In a packed slate of 10 games on Thursday, only four were decided in single digits and each one of them came down to one critical play in the clutch.
It all began with the first game of the day:
Caris LeVert vs. Pistons
In his seventh game back after undergoing surgery to remove a small mass on his left kidney in late January, LeVert showed some pre-surgery form.
He nailed a dagger 3-pointer to put the game out of reach of the Pistons. The 28 points are his highest since his return while he also recorded six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Caris LeVert. Ice cold. #AlwaysGame pic.twitter.com/7zvu4ZQhkj- NBA (@NBA) March 25, 2021
That's not all. His efficiency in this game of 52.6% (10-19) from the field and 57.1% (4-7) from beyond the arc is the best since his return.
"It was huge," LeVert said postgame referring to his shot. "The main thing for me is just getting the win."
Evan Fournier vs. Suns
Coming into Orlando, the Suns were one of the hottest teams in the league since late January with their 21-5 run after an 8-8 start and were coming off a statement win over the Heat in Miami.
Led by Nikola Vucevic, the Magic bounced back from a 13-point first-quarter deficit and kept it competitive all game before the French guard's banked layup turned out to be the game-winner.
EVAN FOURNIER WINS IT for the @OrlandoMagic! pic.twitter.com/TKyOzHEZPg- NBA (@NBA) March 25, 2021
Fournier, who's averaging a career-high 19.7 points this season, already had two buzzer-beating game-winners to his resume.
Brook Lopez vs. Celtics
After trailing by 25 (90-65) with 18 minutes to go, the Celtics made a huge comeback and only trailed by two (121-119) with just seconds remaining.
That's when Brook Lopez's clutch block on Marcus Smart helped the Bucks maintain their lead with just two seconds left, which forced the Celtics into a tough game-winning field goal attempt.
💪🏽 ᴅᴇꜰᴇɴꜱᴇ ꜱᴀᴠᴇꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʏ 💪🏽@Bucks prevail 121-119 over Boston pic.twitter.com/H7nPer0e3e- FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) March 25, 2021
The block was crucial to the Bucks extending their winning to eight and have now won 13 of their last 14.
Tyrese Haliburton vs. Hawks
Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton continues to impress. As the Hawks were making their comeback run from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit, the 21-year-old came up huge late.
After he entered the game, he scored eight of the team's last 16 points including a huge four-point play and the clutch free-throws late.
H4LIBURTON does it again! pic.twitter.com/1rhemqAQwA- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 25, 2021
Haliburton finished the game with 17 points, just 24 hours after he went off for a career-high 28 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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