Thanks to a decisive Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors won on the wire (141-139) Friday on the Oklahoma floor, during the first evening of the In-season Tournament, new to the NBA season.
Author of 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, the American star also offered victory to his team while the score remained at 139-139 in the final seconds.
Opposite, the 29 and 24 points of Lu Dort and Chet Holmgren were not enough for Oklahoma, deprived of its best scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander due to injury.
The In-Season Tournament is the new thing of the season in the NBA. A competition within the competition played in a formula of qualifying matches, which will also count for the regular season, and a final phase in Las Vegas which will end on December 9.
This tournament opened with the Indiana Pacers' 121-116 victory over Cleveland, despite Donovan Mitchell's 38 points on the Cavaliers side.
Reigning NBA champion, Denver took advantage of the inauguration of this competition to inflict its first defeat of the season on Dallas 125-114.
To do this, the Nuggets were able to count on Nikola Jokic's 33 points (14 rebounds, 9 assists), responding to the 34 scored by Luka Doncic (10 rebounds, 8 assists).
The evening also featured other close victories. In Chicago, the Nets won 109-107 while in Portland, the Trail Blazers beat Memphis 115-113 in overtime.
In Group B of the Eastern Conference, Miami won 121-114 over Washington.
Finally in Milwaukee, Damian Lillard scored 15 of his 30 points in the last quarter, and was decisive at the end of the game to allow the Bucks to win 110-105 against New York.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, for his part, added 22 points (8 rebounds, 6 assists) to the Bucks' tally.
Summary of the In-Season Tournament matches, counting for the North American Basketball Championship (NBA) and played on Friday:
East - Group A
Indiana - Cleveland 121 - 116
East - Group B
Miami - Washington 121 - 114
Milwaukee - New York 110 - 105
East Group C
Chicago - Brooklyn 107 - 109
West - Group A
Portland - Memphis 115 - 113 (a. p.)
West - Group B
Denver - Dallas 125 - 114
West - Group C
Oklahoma City - Golden State 139 - 141
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