Top NBA Opening Night Performances | Is Jaylen Brown Really The Top Dawg In Boston?

The 2021-22 NBA season tipped off on Tuesday, Oct. 19, as the Milwaukee Bucks received their championship rings and hoisted their first championship banner in 50 years.

NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t disappoint with his play on ring night either tallying 32 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the “Fear Da Deer” 127-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks are out to prove they’re not a one-year wonder.

The Lakers and Warriors battled it out in Tinseltown at Staples Center. LeBron (34 points) and Anthony Davis (33 points) played well, but it was Steph Curry’s triple-double (19/10/10) which helped the Dubs to a big season-opening win (121-114) over the Lakers.

Curry didn’t shoot it well (5-21 overall and 2-8 from three) as he was double- and triple-teamed all night. But he made plays as a rebounder and distributor. That was his first triple-double in five seasons.

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When Madison Square Garden is rocking and you hear the chants of “DEFENSE” that usually means the Knicks are competitive. On opening night they got (35/9/8) from Julius Randle, the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player.

New Knick Evan Fournier channeled his inner Allan Houston, going for 32, including six threes in the second half and overtime to help propel the Knicks past the Celtics 138-134 in double overtime.

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Leprechauns stud forward Jaylen Brown went for a career-high 46 points in the loss, while his running mate Jayson Tatum missed a record number of shots for an NBA opener. 

Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball went for 31/7/9 in the Hornets 123-122 comeback win over the Pacers.

“Naptown” rookie Chris Duarte went for 27 points on (9-15 shooting), including 6-of-9 from three. He broke the Pacers’ rookie record for most triples in a team debut.

Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant poured in 37 points in the season opening 132-121 win over the Cavs. Ja put that elite athleticism and scoring ability on full display near Beale Street aka “Blues Country.”

In a wild one out west between the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trailblazers, there was no shortage of big performances. Kings forward Harrison Barnes went for a career-high 36 points (8 threes another career-high) and nine rebounds while his teammate DeAaron Fox chipped in with (27/8/5) in the 124-121 road win at “Rip City.”

Blazers guard CJ McCollum went for 34/5/6 and his backcourt mate Dame Dolla (20/11/6) was solid in the losing effort.

Zach LaVine keeps proving he is on the level of the game’s biggest stars as he goes for 34 points in a 94-88 Bills win over the Pistons. The Bulls are over .500 for the first time since March 4, 2017. It was the eighth longest such streak in league history.

In the battle of Luka vs. Trae, neither shot it well but Trae got it going in the third, and finished with 19 points and 14 assists in the Hawks’ big 113-87 win. Not sure how many people were interested in the game though.

Game one is complete for every NBA team. We have expended much energy on opening night and for some teams the sky is falling. For others, there’s a championship energy. Eighty-one more games to go.