Denver was led to victory by Nikola Jokic, who collected 35 points and 13 rebounds. He spent 36 minutes on the court as the Nuggets’ subs didn’t fare well. They lost to their counterparts 12:42. “Our bench didn’t do well today. The young guys were probably not well prepared for the match. It happened for the first time in the season and we have to learn from it,” said Denver coach Michael Malone, whose team won the eighth game out of nine so far.
Stephen Curry scored 23 points for the visitors, including six three-pointers. Both teams were weakened. Denver was without Jamal Murray for the second straight time with a muscle injury. The Warriors played without Draymond Green, who was absent for personal reasons, and Gary Payton II, who was ill.
In a blowout against Boston, Philadelphia scored its sixth straight victory, losing only the season opener against Milwaukee. Last year’s MVP Joel Embiid contributed 27 points and 10 rebounds to the win. Tyrese Maxey had 25 points and nine assists.
“We have a new coach, a new system, a lot of new guys. We’re trying to get everybody up to speed and see what happens,” Embiid said. The best scorer of the match was Boston’s Kristaps Porzingis with 29 points.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had an excellent shooting performance, scoring 43 points to help Oklahoma City beat Cleveland 128-120. The 25-year-old Canadian was just one point shy of his career high.
“I know what my strengths are,” he commented on the fact that he only made two 3-pointers. “I felt good and I wanted to play what I can and finish the way I can,” he said. Cleveland, which has won just three of eight games, was led by Caris LeVert with 29 points. Donovan Mitchell, who was the league’s leading scorer before the game, scored 20 points.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against Cleveland:
At the top of the Western Conference, Denver bounced back from Dallas, which lost 116-127 to Toronto despite Luka Doncic’s 31 points, and has a record of six wins and two losses. The Canadian team was led by Pascal Siakam, who scored season highs with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
“We had 11 turnovers in the first half, we got a lot of baskets on counterattacks,” lamented Dallas coach Jason Kidd. “When you don’t respect the ball, there are breaks and they had a lot of success today,” he added.
Even in the second game in the Los Angeles Clippers jersey, James Harden did not know the joy of victory. His team lost in Brooklyn 93-100, although they won the first quarter 21-13. Harden had 12 points and eight rebounds. Paul George scored 24 points for the visitors, the winning team relied on the author of 21 points by Lonnie Walker IV.
Chicago lost to Phoenix 115-116 in overtime despite leading by four points with a minute left. The match was decided by Bosnian pivot Jusuf Nurkič after Kevin Durant’s double and pass.
The Suns, for whom Bradley Beal started for the first time, led by up to 18 points and could decide with the horn of the regular time. However, Durant missed. In the end, Nurkic secured the win for the visitors 7.3 seconds before the end of overtime. In total, he collected 20 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists. Beal, making his debut, scored 13 points. Grayson Allen contributed to the Suns victory with 26 points, including eight three-pointers, Durant gave 25 points. Nikola Vucevic led Chicago with 26 points.
NBA – results
Brooklyn Nets – Los Angeles Clippers 100:93