The Boston Celtics and their star Jason Tatum scored a 5th victory in a row in Brooklyn on Saturday (124-114) and remain the only undefeated team in the NBA this season.
The last undefeated team, Boston scored a fifth consecutive victory by dominating Brooklyn away (124-114), achieving its best start to the season since 2009-2010 (six victories in a row).
Named man of the match, Jayson Tatum (32 points, 11 rebounds) once again perfectly led a formidable collective, with Jaylen Brown (23 points), Kristaps Porzingis (22 points) and Jrue Holiday (18 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists ).
Tatum on Saturday became the youngest player (25 years old) in the prestigious history of the “C’s” to score more than 10,000 points in the NBA.
“It’s special, it’s cool. Above all, I am lucky to be in a great team, with great teammates, great coaches, who all helped me reach these 10,000 points. I hope it’s not over, and that I still have many victories ahead of me,” greeted the winger.
Young Indiana leader Tyrese Haliburton (23) matched the best scoring night of his career with 43 points, 12 assists and 2 rebounds against Charlotte. Very skillful, Haliburton shot with a 66% success rate, and made all his free throws (7 out of 7).
But he spoiled his match on the last possession: while Indiana was only one point behind, the American messed up his dribbling, losing the ball alone, and leaving his team with a frustrating defeat (125- 124) which balances its record (3 victories - 3 defeats).
In the 3rd quarter of the Orlando Magic's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (120-101), Paolo Banchero (20 years old), No. 1 in the 2022 draft, earned himself two All-stars in one action.
The winger first disoriented “King” LeBron James with a “crossover” allowing him to attack the circle for a left-handed layup while suffering a foul from pivot Anthony Davis, late. Banchero, named rookie of the year last season, concluded this three-point action with a successful free throw.
“That’s how it is in the NBA, you’ll have to get used to it. There are guys who will miss matches. Everyone must prepare for it and be able to adapt their role,” said Phoenix coach Frank Vogel after the defeat against Philadelphia (112-100).
Vogel thus commented on the new absence of stars Bradley Beal and Devin Booker. Beal, who arrived this summer from Washington, has still not played with his new team (hit in the back) while Booker only played two matches, leaving Kevin Durant (31 points Saturday) too alone.
Phoenix, who had already lost twice this week against the young San Antonio Spurs, has a record (2 wins - 4 losses) far from expectations for a team presented as outsiders for the title.