Andrew Wiggins scorched his old team for a season-high 35 points Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors overcame a career-best 48-point performance by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards for a 123-110 victory at San Francisco.
Stephen Curry chipped in with 25 points for the Warriors, who won a sixth straight despite losing Draymond Green for the rest of the game in the third quarter with a bruised right thigh.
D’Angelo Russell, playing for the first time in the Bay Area since the Warriors traded him for a package that included Wiggins in February 2020, had 18 points for the Timberwolves, who lost their sixth in a row.
Thanks in large part to Wiggins’ 22 points in the first half, the Warriors led most of the way, including by as many as 20 late in the second quarter and early in the third.
Lakers 120, Heat 117 (OT)
Malik Monk scored five of his season-best 27 points in overtime to help Los Angeles post a victory over visiting Miami.
Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his 187th career triple-double and third for the Lakers. Anthony Davis registered 24 points and 13 rebounds and Avery Bradley made five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points for Los Angeles.
Bam Adebayo had 28 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for the Heat, who lost their second straight game. Tyler Herro scored 27 points and Kyle Lowry recorded 18 points and 11 assists. Miami star Jimmy Butler sustained a right ankle injury and didn’t play after scoring seven points in the first quarter.
Celtics 104, Raptors 88
Jayson Tatum finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as host Boston avenged an early-season blowout loss to Toronto.
Tatum was one of six scorers in double figures for the Celtics, who have won three of four. Dennis Schroder added 20 points, and Robert Williams added 16 points and 13 rebounds, including a career-high eight offensive boards.
Scottie Barnes had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet had 16 points and six assists, and OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. scored 14 apiece.
Wizards 97, Cavaliers 94
Kyle Kuzma drained a pair of 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to fuel visiting Washington to a victory over Cleveland.
Montrezl Harrell recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and Kuzma added 22 points to send the Wizards to their third straight win. Bradley Beal, who entered Wednesday’s contest averaging a team-leading 24.2 points per game, was limited to just 13 following a disastrous 4-of-19 performance from the floor.
Ricky Rubio had 20 points off the bench and Darius Garland and rookie Evan Mobley each scored 19 for the Cavaliers, who were denied their first five-game winning streak since March 28-April 5, 2018. Reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Jarrett Allen collected 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.
Bulls 117, Mavericks 107
Zach LaVine scored 23 points and Lonzo Ball set season highs with seven 3-pointers and 21 points as Chicago beat visiting Dallas.
Nikola Vucevic tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds while Alex Caruso had 16 points and six steals for Chicago, which shot 50.6 percent from the field and 15 of 31 (48.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks with 22 points and 12 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points. Luka Doncic amassed 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while shooting 6 of 18 from the field and 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
Pistons 112, Rockets 104
Jerami Grant scored 35 points and stole the spotlight from a pair of touted rookies, leading Detroit to a victory over host Houston.
Grant put up 21 points in the third quarter, his career high for any single period, to steer the ship for the Pistons and divert attention from the featured matchup of Detroit guard Cade Cunningham and Rockets guard Jalen Green, the top two picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Cunningham had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists while Green tallied 23 points on 8-for-20 shooting plus five rebounds. The Rockets dropped their ninth consecutive game by missing 12 of 34 free throws and surrendering 20 points to the Pistons via 16 turnovers. Detroit ended a four-game skid.
Hornets 118, Grizzlies 108
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 37 points off the bench and Charlotte rallied after surrendering a double-digit lead, salvaging the final game of a five-game road trip by defeating Memphis.
Oubre connected on seven 3-point baskets and was 13-for-17 overall from the field. The Hornets went 1-4 on visits to Western Conference stops, snapping a five-game losing streak. Gordon Hayward was 11-for-11 on foul shots on his way to 25 points, LaMelo Ball supplied 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to boost the Hornets, who overcame 17 turnovers.
Ja Morant scored 22 of his 32 points in the first half for the Grizzlies. Dillon Brooks notched 20 points in a reserve role and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 19 points for Memphis, which was 9-for-38 on 3s.
Spurs 136, Kings 117
Dejounte Murray scored 26 points to lead a balanced attack as San Antonio jumped on top early and rolled to a win over visiting Sacramento.
Drew Eubanks hit for 18 and Doug McDermott added 17 points for the Spurs, but it was San Antonio’s bench that was the difference. Four of the Spurs’ reserves — Thaddeus Young (17 points) and Devin Vassell, Lonnie Walker IV and Bryn Forbes (15 each) — combined for 62 of San Antonio’s 65 points from non-starters.
De’Aaron Fox poured in a game-high 37 points — 24 of those in the second half — to lead the Kings. Davion Mitchell and Chimezie Metu added 13 points apiece for Sacramento, which lost for the third straight game.
Nuggets 101, Pacers 98
Will Barton scored 30 points, Zeke Nnaji had a career-high 19 points, and host Denver beat Indiana.
Jeff Green and Bones Hyland scored 12 apiece and Monte Morris had 10 points for the Nuggets, who won their third straight despite not having MVP Nikola Jokic.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points, Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 19 rebounds, T.J. McConnell added 16 points and Myles Turner had 13 points and six blocks for Indiana.
Bucks 112, Knicks 100
Pat Connaughton hit a career-high seven 3-pointers, including three in a span of 95 seconds late in the fourth quarter to fuel a game-ending run as visiting Milwaukee held off a furious comeback by New York.
Connaughton finished with a game-high 23 points, one shy of his career-high. Antetokounmpo had 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks, who have won two straight. Jrue Holiday finished with 18 points while Bobby Portis (17 points) and Grayson Allen (15 points) also got into double digits.
Derrick Rose scored 22 points to lead the bench brigade for the Knicks. Immanuel Quickley had 18 points while Julius Randle (16 points) was the only New York starter to reach double figures.
Nets 123, Magic 90
James Harden recorded a triple-double, and Kevin Durant continued his torrid scoring pace with 30 points, as Brooklyn cruised to a victory over host Orlando.
Harden finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to help Brooklyn win for the third time on its current six-game road trip. LaMarcus Aldridge led Brooklyn’s bench with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Orlando’s Cole Anthony came in averaging 20.2 points per game, but he went 0-for-5 from 3-point range and was limited to 10 points. The Magic lost Wendell Carter Jr. to a left eye abrasion suffered in the third quarter. Carter Jr. finished with nine points and five rebounds in 18 minutes as his streak of four straight double-doubles ended.
Suns 119, Trail Blazers 109
Frank Kaminsky scored a career-high 31 points off the bench to lead Phoenix to a victory over visiting Portland.
Chris Paul added 21 points and seven assists, JaVale McGee contributed 14 points and eight rebounds and Devin Booker had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Phoenix won its sixth straight game.
Damian Lillard scored a season-high 28 points and also had seven rebounds and seven assists but couldn’t prevent Portland from dropping to 0-6 on the road.
Thunder 108, Pelicans 100
Luguentz Dort scored 27 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 as visiting Oklahoma City defeated reeling New Orleans.
Darius Bazley scored 14 and reserve Mike Muscala had 12 for the Thunder, who earned their third consecutive win.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their eighth consecutive game and maintained the NBA’s worst record. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
–Field Level Media