Lamelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets have put an unbelievable comeback against the Indiana Pacers. The Orlando Magic are chanceless, Franz Wagner still shows one of the better rookie debuts of the day. Yes morant excited at 37 points.
The hornets are started with a curious victory in the season. Chicago must bite, but can rely on Zach Lavine.
Charlotte Hornets (1-0) – Indiana Pacers (0-1) 123: 122 (Boxscore)
What a wild game in Charlotte! With 23 counters, the hosts were back at the beginning of the third quarter, rails already beaten – but still within the section they got the lead. Then it went to the final seconds back and forth before P.J. Washington on the frewurflinie the points on victory; The potential game winner for Indiana awarded the previously outstanding Domantas Sabonis (33 points, 13/19 FG, 15 rebounds).
Sabonis had led by Malcolm Brogdon (28 points) and Rookie Chris Duarte (27) the open of Pacers – only twelve players put more points in the history of the NBA in their debuts than duarts. Nevertheless, it was not enough because the Hornets Lamelo Ball (31 points, 7/9 threesome, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) and Gordon Hayward (27) had and discovered their defense in the second half.
The Pacers led the Pacers an offensive outstanding first quarter and used their size advantages mercilessly, the All-Star stood after seven minutes already at 14 points, in the middle of the second quarter he had 22. Duarte also started fire hot and Indiana took him until At halftime a leadership of 16 points. At the beginning of the third quarter, it worked as if the game was already decided. But then the Run came, which was offensively initiated mainly by ball.
A 28: 2-run laid Charlotte over the next few minutes (Ball with 12 points), just before the end of the quarter they had taken the lead. In the fourth quarter, it became a real impact exchange, 12.4 seconds before the end, the Pacers last led to free throws of Torrey Craig. But the previously invisible Washington kept the nerves at the end.
Detroit Pistons (0-1) – Chicago Bulls (1-0) 88:94 (Boxscore)
The bulls have celebrated a successful debut with their new team, but had to work pretty hard for it and won at the end of a surprisingly embossed game. Zach Lavine towered with highly efficient 34 points (11/17 FG, 11/11 FT) and brought the game in the final minutes from the freezer over time. The team from the Windy City is thus for the first time since March 2017 (!) At a balance sheet over .500.
Chicago started offensive with problems, only 14 points took the guests in the first quarter, especially Nikola Vucevic (at the end of 15 points, 7/21 FG, 15 rebounds) was still looking for his litter. However, it quickly became improvement, only from the triple line, the bulls did not really find their rhythm (7/23 3fg) in the entire gameplay. And you never succeeded in settling off the pistons taken without No.1-Pick Cade Cunningham. Demar Derozan (17, 8/17) gave a decent debut.
The pistons gave a similar picture as in the past season: Jerami Grant was the TopScorer (24 points), the defensive use voted, the Youngster Saddiq Bey (13) and Isaiah Stewart (12) had some good scenes. In the end you kept the game scarce, but could not win. Killian Hayes, who distributed only 2 assists, had a heavy booth and missed each of his six throws.
We have a lot of work ahead of us, said Bulls-Coach Billy Donovan. But I can only praise the guys how they fought through the game.
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