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The Chicago Bulls won again and are off to their best season start in 25 years. Boston and Jason Tatum beat Charlotte. More dunks than NBA Jam.

Making Headlines

The Bulls moved to 4-0 last night after beating the Toronto Raptors last night. It’s Chicago’s best start since the 1996-97 season, thanks in part to some valuable off-season retooling. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points against the team with which he spent his first nine years in the league.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics needed overtime and 41 points from Jayson Tatum to hand the Charlotte Hornets their first loss of the season. Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball had 25 points apiece for Charlotte, which was denied its first 4-0 start in franchise history.

Nice work if you can get it: A pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in his rookie season sold for a record $1.47 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Las Vegas. The Nike Air Ships were designed by the same sneaker legend who created the Air Force 1s.

Last Night

Game result (home team in bold)Top performers
Celtics 140 def Hornets 129Jayson Tatum (BOS) 41 pts, 8 ast
Miles Bridges (CHA) 25 pts, 10 reb
Bucks 119 def Pacers 109Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 30 pts, 10 reb
Domantas Sabonis (IND) 21 pts, 13 reb
Hawks 122 def Pistons 104Saddiq Bey (DET) 21 pts, 7 reb
Trae Young (ATL) 32 pts, 9 ast
Nets 104 def Wizards 90Kevin. Durant (BKN) 25 pts, 8 reb
Bradley Beal (WSH) 19 pts, 4 ast
Heat 107 def Magic 90Jimmy Butler (MIA) 36 pts, 3 reb
Cole Anthony (ORL) 12 pts, 9 reb
Bulls 111 def Raptors 108DeMar DeRozan (CHI) 26 pts, 6 ast
Fred VanVleet (TOR) 15 pts, 17 ast
Pelicans 107 def Timberwolves 98Jonas Valanciunas (NO) 22 pts, 23 reb
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 32 pts, 14 reb
Cavaliers 99 def Nuggets 87Jarrett Allen (CLE) 21 pts, 16 reb
Nikola Jokic (DEN) 24 pts, 19 reb
Clippers 116 def Trail Blazers 86Luke Kennard (LAC) 23 pts, 4 reb
CJ McCollum (POR) 20 pts, 4 reb

What’s On Tonight

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Game (home team in bold)Time (US EST)
76ers at Knicks7:30 pm
Warriors at Thunder8 pm
Houston at Dallas8:30 pm
Lakers at Spurs8:30 pm
Nuggets at Jazz10 pm


The league gave its nod to its best players for the season’s opening week. Golden State are 3-0, thanks to some Stephen Curry heroics. Charlotte had the same results until dropping their first game to the Celtics last night.

Speaking of Miles Bridges. Yes, we quite agree with the wise wizards at Slam.

Lot of big dunks last night in the NBA. We can’t give them all Play of the Day, but this monster from Jaylen Brown was pretty close.

Best of r/NBA

In Reddit land, the day’s most upvoted post focused on the current era of player empowerment. And the more uncomfortable elements it presents.

The second-most upvoted post went to Lauri Markkanen demolishing Nikola Jokic (yes, our Play of the Day). The day’s No. 3 post was LeBron James ruminating on what it means to play with someone who could be your son.

Performance of the Night

No guesses who we like.

Play of the Day

MVP? What MVP?! Cleveland’s Lauri Markkanen shows complete disregard for Nikola Jokic’s attempt to draw a charge. For our Play of the Day.

Darren is the editorial director of The AllStar and a retired championship-winning point guard who dropped dimes and broke ankles in recreational leagues across the Asia Pacific. A former APAC markets and banking editor with Bloomberg News, Darren has written about the NBA and UFC. Personal sporting highlight: Being courtside under the backboard (and a little to the left) when Vince Carter did THAT DUNK on Frederic Weis at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.