With 41 points from their star Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics inflicted on Charlotte their first loss of the season in the NBA (140-129), while Milwaukee easily won (119-109) on the floor of Indiana. .
No 4 out of 4 for Charlotte. On their floor, the Hornets, who had won their first three games of the season, were jostled by the Celtics in an ultra tight game (the leading team changed 28 times) which only changed in overtime, in favor of visitors. The Hornets, led by Miles Bridges who scored 25 points, thought they would change the game in the last quarter. They were up to 12 points ahead, but the Celtics sounded the revolt and forced overtime, during which they took off.
Tatum was imperial, for his second consecutive game over 30 points. The young winger scored 41 points, including 6 three-point baskets, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. At his side, Jaylen Brown shone in attack with 30 points and 9 rebounds, and Robert Williams III was key in defense with 12 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks. With this defeat of the Hornets, there are only three unbeaten franchises in the NBA: Chicago, now the only leader in the Eastern Conference; Golden State and Utah, co-leaders in the West.
The Bulls, precisely, were scared but held firm in Toronto against the rise of the Raptors, to win (111-108) and stay ahead in the East. It is the first time that Chicago has started the season with four consecutive victories since the 1996-1997 season, in the heyday of Michael Jordan.
The key man was DeMar DeRozan, author of 26 points against his former team. Zach LaVine netted him 22 points, while Nikola Vucevic held firm in defense with 8 rebounds and 3 steals, in addition to his 17 points. The Bulls were hot in the last quarter, when their 15-point lead melted like snow in the sun, with good work from Fred VanVleet on the Raptors side. But rookie Scottie Barnes missed his three-point attempt that would have seen Toronto snatch overtime.
The reigning champion walked around. With Giannis Antetokounmpo close to the triple-double (30 pts, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), the Bucks have never been in difficulty to win (119-109) on the floor of Indiana. The absence of Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez did not pose the slightest problem for the Bucks, especially as Khris Middleton also made sparks with 27 points. The Pacers, with their rookie Chris Duarte who still showed good things with 18 points – he has never scored less than 15 points in the NBA – managed to close the gap at the end, but not enough to make Milwaukee doubt .
The Nets recovered from their defeat the day before against Charlotte by winning (104-90) at home against Washington. Kevin Durant did the job for Brooklyn with 25 points and 8 rebounds, while James Harden, the Nets’ other available superstar, made a disappointing copy with 14 points (just 5 of 17 shots). The great performance of the evening came from Patty Mills, who although a substitute had five three-point baskets for a total of 21 points. First loss of the season for the Wizards, who were playing their third game there.
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