US basketball teams Nets and Clippers begin NBA season with big wins
On Tuesday night, Paul George offered a reminder that he is still one of the best players in the American National Basketball Association (NBA).
In leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a season-opening 116-109 win over the Lakers, their intracity rival, George scored 33 points while shooting 13 of 18 from the field.
The performance came nearly two months after the Lakers won their 17th NBA title.
“I took shots when they were available,” George said in a televised interview after the game. “I didn’t press.”
The Clippers led by as many as 22 points in the half, found themselves tied with the Lakers in the third quarter, then imposed their will on defense in the game’s late stages to secure the win.
They also got a solid effort from Kawhi Leonard, who scored 26 points. LeBron James had 22 points for the Lakers, and Anthony Davis finished with 18.
It was a competitive game — and a relief for viewers who had stuck around after the Brooklyn Nets inaugurated the new season by throttling the Golden State Warriors, 125-99, earlier in the evening.
The Nets, led by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal all that much in their season-opener.
Following a 40 point first quarter, which is the most points the franchise has ever tallied in a season opener, Brooklyn closed the first half with a dominant 18 point lead, led by the Nets superstar duo combining for 36 of their 63 first half points.
Following a productive third quarter, outscoring Golden State 36-26, the game was a wrap with the Nets heading into the final 12 minutes of play with a 28-point lead.002