Kyle Korver scored 22 points, making all four of his three-point shots, and the visiting Atlanta Hawks won their sixth in a row, 121-115, over the winless New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Anthony Davis tied a career high with 43 points, but injury-decimated New Orleans dropped to 0-5 under new Coach Alvin Gentry.
Paul Millsap also scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which had six players score in double figures, shot 53.2% and led by double digits for much of the game. The Hawks fended off a furious comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, when the Pelicans briefly tied it.
at Indiana 90, Miami 87: Paul George scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Pacers, wearing Hickory uniforms from “Hoosiers” held off the Heat. George, who missed almost all last season when he broke his right leg in a Team USA scrimmage, put the finishing touches on his best performance of the early season by icing the game at the free throw line with 4.1 seconds left. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
at Orlando 92, Toronto 87: Tobias Harris had 20 points, including what turned out to be the decisive free throw, and the Magic handed the Raptors their first loss of the season. Victor Oladipo added 18 points as the Magic ended an 11-game losing streak to the Raptors.
at Boston 118, Washington 98: Jared Sullinger scored 21 points, Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and eight assists and the Celtics ended a three-game losing streak. Boston outscored Washington 40-25 in the first quarter and shot 61% in the first half while pulling away to a 23-point lead at halftime. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 24 points.
at Cleveland 108, Philadelphia 102: LeBron James scored a season-high 31 points, including his 9,000th career field goal, and the Cavaliers recorded their fifth consecutive victory while dropping the 76ers to 0-5. James remained in the game after taking a hard fall driving to the basket early in the fourth quarter. He was on the court for a couple of moments and limped to the bench after being checked by a trainer. James, who scored 18 points in the third quarter, reached his latest milestone with a dunk late in the second quarter to become the 20th player in NBA history — and fifth active — with 9,000 field goals. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor scored 18 points each for the 76ers.
Milwaukee 99, at New York 92: John Henson scored 22 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 to lift the Bucks over the Knicks, who fell to 0-3 at home. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 17 points. The Bucks never trailed, opening a game-high 14-point lead, 44-30, on Jerryd Bayless’ three-pointer with 7:35 left in the second quarter.
Detroit 100, at Phoenix 92: Marcus Morris, who said he was looking to “disrespect” his former team in Phoenix and was booed every time he touched the ball early in the game, scored 20 points to help the Pistons open a six-game trip with a victory over the Suns.
Milwaukee 99, at New York 92: John Henson scored 22 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 to lift the Bucks over the Knicks, who fell to 0-3 at home. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 17 points.
at Boston 118, Washington 98: Jared Sullinger scored 21 points, Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and eight assists and the Celtics took a 23-point halftime lead on the way to ending a three-game losing streak.