Celtics (4-2) 96; Heat (2-3) 90
Kyrie Irving (24/4/3) led the way for Boston and rookie Jayson Tatum (20/5/0) had one of the best games of his young career in the narrow victory. Goran Dragic (22/3/4) led Miami in scoring while former Celtic Kelly Olynyk (14/9/1) turned in a solid performance off the bench. Both teams struggled mightily shooting the deep ball as Boston went 6-for-23 while Miami went 7-for-31.
Pelicans (3-3) 123; Cavaliers (3-3) 101
The Cavs have now lost three out of their last four games. LeBron James (18/5/8) and Kevin Love (26/11/1) did their best to keep the game close, but the Pelicans pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Cavs 34-18. The foursome of Anthony Davis (30/14/2), DeMarcus Cousins (29/12/10), Jrue Holiday (29/4/7) and E’Twaun Moore (24/2/2) ridiculously combined for 112 of New Orleans’ 123 points in the dominant performance. Cleveland dished out 19 assists compared to 17 turnovers while New Orleans had 33 assists compared to just 11 turnovers.
Thunder (3-3) 101; Bulls (1-4) 69
It only took Russell Westbrook (12/13/13) 25 minutes to record another triple-double. He now has posted a triple-double against all other 29 NBA teams in his career. Carmelo Anthony (21/5/2) and Paul George (20/5/0) also made a mark as the trio was able to rest for the entire fourth quarter due to the blowout. Lauri Markkanen (15/8/1) led the Bulls in scoring, but Chicago couldn’t keep the game close after scoring an embarrassing eight points in the second quarter while OKC put up 24.
Grizzlies (5-1) 103; Rockets (5-2) 89
Both of Houston’s losses this season have come at the hands of the Grizzlies. Playing without Eric Gordon due to a stomach bug, James Harden (20/4/8) and Ryan Anderson (22/7/0) were the primary options on offense for the Rockets, but the team had 18 assists compared to 17 turnovers and shot just 37.7 percent on the night. Shockingly, no Memphis starter scored in double-figures and the bench outscored the starters 65-to-38 in the win.
76ers (2-4) 112; Mavericks (1-6) 110
The dynamic duo of Joel Embiid (23/9/4) and Ben Simmons (23/7/8) were spectacular once again as the Sixers held on against a late surge by the Mavs. Harrison Barnes (25/4/0) went 7-of-12 from three for Dallas in the loss. Both teams shot extremely well, as the 76ers went 49.4 percent from the field including 16-of-35 (45.7 percent) from three-point range and the Mavericks went 51.4% from the floor and 19-for-40 (47.5 percent) from deep.
Jazz (3-3) 96; Lakers (2-4) 81
Led offensively by rookie Donovan Mitchell (22/3/2) and Ricky Rubio (21/7/4), it was the Jazz defense that starred in this game. Just two Lakers — Brandon Ingram (16/1/2) and Jordan Clarkson (15/4/2) — scored in double-figures and as a team and Los Angeles shot 38.3 percent from the field, including just 5-of-22 from three. Lonzo Ball (9/2/4), Brook Lopez (6/3/0), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (7/3/1) and Julius Randle (6/7/2) combined to shoot a terrible 9-of-35 from the floor.
Trail Blazers (4-2) 114; Suns (2-4) 107
Devin Booker (34/6/6) exploded in this one, going 11-for-19 from the field to lead Phoenix. However, the dynamic duo of Damian Lillard (25/7/9) and CJ McCollum (23/5/6) showed up late in the game to capture the victory. Seven total Blazers scored in double-figures in the contest.
Pistons (4-2) 95; Clippers (4-1) 87
The matchup at center was the one to watch in this one, as Andre Drummond (15/17/1) took on DeAndre Jordan (7/14/0). Drummond got the best of Jordan offensively, going 7-for-10 shooting, but both made an impact on defense, recording three blocks each. With Milos Teodosic out indefinitely due to injury, Austin Rivers (20/4/1) handled his additional minutes well, going 6-for-8 from three to lead Los Angeles in scoring.