James Harden shook off a sluggish capturing begin and took management late, main the host Houston Rockets to a 122-119 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
Harden completed with 33 factors and eight assists, and he had a hand within the ultimate 18 factors for the Rockets, who received for the primary time this season.
John Wall added 22 factors and 9 assists in his Rockets debut. Wooden had 21 factors and 12 rebounds, and DeMarcus Cousins, additionally making his Rockets’ debut, scored eight factors. Wall and Cousins sat out two video games resulting from COVID-19 contact tracing.
Harrison Barnes scored 24 factors to tempo the Kings, who acquired 22 factors from De’Aaron Fox, 22 factors and 13 rebounds from Richaun Holmes and 19 factors and from Buddy Hield.
Philadelphia 76ers 116 – Orlando Magic 92
Joel Embiid scored 21 factors and grabbed 9 rebounds, Seth Curry additionally scored 21 factors and visiting Philadelphia crushed the beforehand undefeated Orlando. Curry made 5 3-pointers and the Sixers transformed 15 of 33 makes an attempt from lengthy vary (45.5 %).
Tobias Harris contributed 20 factors and 9 rebounds whereas Shake Milton scored 14 factors for the Sixers, who received their second in a row and improved to 4-1. Ben Simmons contributed 9 factors, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 19 factors and 10 rebounds, whereas rookie Cole Anthony added 16 factors. Orlando, which performed its fifth recreation of the season, grew to become the final staff within the league to lose. The Sixers had dropped their final 4 conferences at Orlando.
New Orleans Pelicans 113 – Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 80
Brandon Ingram scored 20 factors to elevate New Orleans to a win at Oklahoma Metropolis. Ingram wasn’t round for the final quarter-plus, nevertheless, after being ejected within the third quarter for a flagrant foul.
The Pelicans dominated the top, although, outsourcing the Thunder 28-7 within the fourth quarter to open up what had been a good recreation. Steven Adams, taking part in in Oklahoma Metropolis as a customer for the primary time after spending his first seven NBA seasons with the Thunder, scored eight of his 14 factors within the first quarter. He added 10 rebounds.
Al Horford led Oklahoma Metropolis with 17 factors, going 7 of 9 from the ground.
Indiana Pacers 119 – Cleveland Cavaliers 99
Domantas Sabonis led six Indiana scorers in double-figures with 25 factors and Indiana closed the calendar 12 months with a rout of Cleveland at Indianapolis.
One recreation after they let a 17-point second-half lead slip away in a loss to the Boston Celtics, the Pacers noticed a 22-point fourth-quarter lead sliced in half halfway by the interval due to the Cavaliers’ backcourt duo of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Sexton scored a game-high 28 factors, and Garland added 21 within the first of six consecutive highway contests for Cleveland.
Victor Oladipo knocked down the fourth and ultimate of his 3-pointers with 5:11 remaining to set off a decisive 10-2 run for Indiana down the stretch and switch a 101-90 lead right into a 111-92 benefit. Oladipo had 16 factors as all 5 Pacers starters have been in double figures. Malcolm Brogdon was subsequent with 17 factors.
Toronto Raptors 100 – New York Knicks 83
Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 25 factors within the fourth quarter and Toronto received for the primary time this season, beating New York at Tampa, Fla.
Toronto ahead Pascal Siakam watched the sport in avenue garments, and staff sources stated the transfer was for disciplinary causes. Siakam fouled out of the Raptors’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday with 25 seconds to play and marched on to the locker room as a substitute of to the bench.
Norman Powell made his first begin of the season in Siakam’s place and scored 17 factors. Kyle Lowry added 20 factors for the Raptors. Julius Randle scored 16 factors and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Knicks earlier than limping off the courtroom with 3:24 left within the recreation. Kevin Knox II added 16 factors for New York.
Chicago Bulls 133 – Washington Wizards 130
Otto Porter Jr. had 28 factors and 12 rebounds whereas Zach LaVine added 22 factors as Chicago received at Washington to earn a sweep of the groups’ back-to-back collection.
The Wizards misplaced their fifth consecutive recreation to open the season regardless of the fourth triple-double in as many contests from Russell Westbrook, who completed with 22 factors, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Chicago lastly was capable of exhale after rising from a fourth quarter that included six lead modifications within the ultimate 5 minutes. Coby White had 16 factors and a career-high 10 assists for the Bulls.
Phoenix Suns 106 – Utah Jazz 95
Devin Booker hit a few clutch photographs within the ultimate minutes and scored a game-high 25 factors to steer Phoenix previous Utah in Salt Lake Metropolis.
Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges every added 16 factors whereas Chris Paul contributed 11 factors and eight assists because the Suns received their third recreation in a row.
Donovan Mitchell hit simply 9 of 23 photographs however nonetheless scored a team-high 23 factors for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert (18 factors and 14 rebounds) tallied his fourth consecutive double-double to open the season.
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