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Raptors (3-1) 113, Wizards (0-3) 103

DeMar DeRozan's incredible start to the season continued as he shot 50% from the field for his 40 points as the Raptors notched win number three. Kyle Lowry has been low key to start the year and managed 18, shooting 54%. Terrence Ross (15), Patrick Patterson (10) and Jonas Valanciunas (10) all made valuable contributions.

The Wizards' bench was incredibly poor as they remain winless. They managed just 11 points and emphasised just how weak the depth is right now. John Wall tried his best (22p/5r/11a), as did Otto Porter Jr. (23p/13r) but it just wasn't enough. 

Sixers (0-4) 93, Hornets (3-1) 109

Kemba Walker was at his best to see off the winless Sixers. The point guard dropped 22 points and dished out 7 assists. He was supported by Nicolas Batum, who shot 47% for his 20 points. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist pulled down 13 rebounds.

The Sixers, without Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Nerlens Noel, were always going to struggle. Dario Saric's and Ersan Ilyasova's 14 points each both came off low shooting percentages; 39% and 42% respectively.

Pistons (3-2) 101, Nets (2-3) 109

Brook Lopez (34p/11r) dominated the battle of the big men at the Barclays Center as the Nets picked up their second win. Sean Kilpatrick's performance (24p/10r) off the bench continued his impressive start.

Andre Drummond just couldn't get anything going (6p/6a - 33% FG%) as the Pistons fell. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris both ended the game with 23 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 15.

Rockets (3-2) 118, Knicks (1-3) 99

James Harden is certainly an early contender to be named MVP. The Rockets' point guard did it all, again, at Madison Square Garden (30p/6r/15a). Montrezl Harrell's 17 points, 10 rebounds and Eric Gordon's 21 points put Houston out of sight.

It's just not clicking right now for the Knicks. New York's team has looked all but 'super' so far. Kristaps Porzingis managed just 3 points. Carmelo Anthony had 21, shooting 53%, but Derrick Rose was 44% for his 16.

Lakers (2-3) 123, Hawks (3-1) 116

This is what Lakers fans want to see; D'Angelo Russell dominated with 23 points and 8 assists but a number of L.A. players found their rhythm. Nick Young (17), Jordan Clarkson (16), Lou Williams (18), Larry Nance Jr. (14) and Luol Deng (13) all contributed.

Dwight Howard was a force in the paint as he had his best night yet for the Hawks (31p/11r). Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 26 points. But they were let down as Atlanta, as a collective, shot just 34% from three on their 32 attempts.

Pelicans (0-5) 83, Grizzlies (3-2) 89

With Marc Gasol (8p/11r) and Mike Conley (20p - 42% FG%) back in the team, the Memphis Grizzlies looked like a much stronger unit. But it was JaMychal Green's 21 points (75% FG%) and Zach Randolph's double-double (10p/11r) that made all the difference.

Anthony Davis struggled and, surprise, surprise, the Pelicans lost. The Brow was just 23% from the field for his 10 points. Lance Stephenson (21p/4r/6a), Buddy Hield (18p/4r/1a) and Langston Galloway (18p/2r/2a) kept them competitive.

Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

Bulls (3-1) 100, Celtics (3-1) 107

Boston were still able to get the job done without Al Horford, who missed the game due to concussion protocol. Isaiah Thomas' double-double (23p/10a) was key to the victory. Amir Johnson was a beast in the frontcourt as his 23 points came on 82% shooting.

The Bulls shot just 35% from three as a collective in TD Garden as they dropped their first game of the season. Jimmy Butler's 23 points (8-21 FG) and 9 rebounds kept them competitive while Rajon Rondo had a double-double (12p/10r).

Mavericks (0-4) 81, Jazz (3-2) 97

Utah's balanced offence came through again as their starting stars shared the scoring load. Rodney Hood (22) and George Hill (25) were the main protagonists - Rudy Gobert's 12 points, 12 rebound double-double was invaluable.

Life for Harrison Barnes in Dallas hasn't started so well. He shot 46% from the field (0-3 3-pt) to finish with 14. Dirk Nowitzki was only able to drop 9 at 29% as the Mavericks struggled heavily on offence.

Trail Blazers (2-3) 115, Suns (1-4) 118

Phoenix finally got off the mark as their scoring depth shone through against the Blazers. TJ Warren led the way with 27 points (50% FG%) while Devin Booker (15), Eric Bledsoe (20), Alex Len (18) and Brandon Knight (16) all notched double-figures.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had their usual productive nights, scoring 27 and 24 respectively, but it was not enough as they were out-shot by the Suns.

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

Thunder (4-0) 85, Clippers (3-1) 83

Russell Westbrook's 35 points (14-30 FG) was the difference during this game between two of the league's biggest point guards. Russ was 0-7 from three but shot 47% from the field overall. Steven Adams (11) and Enes Kanter (12) were huge on the boards.

Chris Paul had a double-double (15p/11a) while Blake Griffin had 14 points and 9 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan's impact was extremely limited as he managed just 6 rebounds and 8 points.

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