Rockets (2-2) 120, Cavaliers (4-0) 128
LeBron James was two assists away from another triple-double (19p/13r/8a) in his 36 minutes of action. Kyrie Irving exploded for 32 points (10-19 FG) and also provided four assists. Kevin Love had 24, J.R. Smith 15 and Mike Dunleavy (11) and Channing Frye (11) had valuable contributions off the bench.
James Harden's start to life as a point guard has been mightily impressive; he shot 65% for 41 points at the Q Arena and also provided 15 assists. He was three rebounds off a T-D. Eric Gordon (16), Ryan Anderson (12) and Trevor Ariza (11) were also in double-figures.
Magic (1-3) 103, Sixers (0-3) 101
Serge Ibaka's 21 points, including a late free throw, due to a flagrant foul, helped the Orlando Magic get off the mark under Frank Vogel. The former OKC man had 21 points and four rebounds. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and Elfrid Payton 18.
Joel Embiid did all he could in his 25 minutes of action, scoring 18 and pulling down 10 boards. Gerald Henderson also had 18 points while Hollis Thompson had 22 off the bench, but it was not enough for the Sixers, who lost their third straight to begin the season.
Lakers (1-3) 108, Pacers (2-2) 115
Paul George's 30 points led the Pacers to their second win of the season against a spirited Lakers team. He also had 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Monta Ellis had 2 blocks and 17 points while CJ Miles also came up big off the bench with 16 points.
Lou Williams once again had a big night off the pine with 19 points and five assists. D'Angelo Russell was cold from three (0-4) for his 11 points. Jordan Clarkson had 15 while Brandon Ingram struggled in his 15 minutes of play with 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Kings (2-3) 96, Heat (2-2) 108
Goran Dragic (25p/8r/8a), Dion Waiters (20p) and Tyler Johnson (22p) led the way for the Miami Heat as they battled past the Sacramento Kings in overtime. However, it was DaMarcus Cousins' absence from OT that made all the difference. Hassan Whiteside (14p/11r) was able to take full advantage in the extended minutes.
Cousins had been having a strong night (30p/7r/4a) until he fouled out with an offensive call when attempting to give the Kings a late lead in regulation. Rudy Gay (30p/12r) also came up big for Sacramento.
Knicks (1-2) 89, Pistons (3-1) 102
Tobias Harris was 68% from the field as he led the game in scoring with his 25 points. The former Orlando man secured a double-double with 10 boards. He was supported by Marcus Morris (22 points). Andre Drummond only managed 9 points but his 13 rebounds were invaluable.
Kristaps Porzingis (18p/6r) shot below 40% as the Knicks struggled on offence. Carmelo Anthony had his usual scoring night with 24, Derrick Rose had 19 and Brandon Jennings 12 but there was just not enough support from the rest of the team.
Bucks (2-2) 117, Pelicans (0-4) 113
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a big night as he shot 53% from the field for his 24 points, pulling down 10 rebounds, providing 7 assists and adding 1 steal and 2 blocks from his point forward position. Tony snell also had a double-double (13p/10r).
Once again Anthony Davis had a huge game (35p/15r/2a/3s/3b) but it was not enough as his Pelicans team lost their fourth of the season. Tim Frazier had 20 points, Solomon Hill 18 and E'Twaun Moore 17 but it wasn't enough.
Grizzlies (2-2) 80, Timberwolves (1-2) 116
This is more like what people expected from the Timberwolves. Zach LaVine dropped 31 on the Grizzlies while Kris Dunn, starting in place on the injured Ricky Rubio, was 43% from the field for his 10 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had an 11 point, 10 rebound double-double.
Without Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, who were both rested, it was always going to be difficult for the Grizzlies. Troy Williams (14) and Deyonta Davis (17) led the scoring for Memphis. Andrew Harrison was a poor 28.6% for his 12 points.
Jazz (2-2) 106, Spurs (4-1) 91
As far as statement wins go, this was huge for the Utah Jazz. They showed they can be the playoff-worthy team we all expect them to be. George Hill led the way with 22 points and 7 assists. Rodney Hood (19), Shelvin Mack (14) and Trey Lyles (15) all provided valuable scoring.
Except for Kawhi Leonard (30p/7r/2a/2s) and LaMarcus Aldridge (21p/4r) the Spurs struggled to get anything going as they dropped their first game of the season. Jonathon Simmons shot 14% while Manu Ginobili was only at 20%.
Warriors (3-1) 127, Blazers (2-2) 104
Ian Clark shot a pure 100% from the field (8-8) as he provided 22 points off the bench for the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry was 5-10 from three for his 28 points while Kevin Durant also had 20 (9-15 FG).
Damian Lillard continued his strong start to the season with 31 points (8-19 FG). C.J. McCollum was 50% on the night but only took 12 shots as he ended with 16. Jake Layman had a night he will never forget with 17 points in just 8 minutes - shooting 5-7 from behind the arc.