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NBA: James Harden seems to have seen a one-eyed: -48 in his reception at the Sixers

TO James Harden seems to be haunted by bad luck. He leaves Brooklyn in the middle of a sports crisis (10 straight losses to his departure) and wit


TO seems to be haunted by bad luck. He leaves Brooklyn in the middle of a sports crisis (10 straight losses to his departure) and with locker room problems (it has been revealed that he had discussions with Irving and Durant) to get to Philadelphia and that the Sixers receive him with a blushing defeat by 48 points (they got to be 51) against a historic rival such as the Boston Celtics. The same rival that just a week before defeated the Nets, still with ‘La Barba’ in his ranks, by 35 points.

The night began in a festive tone for Harden, who was chosen to ring the liberty bell in a ceremony that served for the escort to take a dip in crowds in his first appearance at the Wells Fargo Center, before which he will be your new hobby. It was the calm before a hysterical storm hit the Sixers.

Harden attends a stunned recital of the Celtics and a game to be forgotten by his new teammates, who received the worst defeat in the 457 matches between two franchises with the longest history in the NBA. An unmitigated defeat in which not even Joel Embiid, the NBA’s top scorer, was saved from burning.

The African pvot saw his streak of 31 consecutive games scoring at least 25 points cut short and he stayed at 19 with a three of nine shooting from the field in one of his worst games of the year against a rival that seems to have taken the measure both to and to his new partner James Harden, who did not have the best possible reception and who will debut with the 76ers after the All Star break.

The 76ers were the victims of one of the greatest nights in Boston Celtics history. And those are big words. Those from Massachusetts were led by Jaylen Brown (29 points) on a night in which the Celtics broke their all-time record for triples after scoring 25 shots from beyond the arc with more than 55% accuracy. Simply spectacular.

Double Spanish presence in the NBA night. The first to appear was Serge Ibaka, who played his second game with the Milwaukee Bucks jersey and was a privileged witness to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hysterical night. The Spanish international scored nine points, with 3 of 3 shots, distributed an assist and grabbed five rebounds.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, the Pelicans could not avoid defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies (109-121) in a game in which the Spaniard Willy Hernangmez came off the bench again to play 18 minutes and score 12 points (five of five shooting from the field), grab five rebounds, give an assist and steal a ball. For his part, Santi Aldama was left without playing time due to a technical decision in that same match.

The Atlanta Hawks continue to hold on to play-in spots despite the push from the Washington Wizards. Those from Georgia maintain the tenth place in the East thanks to the inspiration of a Trae Young who dominated against the Cavaliers (124-116) in a game in which he finished with 41 points (13 of 22 in shots and 4 of 7 in triples) and nine assists. It is Young’s 21st career game above 40 points. Only six players have added more games in those figures under the age of 24.

RESULTS OF THE NBA DAY

  • Hawks 124-116 Cavaliers
  • Heat 99-107 Mavericks
  • 76ers 87-135 Celtics
  • Bucks 128-119 Pacers
  • Timberwolves 126-120 Hornets
  • Pelicans 109-121 Grizzlies
  • Suns 103-96 Clippers

A double-double by Carl Anthony Towns, with 39 points and 15 rebounds, pushed the Timberwolves to victory, after extra time, against a struggling Hornets who have only won one of their last nine games. A team that barely reached 24% success from the triple with a miss Terry Rozier, who only scored one of the seven shots he made from beyond the arc.

The Suns certified the best start in their history (47-10) with a meritorious victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (103-96) led by a spectacular Chris Paul (17 points with 14 assists). The point guard was decisive with his performance in the last two minutes of the match with a triple, an alley oop for Devin Booker and a basket of two to seal a new game for the history of the franchise.