Plenty of buzzer beaters to go around, with Kyrie Irving knocking one down for the Cleveland Cavaliers in double overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers, while Jeff Green stuns the Miami Heat with one of his own in what might be the best moment the Boston Celtics experience all season.
In other news, early season streaks don’t end: The Indiana Pacers remain the only undefeated team in the league after beating the Brooklyn Nets, and the Utah Jazz, losing by 24 against the Toronto Raptors, still look for their first win this season.
Utah Jazz 91 Toronto Raptors 115: Jazz players keep talking about pulling through, but the rough start has no end, as the Jazz fall to 0-7. They were out of the game by the end of the first quarter, giving up 23 points to Tyler Hansbrough and 18 to DeMar DeRozan. Gordon Hayward did score 24 for the Jazz, but it didn’t make anyone feel too confident about what lies ahead.
Orlando Magic 94 Atlanta Hawks 104: Two double doubles, one for Jeff Teague with 19 points and 13 assists, and the other from Paul Millsap with 18 points and 11 rebounds, were enough to lead the Hawks over the sloppy Orlando Magic, turning the ball over 17 times.
Indiana Pacers 97 Brooklyn Nets 91: Still undefeated, still great defense, still Paul George, who scores 24 points to give the Pacers a 7-0 start to the season, while the Brooklyn Nets (getting only 6 points from Kevin Garnett) continue to look too slow and too old.
Philadelphia 76ers 125 Cleveland Cavaliers 127: Big numbers from Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams don’t matter anymore. A double overtime game ends with a big Kyrie Irving game winner to cap off his 39 point performance, pushing through thanks to their advantage from the bench in the form of Jarrett Jack, scoring 20 points.
Boston Celtics 111 Miami Heat 110: A weird ending in Miami, losing at home for the first time this season, as Dwyane Wade stupidly missed on purpose, giving Jeff Green the chance to hit a game winning shot from the corner (the same Ray Allen corner) with less than 0.6 seconds left on the clock, while the Heat not taking teams seriously is damaging their record so far this season.
Los Angeles Clippers 107 Houston Rockets 94: Dwight Howard keeps missing free throws, James Harden keeps missing the point of team basketball. On the other end, Blake Griffin (22 points) and J.J. Redick (22 points) are doing great on this road trip, making it two big wins over the Rockets in less than a week.
Warriors 90 Memphis Grizzlies 108: It’s very rare to see an offensive explosion from the Memphis Grizzlies, but it does happen sometimes. Zach Randolph led the way with 23 points and Mike Conley helped with 20. Meanwhile, the Warriors shot only 33.3% from beyond the arc and a terrible 53.8% from the line, unacceptable for a team that depends so much on its shooting accuracy.
Dallas Mavericks 91 Milwaukee Bucks 83: Monta Ellis continues to be the best player on his new team, leading the way with 18 points against his former employers. O.J. Mayo scored 28 points for the Bucks who also got 19 from Caron Butler, a former Mavs player himself, but it’s hard to win when shooting 38.3% from the field.
Portland Trail Blazers 96 Sacramento Kings 85: The Blazers are winning the games they’re supposed to so far, getting over an awful 1-of-15 night from Damian Lillard through 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 21 points from Wesley Matthews.
|4||Atlanta||3||3||.500||3 ½||105.0||103.5||+1.5||Won 1||3-3|
|5||Charlotte||3||3||.500||3 ½||90.3||95.5||-5.2||Lost 1||3-3|
|New York||2||3||.400||4||93.8||93.4||+0.4||Won 1||2-3|
|Brooklyn||2||4||.333||4 ½||97.3||100.2||-2.8||Lost 2||2-4|
|1||San Antonio||5||1||.833||–||95.7||93.0||+2.7||Won 3||5-1|
|2||Oklahoma City||4||1||.800||½||102.2||99.4||+2.8||Won 3||4-1|
|6||LA Clippers||4||3||.571||1 ½||110.0||106.3||+3.7||Won 1||4-3|
|7||Houston||4||3||.571||1 ½||105.6||103.6||+2.0||Lost 2||4-3|
|8||Golden State||4||3||.571||1 ½||102.6||96.3||+6.3||Lost 2||4-3|
|Dallas||4||3||.571||1 ½||107.0||104.4||+2.6||Won 1||4-3|
|New Orleans||3||3||.500||2||96.3||93.7||+2.7||Won 2||3-3|
|LA Lakers||3||4||.429||2 ½||98.3||105.6||-7.3||Lost 1||3-4|
|Denver||1||4||.200||3 ½||98.4||105.2||-6.8||Lost 1||1-4|
|Utah||0||7||.000||5 ½||87.7||100.7||-13.0||Lost 7||0-7|