- Utah Jazz 132 – 126 Minnesota Timberwolves (OT)
First confrontation against his former team is missing for Rudy Gobert. Wolves hosted the Jazz for their second game of the season. Gobzilla, after a very convincing first matchgets picked cold by Lauri Markannen on a poster at the start of the match. The bronze pivot at the last Eurobasket, however, takes his revenge a few minutes later on the Finn with a norm against against the board. He finished with 9 points, 23 rebounds and 2 blocks. The tone is set in a very offensive match where the backs have no trouble expressing themselves. Anthony Edwards, 30 points 12/23, finds easy access to the circle but the loss of too many balls on both sides favors rapid play and the debates are balanced. Minnesota still controls the score thanks to the inspiration of his trident Edwards – D’Angelo Russell – Karl Anthony Towns. The leader energized the meeting with 23 units, 5 rebounds and 7 assists while KAT scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. The Wolves did not escape, however, and the Jazz took advantage of it as soon as they returned from the locker room through Jordan Clarkson who takes advantage of some defensive gaps on the wings. A chass-croiss on the poster board then takes place. Utah’s double 0 swells its stats with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, well helped by Markkanen’s 23 and 14 despite his long-distance bankruptcy (2/10 three-pointers). The end of the match is looming but the decision is not made. It is this time the Jazz which leads the orchestra. Colin Sexton11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists and Malik Beasley, 15 points, bring extra soul off the bench than alone Jaylen Nowell, 18 points on 19 points, can’t make up for Minnesota. The Wolves however react at the end of the match including Rudy Gobert who places a saving and one converted on the line 40 seconds from the end. Russell then snatches the extension. But the Jazz was too balanced tonight. Despite Kat’s efforts, Clarkson settles the matter 132 – 126 and offers his franchise a second victory in as many games.
- Toronto Raptors 105 – 109 Brooklyn Nets
It’s a duel that we could see again very far in the season. The Raptors traveled to Barclays Center to face the Nets for their second meeting this year. And the duel sets in from the first possessions: Pascal Siakam face Kevin Durant. The two leaders bring out their full panoply to take the lead in a very tight opposition. The score advantage keeps changing hands in favor of a counterattack or a prim basket. Pascal validates his first triple-double with 37 points, 15/21, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and a lot of activity to carry his team every second on the floor. Kevin validates him 27 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and a technical accuracy that only he knows how to master. But the double bagu does not play solo Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving takes over in the second half to score 20 of his 30 points and is decisive in deciding the fate of the game. Siakam is second by the rookie of the year Scottie Barnesauthor of 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, including one for a standard poster of his Cameroonian comprehension on Durantula and 2 interceptions. Canada’s best cyclist, Fred Van Vleet signs a complete line of stats with 18 pawns, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. In a game where the gap has never exceeded 10 points, the last possessions were crucial. Irving then Durant plant banderillas to which the Raptors are struggling to respond. It’s Durant who concludes the story 50 seconds from the end with a nime prim shot. Same results for both teams with a victory and a defeat. The Raptors will take to the Miami court as the Nets visit the Griizzlies on Monday night Tuesday.
– Denver Nuggets 128 – 123 Golden State Warriors. From AZ, Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets dominated Golden State. Author of 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, the Serb responds to the 34 units of Steph Currywell helped by a quality supporting cast with 6 players with 10 points or more.
– Memphis Grizzlies 129 – 122 Houston Rockets. Ja Morant makes the powder talk at the start of the season. The Grizz leader sticks this time 49 points at the Rockets and adds 8 assists and 4 rebounds for a second victory. Jaylen Green33 points and the Rockets couldn’t do anything.
New Orleans Pelicans 124 – 112 Charlotte Hornets
San Antonio Spurs 137 – 134 Indiana Pacers
Chicago Bulls 100 – 102 Washington Wizards
Orlando Magic 98 – 108 Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors 105 – 109 Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics 111 – 104 Miami Heat
Detroit Pistons 106 – 130 New York Knicks
Memphis Grizzlies 129 – 122 Houston Rockets
Utah Jazz 132 – 126 Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets 128 – 123 Golden State Warriors
Phoenix Suns 111 – 113 Portland Trail Blazers