The NBA’s 75th anniversary season started with 4 playoff contenders, including last year’s two Finals Champions With an unknown season ahead, the NBA is thrilled to kick it off with a bang.
The defending Milwaukee Bucks look to repeat their title and got off to a good start on Tuesday against a Finals contender in the Nets. Milwaukee got off to a 12 point first-quarter lead and didn’t look back. With the biggest lead of the night being 23 points, the Bucks controlled the game from the start to the final buzzer. Backed by great performances by 2020 Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star Khris Middleton, the Bucks were able to start the 75th season off strong in front of a sold-out crowd of over 17,000 at home. Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 14 rebounds to begin another potential MVP season, while Middleton was a nice refresher for the Milwaukee offense with 20 points and 9 rebounds of his own.
In the Western Conference, a rematch of a play-in tournament game between the Lakers and Warriors kicked off the season in LA. In front of almost 19,000 people in the Staples Center, the Lakers led the game for the first 3 quarters, leading by 7 at halftime and 3 after the third. The Warriors were able to score 38 points in the fourth quarter to begin the season with a win. Despite only making about 1 in 5 shots, Steph Curry led the scoring for Golden State with a triple-double in the season opener, with SG Jordan Poole adding 20 of his own points. On the other side, despite the loss, LeBron and Anthony Davis started the season off great. LeBron scored 34 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Davis scored 33 points and 11 rebounds, but huge pickup Russell Westbrook was limited to only 8 points in the loss.
They’re only one game in, and there is still an unbelievable amount of basketball to play, but the 75th season is shaping up to be a good one.