Big win for Brooklyn against the Celtics, first win of the season for the Lakers.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were decisive against Boston on Friday. It is the second victory of the Brooklyn Nets. Against his former team, Kyrie Irving recorded 37 points and 8 assists. Durant was also impressive. He added 29 points confirming his return to the highest level after a year and a half without basketball, the time to recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon. His 16 points in the third quarter allowed Brooklyn to stand out. For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown scored 27 pts.
The Los Angeles Lakers also opened their victory counter during the games played on Friday. After the initial loss against the Clippers, the Lakers, defending champions, rectified the situation Friday agaist Dallas (138-115) at the Staples Center. LeBron James recorded 22 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds). LeBron James is now at the 2nd place of the best scorers in Christmas matches (383 pts in 15 appearances), just behind Kobe Bryant (395 in 16 games). Anthony Davis recorded 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The Lakers’ bench was impressive with 50 points, including 22 for the only Montrezl Harrell. At the opposite, the defense of the Mavs took the water and Luka Doncic (27 pts, 7 assists ), was never able to really weigh to prevent a second loss in a row.
The Clippers defeated the Nuggets with ease (108-121). But they got scared when Kawhi Leonard was nudged in the mouth by teammate Serge Ibaka. An impressive but not so serious laceration, according to the medical staff, which still required eight stitches. Before the incident at the end of the 4th quarter, Kawhi had time to register 21 points and 7 assists. Paul George added 23 points and 9 assists. Denver, who returned to eight lengths after having counted twenty before the last quarter, believed to remake the blow of their series of September, but the blows of Jamal Murray were too late (23 pts) anyway. moment Nikola Jokic had another all-around performance 24 pts, 10 assists and 9 rebounds.
Earlier, Milwaukee Bucks easily defeated Golden State (138-99). Khris Middleton had 31 points.
Miami also grab his first win of the season against New Orleans (111-98) at the opening of ‘Christmas Day’. Zion Williamson registered 32 points and 14 rebounds.