The OKC Thunder took advantage of the doubts of the Los Angeles Lakers to get their first victory in the NBA, on a night where the Bucks and Nets also fell.
With the drop of LeBron James, Los angeles lakers they let slip a 26-point lead on Wednesday to fall to the youth Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that did not know victory in this NBA season.
In a day full of surprises, the reigning champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, and another of the great favorites, the Brooklyn Nets, also stumbled against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat, respectively.
The biggest debacle was that of the Lakers on the Thunder court by 123-115 despite 30 points from Anthony Davis and triple double from Russell Westbrook: 20 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.
The Los Angeles franchise could not count on LeBron James because of his ankle problems, but it did put Davis on track despite the fact that he had injured a knee the night before in the overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Davis started the game strong, adding 12 points in the first quarter, in which the Lakers seemed to put the victory on track with a 41-19 run.
The Los Angeles team had a 26-point advantage, but in the third quarter they collapsed against the Thunder who had not released their winning record in the first four games.
The Oklahoma City team, the most inexperienced in the league, got on the back of its best player, the point guard. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, which finished with 27 points and spectacular baskets as a triple in the last second of the third quarter against Westbrook.
That triple put the Thunder ahead 97-95 heading into the final period, which led to a bizarre finish.
With only ten seconds to play, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony missed two triples that missed the rim and would have placed the tie.
Frustration in the Lakers led to Westbrook was sent off for facing Darius Bazley for celebrating a dunk with the game already sentenced for Oklahoma.
The Lakers add two wins and three losses, at a start to the season in which their commitment to an ultra-veteran squad is leaving many doubts.
Giannis scores 40 in defeat
The Brooklyn Nets, who also have a balance of 2-3, fell this Wednesday against the Miami Heat by 106-93.
Brooklyn’s defense couldn’t stop the pivot in the paint Bam Adebayo, who added 24 points and 9 rebounds and was well supported by Jimmy Butler, who finished with 17 and 14.
Kevin Durant once again led Brooklyn offensively with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden continued his uneven start to the season and finished with just 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
The Nets are still unable to count on the other member of their ‘Big 3’, Kyrie Irving, removed from the team for his refusal to be vaccinated against covid-19.
In Milwaukee, los Bucks suffered their second defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-108 despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 40 points and 16 rebounds.
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Bucks’ other star, Khris Middleton, stayed at 16 points with 1/8 on 3s and only one other teammate, Grayson Allen, surpassed ten points with 13.
Milwaukee was unable to contain the trio of young Timberwolves figures, who combined to score 79 points: D’Angelo Russell (29), Karl-Anthony Towns (25) and Anthony Edwards (25).
To complete the day, Phoenix Suns, runners-up last season, were also beaten on their court by the Sacramento Kings by 110-107.
For the Suns, veteran Chris Paul was unusually off the mark with 6 points (1/10 shooting from the field) and 8 assists while Devin Booker scored 31 points and center DeAndre Ayton had 21 points and 21 rebounds.
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