Raptors and Celtics win again; the Thunder recover; the Rockets sink


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The dominance of the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics, as leading teams of the Eastern Conference, remained another day in the NBA to get both separate triumphs of locals.

While in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder repeated their triumph for the second consecutive game and left behind their losing start, something the Houston Rockets could not do that sank with their fourth straight loss.

Forward Kawhi Leonard got 31 points in 37 minutes of action, and in his return as Raptors starter, he led them to a 129-112 victory over the Philadelphia Sixers.

The Toronto team, with a 7-1 record, marches first in the Atlantic Division and is second in the Eastern Conference, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks, who remain unbeaten so far this season with a 7-0 record. , after last night they beat the Raptors, who played without Leonard having rest.

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The Lithuanian pivot Jonas Valanciunas, who came out of the reserve, emerged as a second highest scorer to get 23 points that left him sixth player of the Raptors.

The Canadian team finished with six players who had double-digit numbers, including the five starters, with point guard Kyle Lowry, who contributed a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists.

The Cameroonian center Joel Embiid contributed double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, which left him as the leader of the attack of the Sixers (4-4), who still do not win a game outside their field.

Base Kyrie Irving came up with his best inspirations and led the Celtics in the full-thrilling triumph they won 108-105 against the Detroit Pistons.

After having a partial advantage of 10 points at the end of the third period (81-71), the Celtics depended on the two points and three, respectively, scored by Irving and forward Jayson Tatum, in the 12 seconds of regulation time. ensure the victory after the base Ish Smith, with a triple, put the partial 103-102.

With their third consecutive win, the Celtics (5-2) remain in second place in the Atlantic Division.

Tatum got 16 points as the Celtics’ second-highest scorer (5-2) who had five players with double-digit numbers, including backup power forward Marcus Morris who hit 15 and grabbed nine rebounds.

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The Pistons (4-2), after starting the new season with a 4-0 streak, lost the second consecutive game, even though power forward Blake Griffin had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, which They left the front of the attack and the inner game.

Another tall man, center Andre Drumond also finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while guard Reggie Bullock contributed 16 points.

Forward Paul George managed a double-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks that allowed the Thunder to easily win 128-110 over the Los Angeles Clippers.

While point guard Russell Westbrook also excelled in the Thunder’s offense by contributing another 32 points, he handed out eight assists, grabbed four rebounds, recovered three balls and was the same he lost.

The Thunder (2-4) added consecutive victories after having started the new season with a 0-4 record and confirmed the improvement they have achieved both in their individual and team games.

Along with George and Westbrook, New Zealander center Steven Adams managed a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, which had five players with double-digit numbers.

The Clippers (4-3), third in the Pacific Division, had the leadership of Italian power forward Danilo Gallinari, with 27 points.

The combination Damian Lillard base and Bosnian center Jusuf Nurkic, who contributed 22 points each were the leaders of the winning attack of the Portland Trail Blazers that were imposed at home by beating 85-104 to the Rockets.

Nurkic was also a leader in the indoor game by capturing 10 rebounds – nine defensive – and put a stopper in just 25 minutes he was on the field.

Meanwhile, Lillard, who also did not play most of the third period and the entire quarter, handed out seven assists as director of the attack of the Trail Blazers (5-2).

The Rockets (1-5), with baseman Chris Paul of the leading scorer, 17 points, lost the fourth straight game, the second without his star escort James Harden, who suffers a muscle strain in the left leg.

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Having reached the new season as a team with aspirations to fight for the league title, the Rockets have become the big negative surprise by losing the fourth game in their field of Toyota Center with a margin of 17 points.

The Rockets begin their biggest tour of the season with five games that will be played out of their field and there is a possibility that they all play without Harden.

In other results of the day, Charlotte won 125-113 to Miami, Cleveland won 136-114 to Atlanta, in Larry Drew’s debut as interim coach of Cleveland, visiting Sacramento beat 99-197 to Orlando and Memphis topped 107-95. to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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