We had 11 matches last night with some surprises.
Detroit Pistons hosted Indiana Pacers and both team played great. At the end, Detroit secured victory in front of their fans(96-94). 18p and 18r had Drummond and crusial points have scored by Derick Rose. Indiana’s starting lineup had 76 points(Sabonis 21p, Warren 19p, Turner 16p, Brogdon 15p and 11a and Summer 5p). Detroit got 2w and 2d, nice start even without Griffin. Indiana is still on losing streak, 0w and 3d.
As expected Milwaukee Bucks have won against Cleveland Cavaliers (129-112). Great team victory for Bucks, everyone played great, great shooting ( 17/38 from 3). Cleveland’s young playmaker, Sexton had 18p and their starting centrer, Thompson had 17p and 13r.
Fourth lose in a row for NOP, tonight against GSW(123-134). First won this season for Warriors. Ingram, who came from LAL in trade is growing with every game he plays,27 points and 10 rebounds. Jaxson Hayes debut with 19p(9/11). Alexander-Walker had 15p and 9a. Finally some good shooting from GSW, Curry, Russell and Green combined for 66p,27r and 29a. Good shooting from deep as well.
LAC defeated in their house Charlotte Hornets(111-96). Easy win for main contender for championship. The Klaw got 30 points in 30 minutes played, followed by Williams(23p) and Harrell(19p). Terry Rozier had 17 points and maybe main surprise in this game was Devonte’ Graham with 14p and 12a.
Suns lost to the Jazz 95-96, and it was a heartbreaking loss once again, as Suns both losses this season have been by one point. Best players as always were Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre with 21 and 18 points respectively. Jazz were led by Bojan Bogdanović who had 29 points.
Spurs hosted the Blazers and won in a thriller(113-110). King of midrange Demar Derozan dropped 27 points, and guard Derrick White had 21 of the bench. On the other side Damian Lillard and CJ combined for 55 points, which were not enough to get a win.
It looked like Bulls would steal a Win from Madison Square Garden, but Knicks managed to make a 15-0 run in last 3 minutes and won 105-98. That run was led by best Knicks performers of the day, Bobby Portis (28 pts, 11 rebs) and RJ Barret (19 pts, 15 rebs). Bulls young trio of Lavine(21 pts), Wendell Carter JR. (20 points, 10 rebs) and Markannen (18 points) played fairly well, but not good enough in clutch time.
Hawks were undefeated coming into this match, led by non other than player of the week 1 Trae Young. They hoped they could take down also undefeated Sixers, but Sixers were able to take the win in the clutch. Trae was again playing great, he dropped 25 points and 9 assists, while on the other side Joel Embiid showcased his skills and scored 36 points and grabbed 13 boards.
In an interesting matchup, Raptors managed to hold off the Magic and win 104-95. All star guard Kyle Lowry continued with good performances, as he had 26 points, and was followed by Pascal Siakam who scored 24. Magic were powered by young forward Jonathan Isaac, who scored 24.
The Brodie and the Beard showed off against their former team, Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a very close game, but Rockets free throws made a difference at the end as they won by 4 (116-112). Harden had 40 points, while shooting very poorly, while Westbrook was very efficient with a near triple double (21 pts, 12 rebs, 9 ast). At Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dropped 22 points, same as Dennis Schröder.
Kings nightmares continue, as their score goes to 0-4 after failing to win against Nuggets. Kings led for very long time, but Nuggets made a late 11-0 run and stole a victory. Richaun Holmes had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, and Jamal Murray was best in Denver squad with 18 points. Gary Harris was efficient and scored 17 points.
Authors: Jakša Sundović and Marko Jovičić