Jazz 114 (4-3), Knicks 109 (2-4)
The Knicks got off to a hot start in this one, taking a double digit lead into the second quarter. But the Jazz fought their way back and seized control in the fourth. Gordon Hayward had a fine debut, scoring 28 points and going 14-14 from the free throw line. George Hill continued his impressive start to the season with 23 and 9 assists. Oh, and Rudy Gobert did this in crunch time. Anthony and Porzingis had 28 each in the loss.
Trail Blazers 100 (4-3), Grizzlies 94 (3-4)
It was CJ’s game as the former Most Improved Player tied his career high with 37 points on 13/23 shooting. Despite getting his shot punched in the first half, Dame pitched in 19 and 7 assists. Gasol scored 21 for the Grizz, while Parsons struggled in his season debut, going 0-8 from the field.
Kings 96 (3-5), Raptors 91 (4-2)
Boogie and Rudy Gay shouldered the load in this one, combining for 45 of the Kings’ 96 points. DeRozan scored under 30 for the first time this season, dropping 23 on 7/20 from the field. Lowry also struggled with his shot (5/16), but did have 10 assists, including this beauty to Noguiera:
Overall, however, the Kings defense seemed to rattle the Raptors, who shot just 35.7% as a team.
Mavericks 86 (1-5), Bucks 75 (4-3)
Harrison Barnes stole the show in Dallas tonight, dropping a career-high 34 points on 50% shooting (13/26). Yet, besides Barnes, it seemed no one could put the ball in the hole. The game was knotted up at 74 after four quarters, so it took OT for one team to reach the 80 mark. You could definitely say it was a defensive battle, right Giannis?
Hey, at 0-5, the Mavs were willing to take whatever win they could get.
Nuggets 123 (3-3), Celtics 107 (3-3)
This game was the opposite of the Mavericks-Bucks game. The Nuggets came out of the gate firing, scoring 42 first quarter points – 24 of which came from Emmanuel Mudiay. Boston tried to claw their way back, but with Denver shooting lights out, they could never make it a contest. Both point guards (Mudiay and Isaiah Thomas) finished with 30.
Lakers 119 (4-3), Suns 108 (2-5)
Man, this Lakers’ team is fun. Six players scored in double figures for LA, helping to combat a career-high 39-point outing from Devin Booker. As a team, the Lakers shot 43.5% (10/23) from behind the arc. Even a fan got in on the action:
The Lakers have now won three straight and own a 4-3 record.