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Luke Walton's Lakers shock the Warriors 117-97; Damian Lillard drops 42 points

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Warriors (4-2) 97, Lakers (3-3) 117

For one night only at the Staples Center, the student became the master as Luke Walton haunted his old Warriors colleagues courtesy of a blowout win for the Lakers.

Julius Randle managed to drop 20 points in addition to 14 rebounds and a steal to get the better of Draymond Green, but it was the Purple and Gold bench that really excelled as they scored a combined 61 points, ironically showing the depth their opponents had become renowned for.

The 15 points the Warriors scored in the first quarter was their fewest through six games and the fewest the Lakers had allowed. Kevin Durant still managed a game-high 27 points, but the Splash Bros woes continued as Klay Thompson went a poor 2-for-10 from behind the arc while Curry didn't make a single three in 10 attempts.

Spurs (5-1) 100, Jazz (3-3) 86

Kawhi Leonard was the star for the Spurs once again as the small forward and current two-time Defensive Player of the Year registered 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists on top of a block and a steal.

LaMarcus Aldridge continued to back him up with 19 points and Patty Mills showed his starting credentials over Tony Parker wth four three-pointers on his way to 16 points.

The Jazz, still without Gordon Hayward, relied on Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and George Hill to put up the fight. Hood led the way with 18 points but it was a comfortable win for the Spurs, in truth.

Hawks (3-2) 92, Wizards (1-3) 95

Dwight Howard continued his fine hometown form with a double-double that included 20 points and 12 rebounds as well as three steals.

However, it was the Wizards backcourt that got the job done here with a combined 49 points from John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Marcin Gortat had a double-double and Markieff Morris was only one board away from one of his own to show just how Washington dominated inside.

Heat (2-3) 87, Raptors (4-1) 96

The Raptors continued their fine early season form behind DeMar DeRozan's hot streak. The shooting guard dropped 34 points and Terrence Ross contributed 20 more from the bench as the Canadian franchise show almost eight percent better from the field.

Hassan Whiteside put up the Heat resistance with 21 points and 16 boards on top of a serious highlight block. Goran Dragic also had 17 points, but ultimately, it wasn't enough.

Kyle Lowry was one of the best performers on the night and a real difference maker for the Raptors. 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks is just about as fine an all-around performance as one could wish to see.

Hornets (4-1) 99, Nets (2-4) 95

The Hornets have four wins from their first five games to start the season, much to the surprise of just about everyone. The Brooklyn Nets were the latest side to fall to Michael Jordan's franchise as they just could not find an answer to Kemba Walker.

The explosive point guard put up 30 points while Nicolas Batum chimed in with 18 of his own.

Jeremy Lin was missing against his former side and it was down to Brook Lopez to put up the fight. The center had 18 points and despite Brooklyn leading midway through the third quarter, the Hornets were able to regain control and see the game out.

Knicks (2-3) 117, Bulls (3-2) 104

The Knicks starting five finally did what Phil Jackson always imagined they might at the fifth time of asking as their prime time players put up 100 of their points.

Carmelo Anthony had 25 points, but sophomore Kristaps Porzingis led the way with 27 points of his own. Derrick Rose poured in 15 points against his former side and hometown of Chicago and he added seven rebounds and 11 assists, too.

16 points from Joakim Noah - with nine boards - and 17 from Courtney Lee rounded off a fine team performance for New York. For Chicago, Dwyane Wade put up 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and even an additional 26 from Jimmy Butler was not enough.

Clippers (4-1) 99, Grizzlies (3-3) 88

Chris Paul put in a virtuoso performance to lead the Clippers to their fourth win of the season and show why he is still regarded as one of the finest point guards in the league today.

CP3 had 27 points, 11 assists and a huge six steals to take control of the game and the Clippers also controlled the paint as DeAndre Jordan tallied a ridiculous 21 rebounds.

Blake Griffin also had a double-double, but Grizzlies' Mike Conley responded with a game-high 30 points. Marc Gasol had 21 points ito support his superstar point guard, but the Clippers were comfortable.

Suns (2-4) 112, Pelicans (0-6) 111

Unbelievably, Anthony Davis has ended up on yet another losing side as the Pelicans stretched their horrible start to the season to six defeats.

TJ Warren's game-winning dunk sealed the deal for Phoenix and was the last of his 18 points, but sophomore Devin Booker led the way with a game-high 38 points that include a trio of three-point bombs.

Davis had a double-double of 22 points and eleven assists, but despite his four blocks, the Pelicans' defence is a major issue. With yet another late basket going against them, New Orleans look drained of confidence, too.

Trail Blazers (3-3) 105, Mavericks (0-5) 95

After adding Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes from a 73-game winning Golden State Warriors side in the summer, there was plenty of optimism in Dallas that this year would be a breakout season for them.

However, they couldn't have gotten off to a worse possible start. They've now lost all of their opening five after Portland, behind an incredible 42 points from Damian Lillard, beat them by 10.

Harrison Barnes did his best to begin justify his max-contract with a 17-point and 10-rebound double-double, but with just five points from Dirk Nowitzki and a painfully inefficient Deron Williams - he went 4-for-21 on all shooting - led to Dallas' demise.

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