NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks had to contend with another defeat as they fell 107-95 to the Utah Jazz for a third successive defeat in the NBA, taking them to 3-4 for the season.
Starting the match without regulars Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, the Milwaukee Bucks struggled badly against a Jazz side that has won five of its opening six matches in the NBA this season. Pat Connaughton, Grayson Allen and George Hill were drafted into the starting lineup in place of the three missing players.
Donovan Mitchell led the scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks with 28 points. Veteran Mike Conley also added 20 points for Utah Jazz as they strolled to a win at the Fiserv Forum Arena. 2021 NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the match with 25 points for the Milwaukee Bucks, but his effort was not enough to save them from defeat.
Los Angeles Lakers’ golden oldies inspired them to a 95-85 win over the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony came off the bench to drop 23 points for the Lakers, with Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James contributing 20, 16 and 15 points, respectively. Davis also had 13 rebounds for the Lakers.
James Harden recorded his first triple-double of the season and 59th of his career to help the Brooklyn Nets to a 117-91 win against the struggling Detroit Pistons. Harden finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, with Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge contributing 23 and 16 points, respectively. The Nets have now won four matches to put their record at 4-3 for the season.
LaMelo Ball and Kelly Oubre Jr inspired the Charlotte Hornets to a 125-113 win against the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA. Last season’s Rookie of the Year Ball finished the game with 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Hornets, and Oubre Jr finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Hornets are now 5-2 for the season after seven matches.