The 2021-22 NBA season tipped off Tuesday night, and it was the Milwaukee Bucks who came away with the first win of the season in a dominant 127-104 performance over Kevin Durant, James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks also received their championship rings and raised a banner to the rafters of Fiserv Forum to kick off the opening night of the league’s 75th anniversary.
Reigning Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks, finishing the win with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Khris Middleton tacked on another 20 points and nine rebounds, while Grayson Allen added 10 points, six assists and four rebounds to help overcome the loss of Jrue Holiday for the second half. For Brooklyn, Durant and Harden paced the Nets offensively combining for 52 points, 19 rebounds and 12 assists in the loss.
The Bucks showed minimal rust throughout the game, while Brooklyn struggled to get into a rhythm and couldn’t stop Milwaukee on the other end of the floor. It’s just one game, and the Nets will be able to use this loss as an opportunity to make adjustments for their next matchup.
In another the game the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 in Tuesday’s showdown between Western Conference contenders at Staples Center. Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole and Nemanja Bjelica spearheaded the winning effort for the visitors, who are looking to bounce back from last season’s play-in tournament exit.
Impressive showings from LeBron James and Anthony Davis weren’t enough for the Lakers, who debuted a new lineup featuring plenty of noteworthy additions.
Notable Player Stats
Stephen Curry, G, GS: 21 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST, 5-of-21 FG
Jordan Poole, G, GS: 20 PTS, 3 AST, 2 REB
Nemanja Bjelica, F, GS: 15 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
LeBron James, F, LAL: 34 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST
Anthony Davis, F, LAL: 33 PTS, 11 REB, 2 BLK, 2 AST