The much-awaited NBA 2021-22 season has finally kicked off in style as the opening night produced two exciting matches for everyone. In the first match, defending champions Milwaukee Bucks continued from where they left off as they registered a comprehensive 127-104 win over Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum. Meanwhile, the big upset came in the other match at Staples Center where Golden State Warriors went on to win the closely-fought contest 121-114 against LA Lakers.
Stephen Curry registers first triple-double since 2016
Stephen Curry was the star player for the Warriors as he stole the show with his magical performance. Although the 33-year-old hilariously termed his performance as 'trash' after the match, the stats told a different story altogether. Curry went on to register 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists - making it his first triple-double in NBA since 2016.
Apart from Curry, there were quite a few impressive performances from Golden State Warriors' players. While Jordan Poole had an impressive outing with a 20-point game, Nemanja Bjelica was had a brilliant display with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
On the other hand, Anthony David (33 points) and LeBron James (34 points) also had a good game but the duo did not get enough help from others as LA Lakers narrowly lost out the match 114-121.
Giannis Antetokounmpo powers reigning champions to a big win
Milwaukee Bucks, as expected, got themselves off to a flying start as they absolutely stormed past Brooklyn Nets in a one-sided contest. Star player Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly took no time to reveal his intentions for the season as he registered 32 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in a sparkling performance.
Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton also had impressive 20-point outings as the defending champions went on to seal the match 127-104. Kevin Durant was the only positive for the Nets as he had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to his name.
Jrue Holiday suffers injury during the match
On an otherwise perfect night, the Bucks had a major injury scare with star guard Jrue Holiday suffering a right heel contusion. He played only 18 minutes against the Nets before the injury ruled him out of the remainder of the contest.
After the match, head coach Mike Budenholzer however confirmed that scans were clean and it looks like Holiday will be back on the court very soon, much to the delight of all Bucks' fans.