Patty Mills continued his impressive start to life in Brooklyn as his sixth man of the year campaign took another notch after scoring 21 points in the Nets’ 104-90 win over the Washington Wizards.
The Nets rebounded from their surprise loss to the Hornets last time around with Kevin Durant posting a record 25 points with four assists and eight rebounds to help Brooklyn get home to Barclays Center.
James Harden added 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Wizards never quite recovered from the Nets’ dazzling first quarter as they headed for an 18-point lead.
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They managed to outsmart their hosts from there, but the damage had already been done, with Mills again drawing applause after scoring eight of 14 field goals, including five of nine three points during the game.
Mills now has two games over 20 points on the bench to start his career with the Nets and when asked what he brings to the team he said he just wanted to be “boring.”
âI’m just trying to put in that energy that the game needs, to create that juice and that atmosphere that you can spread and be contagious that way and have an impact on the game,â he said. âBut just being boring, I think at the end of the day.
âOur energy and juice were able to be brought in tonight and the second thing was defensive, just being able to feed off the energy. It was a good start to the game and being able to keep a team like that at 90 points is what we’re trying to do, so the defensive end was much better tonight.
âIt’s a process and we understand it’s a marathon and we have to work on it and refine the details – but it’s the learning process. I think being patient is the first thing to understand and we will find out.
Coach Steve Nash praised the Australian after the game, highlighting how Mills brings to the team coming off the bench.
He said: âHe brings a good feeling to the game – without the ball, defensively. He makes us communicate better … He brings a lot to the table and that’s a great addition.
Durant was also beaming, calling Mills a “real pro from start to finish” and saying he “the way he approaches his profession is inspiring to everyone.”
Teammate Bruce Brown Jr, who scored 14 points, added: âHe was amazing. Patty takes a hard hit. I remember keeping him when he was at Spurs and it was hell. He comes off screens extremely well and can still shoot the ball at 100 mph. Just a great player and a great guy to have for us.
BULLS RETURN TO BUSINESS
The Chicago Bulls are back in a position they haven’t been since Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and co were in the red and white as they went 4-0 to start the season for the first times since 1996/97 season.
DeMar DeRozan scored the best goal for the resurgent Bulls with 26 points, six assists and four rebounds as Zach LaVine scored 22 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 111-108 win in Toronto.
Four of five starters scored 15 or more points in the win as the Raptors continued their difficult start to the season with their third loss of four so far.
SAYING NIGHT IN LOSS OF LIGHTING
The LA Clippers earned their first victory of the season in a 30-point victory over the Portrtland Trail Blazers.
The Clippers got off to a flying start in the first and third quarters, overtaking the Trail Blazers by 14 and 16 points respectively, while the scores in each of the second and fourth quarters were on par. It ended 116-86 as the Clippers turned to their bench – 12 complete players made their way onto the scoresheet in the comfortable win.
Season five bench star Luke Kennard exploded to a high of 23 points in 24 minutes with four rebounds and three assists in a brilliant cameo, while Reggie Jackson (19 points, five rebounds and four assists) was just one of the Clippers to rack up the box scoring stats. In Kennard’s season and Kennard’s two games with the Clippers before today, he averaged just 8.3 points per game, something he exploded with 8 out of 10 shots, including 6 of 7. in depth, having started by scoring his first five shots in a row and never looking back.
For Portland stars Dame Lillard (12 points, 0 of 8 deep) and Robert Covington, (0 points in 24 minutes), the story couldn’t have been more different. Covington’s scoreless night summed up a disastrous shooting performance for the Trail Blazers, who are now on par with the Clippers on 1-2 this season.
Portland shot just 32 of 84 from the field – 38.1% – and just eight of 37 from the depths (21.6%). Their offense spat 30 turnovers, while the Clippers were all too happy to pass the ball into possession, scoring 37 assists to Portland’s 15.
CELTICS WIN A VICTORY IN OVERTIME
Jayson Tatum scored 41 points as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Charlotte Hornets in overtime to claim a 140-129 road victory.
Tatum was ridden by Jaylen Brown, who continued his own start to the season with 30 more points, while Dennis Schroder added 23 to inflict a first loss of the season on the Hornets.
LaMelo Ball scored the best score for the Hornets with Miles Bridges with both men scoring 25 points, but neither were able to keep up with the Celtics’ score in overtime as they could only manage seven in response to the 18’s. Boston.
GIANNIS “REALLY AGGRESSIVE” DOMINATES
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks led up to 18 points en route to a 119-109 victory over the error-prone Indiana Pacers.
Khris Middleton had 27 points for the Bucks, who drove 11-2 late in the second quarter and enjoyed 19 Pacers turnovers in front of a crowd of 17,900 at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse arena on Monday.
The victory closed a three-game road trip for reigning NBA champion the Bucks. “It was really aggressive Giannis tonight,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. âAt the same time, he (does) readings, makes good passes. When he attacks like that, that’s when we’re at our best. He had this extra equipment tonight. Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 25 points, and forward Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and made a game-high 13 rebounds to achieve a double-double for the third time in four games.
Indiana rookie Chris Duarte continued his strong start, finishing with 18 points. He’s scored at least 15 in each of his first four NBA games.
OTHER NBA RESULTS
INDIANA PACERS 109-119 MILWAUKEE BUCKS
ATLANTA HAWKS 122-104 PISTONS DETROIT
MIAMI HEAT 107-90 ORLANDO MAGIC
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 98-107 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS