Nunn has 28 points, Heat beat Hawks for 2nd time in 3 days

Associated Press

ATLANTA — Kendrick Nunn scored a career-high 28 points to add to his record-setting start and the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three days, 106-97 on Thursday night.

Nunn has 112 in his first five games, the most by an undrafted player in NBA history. Connie Hawkins of the Phoenix Suns scored 105 points in his first five games of the 1969-70 season.

Jabari Parker led Atlanta with 23 points. Hawks point guard Trae Young sat out because of a sprained right ankle.


NEW ORLEANS — Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points, Brandon Ingram added 25 and New Orleans beat Denver for itsr first victory in five games this season.

Ingram has scored at least 22 points in each of his first five games for New Orleans after coming over from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Michael Porter Jr. led the Nuggets with 15 points in his NBA debut.


LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points, Montrezl Harrell added 24 and Los Angeles dealt San Antonio its first loss of the season.

Leonard also grabbed 12 rebounds for his first points-rebounds, double-double this season. It is also Leonard’s first double-double in three meetings against the Spurs, where he played seven seasons (2011-18).

The game was close for the first 28 minutes, before the Clippers took control with a 9-1 run to take a 64-55 lead with 6:55 remaining in the third quarter. Leonard — who had 25 points in the second half — scored five of his 10 third-quarter points during the rally, including a dunk after a steal of DeMar DeRozan at midcourt.

DeRozan led San Antonio with 29 points and Derrick White added 20.


Stephen Curry breaks left hand during Warriors vs. Suns game

Brian Witt | NBC SPORTS 

The worst possible thing that could happen to the Warriors happened. 

Guard Stephen Curry broke his left hand during Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, the Warriors confirmed.

The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson first reported that Curry had broken his left hand, citing sources.

Curry left Wednesday’s game against the Suns in the second half after Phoenix big man Aron Baynes fell on top of Curry’s left wrist following a collision under the Suns’ basket. The two-time MVP appeared to be in immediate pain.

Curry went to the locker room and did not shoot the resulting free throws from the Baynes’ foul, ruling him out for the remainder of the contest. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke said during the fourth quarter of the broadcast that Curry underwent X-rays on his left wrist and hand.

Burke spoke to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who said that Curry would undergo a CT scan to determine next steps. Surgery is a possibility, and the estimated time of recovery is unknown at this time.

📺WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid ejected, Ben Simmons made KAT tap out in wild NBA fight

Nick Schwartz | USA TODAY SPORTS

Sixers star Joel Embiid and Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns came to blows Wednesday night in Philadelphia after becoming tangled up, and the melee left Embiid bloodied. Embiid and Towns had been going at each other throughout the game, and tensions flared in the third quarter after Ben Simmons forced a Towns turnover. As the Sixers raced to the other end of the floor to score a transition bucket, Towns and Embiid began shoving each other, leading to an all-out brawl.

Ben Simmons was nearest to the chaos and tried to pull Towns off Embiid, and eventually wound up laying on top of Towns on the ground with his arm around Towns’ neck.

Embiid and Towns were both ejected from the game, but no other players were penalized by officials.  Embiid and Towns can both expect severe fines from the NBA, and it’s possible the league could fine other players for their involvement.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ mom was not pleased with Embiid.

NBA fans were stunned.

Ben Simmons made Karl-Anthony Towns tap out in wild NBA fight

Nick Schwartz | USA TODAY SPORTS

On the night of Game 7 of the 2019 World Series, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns stole the spotlight and caused a minor NBA Twitter meltdown after fighting in the third quarter in Philadelphia. Towns and Embiid had been physical with each other all night, and tensions boiled over when the two players got tangled up. Both Embiid and Towns were ejected from the game.

Ben Simmons was the first Sixers player to try and break up the fight, and he would up on the floor with his arm around Towns – who actually tapped out to Simmons’ apparent rear naked choke.

NBA fans had a field day.



Harden has 59 points, Rockets outscore Wizards 159-158

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WASHINGTON — James Harden scored 59 points and made one of two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play to give the Houston Rockets a 159-158 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Bradley Beal scored 46 points for Washington, hitting three throws with 8.1 seconds left to tie it at 158.

Harden was 18 of 32 from the field, 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and made 17 of 18 free throws. He also had nine assists in 37 minutes.

Russell Westbrook had had just three points in the first three quarters, then scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished with his second triple-double of the season. He had 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Clint Capela added 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Houston improved to 3-1.

Rui Hachimura had 23 points in his home debut for the Wizards, Davis Bertans added 21 and Washington shot 62.6% from the field. The Wizards dropped to 1-3.


SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry broke his left hand and became the latest injured Warriors player when he fell hard in the third quarter of another embarrassing defeat by Golden State to Phoenix.

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The two-time MVP drove to his left defended by Kelly Oubre Jr. and with big man Aron Baynes standing solidly in the paint. Curry leapt with the ball then came down head first landing awkwardly on his hands to brace himself from the court, with Baynes crashing onto Curry’s left hand. Curry grimaced in pain grabbing at his fingers then walked to the locker room with 8:31 left in the third quarter.

Baynes had 24 points, 12 rebounds seven assists and three blocked shots, Devin Booker scored 31 points as the Suns jumped out to a huge lead they never relinquished. The Warriors have lost badly in their first two home games at sparkling new Chase Center.


PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid scored 19 points and got into a brawl with Karl-Anthony Towns that sent both players to the showers early, and Philadelphia beat Minnesota to improve to 4-0.

The Sixers were leading 75-55 midway through the third quarter when Embiid and Towns went at it.

SEE RELATED: Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid ejected, Ben Simmons made KAT tap out in wild NBA fight

The two big men have a history of talking trash to each other. After they got tangled under the basket, Embiid shoved Towns, who answered with a punch that missed as both fell to the floor. Ben Simmons jumped in and forcefully held Towns down as other players and coaches ran onto the court.

Embiid and Towns were ejected after a video review. Embiid shadowboxed to the crowd’s delight on his way back to the locker room. Fans responded with “MVP! “MVP!” chants.

Tobias Harris scored 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz had 17, Simmons added 16 for Philadelphia. Al Horford had 16 rebounds and 12 points. Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for Minnesota.


BOSTON — Kemba Walker had 21 of his 32 points in the second half and Boston rallied to beat Milwaukee,

Jayson Tatum added 25 points, Gordon Hayward had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and six assists.

Milwaukee dominated in the first half, leading 19. But the Celtics responded in the third quarter, using a 26-7 run over the final 6:38 of the period to take an 80-76 edge into the fourth. Boston kept that momentum, beginning the final period with an 11-4 run to open a 91-80 lead.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 rebounds, but the reigning MVP lost his composure late, picking up a hard foul on Smart and then a technical foul in the final minute.


SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Conley snapped an early season slump with 29 points and the Jazz beat the Clippers with Kawhi Leonard sitting out.

Conley had 18 points in the third quarter as the Jazz scored 40 in the period and took a 90-71 lead. Utah (4-1) has won three in a row.

Leonard missed the game for scheduled rest, though coach Doc Rivers has said his star forward has been healthy and energized. The Clippers play the second half of a back-to-back Thursday against San Antonio in Los Angeles.

Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 and Rudy Gobert 13.

Lou Williams paced the Clippers (3-2) with 24 points, 16 before halftime.


TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, including 19 in the third quarter, and Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists in Toronto’s victory over Detroit.

Siakam made eight of 12 shots in the third, including three of four from 3-point range, as the defending NBA champions outscored Detroit 37-27 to take a 101-85 lead into the fourth.

Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell each had 19 and OG Anonuby added 13 for the Raptors. Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Damian Lillard had 23 points and 13 assists to help Portland hold off Oklahoma City.

Lillard made 4 of 15 shots the first three quarters, but he made three 3-pointers in an 1:26 flurry in the fourth that turned a three-point deficit into a five-point lead.

C.J. McCollum scored 22 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Trail Blazers. Chris Paul scored 21 points for the Thunder.


CLEVELAND — Kevin Love had 17 points and 20 rebounds, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points and the Cleveland beat Chicago.

Love’s basket on a goaltending call gave Cleveland a 91-90 lead early in the fourth quarter. His jumper from the left wing put the Cavaliers ahead 110-106 with just under a minute to play.

Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine each scored 16 points for Chicago.

PACERS 118, NETS 108

NEW YORK — Domantas Sabonis scored 29 points, Jeremy Lamb added 25 and Indiana beat Brooklyn for its first victory in five games this season.

Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points and 13 assists for Indiana.

Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 28 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 and Caris LeVert 15. The Nets have lost two in a row to fall to 1-3.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Orlando rallied to beat New York.

Aaron Gordon scored 10 of his 15 points final 5:35 to help Orlando snap a two-game losing streak. Evan Fournier added 14 points, and Jonathan Isaac had 10. Julius Randle led New York with 16 points and 10 rebounds.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — P.J. Washington scored 23 points and Charlotte overcame a 14-point deficit to beat winless Sacramento.

Terry Rozier had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds for Charlotte. Buddy Hield scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes had 22 for the Kings.


Kawhi becoming critical player in G.O.A.T. debate

Now with the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard is in a position to block LeBron James from growing his championship total, which will have a ripple effect on his legacy.

Ben Rohrbach | Yahoo Sports

The next eight months could launch Kawhi Leonard’s legacy into a stratosphere that could further complicate the G.O.A.T. debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Leonard’s championship run with the Toronto Raptors last season was that impressive. In dismantling a Golden State Warriors super-team led by Stephen Curry, he validated his own contribution to the San Antonio Spurs’ destruction of a Miami Heat super-team anchored by LeBron in 2014.

In between, Leonard was on the short list of candidates for best player alive, winning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors and finishing top-three in MVP voting twice. He looked poised to challenge the Warriors with Kevin Durant in the 2017 Western Conference finals before suffering an ankle injury that ended his season and any chance the Spurs had at an upset. That bled into the quadriceps tendinopathy that cost him all but nine games in 2017-18, and a career bound for superstardom seemed in jeopardy. Then, Leonard left no doubt he is the best player alive in June.

Now, imagine Leonard wins a third Finals MVP in seven seasons, beating LeBron’s Los Angeles Lakers to lead three different teams to titles, including the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, two franchises that had never even sniffed the Finals before. Is that more impressive than LeBron winning two titles in Miami and a third with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Twice going through LeBron at least established Leonard as his peer when healthy over a large stretch of their primes.

I am not about to argue that Leonard would belong in the conversation with LeBron and Jordan as one of the three greatest players to ever live. Their résumés are far more decorated at this point. But Leonard would complicate the debate if he were to join Kevin Durant in twice spoiling LeBron’s pursuit of six rings. Jordan never had a peer during his reign, which is the ultimate feather in his cap. You could argue that Jordan never had a threat as great as Leonard, but then what would that say about the Clippers superstar? It would vault him into all-time greatness at the age of 28.

Kyrie Irving’s ‘mood swings’ are reportedly an ‘unspoken concern’ in Brooklyn

In a piece written by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Brooklyn Nets sources said that an “episode” happened while the team was in China.

Deyscha Smith | Boston.com

As Kyrie Irving gets accustomed to playing in Brooklyn, his teammates are getting used to him, too.

In a piece written by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, MacMullan detailed how the Brooklyn Nets are finding chemistry amongst their newest additions: Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and former Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. The trio have become close friends and even made the decision during NBA free agency to specifically play together in Brooklyn.

With that, Irving’s attitude is something that the Nets organization has had to get used to since his arrival. According to MacMullan, his “mood swings” have made Nets officials reportedly “queasy.” In Santa Monica, Irving refused to participate with the Nets’ performance team while they were getting information on biometric data (“I’m not doing it.”).  Then, when the team was in China, he had an “episode” that left the team confused as to what had caused it:

“When Irving lapses into these funks, he often shuts down, unwilling to communicate with the coaching staff, front office and, sometimes, even his teammates,” MacMullan wrote. “Nets team sources say one such episode occurred during Brooklyn’s trip to China, leaving everyone scratching their heads as to what precipitated it.”

While it’s unclear what exactly happened in China, iHeartradio digital strategist Christopher Lavinio tweeted that while the team was taking a photo at the Pearl TV Tower, Irving refused to take off his hat and told the team to photoshop it off of him.

In efforts to get through to him, MacMullan added that the Nets reportedly asked Durant to “coax” Irving into having a “better frame of mind”. Durant, however, said he respected his space and how he is:

“I look at Kyrie as somebody who is an artist,” Durant said. “You have to leave him alone. You know what he’ll bring to the table every night because he cares so much about the game…Now, it might not be how other people want him to care about it. He has his way of doing things. I respect who he is and what he does. He has all the intangibles you want in a teammate and a great player. So, how he gets to the point to be ready for 7:30 every night, I’m supporting him 100 percent.”

Meanwhile, Irving’s former Cavaliers teammate, J.R. Smith reacted to a post by Bleacher Report about MacMullan’s report.

In efforts to get through to him, MacMullan added that the Nets reportedly asked Durant to “coax” Irving into having a “better frame of mind”. Durant, however, said he respected his space and how he is:

“I look at Kyrie as somebody who is an artist,” Durant said. “You have to leave him alone. You know what he’ll bring to the table every night because he cares so much about the game…Now, it might not be how other people want him to care about it. He has his way of doing things. I respect who he is and what he does. He has all the intangibles you want in a teammate and a great player. So, how he gets to the point to be ready for 7:30 every night, I’m supporting him 100 percent.”

From Boston to Brooklyn, Irving’s attitude is a topic of conversation yet again.



Davis scores 40, hitting 26 FTs, as Lakers rout Grizzlies

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis scored 40 points — including a franchise record 26 made free throws — and had 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Tuesday night.

It’s the fourth 40-20 game of Davis’ career and his first since 2016. The last Lakers player to accomplish it was Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.

Not a bad night for someone whose status was questionable two hours before the game due to a right shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s win over Charlotte. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said 90 minutes before tipoff that he wasn’t sure of Davis’ status. But the seventh-year forward did some shooting drills and was in the starting lineup.

LeBron James added 23 points for the Lakers, who are off to their first 3-1 start since winning their first eight in 2010.

The Grizzlies (1-3) led 65-59 with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 27-2 run to close out the quarter. Davis scored 16 during the rally, with all but two of the points coming at the line. The final 10 Lakers’ points in the quarter came via Davis free throws.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 11 boards.

HEAT 112, HAWKS 97

MIAMI — Jimmy Butler made his first four shots and scored 21 in his Miami debut, rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 and the Heat defeated Atlanta in a game where Hawks star Trae Young left early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.

The 19-year-old Herro had a 19-point second quarter for Miami, while fellow reserve Goran Dragic scored 21. Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Miami and Kendrick Nunn finished with 17..

Young left with 9:56 remaining in the first half, turning his ankle when he landed on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week — who had 102 points in Atlanta’s first three games — finished with five points in 11 minutes.

John Collins scored 30 for Atlanta, including a career-best five 3-pointers, and Jabari Parker finished with 12 for the Hawks.

Butler missed the first three games of the season while celebrating the birth of his daughter Rylee. He was 5 for 11 from the floor, and went 10 for 15 from the line. As a team, Miami was 33 for 45 from the line — compared with 16 for 24 by Atlanta at the stripe.

Herro set a Heat record for points off the bench by a rookie, topping the mark of 28 set by Michael Beasley on March 4, 2009. And Herro and Dragic became the ninth Heat duo all-time to have 20-point games off the Miami bench on the same night.


DENVER — Maxi Kleber had 14 points, seven rebounds and a key block late to help the Mavericks beat the Nuggets.

Nine Mavericks players scored in double figures on a night their two top scorers were held in check. Luca Doncic scored 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Nikola Jokic had his second triple-double of the season, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Paul Millsap had 23 points and eight rebounds. 

Will Barton scored 19 but it wasn’t enough to prevent Denver from losing its first game of the season.


Raptors bling: The biggest NBA championship ring ever — and a superfan gets honored with his very own

CBC Kids News

Unique design sets championship ring records but its value is confidential

Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia got the gift of a lifetime.

The Toronto NBA champions honoured him with his own championship ring.

A real one.

And we’re talking some serious bling here.

It’s the “most expensive championship ring ever made,” says Peter Kanis, president of Baron Championship Rings, the Ontario company that created it.

But they have not said how much it’s actually worth.

The 640-plus diamond and gold rock broke several records, including the most diamonds ever used and the heaviest in total carat weight, making it the biggest championship ring in NBA history.

The design, which features 74 diamonds on its face, one for each of the Raptors’ 2018-19 wins, was inspired by star player Kyle Lowry.

Because it’s the first time a Canadian team has won a league championship, the Raptors point guard and five-time NBA all-star really wanted it to be unique.

“Important to him was highlighting Toronto, highlighting the country and highlighting the players,” Kanis said in an interview with CBC. 

“And he wanted that on the top, which … [we’ve] never seen on a championship ring.”

The ring also features the Toronto skyline, which includes the CN Tower and the team’s “NORTH” slogan.

Each player’s jersey number is imprinted in gold around the circumference as well.

The 1.25 carat diamond at the centre represents the Larry O’Brien Trophy and the Raptors’ first NBA title in franchise history.

What makes this giant bling uniquely Canadian is a maple leaf at the centre and the 16 red rubies set between the jersey numbers that pay homage to one of Canada’s national colours.

Personalized rings were made for each of the players who led the team to the championship.

“My hand hurt. It’s a little heavy,” Raptor Fred VanVleet said in an interview courtside after putting the ring on for the first time. 

“I have to start lifting some more weights to carry it around,” he said.

And yes…. Raptors ambassador Drake, who was also involved with the design, got his own ring, too.

Drizzy had a one-off ring made featuring the Raptors’ old dinosaur logo and the Larry O’Brien Trophy by celebrity jewelry designer Jason Arasheben.

He was presented with the ring along with the players and coaches before the tip-off at the Raptors’ opening game last Tuesday.



Portis, Knicks beat Bulls 105-98 for 1st win of season

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Bobby Portis scored a season-high 28 points against his former team, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining, and the New York Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 105-98 on Monday night for their first victory of the season.

Portis hadn’t scored in double digits yet in his first season with the Knicks, but was superb in bringing New York back from an 18-point deficit. The reserve was 10 for 14, making all four 3-pointers, and added 11 rebounds.

The Knicks needed all of it on a night when they fell behind with a dreadful start and stayed that way until the fourth quarter. They never even led until Portis’ go-ahead 3, which he followed with another 3 that pushed it to 103-98 during a 15-0 run to finish the game.

Rookie RJ Barrett added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who had dropped their first three games. Kevin Knox II scored 14 points, and Julius Randle finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

Zach LaVine scored 21 points for the Bulls, who fell to 1-3. Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Knicks missed 13 of their first 15 shots and quickly fell behind by double digits.


HOUSTON — James Harden scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook scored 21 and fell an assist shy of a triple-double against his former team, as Houston beat Oklahoma City.

Westbrook had 12 rebounds and nine assists after notching his 139th triple-double in his last game to pass Magic Johnson for second-most all-time.

A 3-pointer by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 19 seconds left got Oklahoma City within 3. Westbrook made 1 of 2 free throws before fouling Nerlens Noel, who made both free throws.

But Harden, who was 21 of 22 from the line, made two free throws with 13.2 seconds to go to make it 114-110.

Gilgeous-Alexander cut it to 2 with a basket, but Harden made two more free throws to secure the victory.

It was the first game between these teams since a summer trade reunited Westbrook with Harden and sent Chris Paul to Oklahoma City.

Paul had 15 points, four assists and five rebounds.

Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and Dennis Schroder added 22 points to lead the Thunder.


DETROIT — Derrick Rose made a driving layup with 28.3 seconds left to give Detroit the lead and the Pistons beat winless Indiana for the second time in a week.

Rose shot just 4 of 16 from the field and was having a tough time in the fourth quarter, but his left-handed layup went in to put Detroit up 95-94. Malcolm Brogdon missed at the other end, but Indiana got an offensive rebound. T.J. Warren then missed badly on a tough shot from the corner, and the Pistons came up with the ball.

Luke Kennard made one of two free throws for Detroit, and Indiana had one more chance with 2 seconds left. Warren missed a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, and Christian Wood had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Domantas Sabonis had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana, and Brogdon contributed 15 points and 11 assists.


TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam added 24 and Toronto withstood a late rally to beat Orlando for its their third win in four games.

Marc Gasol had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Fred VanVleet scored 14 and OG Anunoby added 12 as the Raptors won for the 10th time in 15 regular-season meetings with Orlando.

Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 24 points, Evan Fournier had 18 and Markelle Fultz 13 for the Magic, who have lost two straight.

Ex-Raptor Terrence Ross scored 11 for Orlando, and D.J. Augustin had 10.


MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton scored 21 points, George Hill added 19 and seven Milwaukee players finished in double figures in a win over Cleveland.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes, Pat Connaughton added 17 points, Brook Lopez 16, and Wesley Matthews and Eric Bledsoe each finished with 14 points for Milwaukee.

Collin Sexton paced the Cavaliers with 18 points, while Jordan Clarkson and Tristan Thompson each added 17.


NEW ORLEANS — Stephen Curry had 26 points and 11 assists, and Golden State won for the first time this season, beating winless New Orleans.

Draymond Green had 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for the injury-riddled Warriors, who dropped their first two games by 19 or more points before dominating a Pelicans squad that was missing three injured starters, including top overall draft choice Zion Williamson.

D’Angelo Russell added 24 points and Damion Lee finished with 23 for Golden State, which led wire-to-wire.

Brandon Ingram had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans.

The Pelicans were playing a second straight game without veteran guard Jrue Holiday, who has a sprained left knee, and also were without starting center Derrick Favors because of right knee soreness.

First-round draft pick Jaxson Hayes had 19 points for the Pelicans.

76ERS 105, HAWKS 103

ATLANTA — Joel Embiid scored 36 points, including the winning free throws with 5.3 seconds left, and Philadelphia 76ers won its third straight game to begin the season.

Philadelphia made things tough for Trae Young and dominated down the stretch to deny the young Hawks their first 3-0 start in three seasons.

Tobias Harris had eight of his 13 points in the final quarter as the 76ers outscored the Hawks 15-5 over the final five minutes. Josh Richardson chipped in with 14 points, and Ben Simmons also had 14.

But this was all about Embiid, who made 12 of 19 shots from the field and knocked down all 10 of his free throws. He also had 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Young had 25 points on 7-of-20 shooting. John Collins added 16 points and De’Andre Hunter 14.


SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and San Antonio overcame a sluggish start and beat Portland to remain undefeated.

Portland point guard Damian Lillard had 28 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter. Lillard’s 3-pointer from the right corner bounced in and out as time expired.

Derrick White scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 and Bryn Forbes 14 as the Spurs capped a three-game homestand to open the season.

CJ McCollum added 27 points for the Blazers (2-2).


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jamal Murray scored four of his 18 points in the final 31 seconds, Gary Harris added a pair of late free throws and Denver Nuggets held on after nearly blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter, beating winless Sacramento.

The Nuggets (3-0) shook off a sluggish first half, took control in the third quarter with a stifling defense, then held off a late rally by the Kings to remain unbeaten.

Harris scored 17 points as Denver won its fifth straight against Sacramento. Nikola Jokic had nine points on 4-for-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and Will Barton added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Richaun Holmes had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings (0-4). De’Aaron Fox added 20 points and nine assists, and Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica each scored 12.

JAZZ 96, SUNS 95

PHOENIX — Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points, including the winning free throw with 0.4 seconds left, and Utah rallied to beat Phoenix.

Mitchell drove the lane in the final seconds, getting fouled by Devin Booker as he tried to make a layup. He made the first free throw before missing the second, and Frank Kaminsky III’s last-second heave was well short.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 18 rebounds and made 11 of 12 free-throw attempts.

Phoenix (2-2) was led by Booker’s 21 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18, Jevon Carter had 15, and Aron Baynes scored 12 points.

Ricky Rubio faced Utah (3-1) for the first time since signing a free-agent deal with the Suns in the offseason. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.


LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Lou Williams scored 23 points one day after his 33rd birthday in Los Angeles’ win over Charlotte.

Montrezl Harrell scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Landry Shamet added 16 in the Clippers’ third win in four games to start a season with championship aspirations.

Terry Rozier had 17 points to lead six Hornets scoring in double figures in the second game of a four-game trip. Devonte Graham had 14 points and 12 assists, while Cody Zeller added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost three straight after a season-opening win over Chicago.