October 10,2021 at 7:00 PM
10/25/2021 7:00 PM
Bucks Dominate, Secure Win Over Pacers
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Indiana Pacers, 119-109, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday evening. The Bucks (3-1) delivered a strong performance to take care of the Pacers (1-3) rather comfortably, as Milwaukee raced out to a 34-30 lead following the first quarter and never looked back. Milwaukee also won the subsequent two quarters, 32-27 and 35-29, so they held a commanding lead heading into the final 12 minutes of action. The Pacers didn't give up and made it a close game in the fourth, but they couldn't complete the comeback despite winning the final quarter by a 23-18 score. The Bucks shot 48.2 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three-point range, while the Pacers shot 44.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range. Giannis Antetokounmpo had another excellent performance and ended just one assist shy of putting up a triple-double, as he ended with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Khris Middleton supplied 27 points, seven assists and five boards. Grayson Allen had another strong game and finished with 19 points, while Pat Connaughton mustered 13 points coming off the bench. No other Milwaukee player scored in double digits, though Thanasis Antetokounmpo had eight points as a starter. Malcolm Brogdon was the best player for the Pacers in this game, as he finished with 25 points and seven assists while shooting 10-for-21 from the field. Chris Duarte continues to thrive, and he ended with 18 points while adding five rebounds. Domantas Sabonis finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Justin Holiday chipped in with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals. Jeremy Lamb contributed 11 points off the bench.
October 10,2021 at 7:00 PM
10/25/2021 7:00 PM
Celtics Outlast Hornets, 140-129, in Overtime Battle
The Boston Celtics defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 140-129, in overtime at Spectrum Center on Monday night. The Celtics (2-2) came in looking to build off their first win of the season Sunday against the Rockets, but they were in for an uphill battle against an undefeated Hornets (3-1) squad on its home floor. Boston was also playing its third game in four nights but didn't look like a tired team in the first half, building a 68-66 advantage by intermission. Although Charlotte had gained a three-point edge going into the final period, the visitors managed to knot the game up at 122 on a pair of Jayson Tatum free throws with 1:11 remaining in regulation and then went on a 12-0 run in overtime to secure the hard-fought victory. Tatum paced the Celtics with 41 points, adding eight assists, seven rebounds and one block. Jaylen Brown returned from a one-game absence to supply 30 points, nine boards, three assists, three steals and one block. Dennis Schroder collected 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds and one block. Jabari Parker turned in 13 points, five rebounds and one block. Robert Williams generated a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double that also included four assists and three blocks. LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges co-led the Hornets with 25 points apiece, with Ball adding nine assists and five rebounds and Bridges pulling down 10 boards. Kelly Oubre furnished 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Gordon Hayward totaled 15 points, six boards, three assists and one steal. Jalen McDaniels contributed 13 points, while Mason Plumlee mustered a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included three assists, two blocks and one steal. The Celtics return home to host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, while the Hornets host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night as well.
October 10,2021 at 7:30 PM
10/25/2021 7:30 PM
Hawks Cruise Past Pistons On The Road
The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons, 122-104, at State Farm Arena on Monday evening. The Hawks (2-1) got over the .500 mark and bounced back following their recent loss while defeating a young Pistons (0-3) team that remains winless. Led by an impressive effort from Trae Young, Atlanta established the tone of the game quickly and built a 28-18 lead following the first quarter -- and they never looked back afterward. Even though Detroit won the second quarter (36-34), they didn't stand a chance the rest of the way and Atlanta pulled away for good in the third after a 33-25 score. Atlanta also won the final quarter by two points (27-25) en route to an impressive 18-point victory. Atlanta shot 51.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from deep, while the Pistons shot 44 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three-point range. Trae Young was the best player for the Hawks in this one, as he ended with 32 points and nine assists while shooting 13-for-21 from the field, and John Collins also delivered a strong effort with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter each chipped in 14 points -- Bogdanovic also added three boards and Huerter dished out four dimes. Cam Reddish added 17 points off the bench. Kelly Olynyk and Saddiq Bey led the Pistons in this one as each ended with 21 points -- while Olynyk also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals, Bey also contributed seven boards and three dimes. Josh Jackson had 18 points, and Isaiah Stewart added 13 points with seven rebounds. Killian Hayes had 12 points and added three assists.
October 10,2021 at 7:30 PM
10/25/2021 7:30 PM
Heat Handles Magic, 107-90
The Miami Heat defeated the Orlando Magic, 107-90, at American Airlines Arena on Monday night. The Heat (2-1) welcomed in a Magic (1-3) squad that had traveled from New York late Sunday night and was playing its third game in four nights. The opening quarter unfolded exactly as those circumstances might suggest, with Miami looking like the much more energetic squad while building a 27-15 lead through one. Matters tightened up in the middle periods in terms of more balanced play, but the hosts' big early cushion afforded a comfortable home victory. The Heat was especially impressive on the defensive end, holding Orlando to 40.7 percent shooting and forcing 16 turnovers. Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs co-led the Magic with 15 points each, with Wagner adding four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block and Suggs recording four boards, two assists and one steal. Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton generated matching 12-point tallies while pulling down nine and six rebounds, respectively. Mo Bamba and Robin Lopez posted 11 points each, with Bamba also providing five rebounds, two steals and one block. Jimmy Butler paced the Heat with 36 points, supplementing them with three rebounds, two assists and five steals. Bam Adebayo generated a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double that also included two assists and one steal. Markieff Morris matched Adebayo's scoring total while also notching three rebounds, while Tyler Herro delivered 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds. The Magic return home to host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, while the Heat pay a visit to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night as well.
October 10,2021 at 7:30 PM
10/25/2021 7:30 PM
Nets Confident In Home Win
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the visiting Washington Wizards, 104-90, at Barclays Center on Monday evening. The Nets jumped out to a hot start with a, 38-20, lead after one quarter. The Wizards tightened it up in the second and managed to outscore the hosts by one-point in the quarter, making it a 17-point game at halftime. The third quarter remained competitive, but the Wizards could not make any progress, as the Nets pushed it back to an 18-point deficit, heading into the final frame. The Wizards kept up their fight in the fourth, but it was not enough, as the Nets held on for the home win, while this marks the first loss of the season for the Wizards. Kevin Durant led the way for the Nets with 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, in 35 minutes. Patty Mills followed up with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, off the bench, while James Harden and Bruce Brown chipped in 14 points each. The Nets shot 42.6 percent from the field, including 10-of-35 from long range. Meanwhile, Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 19 points on 8-of-22 shooting, in 32 minutes. Daniel Gafford followed up with 13 points and five rebounds, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aaron Holiday chipped in 11 points each. The Wizards shot 34.7 percent from the field, including 9-of-39 from deep. The Wizards (2-1) will look to bounce back as they take on the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday. The Nets (2-2) take on the Heat in Miami on Wednesday.
October 10,2021 at 7:30 PM
10/25/2021 7:30 PM
Bulls Remain Undefeated To Start The Season
The Chicago Bulls defeated the host Toronto Raptors, 111-108, at Scotiabank Arena on Monday evening. The contest got out to a competitive start, tied at 24, after one quarter. The Bulls picked up the pace in the second and outscored the hosts, 37-27, in the frame to take a 10-point lead at the break. They carried the momentum through the third and pushed the lead to 12, heading into the final frame. However, the Raptors rallied in the fourth and cut it down to a two-point game with 14 seconds left. The Bulls narrowly escaped after Nikola Vucevic went 1-of-2 at the foul line, allowing the Raptors a chance to tie, but their last shot bounced off the rim, leaving the Bulls undefeated on the season. DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 26 points on 7-of-19 shooting, and 10-of-10 shooting from the foul line, in 36 minutes of action. Zach LaVIne followed up with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while Nikola Vucevic added 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Bulls shot 48 percent from the field, including 12-of-27 from deep. Meanwhile, OG Anunoby led the Raptors with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals, in 38 minutes. Gary Trent Jr. followed up with 18 points and five rebounds, while Fred VanVleet totaled 15 points, 17 assists, six rebounds and two steals. The Raptors shot 48 percent from the field, including 12-of-30 from long range. The Raptors (1-3) will look to bounce back as they play host to the Pacers on Wednesday. The Bulls (4-0) play host to the Knicks on Thursday.
October 10,2021 at 8:00 PM
10/25/2021 8:00 PM
Pelicans Defeat T'Wolves, 107-98
The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the host Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-98, at Target Center on Monday. While there were seven lead changes in the first quarter, Minnesota held the lead for the final three quarters after that. That can be attributed to a 54-43 first half in favor of the Pelicans. New Orleans shot 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range while holding Minnesota to 34 percent from the field and 30 percent from long range. In addition, the Pelicans out-rebounded the T'Wolves, 60-41. The Pelicans (1-3) were led by Brandon Ingram, totaling 27 points and nine rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas amassed 22 points, 22 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. DeVonte' Graham generated 21 points, three rebounds and seven assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Timberwolves (2-1) were led by Karl-Anthony Towns and his 32 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks. Anthony Edwards was the only other starter in double figures, compiling 28 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Patrick Beverley led the bench with 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with New Orleans returning home to face the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota traveling to face the Milwaukee Bucks.
October 10,2021 at 9:00 PM
10/25/2021 9:00 PM
Cavaliers Defeat Nuggets, 99-87
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the host Denver Nuggets, 99-87, at Ball Arena on Monday. The Cavaliers led 29-24 after the first quarter and held the lead for all but one minute in this game. A 24-17 fourth quarter spaced the gap, with the Cavs holding a double-digit lead for the final nine minutes. The Cavaliers shot 46 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range while holding the Nuggets to 41 percent from the field and 24 percent from long range. In addition, Cleveland recorded 26 assists to 14 turnovers while Denver matched their 21 assists with 21 turnovers. The Cavaliers (2-2) were led by Kevin Love, providing 22 points and six rebounds off the bench. Jarrett Allen led the starters with 21 points, 16 rebounds and two assists on 10-of-11 from the field. Collin Sexton amassed 14 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Lauri Markkanen mustered 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals. The Nuggets (2-1) were led by Nikola Jokic, collecting 24 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three steals on 9-of-15 shooting. Will Barton totaled 12 points, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Aaron Gordon generated 12 points and nine rebounds. Michael Porter Jr put up 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Denver has to play the second half of a back-to-back set on Tuesday, traveling to play the Utah Jazz. Cleveland is off until Wednesday, staying on the road to play the Los Angeles Clippers.
October 10,2021 at 10:30 PM
10/25/2021 10:30 PM
Clippers Throttle Trail Blazers, 116-86
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 116-86, at Staples Center on Monday. While there were seven lead changes in the first quarter, Los Angeles cruised to a 30-point win. In fact, they outscored Portland in that first quarter, 31-17, holding a double-digit lead for the final three quarters. A 35-19 third quarter is what put the game to bed, leading by at least 30 for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The Clippers shot 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range while holding the Trail Blazers to 38 percent from the field and 22 percent from long range. In addition, Los Angeles had 37 assists to 17 turnovers while Portland had 15 assists to 30 turnovers. The Trail Blazers (1-2) were led by C.J. McCollum, tallying 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Damian Lillard amassed 12 points, three rebounds and three assists, missing all eight of his three-point attempts. Jusuf Nurkic totaled four points and 10 boards. Anfernee Simons led the bench with 12 points and four rebounds. The Clippers (1-2) were led by Luke Kennard, providing 23 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting. Reggie Jackson led the starters with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Paul George played just three quarters but still tallied 16 points, five assists and eight steals. Terance Mann generated 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals off the bench as well. Los Angeles will remain home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for their next game. As for Portland, they return home to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday as well.