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It was a night the teams favored to win the title this season would rather forget. Oklahoma City posted a record-tying comeback rally to beat the Lakers. And Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes gives us the season’s first buzzer-beating finish.
Oklahoma City pulled off its first win of the season with a 26-point comeback against the Lakers last night. Officials ejected LA’s Russell Westbrook in the game’s final seconds, capping off a disastrous evening for the team. The result means all of the title favorites fell last night, with losses also to Brooklyn and Milwaukee.
The Lakers played again last night without LeBron James and four other injured players. Injuries are emerging as a factor in team fortunes, even though the season has barely begun.
The Athletic reports that Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb of his non-shooting hand. The guard, who has been instrumental in his team’s 4-0 record, intends to play through the injury. Denver’s Nikola Jokic, meanwhile, seems to be ok after a knee scare two nights ago.
|Game result (home team in bold)||Top performers|
|Hornets 120 def Magic 111||Gordon Hayward (CHA) 24 pts, 5 ast|
Cole Anthony (ORL) 24 pts, 6 ast
|Wizards 116 def Celtics 107||Montrezl Harrell (WSH) 25 pts, 11 reb|
Al Horford (BOS) 16 pts, 11 reb
|Heat 106 def Nets 93||Jimmy Butler (MIA) 17 pts, 14 reb|
Kevin Durant (BKN) 25 pts, 11 reb
|Raptors 118 def Pacers 100||Fred VanVleet (TOR) 26 pts, 10 reb|
Malcolm Brogdon (IND) 18 pts, 5 reb
|Hawks 102 def Pelicans 99||Trae Young (ATL) 31 pts, 7 ast|
Devonte’ Graham (NO) 21 pts, 6 ast
|Timberwolves 113 def Bucks 108||D’Angelo Russell (MIN) 29 pts, 6 ast|
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 40 pts, 16 reb
|Thunder 123 def Lakers 115||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 27 pts, 9 reb|
Russell Westbrook (LAL) 20 pts, 13 ast
|Kings 110 def Suns 107||Harrison Barnes (SAC) 22 pts, 9 reb|
Deandre Ayton (PHX) 21 pts, 21 reb
|Trail Blazers 116 def Grizzlies 96||Ja Morant (MEM) 17 pts, 10 ast|
CJ McCollum (POR) 25 pts, 6 reb
|Cavaliers 92 def Clippers 79||Collin Sexton (CLE) 26 pts, 7 reb|
Reggie Jackson (LAC) 16 pts, 4 reb
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|Game (home team in bold)||Time (US EST)|
|Pistons at 76ers||7 pm|
|Hawks at Wizards||7 pm|
|Knicks at Bulls||8 pm|
|Jazz at Rockets||8 pm|
|Spurs at Mavericks||8:30 pm|
|Grizzlies at Warriors||10 pm|
Yesterday, the Twitter spotlight shone brightly on the Lakers’ overtime win against the Spurs the previous night. Today, it was for quite a different reason.
Not that it’s much consolation to LA, but Westbrook did get yet another triple-double. And this humdinger of a finish.
JJ Reddick got lots of love for his next career move.
Best of r/NBA
Charles Barkley never wanted to be a role model. He’s always spoken his mind. And he’s the most up-voted topic on Reddit’s NBA sub:
Naturally, the Lakers’ implosion against OKC got some Reddit attention. As did this bit of trade gossip:
Performance of the Night
The other close game of the night was Atlanta’s narrow win over New Orleans. Trae Young (who else) was instrumental in the Hawks victory with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His scoring helped him hit a neat milestone too.
Play of the Day
Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes put paid to Phoenix with this buzzer-beating effort. And our Play of the Day.