NBA Roundup: Leonard Scores 38 to hand Spurs First Loss of the Season

Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

DeRozan led San Antonio with 29 points, seven rebounds and two assists with Derrick White adding 20 off the bench. But it wasn’t enough as the Clippers edged a 103-97 win against the visiting Spurs.

Given a long history with San Antonio, it’s only right that emotions are little different in these match-ups, but Kawhi asserted his dominance from the opening tip, hitting the Clippers first four points. 

Despite a slight struggle through the remainder of the first half, shooting just 1-of-9 from the field in the second quarter, he soon turned things back around to finish on a high.

In a game that was close for the first 28 minutes, it was the Clippers who finally snatched control with a 9-1 run to take a 64-55 lead with 6:55 on the clock in the third. It’s no surprise that Leonard led the rally, scoring five of his 10 third-quarter points and even slamming down a dunk after a midcourt steal off DeRozan.

Clippers’ Lou Williams added 12 points, two rebounds and five assists in a reserve role despite shooting just 5-for-19. Patrick Beverley led in assists with five, adding eight points and four rebounds.

Rudy Gay put up nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Spurs.
The loss was a catastrophic tumble for the Spurs’ in stats who had won their first three games this season, now it’s left to the Philadelphia 76ers to hold the crown as the NBA’s only remaining unbeaten team.


Heat 106, Hawks 97

Watching last night’s Heat/Hawks showdown, one player stood strong once the dust settled as Miami’s Kendrick Nunn is a force of destruction in one of the most remarkable starts for an undrafted NBA player.

With a career-high 28 points against Atlanta marking another notch in his record-setting start, Nunn helped bring the Heat to give Miami two wins over the Hawks in three days. His 112-point total over the first five games is the highest for any undrafted player in NBA history.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Oakland University in Michigan, scored 14 points in the third quarter alone, adding two rebounds in total. 

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

In a game that was all about the record-setting rookies, Tyler Herro bagged 17 points off the back of his 29 points off the bench in the Heat's 112-97 win over Atlanta on Tuesday which set a franchise record for a rookie reserve.

As a collective, the Heat only committed 13 turnovers, whilst Jimmy Butler became the leader in assisting (11) both Nunn and Herro, to bring the team total assists to 29. Butler added only five points but nine rebounds with six steals and three blocks.

Jabari Parker led for Atlanta with 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while DeAndre’ Bembry collected 10 rebounds and supplied eight assists.


Pelicans 122, Nuggets 107

The tables may be turning for New Orleans as they beat Denver to mark their first victory in five games this season. Jahlil Okafor led the way with 26 points, five rebounds and one assist, as Brandon Ingram put up 25 points.

New acquisition Ingram has scored at least 22 points in each of his first five games for New Orleans after coming over from the Los Angeles Lakers. 

New Orleans Pelicans v Denver Nuggets

Nuggets’ players struggled to break the 20-point barrier with Michael Porter Jr. leading at 15 in his NBA debut.

Failing to make any flashy additions, Denver has to rely heavily on internal developments if they’re going to make a mark this season, with Jamal Murray holding the key.

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