Power forward Blake Griffin became the sixth player in the history of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday to score 50 points in a game and his team defeated 133-132 in overtime to a Philadelphia 76ers that do not finish carburizing in this start of the season. season in the NBA. Griffin first forced the extra time and then, with two points of disadvantage at the end, he closed the victory for his own with a 2 + 1 against Joel Embiid to the amazement of the fans, who dedicated "MVP" chants to him from the stands.
The Sixers could not count on their star base Ben Simmons for physical problems in the back and they missed him, despite Embiid's 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Without Simmons, the visitors dominated the first three quarters but relied on the final moments of regular time and the locals made him pay dearly.
Griffin completed his exhibition with 14 rebounds and six assists, and was well seconded by Andre Drummond (14 and 16), by Reggie Jackson (23) and by substitute setter Ish Smith (21). "We just kept fighting, we continue to receive blows, I said at the halftime that the match would not be won by anyone who threw more punches, but the one that was capable of absorbing more, and we did that." We just believed, we kept fighting and we finished the match, "he said. Griffin, former Los Angeles Clippers, after the contest.
With this stumble, the Philadelphia, who aspire to fight for the Eastern Conference along with the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics, add a discreet start to the campaign, with a balance of 2-2. Meanwhile, the Pistons have exceeded expectations for the moment and sign an immaculate 3-0.
The Spanish run
For the first time in the history of the NBA, four Spanish players (Nikola Mirotic, Serge Ibaka, Juancho Hernangómez and José Manuel Calderón) have had a start to the season in which their respective teams remain undefeated.
Mirotic, which again had a double-double (18 points and 12 rebounds), helped the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-109 and win the third straight win since the start of the season.
Ibaka did not play, but it has also been important in the triumph of the Toronto Raptors, first team of the NBA, which got a 4-0 mark so far this season and that allows it to be the best in the Eastern Conference.
The same record -better of the Western Conference- that the Nuggets won last night when they won 126-112 at the Kings of Sacramento, in the game that Hernangomez contributed five points in the 25 minutes he played as a reserve. The former player of Estudiantes had greater prominence in the painting to capture nine rebounds (seven defensive), gave an assist, recovered a ball, lost another and committed three personal fouls.
Veteran baseman Jose Manuel Calderon did not play, but his team from the Detroit Pistons won a hard-fought victory after winning 133-132 overtime to the Philadelphia Sixers and 3-0 at the start of the season.