Six preparatory matches for the resumption of the NBA season took place on Tuesday. The Houston Rockets, fifth in the Western Conference, signed an impressive victory against the Boston Celtics (137-112), classified third in the East, before the end of the Championship last March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Celtics had chosen to play without their holders.
Houston already well in the lead at the break
At the break, the Texans already had a comfortable lead (77-60). They were not worried then in the second half. James Harden, author of 35 points, eight rebounds and six assists (in 29 minutes), was the main architect of the Rockets’ success. Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, scored 19 points, took six rebounds and delivered eight assists. In the ranks of the Celtics, Carsen Edwards was the most visible (19 pts). Vincent Poirier, he played 15 minutes for five points and six rebounds.
In the other meetings of the evening, the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Portland Trail Blazers (131-120), including 20 points from Darius Bazley. For the Blazers, Anfernee Simons was the game’s leading scorer (23 pts), while Jaylen Hoard scored four points and took three rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors, reigning champions, were beaten by the Phoenix Suns (117-106). The Arizona franchise made the difference, thanks to Mikal Bridges (26 pts), Ricky Rubio (22) and Cameron Johnson (19). Élie Okobo, he scored six points in 13 minutes. Pascal Siakam was the Raptors’ leading scorer with 17 units.
The Memphis Grizzlies won against the Miami Heat (128-110), with the tandem Dillon Brooks (23 pts) – Ja Morant (22). Led by Rudy Gay (23 pts) and Keldon Johnson (21), the San Antonio Spurs beat the Indiana Pacers (118-111). Finally the Dallas Mavericks got the better of the Philadelphia Sixers (118-115), still deprived of Joel Embiid, with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Luka Doncic.