The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers celebrate comeback victories after falling behind. For the Sixers, Joel Embiid towers over after an injury shock. The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, suffer another bankruptcy despite a triple-double record from Nikola Jokic.
In their fourth game of the season, the Cavaliers draw the short straw for the first time. The Warriors seem to be gaining momentum.
The Knicks inflicted their first loss of the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They already laid the foundation for this with a 29:15 opening quarter and subsequently did not give up the lead. The main reason for the win was Julius Randle, who played the seventh triple-double of his career (29 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists).
“I was just trying to take what the defense gave me and play the game right. If you get face-to-face throws, it makes things easier for everyone,” explained Randle, converting all four attempts at three. As a team, the Knicks scored an outstanding 56 percent (14/25), 5 went to Reggie Bullock (17, 6/13 FG).
The Cavaliers, who missed their first ten distance throws, could not fight their way closer than 7 points after a failed start, even after 48 minutes the three-way quota left a lot to be desired (21.9 percent, 7/32). 27 Knicks turnover (and 27 resulting points) ensured that Cleveland stayed in the game for a long time.
Andre Drummond put on his fourth double-double of the season for the Cavs (18 points, 17 rebounds, 6 blocks). The young guards Collin Sexton (20) and Darius Garland (17) met only twelve of their 35 litters combined. Besides this trio, only JaVale McGee (11, 9 rebounds) scored double digits. Kevin Love will be out of Cleveland for at least the next three weeks with a calf injury.
The Warriors have arrived in season! And although Stephen Curry made a strong game with 31 points (9/17 FG, 5/9 3FG) and Hit threesomes like this, the decisive run came during one of his breaks. A 12-0 run in the fourth quarter, marked by a dunk from James Wiseman and a three from Andrew Wiggins, made the preliminary decision.
Wiggins showed what the Warriors expect from him in regular form (27 points, 9/19 FG, 7 rebounds), as did Kelly Oubre. (14, 6/10 FG) played well. Wiseman (6 and 6, 3/9 FG) stumbled out of the field, while Eric Pascall (10), Brad Wanamaker (9) and Damion Lee (8) contributed from the bench. The Warriors hit 42.4 percent (14/33) from a distance.
The Pistons led with up to 12 points in half time, but conceded a 17: 3 run shortly after the break, which made the game tight. “At times we play excellent basketball, the next step is to close the bag,” said Detroit coach Dwane Casey. His team lost all four games of the season by 10 points or less.
The Pistons had to do without Blake Griffin (8 points) and rookie Killian Hayes (0, 0/4 FG) in the course of the game. Griffin had to go into the Concussion Protocol and did not return after the break, Hayes sprained his right ankle. Jerami Grant led the home side with 27 points (9/21 FG), apart from Josh Jackson (17) and Derrick Rose (15, 6/18 FG) there was no notable support.
Roller coaster ride in Indianapolis. After the Celtics lost out in the third quarter with 25:37 and were back with up to 17 points, the Celtics grabbed the away win thanks to a 33:17 final section. “We’re not where we want to be, but sometimes you just have to find ways to win,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens after the game.
“We knew that we had to increase the intensity and generate defensive stops. Then we got rolling,” said Jayson Tatum, who scored 14 of his 27 points in the race to catch up (9/17 FG, 11 rebounds). Jaylen Brown had 20 points (7/13 FG), Marcus Smart on 17 (3/8 3FG). Daniel Theis contributed 4 points and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Two days ago, Tatum had awarded a possible game winner 1.8 seconds before the end on the same floor, now the Celtics equalized their balance thanks to more than 40 percent from a distance and 50 percent from the field. 12 offensive rebounds and significantly more successful free throws (27:13) also helped.
The Pacers should draw hope from Victor Oladipo’s good performance again, who cracked the 20-point mark for the third time in a row (24, 10/18 FG, 6 assists, 6 rebounds). In the fourth quarter, however, only 4 points were added. TJ Warren scored 15 of his 17 points in the third section, Domantas Sabonis contributed a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists).