Jamal Murray scored 48 career points, beating Kyrie Irving, and host Denver Nuggets bounced back to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday night.
November 5, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends Denver Nuggets goalkeeper Jamal Murray (27) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. Credit Required: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Murray missed the chance to become the first Denver player since Carmelo Anthony to score 50 or more points in a game. Anthony made it twice, the last time on February 7, 2011, two weeks before being traded with the New York Knicks.
Murray, whose previous career was 38 points, led the Nuggets to his fifth consecutive win and his ninth in 10 games to open the season.
Irving finished with 31 and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown had 15 each for the Celtics, who lost two straight.
Warriors 117, Grizzlies 101
Stephen Curry and Alfonzo McKinnie hit 3 points in a 14-point race at Golden State late in the third quarter, prompting the two-time champion to win the Memphis in Oakland, California.
Klay Thompson scored 27 points for the Warriors, who clinched their eighth straight overall and sixth in a row at home, despite having lost Draymond Green in the second quarter due to a foot injury. Kevin Durant had 22 points and Curry finished 19.
Marc Gasol flirted with a triple-double for Memphis with eight points and rebounds in rebounds (10) and assists (nine). Dillon Brooks had a 18-point high team while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Shelvin Mack scored 15 each for the Grizzlies.
Heat 120, Pistons 115 (OT)
Josh Richardson had 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and visiting Miami broke a series of three straight losses with a overtime victory.
Goran Dragic contributed 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Heat, while Dwyane Wade added 18 points. Andre Drummond had 25 points and 24 rebounds for Detroit, who lost their fifth straight.
Wade moved to the 30th place in the league's all-time points list during the first half, beating Clyde Drexler (22,195 points). Wade finished the night at 22.211.
Thunder 122, Pelicans 116
With Russell Westbrook in the second half due to an ankle injury, Dennis Schroder scored nine consecutive points in fourth-quarter Oklahoma City in a win over the visit to New Orleans.
Schroder finished with a 22-point high on the bench – 16 in the second half – as the Thunder extended its winning streak to five after missing the first four games of the season. It was New Orleans' sixth consecutive loss after a 4-0 start.
Schroder had his chance for a big final after Westbrook twisted his left ankle with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter. Westbrook turned and grabbed his left leg before hitting the floor in pain and frustration. Soon after, he went into the locker room, putting no weight on his leg.
Bulls 116, Knicks 115 (2OT)
The 41st point of Zach LaVine's career, a free throw missing 0.2 seconds in the second overtime, drew a game and went up to visit Chicago over New York.
The Bulls broke a four-game losing streak. The Knicks lost for the third time in four games.
Antonio Blakeney had 17 points and Jabari Parker added 15 points to the Bulls, who received a double-double from Wendell Carter Jr. (11 points, 13 rebounds). The Knicks reserve, Enes Kanter, had 23 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists – the first to make a game of at least 20-20 since Charles Barkley on November 28, 1986.
Raptores 124, Jazz 111
Kyle Lowry scored 17 points, gave 11 assists and took seven rebounds to lead Toronto to Utah in Salt Lake City.
Three other Raptors players also scored 17 points – led by Serge Ibaka, who left the bench to make all eight attempts to kick before being sent off early in the fourth quarter. Alec Burks led Utah with 22 points on the bench in their first game after losing four games with a fracture in the left chip.
Utah played without Donovan Mitchell (sprained ankle) for the second time in three games. Toronto played without Kawhi Leonard (foot caught) for the second consecutive game.
Firecrackers 98, Pacers 94
James Harden scored 28 points, but his only block helped Houston secure their third straight win, beating Indiana in Indianapolis.
Pacers' striker Victor Oladipo scored eight points at the end of the game but Harden blocked Oladipo's shot with 28.8 seconds left and Rockets led 93-90. Harden later sealed the win with two free throws 5.4 seconds remaining.
Harden and P.J. Tucker (nine points, five rebounds and two steals) hit the last three points to offset Oladipo's lead, which led Indiana with 28 points. Domantas Sabonis added 17 to the Pacers bench.
Magic 102, Cavaliers 100
Evan Fournier hit a penalty kick in the bell to give Orlando an unlikely home win after Cleveland doubled the ball in the last 20 seconds.
The Cavaliers had a three-point lead with 18.7 seconds remaining, possession of the ball and the clock ticking off, but Cedi Osman's bad pass was intercepted by D.J. Augustin who was knocked over and made both free throws.
Two seconds later, Kyle Korver turned the ball, and Fournier made one of two free throws to tie the scoreboard after he was knocked over in the basket with 13 seconds to go. Nikola Vucevic blocked a shot from Cleveland's George Hill with 2.2 seconds left, setting the Fournier winner.
Clippers 120, Timberwolves 109
Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points each, and Lou Williams added 20 to the bench as Los Angeles prevented Minnesota from visiting.
Derrick Rose scored 21 points for Minnesota in its second start of the season. In his first match last week against the Utah Jazz, the former MVP had a career high of 50 points. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points for the Timberwolves, but only seven after the first quarter. However, he took 12 rebounds in the game.
Jimmy Butler of Minnesota also had 20 points, 16 of which occurred in the fourth quarter.