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Brown kicks off the year with a bang!




Author of the game of his life (50 points), Jaylen Brown allowed Boston to win at home against Orlando on Sunday. Beaten two days earlier by the same Celtics, Phoenix reacted very well on the floor of Charlotte while the Lakers confirmed their success against Minnesota against Portland. They thus return to equilibrium. New defeat for New York despite 20 points from Evan Fournier.

A new personal record to start the year. Jaylen Brown couldn’t have started 2022 better. Author of the game of his life, Sunday night with Boston against Orlando, the All-Star back of the Celtics has forgotten the absence of the other star of the team Jayson Tatum against the Florians to carry the men of Massachusetts, Magic winners (116-111) after extra time thanks to 50 points (19 of 29 on shots, 5 of 10 on three points), including 21 in the last quarter alone, but also 11 rebounds and 4 assists from the MVP of the evening, who came to fail at a record length of season points, still held by Kevin Durant (Brooklyn), with 51 points. Beaten by Brown and his family two days earlier, Phoenix has set the record straight on the floor of Charlotte, atomized (133-99) by the runner-up of Golden State in the West and a Devin Booker unleashed in the first half (20 points out of his 24 of the evening, 9 out of 19 on shots). The Suns, also carried by Chris Paul (16 assists), Landry Shamet (17 points, 4 interceptions) and Jalen Smith (19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks) thus resume their march forward. Nice evening also for the Lakers. The Californians confirmed their success against Portland by finally overcoming Minnesota (108-103), who had made short work of the 2020 champions in the Orlando bubble during the first two confrontations between the two teams this season. For his 1336th game in the NBA (he dislodged Gary Payton at the same time in the ranking of players who played the most games in his career), LeBron James did not go very far from a new triple-double (26 points, 7 rebounds). , 5 passes). Malik Monk (22 points) and Russell Westbrook (20 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) also contributed to this second success in a row for the Lakers, who thus returned to balance (19 wins, 19 losses).

Fournier and Giddey were not enough

New York (17 wins – 20 losses) cannot say the same. Especially since the Knicks once again drank the cup (120-105), Sunday opening the evening against Toronto and a Fred VanVleet on a cloud since his return from isolation (he compiled 35 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds against the New Yorkers). Evan Fournier, his team’s top scorer in this game with 20 points (6 of 14 on shots, including 4 of 10 on three points), gave everything to put a smile on the Knicks’ smile, but to no avail. Stayed 32 minuets on the floor of OKC with the Thunder against Dallas on Sunday night – the biggest game time this season for the former ASVEL leader – Theo Maledon was also illustrated (8 points, 3 interceptions ) but again without being able to avoid a new setback (95-86) in his colors against Luka Doncic, author of 14 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds for his first game since mid-December. The rookie Josh Giddey, who became during this meeting the youngest player to achieve a triple-double (17 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds) was not enough either.

Sunday January 2, 2022
Toronto raptors – New York Knicks: 120-105
Boston celtics – Orlando Magic: 116 – 111 (ap)
Cleveland cavaliers – Indiana Pacers: 108 – 104
Sacramento Kings – Miami Heat: 115 – 113
Charlotte Hornets – Phoenix suns : 99 – 133
Oklahoma City Thunder – Dallas mavericks : 86 – 95
Los Angeles Lakers – Minnesota Timberwolves: 108 – 103


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