New York, Chicago and Houston winners, Memphis-Milwaukee arrested

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Wednesday 06 October 2021 at 08:03

Four NBA preseason games were scheduled for Tuesday, but one of them, Memphis-Milwaukee, was unable to go to completion following a fire alarm. For the rest, Evan Fournier scored 12 points in the Knicks’ victory. Chicago and Houston also scored.

After Denver, Orlando and Boston, Evan Fournier donned the fourth NBA jersey of his career on Tuesday, playing his very first preseason game with the New York Knicks. Holder alongside Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, the French Olympic vice-champion played 27 minutes in the Knicks’ 125-104 victory over Indiana at Madison Square Garden. And he scored 12 points and took 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Except during the very first minutes, the Big Apple franchise dominated the entire meeting, the gap even climbing to 27 in the third quarter, against the Pacers led by Domantas Sabonis (6 points in 21 minutes), Myles Turner (10 points in 18 minutes) and Malcolm Brogdon (5 points in 18 minutes). If Fournier shone, it is indeed Julius Randle who finishes top scorer of the Knicks, with 20 points.

The new-look Bulls delighted

Chicago fans were able to discover their new team at the United Center, arguably the most beautiful on paper they have had in several years, including DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. . And these Bulls version 2021-22 largely won 131-95 against Cleveland in a game dominated from end to end where they even led by 48 points in the last quarter. Zach LaVine, one of the few players who was already there last season, carried his team, with 25 points in 24 minutes (9/14 on shots including 4/6 on 3pts), while DeRozan finished with 13 points, Vucevic with 10, Ball with 8 and Caruso in double-double (10pts, 10pds). Opposite, Ricky Rubio scored 10 points, took 5 rebounds and delivered 6 assists for his debut with the Cavs.

Houston wins late, Memphis fire alarm

In Houston, the Rockets won 125-119 against Washington in the tightest game of the evening, where no team had more than ten points in advance. The Rockets of Kevin Porter Jr (25pts), Jalen Green and Daniel Theis (12pts each) dominated for twenty minutes, then the Wizards of Bradley Beal (18pts), Aaron Holiday (17pts) and Spencer Dinwiddie (14pts) took the lead. , until two minutes from time, where Armoni Brooks (one 3-point shot and three free throws) and Dante Exum (two free throws) gave the Texans the victory. Finally, the last match on the program of the evening, between Memphis and Grizzlies, was stopped at the end of the third quarter while the Grizzlies (without their French Tillie and Pons) led 87-77 against the defending champions (without G. Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday). A fire alarm was indeed triggered in an area not accessible to the public of the FedExForum, and after an hour of break to allow the evacuation of the premises, the League, in consultation with the two teams, decided not to resume the game, for the health of the players. Ja Morant still had time to score 27 points in 24 minutes for the Grizzlies (11/18 on penalties) and Jordan Nwora 16 for the Bucks, who did not lead a single minute during this game.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

New York Knicks – Indiana Pacers: 125-104
>>> Evan Fournier (NYK) stats: 27 minutes of play, 12 points (3/8 on shots including 1/4 on 3pts, 5/6 on free throws), 4 rebounds, 1 pass, 1 stray ball , 1 fault

Memphis Grizzlies – Milwaukee Bucks: 87-77 (game abandoned at end of third quarter due to fire alarm)
>>> Yves Pons (MEM), by decision of the coach, and Killian Tillie (MEM), injured, did not play

Chicago Bulls – Cleveland Cavaliers: 131-95
Houston rockets – Washington Wizards: 125-119

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