Paul George scored 26 of his 33 factors within the second half, Kawhi Leonard added 26 factors and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied previous the Los Angeles Lakers on the NBA champions’ ring ceremony night time for a 116-109 victory Tuesday.
George went 13 of 18 with 5 three-pointers in an impressive first recreation since agreeing so as to add 4 years and $190m to his contract with the Clippers, who by no means trailed. The Clippers beat the Lakers within the season opener for the second straight yr whereas profitable coach Tyronn Lue’s debut.
LeBron James scored 22 factors and Anthony Davis had 18 for the Lakers simply 72 days after they completed off the Miami Warmth within the NBA bubble.
The Lakers returned from the shortest offseason in league historical past and obtained their championship rings honoring the franchise’s seventeenth title, however they couldn’t sustain with George and Leonard down the stretch.
Serge Ibaka scored 15 factors in his debut for the Clippers, who hadn’t performed since blowing a 3-1 playoff sequence result in Denver and ruining a much-anticipated convention last showdown with the ready Lakers within the bubble.
Brooklyn Nets 125, Golden State Warriors 99
Kevin Durant shook off 18 months of rust and completed with 22 factors in 25 minutes, Kyrie Irving was even higher and Brooklyn kicked off the Steve Nash period with a win over Golden State within the NBA’s season opener.
Durant was competing in his first official recreation since rupturing his Achilles tendon whereas taking part in for Golden State in Recreation 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Irving led Brooklyn with 26 factors and Caris LeVert scored 20 because the Nets led by as many as 38 factors.
Stephen Curry had 20 factors and 10 assists for the Warriors.