A short night of NBA action with just four games, as the Chicago Bulls routed the Brooklyn Nets, the Atlanta Hawks handled the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers eased through the Phoenix Suns, all three teams remaining undefeated. The Toronto Raptors had to go through some drama in their win against the Denver Nuggets, mostly relying on the points of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
Denver Nuggets 102 Toronto Raptors 105: With 2:54 to go, the Nuggets had a 2-point lead. But the Raptors went 6-1 the rest of the way, getting two big baskets from Kyle Lowry and another from DeMar DeRozan, who else? DeRozan scored 33 points to keep on his crazy start to the season, Lowry helped out with 29. The Nuggets were led by 3 different players with 16 points.
Chicago Bulls 118 Brooklyn Nets 88: The Bulls improve to 3-0, not having any problems on their first road game. They led by 18 in the first quarter, the rest was garbage time. Jimmy Butler led with 22 points, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic had double doubles, and despite 19 turnovers the Bulls never looked like giving up their lead. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 15 points, Jeremy Lin scored 14.
Sacramento Kings 95 Atlanta Hawks 106: The Hawks are another undefeated Eastern conference team, led by Dwight Howard and his 18 points, one of six players in double figures. The Hawks outscored the Kings 27-14 in the final quarter, with a 10-0 run in the middle of it sealing the deal. Both Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver scored 17. Rudy Gay (22.3 points per game) led the Kings with 22.
Phoenix Suns 98 Los Angeles Clippers 116: The Clippers improve to 4-0 while the Suns still don’t have a win. Chris Paul led the way with 24 points and 8 assists, while both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin had double doubles, combining for 40 points and 22 rebounds. Brandon Knight scored 18 points to lead the Suns, playing without Devin Booker.
Eastern Conference Standings
|8||New York Knicks||1||1||.500||1.5||2|
Western Conference Standings
|1||San Antonio Spurs||4||0||1.000||–||4|
|2||Los Angeles Clippers||3||0||1.000||0.5||3|
|3||Oklahoma City Thunder||3||0||1.000||0.5||3|
|5||Portland Trail Blazers||2||1||.667||1.5||3|
|7||Golden State Warriors||2||1||.667||1.5||3|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||1||2||.333||2.5||3|
|14||New Orleans Pelicans||0||3||.000||3.5||3|