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Clippers go top of the west with win over OKC; 76ers grab first win; LeBron makes history

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Pacers (4-5) 105, Sixers (1-7) 109

The Sixers finally got out of the blocks last night and claimed their first win of the season against a stuttering Pacers side.

It came as no surprise that Joel Embiid led the way with 25 points and seven boards, but 14-point bench contributions from Erhan Hyasova and Nik Stauskas also helped a great deal.

Paul George had a game-high 29 points for the Pacers and also had nine rebounds.

Clippers (8-1) 110, Thunder (6-3) 108

The Clippers continued to show why they are genuine contenders in the Western Conference this season as they moved to the top of the standings.

Blake Griffin led the scoring once again with 25 points for L.A., while both DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul recorded double-doubles. DJ put up 12 points and 13 rebounds while CP3 had 17 points and 10 dimes.

Russell Westbrook led the resistance for Oklahoma and he was one assist away from a triple-double. The point guard had 29 points and 14 rebounds, but some clutch shooting from Jamal Crawford sealed the deal.

Cavaliers (7-1) 105, Wizards (2-6) 94

LeBron James made history as the youngest player to ever reach 27,000 points last night and he dropped 27 points on the Wizards in the process.

Kyrie Irving actually led the way with 29 points as the champions dropped in 14 three-pointers - nine of which came from Irving and JR Smith - compared to the Wizards' three.

John Wall put his back-to-back ejections behind him to produce 28 points and Markieff Morris weighed in with 20 points, but the forward was out-rebounded 16-5 by Kevin Love.

Raptors (6-2) 113, Hornets (6-2) 111

DeMar DeRozan was at it again for the Raptors as the Canadian franchise sit just one game back from the Cavaliers and the top of the Eastern Conference.

The Hornets actually topped the standings before the start of play, but 34 more points from DeRozan, as well as 19 from his backcourt partner Kyle Lowry, helped Toronto edge this one.

Kemba Walker, however, managed a magnificent 40 points and 10 rebounds as he led the Charlotte charge, the last of which was a three-point shot right at the death. But once Toronto grabbed the lead with just over two minutes remaining, they refused to relinquish it.

Knicks (3-5) 87, Celtics (4-4) 115

The new-look Knicks continued to underwhelm last night as they were taught a thorough lesson at the TD Garden.

Carmelo Anthony was ejected with just 12 minutes to his name after two technical fouls and nobody really picked up the offensive slack. Kristaps Porzingis scored a team-high 14 points.

Isaiah Thomas was cooking for the Celtics, though, as the point guard registered 29 points. Kelly Olynyx successfully replaced Al Horford at the five spot, too, and the big man put up 19 points and seven rebounds.

Pistons (4-5) 86, Spurs (6-3) 96

Pau Gasol showed what a shrewd acquisition he was over the summer, despite being 36-yars-old, as the Spaniard led the Spurs to a well-earned victory over Detroit.

Gasol put up 21 points while Kawhi Leonard contributed 17 and LaMarcus Aldridge had 14.

For the Pistons, Andre Drummond had an impressive double-double of 20 points and 17 boards, but they really missed Reggie Jackson's explosive runs.

Kings (4-7) 120, Trail Blazers (6-4) 122 OT

DeMarcus Cousins once again led the Kings offensively with 33 points, but this time, he was suitably aided by 29 points from Rudy Gay and 20 from Darren Collison.

However, that still wasn't enough to prevent Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum dropping a combined 67 points and edging the Trail Blazers to victory in overtime.

After several lead changes, a pair of Meyers Leonard free throws eventually tipped the scales in Portland's favour with 30 seconds remaining.

Jazz (6-4) 87, Magic (3-6) 74

The Jazz continues to quietly go about their business and look like real playoff contenders in the west as a combination of their defence and poor Orlando shooting led to their sixth victory of this young season.

A pair of double-doubles from Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert did the damage with Hayward dropping a team-high 20 points while grabbing 10 boards while Gobert had 13 of each.

Evan Fournier had a game-high 21 points in response, but the Magic only made 26 of their 78 efforts from the field - seven of which were Fournier's - and only two of their players reach double-digits for points.

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