Hawks (3-12) 126; Kings (3-11) 80
Atlanta got off to a massive 64-35 lead by halftime and never looked back. Dennis Schroder (21/0/8) and Dewayne Dedmon (20/14/5) paced the Hawks, who saw eight players score in double-figures in the blowout win. Atlanta shot a ridiculous 63.3 percent for the game, including 16-of-32 from three-point range while Sacramento managed to shoot just 35.2 percent overall.
Wizards (9-5) 102; Heat (6-8) 93
John Wall (27/4/6) and Bradley Beal (26/7/1) led the way once again for the Wizards. Combined, they went 20-for-22 from the free throw line. After being outscored 25-10 in the third quarter, Washington surged in the fourth, outscoring Miami 31-19. Goran Dragic (21/4/2) led the Heat in scoring while Hassan Whiteside (14/21/0) had a remarkable 21 rebounds in the loss.
Knicks (8-6) 106; Jazz (6-9) 101
After blowing a massive fourth quarter lead to the Cavaliers on Tuesday, the Knicks had a comeback win of their own against the Jazz on Wednesday, outscoring Utah 29-19 in the final quarter. Despite the fact that Rodney Hood (30/3/3) lit the Knicks up and that Utah went 17-of-35 from three-point range, the combined effort of Tim Hardaway Jr. (26/6/6) and Kristaps Porzingis (22/8/2) was too much for the Rudy Gobert-less Jazz to handle.
Cavaliers (8-7) 115; Hornets (5-8) 107
LeBron James (31/6/8) delivered yet again, shooting 12-for-24 in the win. After getting benched in his last outing, Kevin Love (22/10/0) responded with a double-double. After allowing the Hornets to score 37 points in the second quarter, Cleveland gave up just 17 in the third, which is when they pulled away. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (22/6/0) surprisingly led Charlotte in the scoring column.
Pacers (7-8) 116; Grizzlies (7-7) 113
Darren Collison (30/2/8) was sensational for the Pacers, going 8-of-13 shooting and 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the victory. Victor Oladipo (21/6/3) chipped in offensively as well for Indiana. Marc Gasol (35/13/5) had a monster performance for the Grizzlies, but missed a game-tying shot at the buzzer. Memphis was playing without Mike Conley due to an injury.
Bucks (8-6) 99; Pistons (10-4) 95
Milwaukee’s starting five accounted for 85 of their 99 points on the night. Khris Middleton (27/6/8) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (21/6/1) led the Bucks to a close win and Eric Bledsoe (14/6/8) filled the stat sheet as well. Avery Bradley (28/2/5) and Andre Drummond (13/17/4 paced the Pistons, but Detroit shot just 35.3 percent compared to Milwaukee’s 48.7 percent.
Timberwolves (9-5) 98; Spurs (9-6) 86
After Minnesota outscored San Antonio 39-19 in the second quarter, they never looked back. The Spurs shot just 7-of-24 from three-point range in the loss. Karl-Anthony Towns (26/16/2) had a monster double-double and went 10-for-18 shooting over a game-high 40 minutes. The Timberwolves had 27 assists and turned the ball over just six times in the victory.
Raptors (9-5) 125; Pelicans (8-7) 116
The trio of DeMar DeRozan (25/9/6), Kyle Lowry (22/11/9) and Jonas Valanciunas (21/6/2) combined for 68 points on 23-for-38 shooting in the high-scoring affair. DeMarcus Cousins (25/9/5) had another outstanding game for the Pelicans. Rajon Rondo (4/2/8) was given his first start of the season in his second game overall and dished out eight assists in just 14 minutes.
Thunder (7-7) 92; Bulls (2-10) 79
Although Paul George (13/5/0) and Carmelo Anthony (18/11/0) struggled from the floor, combining to shoot just 7-of-25, Russell Westbrook (21/5/7) and the Thunder took care of business early-on in this one, outscoring the Bulls 27-7 in the first quarter. Chicago starters Jerian Grant (6/3/3), Kris Dunn (3/6/3) and Quincy Pondexter (4/1/0) combined to shoot an abysmal 2-for-20 from the field in the embarrassing offensive showing.
Trail Blazers (8-6) 99; Magic (8-7) 94
Damian Lillard (26/11/7) and CJ McCollum (24/4/3) combined for 50 points and the Blazers knocked down 14-of-27 three-point shots in the win. After scoring 33 points in the first quarter, the Magic offense disappeared and dropped just 14 in the second. Evan Fournier (22/3/2) led Orlando in scoring.
76ers (8-6) 115; Lakers (6-9) 109
No one in recorded NBA history ever put up the stat line that Joel Embiid (46/15/7) did in this game. He also had seven blocks in addition to his 46 points on 14-of-20 shooting in the win. Rookie Ben Simmons (18/9/10) was just one rebound shy of a triple-double. Brandon Ingram (26/11/3), Kyle Kuzma (24/7/1) and Jordan Clarkson (20/6/5) combined for 70 points for Los Angeles in the loss as rookie Lonzo Ball (2/5/2) struggled shooting yet again, going just 1-of-9 from the floor, including 0-of-6 from three in 21 minutes.