(Belgium) Portland continues its excellent start to the season in the NBA, the American basketball league, after its 95-106 victory over New Orleans on Thursday. At the same time, Atlanta took over Philadelphia (104-95).
Despite the absences of Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic, the Blazers were able to count on 27 points from Jerami Grant to overcome the Pelicans where only Zion Williamson stood out with 29 points. A ninth win in twelve games for Portland allows the Oregon franchise to consolidate its second place in the Western Conference behind the surprising Utah team. In the Eastern Conference, Atlanta won the nightcap against Philadelphia, trailing early in the season. The Hawks were able to count on their leader Trae Young, author of 26 points, but also with the solid double-double of Clint Capela (18 points, 20 rebounds). Sixers, still deprived of James Harden, Joel Embiid also signed a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Thanks to this eighth win this season, Atlanta returns to the 4th position in the Eastern Conference ahead of Toronto and Washington, who took the measure of Dallas (113-105) despite the absences of Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis. The Sixers are in 11th place in the East ahead of Miami, which came in overtime against Charlotte (117-112). (Belgian)