James Harden “stirs the pot” to celebrate a scored basket (Image courtesy of the NBA)

 

Game of the Night: Kings vs. Rockets

James Harden scored 50 points in this season’s first 50-point triple-double. Thanks to strong performances from him, Clint Capela, and Chris Paul, the Rockets beat the Kings 119-108. Capela scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Paul scored 22 points and recorded 5 assists. Kings’ rookie Marvin Bagley III recorded a 20-point 12-rebound double-double, and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Cavaliers vs. Clippers

In a 132-108 victory, Clippers’ rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22 points and added 8 assists on 75% shooting. Montrezl Harell added 23 points for the Clippers off the bench on 77% shooting. Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers with 26 points.

Celtics vs. Nets

Off a 29-point 10-assist night from D’Angelo Russell, the Brooklyn Nets defeat the Celtics 110-96. Gordon Hayward scored 19 points for the Celtics off the bench.

Trail Blazers vs. Pistons

Reggie Jackson scored 28 points and recorded 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Pistons in a 99-90 victory. Andre Drummond added 22 points and 19 rebounds to go with 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks for the Pistons. Damian Lillard scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the Blazers.

Magic vs. Pacers

The Magic defeated the Pacers 121-116. Aaron Gordon scored 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the Magic, while Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Pacers. Darren Collison added 24 points and 9 assists for the Pacers.

Heat vs. Knicks

Despite losing 100-92 to the Heat, Knicks’ rookie Mitchell Robinson recored 14 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 blocks. Luke Kornet added 17 points and 8 rebounds to go with 3 steals and 3 blocks for the Knicks. Dion Waiters led all scorers with 28 points for the Heat, and Goran Dragic chipped in 10 points and 10 assists.

Raptors vs. Bulls

Despite Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard both sitting out, the Raptors soundly defeated the Bulls 124-101. Vanvleet scored 23 points on 60% shooting, Ibaka added 12 points and 12 boards on 63% shooting, and Lowry added 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, all for the Raptors. Walter Lemon Jr. recorded 19 point, 6 assists, and 4 blocks for the Bulls.

76ers vs. Timberwolves

In a 118-109 victory, Tobias Harris scored 25 points for the 76ers to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ben Simmons added 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists for the 76ers. Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Timberwolves, and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds.

Grizzlies vs. Suns

Despite Devin Booker’s third consecutive 48+ point game, the Suns lose to the Grizzlies. Valunciunas scored 34 points and recorded 20 rebounds for the Grizzlies, along with 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Mike Conley added 33 points for the Grizzlies.