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Hornets (5-3) 126; Bucks (4-4) 121

Kemba Walker (26/2/3) and rookie Malik Monk (25/2/1) led the Hornets past the Bucks in a high-scoring affair. Charlotte outscored Milwaukee 38-33 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo (14/13/5) had a double-double for the Bucks, but Khris Middleton (43/5/7) stole the show with 43 points on 15-of-28 shooting. Both teams were on fire from three-point range, as the Hornets went 14-of-25 (56.0 percent) and the Bucks went 19-of-36 (52.8 percent).

Pacers (5-3) 124; Cavaliers (3-5) 107

Indiana’s offense was unstoppable and the team went a ridiculous 16-of-26 from three-point range. All five Pacers starters scored over 15 points and Victor Oladipo (23/2/7), Darren Collison (25/5/8) and Thaddeus Young (26/6/0) scored 23 or more. LeBron James (33/6/11) did his best to keep Cleveland in the game, but the Cavs were outscored 62-46 in the second half to lose their fourth game out of their last five opportunities.

Celtics (6-2) 113; Kings (1-7) 86

The backcourt of Kyrie Irving (22/5/4) and Jaylen Brown (22/6/1) combined for 44 points as the Celtics dominated the Kings in Boston. The Celtics out-rebounded Sacramento by an absurd 52-to-26 margin and also had 30 assists en route to an easy victory. Buddy Hield (17/7/2) was one of just three Kings to score in double-figures in the team’s seventh loss in eight tries.

76ers (4-4) 119; Hawks (1-7) 109

Dennis Schroder (25/3/6) led the Hawks in scoring yet again, going 10-of-17 shooting in the losing effort. The dynamic duo of Joel Embiid (21/12/6) and Ben Simmons (19/13/9) filled the stat sheet for the Sixers and Robert Covington (22/3/3) chipped in, going 6-of-11 from three-point range in the win. Philadelphia dished out an outstanding 36 assists on 46 made field goals, indicating first-class ball movement.

Suns (4-4) 122; Wizards (4-3) 116

In the most stunning outcome of the night, T.J. Warren (40/10/1) went 16-of-22 from the floor to lead the Suns past Bradley Beal (40/6/2), John Wall (21/5/6) and the Wizards. After starting the season 0-3, firing head coach Earl Watson and permanently benching Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix has gone 4-1 in their last five games. The Suns outscored the Wizards 35-to-26 in the fourth quarter.

Heat (3-4) 97; Bulls (1-5) 91

Goran Dragic (20/5/6) led Miami in scoring and the Heat benefitted from the return of Hassan Whiteside (13/14/1), who had a double-double in 26 minutes on the court. Rookie Lauri Markkanen (25/8/1) had arguably his best game as a pro, going 9-of-18 from the field in the loss. After combining for just 35 points in the third quarter, the game became a shootout in the fourth quarter, when the teams combined for 57.

Rockets (6-3) 119; Knicks (3-4) 97

James Harden (31/5/9) and the Rockets coasted to an easy victory in this one. Up 60-48 at halftime, Houston outscored the Knicks 40-of-26 in the third quarter to pull away. Tim Hardaway Jr. (23/7/4) and Kristaps Porzingis (19/5/3) led New York in scoring in the losing effort. Houston made 19 three-pointers compared to just eight by the Knicks.

Magic (6-2) 101; Grizzlies (5-3) 99

Orlando’s bench scored 33 of their 101 points and Memphis’ bench scored 47 of their 99 points in what was a close game throughout. Tyreke Evans (32/3/4) made the most of his extra run due to Mike Conley’s absence, going 13-for-20 shooting in a season-high 34 minutes. However, Evan Fournier (22/8/3) and the Magic were able to overcome 24 turnovers and came away with the win.

Timberwolves (5-3) 104; Pelicans (3-5) 98

Despite a terrible performance by Karl-Anthony Towns (2/5/0), who played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble, Jimmy Butler (23/4/2) and Andrew Wiggins (18/6/0) led the T-Wolves in a physical, defensive-oriented second half against DeMarcus Cousins (35/9/6), Anthony Davis (24/10/6) and the Pelicans. After leading 65-54 at halftime, Minnesota was outscored by New Orleans 44-39 in the second half in what was a true tale of true halves. Both teams struggled shooting the ball from deep, as the Timberwolves went just 6-of-22 and the Pelicans went 8-of-31.

Nuggets (4-4) 129; Raptors (4-3) 111

Denver dominated this game from start to finish. After leading 60-46 at halftime, the Nuggets blew open the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Toronto 43-to-25. Jamal Murray (25/3/2) continued his current streaky shooting while Nikola Jokic (8/16/10) was just two points away from a triple-double. The Raptors bench outscored the starting unit 59-to-52.

Jazz (5-3) 112; Trail Blazers (4-4) 103

After a low-scoring first half in which the two teams were locked up at 39 points apiece, both teams scored 55 points in the second half before heading to overtime. In overtime, the Jazz outscored the Blazers 18-to-9 to earn the win. Damian Lillard (33/10/8) led Portland while Ricky Rubio (30/6/2) did his part to match him for the Jazz. Rookie Donovan Mitchell (28/6/3) was thrust into a major role due to Joe Johnson’s absence and went 9-of-21 shooting for Utah.

Clippers (5-2) 119; Mavericks (1-8) 98

All 13 players saw the floor for the Clippers and no one played 30 minutes in the lopsided contest. Blake Griffin (20/6/7) and Austin Rivers (19/0/3) led Los Angeles in scoring and both oddly went exactly 7-of-12 from the floor and exactly 2-of-4 from three. All five Mavs starters scored in double-figures, but Dallas shot just 39.3 percent from the floor compared to LA’s 53.2 percent mark.

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