The 120-91 win last night for Los Angeles was Davis’ fourth 40-20 game of his career and marked the first Lakers’ player to accomplish it since Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.
After a right shoulder injury suffered at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, it was questionable whether Davis would even make the game, but a few shooting drills later and he was in the starting lineup.
With all of this accomplished in 31 minutes of game time and with LeBron James adding a further 23 points, the Laker’s look set to level up this season after a slow start. Their size advantage in the paint has led to a solid defence, with Dwight Howard offering up 10 rebounds and four blocks on top of his 16 points.
Ja Morant, this year's second pick overall, led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 11 boards. But a 27-2 run by the Lakers at the close of the third saw victory slip from their hands for good as their defeat places them 1-3 in the stats.
Heat 112, Hawks 97
Jimmy Butler was back on court after a short absence to hit 21 in his Miami debut, making his first four shots. But it was 19-year-old rookie Tyler Herro who stole the spotlight once again with 29 points off the bench – 19 in the second quarter alone. The shooting guard was 7 for 9 from the field, 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and 12 for 16 from the foul line, making four of his trips thereafter getting fouled on 3-point tries.
Heat’s Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kendrick Nunn finished with 17, whilst the Hawks literally fell around them. Trae Young left early in the second quarter suffering from a sprained right ankle after landing on the foot of Miami’s Justice Winslow. John Collins hit 30 points for Atlanta, including a career-best five 3-pointers, and Jabari Parker finished with 12.
Butler was 5 for 11 from the floor and went 10 for 15 from the line, overall Miami was 33 for 45 from the line — compared with 16 for 24 by Atlanta. As Herro sets a Heat record for points off the bench by a rookie, topping the mark of 28 set by Michael Beasley on March 4, 2009, Miami is bringing the heat this season.
Mavericks 106, Nuggets 106
The Dallas Mavericks handed Denver its first loss as Jokic landed his second triple-double of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. However, it was noticeable early on that Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis struggled offensively, as it was left to a late rally by the Mavs' second-unit to secure the victory.
The Mavs bench outscored the Nuggets reserves 61-22 as Maxi Kleber (seven rebounds and one key block) and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 14 points apiece, while Delon Wright added 12, Jalen Brunson 11 and Justin Jackson 10. In total, Dallas had nine players score double figures, tying a franchise record.
The Nuggets remained strong though, chipping away at the lead reaching 107-106 on a three by Gary Harris and appeared to take the lead with 1:05 left of game time when Kleber was called for goaltending on Jamal Murray's layup. But the officials overturned the call keeping Denver one point behind. It was a driving layup by Doncic that capped the score at 109-106.
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Paul Millsap led Denver with 23 points, adding eight rebounds, whilst Will Barton led with 11 rebounds on top of his 19 points.