Kevin Durant delivered a timely reminder of his quality as he led the Brooklyn Nets to a 96-90 win against the Detroit Pistons in the first match of the Nets’ run of away matches in the NBA this season.
All-Star Kevin Durant finished the game with a double-double of 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Nets in 36 minutes of action. Fellow All-Star James Harden racked up a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nets as they improved their record to 6-3 for the season.
For the Detroit Pistons, rookie Cade Cunningham showed that he is fully over the ankle injury that delayed his NBA debut for the franchise. The 20-year-old led the scoring for the Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena with 17 points, and he added four rebounds and two assists, earning the praise of two-time finals MVP Kevin Durant. The Pistons need to raise their game quickly or risk falling far behind after a terrible start to the season that has seen them lose eight of nine games.
The Golden State Warriors continued their brilliant start to the season with a 126-85 win over the hapless New Orleans Pelicans to improve their record to 7-1 for the season. Jordan Poole led the scoring for the Warriors with 26 points, while Steph Curry added 19 points and six assists.
Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray contributed 20 points apiece as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Orlando Magic 102-89 for their third win of the season after nine games. Orlando Magic have now lost eight of their ten games in this season.
Washington Wizards picked up a 115-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies to improve their record to 6-3 after nine games. Montrezl Harrell led the scoring for the Wizards with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Bradley Beal also contributed 17 points for the Wizards.
Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 102-101 to pick up their sixth win of the season. Darius Garland led the scoring for the Cavs with 21 points, and rookie Evan Mobley contributed 18 points. Jarrett Allen finished with a double-double for the Cavs with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
New York Knicks defeated champions Milwaukee Bucks 113-98 to pile further misery on them. Julius Randle tallied 32 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Knicks as they won away from home at the Fiserv Forum Arena. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s haul of 25 points was insufficient to help his side avoid defeat.
Los Angeles Clippers picked up a 104-84 win away from home against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Paul George and Ivica Zubac recorded double-doubles for the Clippers in the game. George finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Zubac had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the game.
Sacramento Kings picked up a 140-110 win over the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA clash. Buddy Hield led the scoring with 26 points. Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes both recorded double-doubles. Holmes finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Barnes finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 110-106 to improve their record to 4-5 for the season. CJ McCollum led the scoring with 27 points, and Norman Powell scored 25 points for the Trail Blazers.