The NBA’s opening night wasn’t free from drama. After all exciting trades and signings, It only took less than six minutes for the Celtics had one of their best summer signings injured, while Kyrie was losing against his former club. The defending champions Golden State Warriors had a shocking start against James Harden’s Houston Rockets….READ MORE.
3. LeBron James scores 29 points as Cleveland win NBA opener against Kyrie Irving’s Celtics
Last night was the NBA opener, seeing the first look at the new-look Cavaliers _ with eight different players from last season’s NBA Finals team. Their first opponent was Boston Celtics, with a former Cavalier Kyrie. Irving, playing at The Q for the first time in a jersey other than the Cavs, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Cleveland beat the Boston Celtics 102-99 in the NBA’s season opener.
James was magnificent in his return to the court from a sprained left ankle. He finished with game-highs in points (29) and rebounds (16) to go with nine assists. James found Kevin Love for a 3-pointer with 46.3 left that proved to win the game. Irving, the man who hit the Game 7 winning 3-pointer two seasons ago for the Cavs, finished with 22 points and 10 assists on 8-of-17 shooting for the Celtics.
Derrick Rose, playing in his first game as a Cav, finished with 14 points. Dwyane Wade, also making his Cleveland debut, struggled with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting and four turnovers. Crowder scored 11 points and contributed five rebounds against his old team.
2. Hayward had a horrific injury just five minutes into his debut with the Celtics
Boston star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome injury. Landing violently, Hayward dislocated his left ankle and fracturing his left tibia just five minutes into his debut with the Celtics.
He went up for an alley-oop pass and collided with LeBron James midway through the first quarter. Coming back on the floor, Hayward got his leg twisted underneath him. He collapsed under the basket and looked in horror as his left foot was pointing outward. Hayward had his leg placed in an air cast, and James came over to console him before the 27-year-old was pushed from the floor on a stretcher.
Hayward spent the past six seasons with the Utah Jazz before signing with Boston. He signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer. Now, they could be without Hayward for an extended period.
1. Golden State Warriors had a shocking opening night against James Harden’s Houston Rockets
The Warriors lost, 122-121, to Houston at the Oracle. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “we deserved to lose.” The Houston Rockets took the court in hopes to state their early case that Chris Paul’s arrival would be enough to overthrow the defending champions. But it turned out that the Rockets didn’t need Paul to beat them as James Harden have it all.
The Rockets stepped inside Oracle Arena to ruin the Warriors’ championship ring ceremony evening. Rockets star James Harden posted 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists. Curry ended with 22 points and Durant had 20 points. Golden State (0-1) led for much of the game and carried a lead of 17 at one point.