Luka Doncic hovers against Orlando, Detroit surprises Golden State

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Luka Doncic hovers against Orlando, Detroit surprises Golden State

The performance: Doncic equals Jordan

Frustrated income from Eurobasket – quarter-finalist with Slovenia – Luka Doncic hovers over the start of the NBA season. The Slovenian has scored over 30 points in his first six games of the season. Unheard of since Michael Jordan in 1986. Sunday evening, the Slovenian scored 44 points in Orlando (17 out of 26 shooting), including 30 in the first half, to offer a narrow victory in Dallas (114-105) , with a last basket in the “money-time” against rookie Paolo Banchero. Favorite for the title of MVP according to NBA general managers, Doncic currently leads the League in points scored. But the Mavericks are just in balance, in the soft underbelly of the Western Conference (3 wins – 3 losses).

The performance (bis): Mitchell sinks New York

Instead of Cleveland’s white jersey, Donovan Mitchell could have worn the iconic New York Knicks blue. But the Big Apple franchise turned down Utah’s demands for the All-Star guard, unlike the Cavaliers. And Mitchell did not miss his reunion with New York on Sunday evening. He split 38 points (12 of 20 shooting, 8 of 13 three-pointers) and 12 assists – his career high – to overthrow the Knicks in the last quarter (121-108). ” He did the job on both sides of the pitch, he is a complete player. He is part of the elite of the NBA “, greeted his coach JB Bickerstaff.

The surprise: Detroit traps Golden State

Visiting Detroit, the penultimate team in the Eastern Conference last season, Golden State fell into the trap of the Pistons. Number 1 in the 2021 draft, Cade Cunningham came close to a triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), and was well supported by Saddiq Bey (28 points), Isaiah Stewart (24) and Bojan Bogdanovic (21) . Aggressive, Dwane Casey’s players got 38 free throws against the Warriors’ permissive defense. Already beaten by Charlotte on Saturday, the defending champions fell into the negative (3 wins – 4 losses), despite the efforts of Stephen Curry (32 points) and Jordan Poole (30).

The number: 47

I like three point shots (because) I love maths. “Boston coach Joe Mazzulla, appointed to replace Ime Udoka, suspended for the season, praised the selection of shots from his Celtics, easy winners of Washington (112-94). Jayson Tatum (24 points) and his teammates took 47 shots from behind the arc – 60% of their attempts on Sunday night – and converted 21. I think it’s a great strength of our team », added Mazzullawho saw encouraging beginnings on the Boston bench, third in the Eastern Conference (4 wins – 2 losses).

The series: Phoenix

Beaten by Portland in their second game of the season, Phoenix came back on the heels of the Blazers at the top of the Western Conference. The Suns signed a fourth consecutive victory by dominating Houston on Sunday (124-109). On his 26th birthday, Devin Booker finished with 30 points and 6 assists. Chris Paul also made a very clean copy (10 points, 15 assists, 0 lost ball). “CP3” weighed again in the last minutes with three points and three caviars while Houston had come back on the heels of Phoenix (102-98, 43rd).

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