Hornets (2-2) 110; Nuggets (1-3) 93
Frank Kaminsky (20/4/3) was on fire off the bench for Charlotte as he had a game-high in points. Dwight Howard (15/19/0) continued his hot start to the season with yet another double-double while Kemba Walker (19/4/5) chipped in as well. Nikola Jokic (18/11/0) and Gary Harris (18/2/1) led the Nuggets in scoring in the loss. Charlotte knocked down 21 free throws compared to just nine by Denver.
Pistons (3-2) 122; Timberwolves (2-3) 101
Playing without Jimmy Butler for the second-straight game, the T-Wolves were simply overmatched. Karl-Anthony Towns (23/10/1) and Andrew Wiggins (21/3/1) had typical performances, but received no help from their teammates. Detroit outscored Minnesota 40-18 in the second quarter and held on to the big lead. All five Pistons starters scored in double-figures, but Tobias Harris (34/4/1) led the team, shooting 14-for-24 overall and 6-for-9 from three.
Rockets (4-1) 105; 76ers (1-4) 104
Houston finished the game on a 9-0 run when James Harden (27/3/13) passed the ball to Eric Gordon (29/4/5) and he knocked down a buzzer beater for a one-point win. Although the Sixers failed to close out the game, Ben Simmons (14/7/9), Joel Embiid (21/6/3), Robert Covington (20/6/1) and J.J. Redick (22/5/4) all had solid individual performances. Houston went 21-for-24 from the free throw line while Philadelphia went just 6-for-10.
Nets (3-2) 112; Cavaliers (3-2) 107
LeBron James (29/10/13) started at point guard for the second-consecutive game and was dominant, knocking down 12-of-20 shots. Although Kyle Korver (22/2/0) and Jeff Green (18/6/3) had surprising outputs off the Cleveland bench, it wasn’t enough to keep up with Brooklyn’s fast-paced attack. Starting for the injured D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie (22/5/6) led the Nets in scoring in what was one of the night’s most surprising victories.
Spurs (4-0) 117; Heat (2-2) 100
Without Kawhi Leonard yet again, the Spurs leaned heavily on LaMarcus Aldridge (31/7/1), who shot 12-for-20 from the field. San Antonio was wildly-efficient from the field, shooting 55.3 percent overall and 58.8 percent from three (10-for-17). Tyler Johnson (23/0/3), James Johnson (21/9/4) and Goran Dragic (20/4/1) all passed the 20-point threshold for Miami, but it wasn’t enough to get back into the game down the stretch.
Thunder (2-2) 114; Pacers (2-3) 96
Russell Westbrook (28/10/16) posted another triple-double, but the revenge narrative was strong in this contest. In his first game against his former team, Paul George (10/1/0) fouled out and played just 19 minutes, his worst individual performance by a landslide this season. Victor Oladipo (35/5/0), on the other hand, was playing his first game against the Thunder, who he and Domantas Sabonis (4/11/2) were traded from this summer. Oladipo went 11-for-18 overall and 5-for-8 from three. OKC had exactly double (26) the team assists that Indy did (13).
Mavericks (1-4) 103; Grizzlies (3-1) 94
In one of the most improbable outcomes of the night, a winless team beat an undefeated team. Marc Gasol (26/11/4) and Mike Conley (21/5/3) dominated for the losing side, combining to shoot 16-for-30 overall and 8-for-15 from three-point range. Six players scored in double-figures for Dallas and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. (19/1/5) led the way by going a remarkable 8-for-12 from the field in 28 minutes. Memphis had just 14 assists along with 17 turnovers while Dallas had 20 assists with just 11 turnovers.
Suns (2-3) 97; Jazz (2-3) 88
After firing coach Earl Watson and benching Eric Bledsoe indefinitely, the Suns have won two-straight games. TJ Warren (27/5/1) was sensational for Phoenix, going 12-for-20 from the field. The Suns bench combined for 38 points while the Jazz bench put up just nine. Rudy Gobert (16/14/1) and Ricky Rubio (15/4/11) posted double-doubles for the losing team.
Warriors (3-2) 117; Raptors (2-2) 112
Steph Curry (30/4/5) hit a clutch three in the final minute to break a tie and the rest was history. Kevin Durant (29/4/5), Klay Thompson (22/8/5) and Draymond Green (15/11/6) also had typical performances in the close win. DeMar DeRozan (24/3/6) and Pascal Siakam (20/2/2) led Toronto’s starters in scoring while Jakob Poeltl (12/14/2) had a double-double off the bench.
Lakers (2-2) 102; Wizards (3-1) 99
It was a head-to-head point guard battle and John Wall (18/3/9) and Lonzo Ball (6/8/10) fought it out. Although Bradley Beal (28/6/2) did his best to lead Washington in the scoring column, the Lakers went on a 23-to-13 run to close out the fourth and send the game into overtime. Brandon Ingram (19/10/3) and Ball played 39 and 40 minutes respectively. As a team, the Wizards went just 15-for-23 overall.