Like the Clippers, the Nets had their first stoppage on Sunday.
Very convincing during their first two outings this season, the Brooklyn Nets suffered their first setback of the season in Charlotte (106-104), despite Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, respectively authors of 29 and 25 points.
First team to win its two inaugural matches (including one against the Boston Celtics) with more than 20 points difference, the New York franchise was overtaken by the talent of Gordon Hayward (28 points) and proved too imprecise , with only 42.7% shooting success. “An incredible victory for us! Just proud of our efforts, proud of our defense, ”said Hayward.
Sixteen points behind in the final quarter, the Nets maintained the hope of a return by reducing the gap twice to two small points. But a miss by Durant and two free throws converted by Terry Rozier, author of a total of 19 points, sealed the defeat of the Nets. The evening was also clouded by the exit of point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, apparently injured in the right knee.
Only three teams from the Eastern Conference can still boast a perfect record: they are Indiana (108-107 against Boston), Cleveland (118-94 against Philadelphia) and Orlando (120-113 against the Washington Wizards).
In the West, Oklahoma City is the only franchise still unbeaten, but the Thunder have only played one game. The Lakers did not seem penalized by the absence of Anthony Davis, who injured a calf. The defending champions even offered a quarter-time rest (the last) to LeBron James, author of 18 points, two less than his teammate Kyle Kuzma.
As for the Golden State Warriors, their first hard-won success of the season with the Chicago Bulls will not dispel the concern around Marquese Chriss. Already deprived of shooter Klay Thompson, the 2017 and 2018 champions saw their center break their right leg in training.
Stephen Curry, with whom Chriss was to form a shock duo, clearly ignored the circumstances to sign 36 points, including five three-point baskets.
The evening will be marked by the historic slap for the Clippers. Led by 50 points at halftime, unprecedented in NBA history, the Clippers were swept 124-73 by the Dallas Mavericks of Luka Doncic. Deprived of their star Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum’s teammates were quickly overwhelmed by the Mavericks’ fast and efficient play. Doncic led the Texans to victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, well supported by Josh Richardson (21 points) and Tim Hardaway Jr (18 points).
The results of the night:
New York-Milwaukee 130-110
LA Lakers-Minnesota 127-91
Chicago-Golden State 128-129
New Orleans-San Antonio 98-95
LA Clippers-Dallas 73-124