While only four games were played in the NBA last night, there was no shortage of action and excitement. Dwyane Wade took the Chicago Bulls to Miami and beat the Heat, the New Orleans Pelicans got their first win of the season and the young LA Lakers got another victory.
Pelicans soar to first win of season
A changed New Orleans Pelicans line-up saw them finally grab a win as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-106.
Anthony Davis led the way for his team with 32 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Tim Frazier finished with double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds. Shooting guard E’Twaun Moore racked up a 20-point game as he impressed.
Greek-Nigerian Giannis Antetokounmpo had a slower night than usual, although he ended the game with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jabari Parker was the star player for the Bucks as he poured in 33 points.
Lakers take down Kings
The LA Lakers got the better of the Sacramento Kings in a Californian showdown, winning the game 101-91.
Lou Williams again provided the spark off the bench as he top scored for the Lakers with 21 points. There were major contributions from D’Angelo Russell who scored 17 points, Nick Young who added 16 points, and Julius Randle, who ended the contest with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. South Sudanese forward Luol Deng only scored two points and claimed six rebounds.
The Lakers’ season record now reads 5-4.
For the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins had the game’s high score, 28 points and he also pulled down nine rebounds. Rudy Gay added 15 points to the Kings’ tally, with Ty Lawson scoring 11 for his side.
Wade shines on return to Miami
Dwyane Wade took the Chicago Bulls on a successful trip to Miami as they beat the Heat 98-95. Wade had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls in scoring with 20 points and also had four rebounds and five assists, while Rajon Rondo finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.
The Heat were led by Hassan Whiteside’s 20-point 20-rebound double-double. Justise Winslow had 15 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Dion Waiters added 16 points to the Heat’s tally.
Curry has found 3-point rhythm
Stephen Curry was hot from beyond the arc as he fired in seven 3-pointers, scoring 33 points for the Golden State Warriors as they beat the Denver Nuggets 125-101. Curry also made seven assists and took five rebounds.
Kevin Durant’s streak of 72 games straight with 20 points or more came to an end as he scored 18 points on the night. He added nine boards to his stat line as well as five assists. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green scored 19 and 13 respectively.
Nuggets Congolese guard Emmanuel Mudiay only managed 10 points, four rebounds and four assists. Rookie Jamal Murray led the scoring for his team with 14 points off the bench.
By Cyrus Rogers & Kaunda Chama