Author of 49 points during the victory of Memphis in Houston (129-122), Ja Morant marked the spirits. The Celtics of a very solid Tatum-Brown duo (57 points) won in Miami (111-104) and confirmed, like New Orleans in Charlotte (124-112). First success for Brooklyn.
Boston’s rear-wheel drive is revved up. With 29 and 28 points respectively, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown carried the C’s to a solid victory in Miami (111-104), built in the 4th quarter (100-86) and validated by Tatum on throws. In this remake of the last Eastern Conference final (Boston’s 4-3 victory with success at the Heat in game 7), the men of interim coach Joe Mazzulla were able to tighten the screw in defense, their trademark.
It’s the second success of the season for last season’s unfortunate finalists, after the inaugural victory against Philadelphia. Before continuing his road trip (in Orlando then in Chicago), Boston asserts itself in the leading pack, unlike its adversary: it is the first time since the 2007-2008 season that Miami has started with two defeats.
Ja Morant already boiling
To the East, the top of the ranking is shared with Atlanta and Washington. The Hawks of the trio Trae Young (25 points, 13 assists) – John Collins (23 points, 13 rebounds) – Dejounte Murray (20 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) overthrew Orlando in the last quarter (108-98). Washington beat Chicago (102-100) thanks to Bradley Beal7 seconds from the buzzer.
West, four teams are two out of two. Utah, surprising winner of the Timberwolves of Rudy Gobert (132-126 AD); Portland, with Damian Lillard boiling (41 points) who “left” the winning basket to Anfernee Simons (below) to beat Phoenix in overtime (113-111), despite 33 points from Devin Booker; New Orleans, serene in Charlotte (124-112) with monstrous Jonas Valanciunas in the racket (30 points, 17 rebounds); and Memphis, led by Jo Morant.
The Grizzlies leader scored the first card of the season, with 49 points scored in the victory in Houston (129-122) – including 9 in the last quarter where everything was decided – a performance close to his record of 52 stitches. Stunning figures that draw the beginning of change: Morant scored five times from long distance in the night from Friday to Saturday (six attempts). He also had three out of six in the first game. Or an average of 66.7% success, well above its standards (34.4% last season). “It changes everything. could only see Stephen Silas, the coach of Houston. When he scores at three points, it becomes very, very difficult to defend on him. »
In the other matches, Brooklyn won a first success against Toronto (109-105), thanks to the vista of Kyrie Irving in the money time (30 points, 7 assists). Kevin Durant contributed 27 points to clear the Raptors of a huge Pascal Siakam, in triple double (37 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists). San Antonio also won on the floor of Indiana (137-134), with five players at 18 points or more (27 for Josh Richardson).
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Ja Morant (Memphis) is a hit, Boston confirms, Brooklyn takes off