By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)
Milwaukee Bucks beat Houston Rockets 117-111
– Giannis Antetokounmpo, the backbone of this Milwaukee Bucks team, fouled out of the game with five minutes left and the Bucks holding on to a lead after a back an forth affair all night. The rest of the Bucks executed though, and put away this new look Rockets for their first win of the season. Giannis notched a monster triple-double, finishing with 30pts/11asts/16rbs. New addition to the roster, Wesley Matthews, finished with 14pts/4rbs in a start band Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to the tune of a 13pt/11rb double-double.
-The news around the Rockets is obviously their new dynamic duo, in former OKC teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Harden was abysmal as a shooter, but still managed to get to the free throw line and go 14-14. He finished the game with 19pts/14asts/7rbs after going 2/13 from the field. Russell Westbrook had an impressive start to his Rockets career, filling up the stat sheet as well. He finished with 24pts/7asts/16rbs. PJ Tucker added 17pts/7rbs.
Atlanta Hawks beat Detroit Pistons 117-100
-The Pistons had a dominant win over the Pacers on Wednesday night, but couldn’t follow up on Thursdays back-to-back. Trae Young exploded on the Pistons, finishing with 38pts/9asts/7rbs. Jabari Parker came off the bench to the tune of 18pts and John Collins added an 18pt/10rb double-double. Old man Vince Carter also set history while wearing a Hawks uniform, becoming the first NBA player to play in 22 seasons.
-Andre Drummond followed up his performance from Wednesday night with another dominant one, finishing with 21pts/12rbs/4stls. Derrick Rose came off the bench to the tune of 27pts/3asts. Once again, there is no reason Derrick Rose should not be starting over Reggie Jackson, he of the five points as a starter fame. Luke Kennard added 13pts/3asts/4rbs.
Los Angeles Clippers blast Golden State Warriors 141-122
-Fun time is over for the Dubs. After the game Steve Kerr admitted that they’ve been living in a world that really isn’t supposed to exist in the NBA, for the last five years. Well, surprise Steve, all that is over. The Clippers came out to a rousing 14-0 lead and then slaughtered the Warriors in the third quarter, scoring 46pts in the period. Kawhi Leonard continues to dominate, finishing with 21pts/9asts/5rbs. The season is still young, but Kawhi is showing more willingness to be a playmaker for this team, which should be a fun development to keep an eye on. Patrick Patterson dropped 20, Lou Williams finished with 22pts/8asts/3rbs off the bench and Zubac notched himself a 16pt/10rb double-double to go with two blocks.
-For the Warriors, Steph Curry led the way with 23pts/4asts/4rbs. D’Angelo Russell added 20pts/8asts.