With only five days left before the 2018-19 regular season tips off, 16 teams took the floor Wednesday night for eight exciting games.
Raptors trample Nets
The Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets, 119-91. Danny Green had 22 points, four rebounds and five steals, Congolese forward Serge Ibaka added 13 points, five rebounds and five blocks, while Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 33 points with 11 each.
The Nets were led by Jarrett Allen with 24 points and four rebounds, D’ Angelo Russell had 18 points and six rebounds, and Caris LeVert finished with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Hawks down Spurs
The Atlanta Hawks defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 130-127, on Taurean Prince’s 25 points and six rebounds, Trae Young had 22 points, three rebounds and seven assists, and Alex Len put up a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 28 points, four rebounds and five assists, Bryn Forbes had 22 points, DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White both added 15, and Pau Gasol had a 14-point, 10-assist double-double.
Heat burn Pelicans
The Miami Heat beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 140-128, on the back of Nigerian-American center Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo’s 26-point, 12-rebound double-double, Josh Richardson had 25 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Derrick Jones Jr ended the game with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals.
The Pelicans were led by Julius Randle with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists, Nikola Mirotic had 19 points and four rebounds, and Elfrid Payton and Darius Miller both scored 17 points.
Lakers beat Warriors
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 123-113. Brandon Ingram had 26 points and five rebounds, Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and three rebounds, Kentavious Coldwell-Pope 20 points, and LeBron James ended the game with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 23 points, three rebounds and five assists, Klay Thompson had 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Kevin Durant finished with an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double.
The Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 102-97 on the back of John Wall’s 32 points, the Orlando Magic defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 102-86, a 22-point game from Zach LaVine helped the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 104-89, and the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Phoenix Suns 116-83 on Jake Layman’s 28 points.