an exceptional Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors to victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on a Friday of mixed luck for the two most successful franchises in the league: the Boston Celtics added their fifth consecutive victory and the Los Angeles Lakers chained their fifth consecutive loss.
WARRIORS 106 – CAVALIERS 101
With a Stephen Curry spectacular and lethal in the outcome (40 points on 15-of-23 shooting), the Golden State Warriors took the victory against a very combative Cleveland Cavaliers and that they have started the season with good feelings.
Donovan Mitchell came very close to the triple-double for the Cavaliers with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
LAKERS 114 – KINGS 120
With five consecutive losses and only two wins in twelve matches, The Los Angeles Lakers continue their particular ‘via crucis’ and this time they fell to the Sacramento Kings in a game that LeBron James did not play due to injury.
De’Aaron Fox (32 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists) sentenced in the last two minutes to some Lakers in which the best were Anthony Davis (24 points and 14 rebounds) and Russell Westbrook (21 points and 11 assists).
CELTICS 131 – NUGGETS 112
In Boston, two teams on a streak were measured, the Celtics and the Nuggets -both with four straight wins-, and the victory went to the locals thanks to Jayson Tatum (34 points and 8 rebounds), Jaylen Brown (25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists) and the Dominican Al Horford, who broke his personal record for triples scored in a game (6 of 8) and finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 34 minutes.
Nikola Jokic (29 points and 8 rebounds) was the beacon for Denver along with Bruce Brown (16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists).
THUNDER 132 – RAPTORS 113
The Oklahoma City Thunder avenged their disappointment on Wednesday, when they lost after two overtime to the Milwaukee Bucks. by beating the Toronto Raptors this Friday with a fabulous collective performance: Eight players had more than 10 points and Eugene Omoruyi was the top scorer with 22.
In the Raptors, who suffered 55.9% in field goals from the Thunder, the presence of Spanish Juancho Hernangómez stood out, who had barely had opportunities with the Canadians until now and who played his best game of the season with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 17 minutes.
MAGIC 114 – SUNS 97
The Orlando Magic continues to amaze in this first month of the season and, after beating the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and the Golden State Warriors last week, this Friday they knocked down another league heavyweight like the Phoenix Suns.
Without Paolo Banchero, number one in the last draft, the Magic were guided by Wendell Carter Jr. (20 points and 10 rebounds) while in the Suns, without Chris Paul and with 13 of 42 in triples, the main reference was Cameron Payne (22 points).
SPURS 111 – BUCKS 93
It was also striking the victory of the San Antonio Spurs over the Milwaukee Bucks that, at least, they had as an excuse the enormous number of casualties with which they appeared in Texas (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Kris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, Grayson Allen…).
Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 29 points and Jevon Carter did the same with 21 points for the Bucks, in which the Spanish Serge Ibaka had an outstanding performance with 11 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes.
GRIZZLIES 114 – TIMBERWOLVES 103
Ja Morant (28 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists) led the Memphis Grizzlies in their victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game in which the Spanish Santi Aldama once again left his mark with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
For the Wolves, who had a lot of foul trouble in their inside game, Anthony Edwards was the top scorer (28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists) and the Dominican-American Karl-Anthony Towns had another gray night (13 points and 10 rebounds).
KNICKS 121 – PISTONS 112
The New York Knicks returned to winning ways by beating the Detroit Pistons with 30 points from RJ Barrett and 26 points and 7 assists from Jalen Brunson.
Bojan Bogdanovic, with 25 points, led Detroit in a game that will not be remembered for the accuracy of either team from 3-point range (10 of 40 for the Knicks and 7 of 31 for the Pistons).
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