SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and Dejounte Murray had 16 points and 15 rebounds, powering the Spurs to a 101-97 win over the Toronto Raptors.
San Antonio was without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, and Toronto played without Jonas Valanciunas. Their absences were noticeable in the flow of each team’s offence.
The Spurs had a season-high 20 turnovers. They were averaging 11 turnovers in their first two games, but had four in the opening four minutes.
DeMar DeRozan had 28 points for the Raptors.
SUNS 117, KINGS 115
PHOENIX – Devin Booker scored 22 points, including two free throws with 9.8 seconds to play, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 117-115 on Monday night for their first win of the season in their first game under interim coach Jay Triano.
Phoenix fired coach Earl Watson on Sunday and guard Eric Bledsoe was sent home Monday morning after he sent out a tweet over the weekend that left the impression he no longer wanted to play for the Suns.
Despite the tumultuous stretch for the franchise, Phoenix shot 54.5 per cent from the field and held on after Sacramento rallied in the final period. Marquese Chriss scored 19 points, and Mike James finished with 18.
The Kings have dropped three of four to begin the season. Garrett Temple scored 23 points for Sacramento, and rookie De’Aaron Fox had 19.
BUCKS 103, HORNETS 94
MILWAUKEE – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Bucks scored the final nine points in the win.
Antetokounmpo was 13 for 21 from the field and 6 for 8 at the line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots.
Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, which played its third game in four days, all at home.
Charlotte, which missed its last seven shots after the score was tied at 94, was led by Frank Kaminsky’s 18 points. Jeremy Lamb added 17 points, Kemba Walker had 15 and Dwight Howard grabbed 22 rebounds – three shy of the team record.
76ERS 97, PISTONS 86
DETROIT – Ben Simmons had a triple-double in his fourth NBA game, Joel Embiid scored 30 points and Philadelphia got its first win of the season.
Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, showing off the skill and versatility that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft before he missed all of last season with a foot injury.
Detroit, which rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks on Saturday night, fell behind by 21 again in the second quarter against the 76ers. The Pistons chipped away and were within three in the fourth, but Philadelphia held on.
Andre Drummond had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons.
WIZARDS 109, NUGGETS 104
DENVER – Bradley Beal scored 20 points, helping the undefeated Wizards to another victory.
All five Washington starters scored in double figures. John Wall had 19 points on 3-of-13 shooting and finished with 12 assists. Otto Porter Jr. added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Denver centre Nikola Jokic broke out of a scoring slump with 29 points. His running layup early in the first quarter ended a string of six straight quarters without a point.
The Wizards finished 26 of 28 from the free-throw line.
GRIZZLIES 98, ROCKETS 90
HOUSTON – Marc Gasol scored 26 points to lead the Grizzles to another victory.
Memphis has won its first three games for the first time since the 2014-15 season when the team got off to a 6-0 start.
With the game tied at 88 with less than three minutes remaining, tempers flared after Memphis guard Mario Chalmers fell and tripped James Harden, who then shoved Chalmers as he tried to get off the ground. After a lengthy review, each player received a technical and Harden also was called for an offensive foul.
Harden finished with 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 27 points.
WARRIORS 133, MAVERICKS 103
DALLAS – Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and Golden State pulled away from winless Dallas.
Klay Thompson had 21 points as the defending champs got back to .500 four games into the season, two nights after losing their cool late in a loss at Memphis.
Curry made all five of his shots inside the 3-point line and all 13 free throws the same day he was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece in the final minute against the Grizzlies.
Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who dropped to 0-4. Harrison Barnes had 13 points against his former team, matching J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 points after missing two games with left knee swelling.
HEAT 104, HAWKS 93
MIAMI – Josh Richardson scored 21 points, Wayne Ellington made six 3-pointers in the second quarter and the Heat wasted a 21-point lead before recovering to beat the Hawks.
Ellington scored 20 points and Goran Dragic finished with 19 for Miami, which went on a 17-6 run in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. Kelly Olynyk had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Dion Waiters added 10 points for the Heat.
Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince each scored 20 for the Hawks, while John Collins had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Heat started 14 for 24 from 3-point range, and then missed their final 13 tries from beyond the arc.
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