Bucks (1-0) 108; Celtics (0-2) 100
Giannis Antetokounmpo (37/13/3) absolutely dominated Boston and spoiled their home-opener, going 13-of-22 shooting on the night. Malcolm Brogdon (19/1/4) and Kris Middleton (15/9/6) played 41 and 43 minutes respectively in the win for the Bucks. Kyrie Irving (17/4/3) struggled for Boston, going just 7-for-25 shooting while Jaylen Brown (18/5/3) was effective, but dealt with foul trouble throughout the game. The Bucks outscored the Celtics 32-20 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Wizards (1-0) 120; 76ers (0-1) 115
The dynamic duo of John Wall (28/5/8) and Bradley Beal (25/6/4) shouldered the load for the Wizards in the back-and-forth, high-scoring battle. Robert Covington (29/7/1) surprisingly led the Sixers in the scoring column while Joel Embiid (18/13/3) and Ben Simmons (18/10/5) posted double-doubles in the loss. First overall pick Markelle Fultz (10/3/1) didn’t see much run, logging 18 minutes off the bench. Philadelphia had 17 turnovers in the game compared to just nine by Washington.
Pistons (1-0) 102; Hornets (0-1) 90
The highly-anticipated matchup heading into the game was at center between Andre Drummond (8/13/4) and Dwight Howard (10/15/1), but both players failed to turn in massive stat lines. Kemba Walker (24/6/4) led the way for the shorthanded Hornets in the loss while Tobias Harris (27/10/3) dominated for Detroit, scoring 17 points in his first quarter alone. Despite being on the winning team, Stanley Johnson (2/4/1) had one of the oddest stat lines of the night, shockingly going 0-for-13 shooting in 40 minutes on the court.
Pacers (1-0) 140; Nets (0-1) 131
D’Angelo Russell (30/3/5) had a dominant Nets debut, going 12-of-22 shooting, but his performance was spoiled by Indiana’s balanced attack. Eight Pacers scored in double-figures and six took double-digit field goal attempts in the win, led by Victor Oladipo (22/5/4), Darren Collison (21/3/11) and Myles Turner (21/14/2). This was by far the highest-scoring game of the entire NBA slate and Indiana was unstoppable offensively, going 53-of-102 from the field (52.0 percent). Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin (18/0/4) left the game with an apparent knee injury.
Magic (1-0) 116; Heat (0-1) 109
Hassan Whiteside (26/22/1) had the first 20-20 game of the new season, but the Heat couldn’t keep up with the Magic offensively, shooting just 8-of-30 from three-point range in the loss. Evan Fournier (23/1/3) led Orlando in scoring and all starters scored in double-figures including Nikola Vucevic (19/13/1) and Aaron Gordon (14/9/3). Despite Whiteside’s dominance, the Magic out-rebounded the Heat 51-to-44.
Grizzlies (1-0) 103; Pelicans (0-1) 91
Memphis relied on their two superstars, as Anthony Davis (33/18/0) and DeMarcus Cousins (28/10/2) dominated the interior. Cousins also had seven blocks on the defensive end of the floor. However, the rest of the Pelicans only scored 30 points total and shot 38.0 percent as a team. The Grizzlies were led by Mike Conley (27/5/3) and Marc Gasol (14/11/4) in the home victory.
Hawks (1-0) 117; Mavericks (0-1) 111
The Hawks’ offense relied completely on Dennis Schroder (28/2/7) and he answered the call, going 13-for-26 from the field in the road win. Marco Belinelli (20/3/3) added quality minutes off the bench for Atlanta, knocking down 7-of-14 shots. In the loss, Dirk Nowitzki (10/6/0) struggled, going just 4-of-14 shooting, but rookie Dennis Smith (16/3/10) had an impressive debut, posting a double-double. The Hawks went 9-of-18 from three-point range while the Mavs went 17-for-45, highlighting the contrasting styles of play.
Jazz (1-0) 106; Nuggets (0-1) 96
Rudy Gobert (18/10/1) posted a double-double for Utah and led the home team in scoring. In the fourth quarter, the Jazz out-scored the Nuggets 28-13 to secure the victory. Utah was able to limit the talented frontcourt of Paul Millsap (19/6/1) and Nikola Jokic (7/12/8) to 26 points combined and also forced Denver to commit 21 turnovers on the night.
Spurs (1-0) 107; Timberwolves (0-1) 99
Playing without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs leaned heavily on LaMarcus Aldridge (25/10/4), who went 9-of-21 shooting. Danny Green (17/4/2) and Dejounte Murray (17/5/2) held their own in the backcourt for San Antonio as well, going 12-of-17 shooting combined. Jimmy Butler (12/4/4) had a forgettable debut for Minnesota while Andrew Wiggins (26/5/1) led the team in scoring and Karl-Anthony Towns (18/13/1) posted a double-double. Shockingly, the Spurs had 11 team blocks in the game, compared to Minnesota’s four.
Trail Blazers (1-0) 124; Suns (0-1) 76
This was the worst loss in the history of the Suns franchise. Down 60-35 at halftime and 88-55 at the end of the third quarter, Eric Bledsoe (15/4/3) led the way for Phoenix and went just 5-for-18 shooting on the night. As a team, the Suns shot 31.5 percent overall and just 7-of-27 from three. Further, Portland out-rebounded them 57-to-33 and were able to shoot 48.9 percent overall, including a remarkable 14-of-24 from beyond the arc. Without CJ McCollum due to a one-game suspension, Damian Lillard (27/5/5) thrived, shooting 10-of-20 overall in 30 minutes.
Rockets (2-0) 105; Kings (0-1) 100
Playing without Chris Paul, James Harden (27/3/9) and Eric Gordon (25/4/3) led Houston in scoring, but were inefficient shooting the ball, going a combined 15-for-44 from the field and 8-of-27 from three-point range. Clint Capela (22/17/1) was dominant in 28 minutes on the court. As a whole, the Rockets escaped with the close win despite going 12-for-45 from beyond the arc. They were amazing from the charity stripe, however, going 27-for-29. Willy Cauley-Stein (21/10/1) had an impressive performance for the Kings in the loss and rookie De’Aaron Fox (14/4/5) went 7-of-15 shooting in 24 minutes off the bench.