Portland beats Pelicans without Lillard and is 2nd. in the West

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  • Portland beats the Pelicans without Lillard and is 2nd in the West

    Portland's Jerami Grant (9) dunks against the look of Trey Murphy III and Herbert Jones, of New Orleans, in the second half of the NBA basketball game.

Without All-Star Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers extended their surprising start to the season with a 106-95 win Thursday at the New Orleans Pelicans while the Philadelphia 76ers followed up their slide with another stumble in Atlanta.

The Blazers have nine wins and three losses and are only surpassed in the Western Conference by the Utah Jazz (10-3), who are also experiencing a surprising start to the season after selling in the offseason to its figures Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

In their second game in two nights, Portland showed up. on the Pelicans court without Lillard, booked due to calf problems, and starting center Jusuf Nurkic.

Power forward Jerami Grant, with 27 points, and shooting guard Anfernee Simons , with 23 others, led the offense of the Blazers, who have accumulated six wins in seven away games.

The Pelicans (6-6) had all their starters this time but they couldn't stop a team that has risen in a big way after missing the playoffs last season.

Zion Williamson, the figure of the Pelicans , added 29 points but his squires Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum had gray performances with 14 and 13 points.

Another franchise that has not just started is the Philadelphia 76ers (5-7), now weighed down by the prolonged loss of injured James Harden.

On this occasion the team led by Doc Rivers fell. 104-95 on the court of the Atlanta Hawks, who controlled the duel from the beginning thanks to an inspired Trae Young.

The talented point guard managed to win. He scored 15 of 26 points in a fast-paced first quarter and was seconded by center Clint Capela, devastating in the paint with 18 points and 20 rebounds.

For the Sixers, Joel Embiid finished & รณ; with 26 points and 13 rebounds and continues to recover his tone after the illness that left him three matches knocked out.

Beside him, only two Philadelphia players reached double figures in scoring: Tyrese Maxey (16 points) and Tobias Harris (12). 

Discreet Doncic
For their part, the Dallas Mavericks also lost 113-105 to a team plagued by casualties, the Washington Wizards, on a discreet night by Luka Doncic.

The Slovenian, one of early MVP nominees, he signed on. He put up 22 points on a mediocre 8/21 shooting from the field and added 22 points. 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie loaded the ball. with the weight of the Dallas offense with 33 points and 6 assists while Argentine point guard Facundo Campazzo returned He was likely to sit out a minute.

The Wizards brought an unexpected cheer to their fans on a night when their stars Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis were absent.

The power forward Kyle Kuzma, with 36 points and 11 rebounds, exercised as leader of Washington together with the Japanese Rui Hachimura, who signed 23 and 8.

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