Author of the match of his life (50 points), Jaylen Brown allowed Boston to win at home against Orlando on Sunday. Beaten two days earlier by these same Celtics, Phoenix reacted very well on the floor of Charlotte while the Lakers confirmed their success against Portland against Minnesota. They thus return to equilibrium. Another defeat for New York despite Evan Fournier’s 20 points.
A new personal best to start the year. Jaylen Brown couldn’t have started 2022 better. Author of the match of his life, Sunday evening with Boston against Orlando, the Celtics All-Star rearman made forget the absence of the other star of the team Jayson Tatum against the Florians to carry the men of Massachusetts, Magic winners (116-111) after overtime thanks to 50 points (19 of 29 on shots, 5 of 10 on three points), including 21 in the last quarter alone, but also 11 rebounds and 4 assists from the MVP of the evening, who came to fail at a record length of points of the season, still held by Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), with 51 points. Justly beaten by Brown and his people two days earlier, Phoenix set the record straight on the Charlotte floor, atomized (133-99) by the Golden State dolphin in the West and a wild Devin Booker in the first half (20 points out of his 24 of the evening, 9 out of 19 on shots). The Suns, also carried by Chris Paul (16 assists), Landry Shamet (17 points, 4 steals) and Jalen Smith (19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks) thus resume their march forward. Nice evening also for the Lakers. The Californians confirmed their success against Portland by finally overcoming Minnesota (108-103), who had made short work of the 2020 champions in the Orlando bubble in the first two confrontations between the two teams this season. For his 1336th game in the NBA (he displaces Gary Payton at the same time in the ranking of players who have played the most career games), LeBron James did not go very far from a new triple-double (26 points, 7 rebounds , 5 pass). Malik Monk (22 points) and Russell Westbrook (20 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) also contributed to this second success in a row for the Lakers, who thus return to equilibrium (19 wins, 19 losses).
Career high 50 points.
21 in the 4th quarter.
Putting the win away in OT.
— NBA (@NBA) January 3, 2022
Fournier and Giddey were not enough
New York (17 wins – 20 losses) cannot say the same. Especially since the Knicks once again drank the cup (120-105), Sunday at the start of the evening against Toronto and a Fred VanVleet on a cloud since his return from isolation (he compiled 35 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds against the New Yorkers). Evan Fournier, his team’s leading scorer in this game with 20 points (6 of 14 on shots, including 4 of 10 on three-pointers), gave everything to give the Knicks a smile, but in vain. Stayed 32 minutes on the floor of OKC with the Thunder against Dallas on Sunday evening – the longest playing time this season for the former leader of ASVEL – Théo Maledon also distinguished himself (8 points, 3 interceptions ) but again without being able to avoid a new setback (95-86) in his colors against Luka Doncic, author of 14 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds for his first game since mid-December. Rookie Josh Giddey, who during this meeting became the youngest player to score a triple-double (17 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds) was not enough either.
— NBA (@NBA) January 3, 2022
BASKETBALL – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Sunday January 2, 2022
Toronto raptors – New York Knicks: 120-105
Boston Celtics – Orlando Magic: 116 – 111 (ap)
Cleveland Cavaliers – Indiana Pacers: 108 – 104
Sacramento Kings – Miami Heat: 115 – 113
Charlotte Hornets- Phoenix Suns : 99 – 133
Oklahoma City Thunder- Dallas Mavericks : 86 – 95
Los Angeles Lakers – Minnesota Timberwolves: 108 – 103