Ten games on the menu last night in the NBA, including forceps wins for the Cavs and Trail Blazers.
The NBA delivered two of these thrillers on Saturday night of which it has the secret: the Cleveland Cavaliers won 128-119 against the Detroit Pistons at the end of the second overtime, while Portland snatched the victory (128-126 ) in the dying seconds of extra time against Houston, who were playing their first game of the season after a delay linked to cases of Covid-19.
Led by 9 points at the end of the first extension, the Cavs were able to count on their leader Collin Sexton (23 pts), as well as on Andre Drummond (23 pts), Cedi Osman (22 pts) and Darius Garland (21 pts ) to come back and finally win. “On several occasions we came close to losing the fight, but each player, as one man, decided it wouldn’t happen,” Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff commented after the match. . The Pistons had yet taken the lead in the third quarter time, pushed by a fiery Jerami Grant (14 pts in the period, 28 in the match). Blake Griffin (526 pts) and Derrick Rose (12) also brought their stone but it was not enough.
The Rockets start the season decidedly badly: after the postponement of their opening match against Oklahoma City after several cases of Covid-19 within his team, Houston finally allowed to play on Saturday, finally lost 128-126 against in Portland, carried by a CJ McCollum of the great evenings (44 points, including nine three-point shots), decisive scorer 6.9 seconds from the end of extra time. Harden, finally authorized to play after being prevented from doing so for violating the NBA health protocol linked to the coronavirus, will have struggled (44 pts) in vain. Author of a three-point basket 15.6 seconds from the buzzer, allowing his team to take the lead, he ultimately failed to contain McCollum, served by Lilliard, to register the victory shot.
Triple double for Westbrook
In Charlotte, everything was played in the money-time for Oklahoma City, winner against the Hornets (109-107). Charlotte had nevertheless made a good comeback in the last minutes, but the Thunder managed to stay solid, finally winning thanks to a winning shot from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 1.4 seconds remaining. On the Washington side, a triple double from Russell Westbrook and 39 points scored by Bradley Beal were not enough to secure the victory against the Orlando Magic, winner 130 to 120 against the Wizzards. With 15 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists, Westbrook however becomes the 4th player in NBA history, after Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson, to achieve a triple double in the first two games of the season of his team.
The strong man of Philadelphia, Joel Embiid, was once again illustrated in a landslide victory against the New York Knicks (109-89), scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Well helped by the 15 points, 9 rebounds and six assists of Ben Simmons, the Sixers thus offered their second victory in two matches to their new coach, Doc Rivers.