After losing the championship start to the Milwakee Bucks, the Houston Rockets returned to win their second consecutive game at Toyota Center, beating New Orleans Pelicans 126-123.
The locals fared pretty well in the first faction of the match, putting up a 5-point distance, but the Pelicans’ reaction was good enough in the next two halves, reversing the score. However, Harden and his team-mates woke up in the last faction, which they won 29-23 and received their first season triumph.
Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans was the player with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, while the locals featured Harden and Westbrook with 57 points, 14 rebounds and 18 assists both.
The reigning champions of the Toronto Raptors won their second game of the season in a convincing 84-108 win over the Chicago Bulls at Michigan’s United Center.
The Canadians dominated the whole game, but were particularly superior in the third faction, which they won by 14 points, while Cameroon’s Pascal Siakam had the best of the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Cleveland Cavaliers also won the first season of the season, beating the Indiana Pacers 110-99, in a challenge that was decided in the second division, where the locals were fantastic and won 39-20.
At Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, it was Tristan Thompson who was named the game’s best with 25 points and 13 rebounds, but also a good game by Collin Sexton’s Kevin Love for the Cavs, while the Indiana Pacers will have to wait for their first season win.
The San Antonio Spurs suffered little in the face of the Washington Wizards at the AT&T Center, but made the most of the field factor and won by a narrow 124-122 score to record their second success in as many games of the season, both played in home.
After the first half of the game, everything was equal, while the difference was made in the third faction with the Spurs winning 32-30 and defending in the final that ended in a 2-2 draw and made the locals take the second win row.
LaMarcus Aldridge was the best of the game for the San Antonio Spurs, with 37 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, while DeMar DeRozan was behind with 36 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
In other challenges, the Atlanta Hawks won by a narrow margin of 103-99 over the Orlando Magic, the Philadelphia 76ers triumphed 111-117 in the transfer to the Detroit Pistons, and the Boston Celtics convincingly beat the New York Knicks by a score of 95-118.