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Trail Blazers (2-1) 115, Nuggets (1-1) 113 OT

Damian Lillard dropped 37 points on top of seven assists and three steals to help the Trail Blazers rampage past the Nuggets in overtime at the Pepsi Center. Lillard becomes the first Trail Blazer to score 100 points through the first three games of a season.

Dame Dolla led all scorers, but his backcourt partner CJ McCollum also weighed in with 23 points. An extremely tight affair was decided in Portland's favour thanks to higher shooting percentages from the field and three-point range. However, Nikola Jokic continued to impress with 23 points for Denver along with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who, despite having a tough day against Lillard, managed 21 points of his own.

Magic 99 (0-3), Cavaliers (3-0) 105

LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were at it again as they combined for 62 points to overcome a game Orlando side that managed to stay competitive with the NBA champions right till the very end.

Serge Ibaka and Evan Fournier led the resistance for Orlando with 19 and 22 points respectively. The Magic out-rebounded the Cavs here and shot better from the field, but both outfits shot below 30 percent from beyond the arc. The Cavs punished the Magic with 23 points off turnovers though and that proved to be the difference-maker.

Pelicans (0-3) 79, Spurs (3-0) 98

The Spurs move to 3-0 and, surprise surprise, Kawhi Leonard led the way again with 20 points. Patty Mills also chimed in with 18 points with LaMarcus Aldridge and Jonathon Simmons joining the Austrlian with double digits.

For the Pelicans, who are now 0-3 despite some other-worldly efforts from Anthony Davis, they are discovering that The Brow cannot do it alone. Alongside E'Twaun Moore, Davis led the Pelicans in scoring again with 18 points and he had three blocks to boot, but the Spurs were more efficient and clinical in just about every department.

Hawks (2-0) 104, 76ers (0-2) 72

Joel Embiid continues to lead the Sixers despite only managing restricted minutes on the court at this stage. The Process can't do it all, but a joint-team-high of 14 points from under 16 minutes is not bad at all.

The Hawks' superior ball movement is what killed the Sixers off in this one and Atlanta produced nearly double the assists than their opponents with 31 compared to Philly's 16. Dennis Schroder boasted 11 of them while Paul Millsap scored a game-high 17 points in Saturday's early game.

Celtics (2-1) 104, Hornets (2-1) 98

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley continued to show they are one of the top backcourts in the NBA on Saturday after the pair dropped 55 points on the Hornets, with 31 of those points coming from the defence-orientated Bradley, who also had eleven rebounds.

The explosive Kemba Walker was a worthy adversary for the backcourt duo as the Hornets man produced 29 points, but with Nicolas Batum the next best scorer on 12 points, it highlighted how wasteful Charlotte were on the night.

Timberwolves 103 (0-2), Kings (2-1) 106

DeMarcus Cousins' new lease of life continued under coach Dave Joerger at the newly-built Golden 1 Center as Boogie registered 29 points to give the Kings their second win of the season.

Rudy Gay helped out with an additional 28, but it was the contributions of Ben McLemore and Matt Barnes from the bench that tipped it in the Kings favour. 21 from Andrew Wiggins, a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds from Gorgui Deng, 21 from Zach LaVine and 15 from Karl-Anthony Towns just wasn't enough for Minnesota.

Grizzlies (1-1) 104, Knicks (1-1) 111

Without LeBron James tearing them a new one, the new-look New York Knicks looked a great deal better against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden.

The forward pair of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis went for 20 and 21 points respectively, but the 10 rebounds and seven assists from Joakim Noah ran the show. Marc Gasol replied with 20 points for Memphis, who shared their points around as another five players reached double-digits, but the home side always seemed in control.

Pacers (1-2) 101, Bulls (2-0) 118

Myles Turner continued his great start to the season with another 20 points for the visiting Pacers in addition to three blocked shots, but a three-point barrage from Doug McDermott made the difference in the Windy City.

McDermott went five-of-six from beyond the arc and behind Rajon Rondo's 13 assists and a combined 30 points from Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, the Bulls looked like a well-oiled unit. Paul George chipped in with 20 points for Indiana, but terrible nights for Monta Ellis (two points and Jeff Teague (zero points) killed their hopes of a road win.

Nets (1-2) 108, Bucks (1-1) 110

It will come as no surprise that the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo played a big part in helping Milwaukee get off the mark last night and record their first win of the season. The 6'11" guard registered 21 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, but Rashad Vaughn came off the bench to deliver a team-high 22 points.

For Brooklyn, the backcourt partnership of Bojan Bogdanovic and Jeremy Lin continues to be a bright spot with the former dropping a game-high 26 points and the latter producing a double-double of 10 dimes and 12 points. Although the Nets were right in this one, John Henson's layup at the buzzer secured the W for the Bucks

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