Author of a triple-double, James Harden began his new adventure with the Nets perfectly, alongside the other star Kevin Durant, untenable offensively, whose 42 points ensured the victory of Brooklyn against Orlando (122-115) Saturday.
Harden / Durant, it starts strong
For their reunion in Brooklyn, the two former teammates of the Oklahoma City Thunder have shown that their duo will be formidable this season, while waiting to form a trio that could be even more so with Kyrie Irving, when it makes its return. (quarantine). Between them, they managed 72 of the 120 points of their team. Honor to the newcomer: Harden, transferred Wednesday from Houston, has had no trouble adapting to the game of the Nets, shaped by coach Steve Nash and his assistant Mike d’Antoni who was that of the Rockets between 2016 and 2020. His 32 points ( including 12 in the last quarter), 14 assists and 12 rebounds, 4 interceptions plead for The Beard (the bearded one), who also accuses 9 losses of balls. “These numbers don’t mean anything. I’m here to win, that’s all. This victory to begin with is good. The chemistry will take, when you play with very good players, it’s easier, ”commented the 2018 MVP, top scorer of the last three seasons, determined to keep his promise of altruism and sacrifice. As he hinted, he was not alone, since Durant was a scorer as skilful (16/26 on shots) as he was clinical, scoring 14 points in the money-time to definitively repel a team from the Magic. remained in the game for a long time, in the wake of Nikola Vucevic in vain (34 pts, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 interceptions). The Magic is in the hard with this 4th consecutive loss (6-6) and is doubled in the standings by Brooklyn (5th in the East, 8-6).
Lillard plume les Hawks
Many points scored (36), assists (7) to widen the gap and a fault caused on the young star of Atlanta Trae Young (26 pts, 11 assists) in the last seconds to keep it: Damian Lillard was decisive in the victory of Portland (112-106). It was he who sounded the alarm clock for his family in the 3rd quarter, after his friend CJ McCollum had to abandon them for having twisted his left foot in the first period. The Blazers, still 5th in the West, hope that the exams will not reveal anything serious about their leader. Two rows lower is San Antonio, who remained on four losses at home, but returned to victory at the expense of Houston (103-91) decimated by injuries. It was in the final quarter that the Spurs made the difference, at which point Dejounte Murray, managed 7 of his 18 points (10 rebounds), including a dunk following an interception which allowed them to lead 97- 85 to 3 min 18 sec from the term. DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points (7 rebounds).
Raptors and Grizzlies roar again
Toronto and Memphis, not really celebrating at the start of the season, battled and were rewarded, to win respectively a second and a fourth success in a row, at the expense of Charlotte (116-113) and Philadelphia (106-104) . The Raptors were notably able to rely on no less than 21 successful three-point baskets (out of 49) to have the last word on the Hornets, still carried by Gordon Hayward (25 pts) but defeated for the third time in a row. The Grizzlies have benefited from the return to competition of Ja Morant, absent for eight games with a sprained ankle. The young star scored 17 points (6 assists) including a very important free throw 5 seconds from the buzzer. Opposite, despite Shake Milton’s 28 points out of the bench, the absence of Joel Embiid (spared) was too felt.