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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.

Making Headlines

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.

Last Night

Game result (home team in bold)Top performers
Hornets 120 def Magic 111Gordon Hayward (CHA) 24 pts, 5 ast
Cole Anthony (ORL) 24 pts, 6 ast
Wizards 116 def Celtics 107Montrezl Harrell (WSH) 25 pts, 11 reb
Al Horford (BOS) 16 pts, 11 reb
Heat 106 def Nets 93Jimmy Butler (MIA) 17 pts, 14 reb
Kevin Durant (BKN) 25 pts, 11 reb
Raptors 118 def Pacers 100Fred VanVleet (TOR) 26 pts, 10 reb
Malcolm Brogdon (IND) 18 pts, 5 reb
Hawks 102 def Pelicans 99Trae Young (ATL) 31 pts, 7 ast
Devonte’ Graham (NO) 21 pts, 6 ast
Timberwolves 113 def Bucks 108D’Angelo Russell (MIN) 29 pts, 6 ast
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 40 pts, 16 reb
Thunder 123 def Lakers 115Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 27 pts, 9 reb
Russell Westbrook (LAL) 20 pts, 13 ast
Kings 110 def Suns 107Harrison Barnes (SAC) 22 pts, 9 reb
Deandre Ayton (PHX) 21 pts, 21 reb
Trail Blazers 116 def Grizzlies 96Ja Morant (MEM) 17 pts, 10 ast
CJ McCollum (POR) 25 pts, 6 reb
Cavaliers 92 def Clippers 79Collin Sexton (CLE) 26 pts, 7 reb
Reggie Jackson (LAC) 16 pts, 4 reb

What’s On Tonight

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Game (home team in bold)Time (US EST)
Pistons at 76ers7 pm
Hawks at Wizards7 pm
Knicks at Bulls8 pm
Jazz at Rockets8 pm
Spurs at Mavericks8:30 pm
Grizzlies at Warriors10 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.

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.