NBA: Rubio, Jazz, beat Davis-less Pelicans 132-111
Ricky Rubio had 28 points and 12 assists, Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz became the first team this season to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 132-111 on Saturday night.
New Orleans played without star forward Anthony Davis. He was ruled out shortly before the game because of his sprained right elbow — an injury through which he’d played in a victory a night earlier over Brooklyn.
The Davis-Gobert matchup has been a competitive and compelling one in recent seasons. With Davis out, Gobert had his best game of the young season. He’d come in averaging 14.5 points and had not scored more than 19 points in a game this season. Rubio, who set up several of Gobert’s dunks with alley-oop lobs, was averaging just 6 points coming in and hadn’t scored more than 13 in a game.
Nikola Mirotic scored 25 points for the Pelicans.
Boston 109, at Detroit 89: Jaylen Brown scored 19 points, Marcus Morris added 18 and Boston handed Detroit its first loss of the season.
Andre Drummond had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 16 for Detroit. The Pistons won their first four games of the season for the first time since 2008-09.
The Celtics opened up a 103-74 lead with 5:15 left to play, cruising to a win in the first of consecutive games between the teams.
at Milwaukee 113, Orlando 91: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and Khris Middleton had 18 and Milwaukee beat Orlando to improve to 6-0, one shy of the record set by the 1971-72 team.
Antetokounmpo added seven rebounds in a season-low 19 minutes. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and nine rebounds for Orlando.
at Philadelphia 105, Charlotte 103: Joel Embiid had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and J.J. Redick and Robert Covington hit key 3-pointers late to lead Philadelphia past Charlotte.
Embiid was a game-time decision after injuring his left ankle in practice Friday.
Covington had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Kemba Walker scored 37 points for Charlotte.
at Miami 120, Portland 111: Goran Dragic scored 28 points, Dwyane Wade and Kelly Olynyk each had 19 and Miami scrambled in the final minutes to beat Portland.
The Heat let a 19-point lead slip away entirely, and then found themselves trailing twice in the fourth quarter before outscoring Portland 19-7 in the final 3:52. Dragic’s 3-pointer with just under a minute left all but sealed the win for Miami, putting the Heat up nine.
Damian Lillard had 42 points for Portland.
Chicago 97, at Atlanta 85: Zach LaVine scored 27 points and Chicago was 7 of 10 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter to pull away from Atlanta.
Jabari Parker scored half of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls. Rookie Wendell Carter Jr. had 10 points and 10 rebounds while playing his first NBA game in his hometown.
Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 16 points.
at Memphis 117, Phoenix 96: Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Mike Conley added 18 and Memphis took a big lead in the first half before coasting past Phoenix.
MarShon Brooks matched Conley with 18 points, Garrett Temple added 15, and Wayne Selden 14.
Deandre Ayton, the top pick in last summer’s draft, scored 24 points — tops for his young season — and had eight rebounds. But Ayton didn’t get a lot of offensive help as the Suns played without leading scorer Devin Booker, who is nursing a left hamstring strain.
Indiana 119 at Cleveland 107: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points, Victor Oladipo had 24 and Indiana beat Cleveland to drop the Cavaliers to 0-6.
Cleveland is off to its worst start since losing its first seven games in the 1995-96 season. Rodney Hood led the Cavaliers with 17 points.
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