Sabonis once again established himself as the undisputed leader of the Pacers by leading them to an 87-111 road win over the Trail Blazers.
The young Sabonis has 107 double-doubles with the Pacers, one short of tying former player Roy Hibbert for seventh in team history.
The Lithuanian player showed all his class on the same stage where his father Arvydas Sabonis triumphed as a great figure of the Trail Blazers during the two stages he was with the Portland team, after having played in the Spanish league with the Forum Valladolid and the Real Madrid.
Along with Sabonis, point guard Malcolm Brogdon added 25 points and seven assists as the Packers’ game director (8-4) and allowed his team to win the fourth game played away from his field (4-1), the second in a row.
The victory also allowed the Pacers to snap an 11-game losing streak at Portland.
The new Houston Rockets, starless on the team a day after the transfer of guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets closed, responded with a 105-109 road win over the San Antonio Spurs and broke a two-game losing streak. .
Last Tuesday night, after the Rockets’ 100-117 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Harden declared that he no longer wanted to continue with a team that “couldn’t win” even though he gave it his all.
Harden’s statements were considered an “insult” by his former teammates, who, in the voice of center DeMarcus Cousins, said that the only one who had not been a professional since the start of the season and did not make an effort was him.
The team immediately accelerated its transfer and in 24 hours was sent to the Nets to exchange eight first-round selections and the arrival of Australian point guard Dante Exum (via Cleveland Cavaliers), guard Victor Oladipo (via Indiana Pacers) and forward Latvian Rodions Kurucs (Nets).
None of the three players has been able to join the Rockets because they must first pass medical exams.
But the Houston team, although they could not have star point guard John Wall or guard Eric Gordon, again received the help of young center Christian Wood, who contributed a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Rookie guard Shake Milton starred in his best professional game, contributing 34 points, including three 3-pointers from four attempts, and allowed the Philadelphia Sixers their second straight win over the Miami Heat, 125-108.
Milton, who came out of reserve, was unstoppable in the offensive game, scoring 11 of 15 shots from the field and 6-6 from the personnel line, in addition to distributing seven assists, capturing two rebounds and recovering two balls.
The performance of Milton, selected with number 49 of the second round of the university draw, made up for the poor performance of the star center, the Cameroonian Joel Embiid, who finished with only nine points.
The Sixers swept in the two-game series at home against a Miami team that continues to play with a decimated squad due to problems with Covid-19, something that Filadelia has already overcome, which only has a loss due to contagion, guard Seth Curry .
Australian point guard Ben Simmons forgot about the rumors of his possible transfer to the Houston Rockets before guard James Harden was sent to the Brooklyn Nets and ended up as the most complete player of the Sixers by contributing a triple-double of 10 points. , 12 assists and 10 rebounds, plus two ball recoveries.
Serbian center Nikola Jokic added 23 points, including 18 in the second half, and the Denvers Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 114-104, who once again had point guard Stephen Curry as their leading scorer with 35 points.
Jokic, who also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists, posted his 46th professional triple-double and the Nuggets were back on the winning track after losing the previous game to the Nets.
Jokic’s new contribution keeps him with triple-double averages so far this new season and he is the NBA leader in assists.
Suspense and fight until the end of the Toronto Raptors before beating the Charlotte Hornets 111-108 after power forward Chris Boucher contributed a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
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