The perf (1): Charlotte offers herself the champion
The Charlotte Hornets, who remained on two defeats in a row, reacted in the best possible way: by beating the outgoing champion, the Golden State Warriors (120-113 AD), home. The North Carolina franchise had gotten off to a great start, leading 34-23 at the end of the first quarter. But, in the third quarter, the Warriors went 33-18 to their opponent, to get back in the game. It was finally in overtime that the match was settled.
Charlotte managed to have the upper hand, thanks to a final shot and a series of free throws from PJ Washington, the co-leading scorer of the game (31 points), tied with Stephen Curry, the star of Golden State. The Warriors were penalized by numerous three-point failures (13/44). Théo Maledon (Charlotte) played 16 minutes, for five points and two assists.
The perf (2): Indiana winner in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets keep losing. They suffered their fourth consecutive loss on Saturday, at home this time, against the Indiana Pacers (125-116). In the first three quarters, the two teams hardly left each other. Indiana finally widened the gap in the last 10 minutes and was no longer worried.
The Pacers broke their record for three-pointers in a game (23). Bennedict Mathurin notably scored six and was his team’s top scorer (32 pts). On the side of the Nets, Kyrie Irving (35 pts) and Kevin Durant (26 pts at 8/20 to shoot) showed up, but could not prevent their team from losing again. Brooklyn has only won once so far.
The series: three in a row for Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Thunder loves the number 3. After suffering three losses in its first three outings of the season, the Oklahoma franchise has chained three consecutive successes. On Saturday, she won at the Dallas Mavericks (117-111 AD). The Thunder also made a superb comeback. Five minutes from the buzzer, he was indeed 16 points behind (97-81). Oklahoma City eventually went 18-2 to snatch overtime and make the difference there.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed greatly to the win, scoring 38 points. On the Dallas side, Luka Doncic signed a new triple-double (31 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists) … being clumsy in shooting (8/23 including 0/6 at three points).
The stat: Sacramento’s first victory
After losing their first four games, the Sacramento Kings finally picked up a victory on Saturday against the Miami Heat (119-113). The Californians crushed the first period, returning to the locker room with a score of 71-49. But Miami then made a nice comeback (33-18 in the third quarter) and came back to within two points of its opponent (104-102, 42nd).
Sacramento, however, held the shock. Kevin Huerter (27 pts) and Keegan Murray (22) were the most prominent among the Kings. The best scorer of the game, however, was on the side of Miami, with 34 points from Tyler Herro. Only one team has yet to win this season in the NBA: the Los Angeles Lakers.