Reigning NBA champion, Golden State suffered its fourth straight defeat, at one of the worst teams in the League, Orlando (130-129). For its part, Denver went to win 110-122 in Oklahoma City.
But what’s going on in Golden State? The Warriors, defending champions, are having a very difficult start to the season, and after Charlotte, Detroit and Miami, their road trip to the East continued with a fourth loss Thursday, at one of the worst teams in the League. , Orlando. The Magic, which had won only one of its first eight games, won 130-129 at the end of the suspense. The Warriors however led by sixteen points during this meeting, at the start of this third quarter which they usually succeed but this time they lost 43-33. In the last quarter, Orlando took control to lead 113-104 with 7’20 remaining, then Golden State went back in front (118-117) three minutes from the buzzer. The two teams took turns leading, and were tied 59 seconds from the end (126-126). It was then that Jalen Suggs scored his second 3-point shot of the game, then a free throw (130-126). Klay Thompson answered him long distance with 29 seconds left to play (130-129), but he missed the winning shot at the buzzer, when the No. 1 draft Paolo Banchero had just lost a ball decisive. Despite Stephen Curry’s 29 points (13/22 on shots) and Thompson’s 27 (10/24 on shots), Golden State lost and found itself twelfth in the Western Conference, before going to New Orleans from this Friday. The Magic of Suggs (26pts) and Banchero (22pts), is penultimate in the East before receiving other Californians, those of Sacramento.
Jokic makes history
No surprise, however, in the other game of the night. Denver, fourth in the West, enforced its rank by winning 110-122 at tenth-placed Oklahoma City. The Nuggets led for the vast majority of this game, even having a 19-point lead at the start of the second quarter. But the Thunder did not give up and managed to pass in front straddling the third and fourth quarters. But OKC only took a two-point lead and Denver didn’t panic, finishing the game 18-7 over the final eight minutes. Nikola Jokic had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists to become the center with the most triple-doubles (79) in NBA history (ahead of Wilt Chamberlain) and the sixth player overall ( Russell Westbrook holding the record, with 194). The Serb was well helped by Aaron Gordon (27pts) and Jamal Murray (24pts), while opposite, only Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (37pts) exceeded 20 points.
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Oklahoma City Thunder- Denver Nuggets : 110-122
>>> Stats of Ousmane Dieng (OKC): 12 minutes of play, 3 points (1/3 on shots including 0/2 to 3pts, 1/2 on free throws), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 lost ball , 1 fault
Orlando Magic – Golden State Warriors: 130-129