In a game that wasn’t very close, the Warriors were ultimately bested by their former player and his star teammate Kyrie Irving with a score of 125 to 99. Durant finished with 22 points, 3 steals, 3 assist, and 5 rebounds while shooting 7 for 16 from the field and a perfect 7 for 7 from the free-throw line. Irving, who started the game scorching hot, finished with 26 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and shot 10 for 16 from the field.
On the Warriors end, two-time MVP Steph Curry scored 20 points, accrued 10 assists, with 2 steals and 4 rebounds. Rising star Andrew Wiggins scored 13 points, with 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. Yet it was the Warriors’ #2 pick from the 2020 NBA Draft, James Wiseman, who shined throughout the contest in his first NBA game.
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Wiseman’s NBA Debut
Wiseman was solid in his NBA debut scoring 19 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and shooting 7 for 13 from the field and 4 for 8 from the free-throw line. Not only were his teammates impressed with how well he faired but he even believes he did “really well” per NBC Sports’s Drew Shiller.
I felt a lot of jitters, but as soon as I took my first shot attempt, everything went out the window. I think I did really well for not playing in a year.
And due to the protocols and stuff, I got to get my conditioning back up. Just trying to build on my development and try to get better every day.
I was very impressed with myself. I got a lot to learn. As long as I keep playing games and keep getting more experience, I’m gonna get better at it.
Kerr continued on and spoke about how even if the game didn’t turn out how he wanted, it proved that Wiseman has big things in store for him.
He played really well. He looked great out there. I would have preferred a game where we actually were in the game and playing at a competitive level. Obviously, we get crushed tonight.
But James showed exactly why we’re excited about him. He’s a really talented guy and he’s smart and hardworking and he wants to do well and fit in with his teammates. He’s got a bright future.
You love to see this from James Wiseman pic.twitter.com/TElvIGSr6G
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) December 23, 2020