The Rundown: Bucks hold off Sixers, Clippers beat Lakers in Kawhi's return

Published October 21, 2022, 1:30 PMJC Ansis

An all-around effort from Giannis and a clutch 3 from Wesley Matthews lifted the Bucks, while the Clippers leaned on a balanced attack to get the win.


Bucks 90, Sixers 88
Clippers 103, Lakers 97

What went down

Heading into this game, the Bucks-Sixers matchup seemed like a preview of this season's East finals. Both teams are highly touted as the two best teams in their conference, and today, they gave us a glimpse of how intense it would be if they both met in a seven-game series.

The Bucks, of course, were missing Khris Middleton, but two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who ended with 21-13-8 and 3 blocks, was more than willing to steer Milwaukee on offense. For most of the game, the Bucks were in control, gaining a lead as high as 13. But the Sixers went on a 13-0 run late in the fourth, even taking the lead on a James Harden jumper with less than two minutes left.

But in the end, it was a game-clinching 3 from Wesley Matthews that gave the Bucks their first win.

The Sixers are now 0-2 to start the season. Not actually ideal for a team that has title aspirations. But yes, it's still early right?

Out West in the Battle of Los Angeles, the Clippers had six players score in double digits as they outdueled the Lakers—also 0-2—in their season debut.

Big-time baller

One bright spot in the Sixers' loss was getting another great performance from Harden.

The Beard unloaded 31 points (54% FG), eight rebounds, and nine assists. He also had two steals and one block.

If Harden can maintain these kinds of numbers, it won't be long until the Sixers finally get on the winning side of things.

What he said

For now, we'll keep this as a receipt.

But I guess for the Lakers to make the playoffs, they'll need to listen to everything Patrick Beverley is preaching, right?

Did you see that?

Here's one for good vibes: Kawhi Leonard playing in his first game since June 2021.


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