Kyrie scores 39 as Nets hold off Ingram, Pelicans 135-125
The Nets had 67 points at halftime and a 20-point lead in the third quarter, but could never get comfortable until the final minute as Ingram kept coming at them.
He shot 17 for 24 from the field in his first 40-point game and the Pelicans scored a franchise-record 48 points in the third quarter. They got within two in the fourth but could never get enough stops to catch the Nets.
Caris LeVert added 23 points, Joe Harris had 19 and Jarrett Allen finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who follow this game with a five-game road trip, their longest of the season, with the first four in the West.
SUNS 114, 76ERS 109
Phoenix (5-2) is three games over .500 for the first time in more than four years. The surprising Suns are on a three-game winning streak and off to their best seven-game start since 2013.
Booker, serenaded with MVP chants from the home crowd in the fourth quarter, has 6,003 points in his career. He’s the eighth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 6,000. The fifth-year guard, who turned 23 last week, finished 15 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and 7 of 7 on free throws.
Playing without suspended star Joel Embiid, the 76ers (5-1) were led by Al Horford‘s 32 points. Horford tied a career high with five 3-pointers and shot 13 of 20 from the field. Tobias Harris added 24 points and Furkan Korkmaz had 20.
WARRIORS 127, TRAIL BLAZERS 118
SAN FRANCISCO — Rookie forward Eric Paschall hit a key 3-pointer with 4:05 remaining and finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds on his 23rd birthday, leading injury-plagued Golden State over Portland for its first home win at last.
Without all their injured stars, the young Warriors shined against a Western Conference contender to give Golden State its first victory at new Chase Center as Klay Thompson cheered from the sideline. The Warriors (2-5) improved to 1-4 at home — they haven’t started 0-5 in their own building since losing their initial six home games in 1997-98.
Damian Lillard, no longer playing in his hometown of Oakland when he visits the Bay Area, notched his fourth 30-point performance in the first seven games with 39 points on 15-for-26 shooting, including five 3-pointers.
Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside added 22 points and 11 rebounds after missing one game with a bone bruise in his left knee.
Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference finals last season on the way to a fifth straight NBA Finals.
ROCKETS 107, GRIZZLIES 100
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — James Harden scored 44 points, and Houston recovered from a poor performance one night earlier to earn a victory over Memphis.
Harden carried the load for the Rockets, who didn’t shoot particularly well and were without Russell Westbrook because he had the night off for rest. The 2018 NBA MVP finished 12 of 28 from the field, including 7 of 16 from 3-point range. He added 10 rebounds and six assists.
Rookie guard Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 23 points and six assists.
The game got testy with about two minutes left when Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder appeared to take a shot to the groin while guarding Harden. After the foul was called on Crowder, Harden and the Grizzlies exchanged words, leading to Crowder’s ejection. Harden was called for a flagrant-1 foul after a review by officials.
BUCKS 134, TIMBERWOLVES 106
MINNEAPOLIS — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 15 rebounds as Milwaukee beat Minnesota.
Last season’s NBA MVP has posted a double-double in all seven games this season.
Khris Middleton added 26 points to match his season high, and Eric Bledsoe set a season best with 22. Bledsoe added nine rebounds and six assists for the Bucks in a game delayed 50 minutes so one of the baskets could be fixed before tipoff.
Milwaukee broke open the game with a 38-point third quarter that included a 22-6 run.
WIZARDS 115, PISTONS 99
WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal‘s 22 points and six assists helped Washington shake off an ugly loss and beat the depleted Pistons in a half-empty arena while ending Detroit star Andre Drummond‘s 20-20 streak.
Two days after losing by 22 at home to Minnesota, the Wizards improved to 2-4 thanks to 14 points and seven rebounds from Thomas Bryant, and nine points and six assists from Isaiah Thomas in his first start of the season.
Rookie forward Rui Hachimura bounced back from his worst game as a pro with 10 first-quarter points for Washington and ended up with 12 points and four rebounds.
Bidding to become the first player in at least 35 seasons to post four consecutive games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, Drummond finished with 15 points and 24 boards. He shot 6 of 20, going 1 for 8 in the fourth quarter as Washington pulled away.