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CAVALIERS (2-0) 116; BUCKS (1-1) 97

LeBron James (24/5/8) inspired the Cavs to a big win in Milwaukee on an efficient 10-of-16 shooting. Kevin Love (17/12/6) posted a double-double and Kyle Korver (17/3/1) had a huge game off the bench hitting five threes. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (34/8/8) had a monster game for the Bucks going 15-of-22 from the field but couldn't prevent the loss. Malcolm Brogdon (16/2/1) was the only other player in double figures for the home team. 

CELTICS (1-2) 102; 76ERS (0-2) 92

Boston secured its first win of the season thanks to a balanced offensive output as six players hit double digits. Kyrie Irving (21/6/4) led the team in scoring with Al Horford (17/9/3) and rookie Jayson Tatum (15/8/0) making strong contributions. 

J.J. Redick (19/0/4) had a team-high for the Sixers but they were outscored 33-20 in the fourth quarter. Ben Simmons (11/11/5) and Joel Embiid (11/14/3) but the latter had a rough shooting night going 4-of-16 from the floor and 0-of-8 from downtown. 

HAWKS (1-1) 91; HORNETS (1-1) 109

Big performances from Kemba Walker (26/4/9) and Dwight Howard (20/15/0) against his former team helped Charlotte to their first win of the campaign. Frank Kaminsky (21/6/3) provided a huge boost off the bench as they overcame a 20-point deficit to win the game. 

Dennis Schroder (25/3/5) had a big night for Atlanta and Taurean Prince (15/6/2) came up big but it wasn't enough to secure the road win.  

PISTONS (1-1) 111; WIZARDS (2-0) 115

Otto Porter Jr. (28/9/3) put on a great offensive display as he shot 11-of-19 from the field. John Wall (26/3/10) and Bradley Beal (25/4/4) also put up big numbers to help Washington grind out a victory down the stretch. 

Detroit's backcourt duo of Reggie Jackson (21/4/5) and Avery Bradley (18/2/2) did their part but couldn't prevent a first defeat of the year. 

TRAIL BLAZERS (0-2) 114; PACERS (1-1) 96

Portland came away with a second huge road of the campaign behind strong performances by their talented backcourt C.J. McCollum (28/7/1) and Damian Lillard (18/7/7). Al-Farouq Aminu (16/16/2) added a huge double-double and Evan Turner (17/2/3) was big off the bench. 

Victor Oladipo (17/6/2) had a team-high for Indiana and rookie T.J. Leaf (17/4/1) provided a spark for the home side in the loss. 

MAGIC (0-2) 121; NETS (1-1) 126

Brooklyn got off to a winning start at home in this high-scoring affair at Barclays Center. D'Angelo Russell (17/3/6), DeMarre Carroll (17/8/2) and Trevor Booker (17/11/2) led the team in scoring. 

Nikola Vucevic (41/12/3) posted a career-high on an impressive 17-of-22 shooting. Evan Fournier (22/9/5) also put up good numbers but they came away with a narrow defeat. 

JAZZ (0-2) 97; TIMBERWOLVES (1-1) 100

Minnesota got its first win of the year behind strong performances by Karl Anthony Towns (20/10/1) and Andrew Wiggins (21/5/0). All-Star Jimmy Butler (13/7/3) had a rough shooting night going 5-of-14 but veteran Jamal Crawford (17/0/1) was productive off the bench. 

Utah dropped its second straight game despite having all five starters in double figures. Rodney Hood (20/1/4) scored a team-high but left the game with a calf strain. Ricky Rubio (19/5/10) recorded a double-double in first game against his old ball club. 

KINGS (1-1) 93; MAVERICKS (0-2) 88

Sacramento came away with a close win in Dallas behind a big performance from point guard George Hill (21/5/2). Zach Randolph (13/6/1) and Buddy Hield (13/6/3) also contributed to the road win. 

Harrison Barnes (24/4/1) had a team-high for the home team and hit 16 in the fourth quarter but they were missing dynamic rookie Dennis Smith Jr.

WARRIORS (1-1) 128; PELICANS (0-2) 120

The defending champions got back to winning ways in New Orleans thanks to their All-Stars. Klay Thompson (31/4/3) led the team in scoring as he went 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry (28/3/8) and Kevin Durant (22/10/2) also contributed heavily to the win. KD almost had a triple-double by recording a career-high seven rebounds. 

The Pelicans' big man duo of Anthony Davis (35/17/5) and DeMarcus Cousins (35/13/5) produced monster double-doubles but had little support to pull out a win.

LAKERS (1-1) 132; SUNS (0-2) 130

Lonzo Ball (29/11/9) bounced back from his disappointing debut in style by almost posting his first career triple-double and helping the Purple and Gold to a narrow win. Brandon Ingram (25/2/1) also had a huge game shooting an impressive 9-of-14 from the floor. 

Phoenix suffered their second straight home loss but took the game to the wire. Their backcourt pairing of Eric Bledsoe (28/2/2) and Devin Booker (25/11/8) put up big numbers but the team fell short in the closing stages. 

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