Posted on October 12, 2021 at 9:54 a.m. – updated on October 12, 2021 at 10:34 a.m.

Aurélie SACCHELLI

Seven NBA preseason games were scheduled for Monday, and Philadelphia won the shock against Brooklyn (115-104). The Minnesota Timberwolves went on to beat the Clippers (100-128), while Rudy Gobert signed a huge game (19pts, 19pts) in Utah’s 127-96 victory over New Orleans.

The NBA regular season kicks off in a week, and the Philadelphia 76ers, even without Ben Simmons, are in great shape! Doc Rivers’ men topped title-favorite Brooklyn 115-104, leading from second to last minute, with a gap climbing to +29 early in the last quarter, before the 76ers never let go. Without Kyrie Irving or LaMarcus Aldridge, the Nets relied on Kevin Durant, author of 23 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes, and James Harden, author of 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes, but that was not enough. Because opposite, Furkan Korkmaz was on fire, with 27 points scored, 11 out of 19 on shots. Andre Drummond added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Joel Embiid 14 points. Also in the East, Miami dominated Charlotte 104-103 on the wire. While the Miles Bridges Hornets (22pts, 10rbds, 6pds) still led by thirteen points at 4’19 from the end (101-88), they totally collapsed, and the Heat won thanks to a lay- up then a free throw eight seconds from the buzzer. Toronto, for its part, offered the Houston Rockets on the score of 107-92 by leading from start to finish, in the wake of the duo Precious Achiuwa – OG Anunoby, authors of 17 points each (15pts for Armoni Brooks on the Texas side. ).

Gobert in great shape

In the West, the Minnesota Timberwolves created a little sensation by going to win 128-100 at the Los Angeles Clippers, making the difference in the second half, won 61-43. With four players at 15 points or more (19 for Russell, 17 for Towns and Edwards, 15 for McDaniels), the Wolves delivered a great performance, facing the Clippers who were deprived of Paul George, Serbian Ibaka, Reggie Jackson and many sure Kawhi Leonard. Luke Kennard took the opportunity to get out of the game, with 18 points and 5 rebounds (3pts and 4rbds for Nicolas Batum). All is well for Utah, on the other hand, which unfolded against New Orleans, winning 127-96, with a gap that climbed to +38. It must be said that the Jazz could count on a huge Rudy Gobert, author of 19 points (7 of 8 on shots) and 19 rebounds! The French pivot finished his team’s top scorer ahead of Donovan Mitchell (18pts) and Jordan Clarkson (17pts). What to give ideas to his coach for the regular season? Opposite, the Pelicans were playing without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, and no player exceeded 14 points (Devonte ‘Graham).

Memphis and Sacramento winners

Memphis, meanwhile, dominated Detroit fairly broadly: 127-92 leading from fifth to the last minute, with a lead climbing to +39 in the final quarter. Ja Morant carried the Grizzlies, with 24 points and 5 assists, and he was well assisted by Jaren Jackson Jr, author of 20 points and 8 rebounds. Side Pistons, Hamidou Diallo and Jerami Grant finish with 13 points each. Finally, Sacramento dominated Portland 107-93 in the shock of the Pacific coast, in a game that the Kings dominated for most of the game, led by a Davion Mitchell at 20 points (24 for Anfernee Simons on the Blazers side).

NBA / PRE-SEASON
Monday, October 11, 2021
Memphis Grizzlies – Detroit Pistons : 127-92
>>> Yves Pons (MEM) stats: 6 minutes of play, 0 points (0/1 shooting including 0/1 at 3pts, 0 free throw attempted), 1 rebound, 1 foul
>>> Killian Tillie (MEM), injured, did not play
>>> Stats by Killian Hayes (DET): 22 minutes of play, 6 points (2/9 on shots including 1/3 at 3pts, 1/1 on free throws), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 lost balls, 4 fouls

Utah Jazz – New Orleans Pelicans : 127-96
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTA) stats: 24 minutes of play, 19 points (7/8 on shots including 0 on 3pts, 5/7 on free throws), 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 interception, 2 blocks , 2 lost balls, 4 faults

Los Angeles Clippers – Minnesota Timberwolves : 100-128
>>> Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 29 minutes of play, 3 points (1/6 on shots including 1/5 at 3pts, 0 free throw attempted), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 foul

Toronto Raptors – Houston Rockets : 107-92
Miami Heat – Charlotte Hornets : 104-103
Philadelphia 76ers – Brooklyn Nets : 115-104
Portland Trail Blazers – Sacramento Kings : 93-107

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