Donovan Mitchell and Luka Doncic blazed Monday night for the NBA playoff debut. But Utah and Dallas lost.
It started strong! The very first game of these NBA playoffs which will go down in history, whatever happens, given the particular context, was marked by the huge card from Donovan Mitchell. The young Utah full-back (23) scored 57 points against Denver, which is simply the third biggest performance in playoff history. Mitchell thus failed to only 6 points of the absolute record, held by a certain Michael Jordan, who was also 23 years old when he passed 63 points to the Boston Celtics of Larry Bird.
Unfortunately for Mitchell, his efforts, no more than the 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks from Rudy Gobert, did not allow the Jazz to win against the Nuggets (125-135 AD). It is Denver who had the last word thanks to the 29 points of Nikola Jokic, and especially the 36 units of Jamal Murray, decisive during the extension.
A record for Doncic
No more success for Luka Doncic. The Slovenian prodigy set a new record: that of the number of points for a first career playoff game. The former Real Madrid player compiled 42 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists but that was not enough for Dallas, who gave in to the LA Clippers (110-118). Penalized by the exclusion of Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavs could not resist the 29 points of Kawhi Leonard and the 27 points of Paul George.
In the East, the first evening took place without surprise. Boston took the better of Philadelphia (109-101), in the wake of 32 points and 13 rebounds from Jayson Tatum. Finally, the defending champion, Toronto, quietly dominated Brooklyn (134-110), despite the fine performance of Frenchman Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (26 points to 9/13 shooting) for the Nets.
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