The Lakers were losing to the Clippers by as many as 19 points, but they were happy in the end. They could have won in regulation, but D’Angelo Russell missed a shot with the horn.
The leading scorer in league history, James scored 35 points, although he made only one basket in overtime. In addition, he recorded 12 rebounds and seven assists. Anthony Davis added 27 points and 10 rebounds and Russell 27 points.
At the end of the fourth quarter, the Lakers led by three points, but after a foul by Cam Reddish, Paul George showed his nerves, converting three free throws and tying the game. At the set time, the Clippers, at 125:128, failed to equalize with three-pointers by Russell Westbrook and Bones Hyland.
The Clippers relied on Kawhi Leonard with 38 points and Paul George with 35 points in the game. Westbrook collected 24 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. New signing James Harden hasn’t started yet.
Dallas and Boston remain the only undefeated teams in the NBA. Against Chicago, the Mavericks were led by Grant Williams, who scored 25 points, including seven threes out of nine, and Tim Hardaway Jr., the author of 24 points and also seven threes.
Luka Dončič remained “only” at 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, yet he received praise from his teammates. “It’s hard not to think that Luka isn’t superhuman. His ability to play doubles and create plays for us is incredible,” said Grant Williams, who came to Dallas from Boston in the summer. The Mavericks won the first four games of the season after 19 years.
The Bulls suffered their third loss in five games. Nikola Vucevič’s 21 points and 20 rebounds or Zach LaVine’s 22 points didn’t help them either. While Dallas hit 20 of 48 threes, Chicago only 11 of 33.
Boston swept a weakened Indiana and is experiencing the most successful start of the competition since 2009. Eight double-digit scorers helped him to a clear victory, dominated by the author of 30 points Jayson Tatum. The Pacers had to do without Tyres Haliburton and Jalen Smith.
Golden State basketball players beat Sacramento 102-101 thanks to Klay Thompson’s hard shot with two tenths of a second left. The hero of the match scored 14 points, Stephen Curry had 21 points. The Kings relied on Domantas Sabonis, who collected 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Some favorites came up empty handed. Milwaukee lost 111-130 in Toronto, as the Canadian team defended Janis Adetokunbo to 16 points and Damian Lillard to 15. Pascal Siakam led the home team with 26 points, Dennis Schröder had 24 points and 11 assists, and Scottie Barnes had 21 points and 12 rebounds .
Minnesota became the first team of the season to defeat defending champion Denver, when it never lost and won 110-89. Anthony Edwards contributed 24 points to the win, the Nuggets were not helped by Nikola Jokic’s 25 points and 10 rebounds.