triumph, of great prestige (100-99). The Celtics had ten wins in a row, all their games since the opening day. Now there are 10-2, still (of course) as the best team in the Eastern Conference.

In a millimeter end, Buddy Hield (who had supported his team and forced that final trick with a couple of impossible shots) committed a rude loss in the absence of 35 seconds and with 98-99. Then Kemba Walker failed and Marcus Smart touched twice in the headlines as a hero of victory. But both went wrong. First he could not score in the attack rebound and ended up taking the fight to recover the ball to Richaun Holmes, who had a pulse from the personnel line (100-99). Then the last shot was played, a lightbulb that would have entered 99 times 100 times. But this was the other: hoop, board, another walk through the hoop ... and outside. The streak remains in ten victories, shot down in Sacramento and with a calendar still very hard in the West before returning to Boston: Suns, Clippers and Nuggets. Then, back at home, they receive Kyrie Irving at the Garden. A lot of cloth

The Celtics seemed bound for the defeat that was finally consumed in the first quarter (30-18), but were superior in the central stretch of the match (41-57 between the second and third quarters). Not enough to get away and finally, and after Kemba complained of discomfort in one knee, Bogdan Bogdanovic's talent (9 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter) and a unleashed Hield ended with 35 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and a 7/12 in triples. The Kings ended up circulating better but, curiously, they lived more from the shots scored by the talent of their two exteriors than from those they generated with good extra passes. And the Celtics, meanwhile, grabbed the work of Smart and Theis (14 points, 10 rebounds). They were not super or Kemba (15 points in 12 shots) or Tatum (14 in 13). Jaylen Brown had 18 points and 8 rebounds and the Celtics were able to win ... but lost

Luck smiled, finally, to some Kings who play already demanded in November, after a bad start and some inconvenient injuries that force them to tighten so as not to get off the hook too soon in the West. This victory, of course, has to help them. A lot ... and in many ways.

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