NBA Scores & Standings

Among the more interesting results of Friday Night’s NBA action were the Philadelphia 76ers winning their first game of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers looking rejuvenated after their visit to the White House and the Los Angeles Clippers possibly showing they’re the best team in the NBA right now with a narrow win on the road over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Indiana Pacers 105  Philadelphia 76ers 109: The Pacers awful defense “helped” them become the first team to be beaten by the 76ers this season, winning in overtime. Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 25 points despite only 33.3% from the field, helped by 14 points off the bench from Ersan Ilyasova and Nik Stauskas.

Cleveland Cavaliers 105  Washington Wizards 94: The Cavs go back to winning games without too much of a problem, led by 29 points from Kyrie Irving and 27 from LeBron James, also adding 10 rebounds and 5 assists. It looked like the visit to the White House didn’t keep them off focus or something like that.


Toronto Raptors 113  Charlotte Hornets 111: The MVP’ish scoring performance from DeMar DeRozan early this season continue to propel the Raptors in tough situations. He scored 34 points despite not making a single 3-pointer, and has a 31.59 PER through the first 8 games of the season, only once scoring less than 30 points.

Utah Jazz 87  Orlando Magic 74: Another impressive defensive performance by the Jazz, holding the Magic to just 33.3% from the field at home. Gordon Hayward continues to lead the Jazz despite awful shooting percentages, scoring 20 points on 18 shots, while adding 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

New York Knicks 87  Boston Celtics 115: The Celtics torched the Knicks who looked the worst they have this season, struggling to cope with the 3-guard setup the Celtics are using these days. Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points to lead 7 players in double figures. Kelly Olynyk surprised with 19 points.

Los Angeles Clippers 110  Oklahoma City Thunder 108: The Clippers make another case for best team in the NBA right now, holding on to the win and avenging their only loss of the season so far, also by 2 points. Blake Griffin led them with 25 points and Jamal Crawford helped out with 19 off the bench. Russell Westbrook was one assist shy of a triple double (29 points, 14 rebounds), but shot just 36% from the field.

Detroit Pistons 86  San Antonio Spurs 96: A close game became one-sided late in the third quarter, as Pau Gasol’s 21 points ( season high for him ) helped the Spurs overcome a 5-for-18 shooting night from Kawhi Leonard. The Pistons fell to 0-5 on the road this season.

Sacramento Kings 120  Portland Trail Blazers 122: The Blazers win in overtime thanks to free throws from Alan Crabbe, who scored 16 points while helping out the team’s usual high flying scorers: Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, both combining to score 37 points. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 33 points.

Eastern Conference Standings

1Cleveland Cavaliers71.8758
2Toronto Raptors62.7501.08
3Charlotte Hornets62.7501.08
4Atlanta Hawks62.7501.08
5Chicago Bulls54.5562.59
6Boston Celtics44.5003.08
7Milwaukee Bucks44.5003.08
8Detroit Pistons45.4443.59
9Indiana Pacers45.4443.59
10New York Knicks35.3754.08
11Brooklyn Nets35.3754.08
12Orlando Magic36.3334.59
13Miami Heat25.2864.57
14Washington Wizards26.2505.08
15Philadelphia 76ers17.1256.08

Western Conference Standings

1Los Angeles Clippers81.8899
2Golden State Warriors72.7781.09
3Oklahoma City Thunder63.6672.09
4San Antonio Spurs63.6672.09
5Houston Rockets53.6252.58
6Portland Trail Blazers64.6002.510
7Utah Jazz64.6002.510
8Los Angeles Lakers54.5563.09
9Memphis Grizzlies44.5003.58
10Denver Nuggets35.3754.58
11Sacramento Kings47.3645.011
12Phoenix Suns36.3335.09
13Minnesota Timberwolves25.2865.07
14Dallas Mavericks26.2505.58
15New Orleans Pelicans18.1117.09
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