Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings, 119-113 Kings Win

Top Performers:

Tyler Herro

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
34 3 0 13/22 5/8 3/4 0 0

Kevin Huerter

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
27 3 7 8/11 7/8 4/6 0 0

Key Game Notes:

  • The Sacramento Kings get their first season victory, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers as the only winless team remaining.
  • Kings got strong play from rookie forward Keegan Murray, who was finished second on the team in scoring with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field; De’Aaron Fox was also very active on the glass as he led all players with 13 rebounds along with his 17 points.
  • Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo finished with 23 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 37 minutes before fouling out.
  • A notable statistic for the Heat is that while Tyler Herro led all players with 22 shot attempts, veteran leaders Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler only combined for 19 attempts.

 

Golden State Warriors vs. Charlotte Hornets, 120-113 Hornets Win

Top Performers:

Stephen Curry

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
31 11 6 10/22 3/13 8/8 1 0

PJ Washington

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
31 7 1 13/23 1/6 4/4 1 0

Key Game Notes:

  • Clutch baskets from Dennis Smith Jr. and PJ Washington propel the Charlotte Hornets over the Warriors in an overtime victory.
  • Smith Jr. finished the game with a well-rounded performance with 13 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists; Gordon Hayward was second on the team with 23 points
  • Warriors were carried by the effort of Stephen Curry and Jordon Poole, who combined for 55 points on the night; Draymond Green finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, a steal, and three blocks in 34 minutes before fouling out.
  • Someone to maybe worry about is Klay Thompson, who finished with only 11 points while shooting 1-of-7 from three. Through six games, Thompson is shooting a career-low 31% from three).

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets, 125-116 Pacers Win

Top Performers:

Tyrese Haliburton

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
26 6 8 7/16 6/10 6/6 0 0

Kevin Durant

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
26 5 2 8/20 1/5 9/9 3 4

Key Game Notes:

  • Rookie Bennedict Mathurin had a career night finishing with 32 points while shooting an efficient 8-of-16 from the field, a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line, and 6-of-9 in 33 minutes off the bench.
  • Big night for the young Pacers’ frontcourt as Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith combined for 26 points and 24 rebounds.
  • Nets fall to 1-5 on the season as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant combined for 61 of the team’s 116 points in the loss. The next highest scorer(s) on the team were Royce O’Neale and Joe Harris each finishing with 11 points.
  • The passive play of Ben Simmons also continued as he finished the game only taking seven shots, but did finish with nine points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 123-115 Bucks Win

Top Performers:

Trae Young

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
42 6 5 15/32 5/10 7/7 0 0

Giannis Antetokounmpo

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
34 17 4 11/22 1/1 11/19 0 1

Key Game Notes:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday each finished with 34-point double-doubles (Holiday had 12 assists) to help the Milwaukee Bucks outlast the Atlanta Hawks; The Bucks advance to a 5-0 record on the season leaving them as the only undefeated team left.
  • The Atlanta backcourt of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray combined for 63 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists; The next highest scorer was De’Andre Hunter who scored 14 points.

 

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls, 114-109 Sixers Win

Top Performers:

Joel Embiid

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
25 7 4 9/15 1/2 6/9 1 0

Nikola Vucevic

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
23 19 3 8/14 5/7 2/2 1 0

Key Game Notes:

  • Sixers get their second win of the season on the back of a well-balanced offensive attack led by Joel Embiid’s 25 points. Six Philadelphia players finished in double figures including James Harden who had 15 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds while shooting 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.
  • Monster game from Nikola Vucevic who alone grabbed 19 of the Bulls’ 40 total rebounds. The dynamic duo of Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan combined for 44 points.
  • Bulls played this game without second-year guard/starting point guard Ayo Dosunmu as well as backup big man Andre Drummond.

 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz, 124-123 Jazz Win

Top Performers:

Desmond Bane

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
32 6 2 11/23 3/9 7/8 1 1

Lauri Markkanen

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
23 9 5 9/21 2/9 3/3 1 1

Key Game Notes:

  • Utah Jazz finished with three players scoring 20+ points to help edge out the win against the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies (out due to non-covid illness); Jazz had six players finish in double figures including Malik Beasley who had 12 points and hit a three with 24 seconds to put Utah ahead late.
  • With Morant out, veteran point guard Tyus Jones was given the start and did not disappoint as he finished with 23 points and ten assists on 10-of-15 shooting from the field; Dillon Brooks also added 30 points in 29 minutes.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks

Top Performers:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
38 6 9 15/27 0/2 8/8 2 1

Luka Doncic

PTS REB AST FG% 3P% FT% STL BLK
31 16 10 8/23 0/6 15/19 1 0

Key Game Notes:

  • After being down by as much as 16 points, the Oklahoma City Thunder fought back to force overtime and steal the 117-111 victory.
  • The Thunder bench came in clutch as Jalen Williams, Darius Bazley, and Isaiah Joe combined for 43 points off the bench.
  • On the other hand, the Mavericks were carried by their starters; Aside from Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points while Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell each had 13 points apiece.
  • Quiet night for Christian Wood who finished with his second straight 11-point outing.