The Milwaukee Bucks, the defending NBA champions, began the 2017 season with a dominating 127-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets
Before the game, the home team celebrated their first championship in 50 years, but there was no hangover as Giannis Antetokounmpo led his team to victory.
Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton each had 20 points and 14 rebounds, while the Greek Freak had 32 points and 14 rebounds.
GA ➡️ GA pic.twitter.com/QwNPXL2ILf
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 20, 2021
The Bucks jumped out to a 19-point lead in the second half and never went back against the visitors, who almost eliminated them in the second round of last season’s playoffs.
Kevin Durant led the Nets in scoring with 32 points, while Kyrie Irving was unavailable due to his refusal to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 on the West Coast.
EIGHTH CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR STEPH ‼️ pic.twitter.com/pv1Eo78OU0
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 20, 2021
For the Lakers, LeBron James had 34 points and Anthony Davis had 33, but the Warriors had a better-balanced approach, with six players scoring in double figures.
The Lakers were in 2 points with 6 minutes left to play but the Warriors moved on a 10-3 run to eke out a lead which they clutched to the final buzzer.
Steph Curry finished with a triple-double – 21 points, 10 rebounds and as many assists – while Jordan Poole had 20, and Damion Lee and Nemanja Bjelica each scored 15.