Christmas Day, block Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks, social media reactions, Patty Mills, Brooklyn Nets v LA Lakers, Kemba Walker, scores, results


Giannis Antetokounmpo offered several clutch games against the Celtics in a wild finish. Plus, Patty Mills is hot on the big stage.

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‘SEPCIAL’ MILLS ERRORS

Patty Mills came out shooting in the Brooklyn Nets’ clash against the LA Lakers on Sunday (all-time AEDT).

Mills dropped 15 of his 19 points in the first half in the first quarter of the game to lead the Nets to a 66-62 advantage at the main break.

His solid game has been praised by the ESPN team of commentators and the basketball world at large.

“Patty Mills has been really good everywhere he’s been including how special he is in international basketball,” said Mark Jackson.

Jeff Van Gundy added: “He’s been great for Australia this summer.”

Mills had 25 points at the end of the third quarter, and according to NetsPR Patty Mills (22 points) this was her 10th 20-point game of the season – a new career high in a single season for 20-game games. points for Mills.

It came as the Nets welcomed players from the NBA’s health and safety protocols, including James Harden, but were left without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Brooklyn’s three previous games have been postponed due to a lack of available players.

CELTICS TORN FOR A LATE CHOKE AGAINST GIANNIS BUCKS

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to an epic 117-113 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 30 minutes in his second leg after being in NBA health and safety protocols.

It included a massive game save block on Robert Williams in the final 10 seconds of the contest.

The Bucks trailed up to 19 points in the first half before Antetokounmpo ignited the huge host rally late, scoring 12 points in the final five minutes of action.

He suffered a foul as he made a transitional layup with 1:29 left to tie the game at 111-111, but missed the potential free kick in what could have given the Bucks their first advance of the match.

Jaylen Brown made a pair of free throws on the other end to give the Celtics a 113-111 lead, while Williams dismissed George Hill at the rim to keep the visitors ahead.

But the Bucks held on possession and Wesley Matthews broke free for a huge triple to suddenly give Milwaukee a 114-113 advantage with 30 seconds remaining.

Khris Middleton’s two free throws put the Bucks ahead, while Antetokounmpo’s crush on Williams kept the Celtics out of the game to cap off a savage finish.

It marked the Bucks’ third straight win to move up to 22-13 in Donte DiVincenzo’s season debut as he returned from an ankle injury.

Jayson Tatum (25 points, four threes, nine rebounds, two steals, two blocks) and Brown (25 points) played well for Boston but had no answers on the home stretch as he fell to 16-17 .

And the basketball world has torn the Celtics apart for fading down the stretch.

The Celtics sidelined nine players due to coronavirus ahead of the game, including Dennis Schroder, the team’s third-leading scorer behind Tatum and Brown, who was placed in health and safety protocols on Sunday.

THE WARRIORS MOVE TO THE WEST SUMMIT IN A VICTORY AGAINST THE SUNS

Stephen Curry scored 33 points to propel Golden State to a 116-107 victory over Phoenix that propelled the Warriors past the Suns for the best NBA record.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors pulled away to win a home and away battle that featured 12 leader changes.

The Warriors arrived in Phoenix for the Christmas Day clash with three of their top four scorers – Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole – sidelined by Covid concerns.

Curry scored 30 points against the Suns (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)Source: AFP

Curry mostly filled the void and, for the first time in nine Christmas games, scored over 20 points – despite connecting on just 10 of 27 shots from the field, including five of 16 three-pointers.

“The next man mentality is the only way we can win a game like this,” said Curry, praising Porter’s balance on the home stretch.

“I’m proud of everyone, man, because not a lot of people picked us to win tonight,” added Curry after the Warriors ended the Suns’ 15-game winning streak at home.

Chris Paul scored 21 points and distributed eight assists for Phoenix. The wave of Covid cases around the league robbed the Christmas Day five-game roster of some star power, but there was still a lot of drama.

KEMBA OFFERS A HISTORIC TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Kemba Walker’s resurgence continued on Sunday (AEDT) as he became the first New York Knick to post a triple-double on NBA Christmas Day to pave the way for an NBA 101-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Walker, benched for nine games by coach Tom Thibodeau this month, took advantage of his return to the roster.

He scored 44 points in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, but on Saturday his 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists impacted the opener of the day’s five-game list. NBA Christmas.

“Back home!” said a beaming Walker of the standing ovation he received when he landed his 10th rebound in the second half to achieve his first triple-double since 2014.

“I’m from here, I was born and raised and they showed me a lot of love today.”

Kemba Walker is back in spinning and shooting (Mike Stobe / Getty Images)Source: AFP

Julius Randle scored 25 points and took 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who led up to 21 points in the end-to-end victory.

Walker became the seventh NBA player to record a triple-double this Christmas. The great Oscar Robertson did it four times in the 1960s, and the most recent to do so was Golden State’s Draymond Green in 2017.

“It was amazing. These are the times you crave,” Walked said.

Walker’s great performance garnered much praise from the basketball world on social media.

John Collins and Delon Wright scored 20 points each for the Hawks, who sidelined eight players due to Covid-19 issues, including star Trae Young.

The Hawks were among the many teams battling the Covid Omicron variant spreading across the United States.

ALL RESULTS

FALCON 87 CUSHIONS 101

CELTIC 113 BUCKS 117

Warriors 116 SUN 107

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