We jumped right into it this week of NBA basketball on Monday with nine games on the docket. Unfortunately, a number of key injuries kept this from being one of the best nights of early-season action, but we had no shortage of excitement.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (concussion protocol) and Kawhi Leonard (rest) both missed out as the Bucks took on the Raptors in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams. Elsewhere, Anthony Davis (elbow) wasn’t in the lineup, taking away from what could have been a really fun Pelicans versus Nuggets contest.
The story of the night, however, was Klay Thompson, who set a new NBA record with 14 3-pointers in a blowout win over the Bulls. Meanwhile, LeBron James’ Lakers fell to 2-5 after a narrow loss to Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here’s all you need to know about Monday night’s action
NBA scores for Monday, Oct. 29
- Portland Trail Blazers 103, Indiana Pacers 93 (Box Score)
- Philadelphia 76ers 113, Atlanta Hawks 92 (Box Score)
- New York Knicks 115, Brooklyn Nets 96 (Box Score)
- Sacramento Kings 123, Miami Heat 113 (Box Score)
- Minnesota Timberwolves 124, Los Angeles Lakers 120 (Box Score)
- Golden State Warriors 149, Chicago Bulls 124 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 124, Toronto Raptors 108 — OT (Box Score)
- San Antonio Spurs 113, Dallas Mavericks 108 (Box Score)
- Denver Nuggets 116, New Orleans Pelicans 111 (Box Score)
Thompson sets 3-point record
Well, it looks like the only player who could break Steph Curry’s 3-point record was his own teammate. Klay Thompson scored 52 points on Monday, sinking an NBA-record 14 3-pointers along the way.
Butler hits dagger
With the Wolves up by two and less than a minute to play, Jimmy Butler showed why he thinks so highly of himself. He hit an ice-cold dagger to seal the game for the Wolves, who defeated LeBron James and the Lakers at home.
DeRozan takes over
The Dallas Mavericks took the Spurs to overtime, but in the end it was just too much DeMar DeRozan. The All-Star guard hit huge shots late, and finished with 34 points, nine assists and six rebounds in the win.
Warriors, Klay put up record first half
It’s safe to say that Klay Thompson has broken out of his shooting slump. The Warriors guard tied an NBA record by making 10 3-pointers in the first half, as his teammates rejoiced.
Thompson ended the half with 36 points on 12-for-16 shooting and 10-for-14 3-pointers, but he wasn’t the only one who was hot. The Warriors set a new NBA record by making 17 first-half 3-pointers and put up the second-highest first-half point total in league history with 92.
KAT swats LeBron
Karl-Anthony Towns sent the message early that there weren’t going to be any easy buckets for the Lakers on Monday. He swatted LeBron’s shot into the stands early in the first quarter.
Nets, Knicks exchange savage dunks
The battle of New York started off with a bang … well, two bangs to be more accurate. First Jarrett Allen used a savvy up-fake to get rookie Mitchell Robinson out of position, and by the time Robinson tried to recover he was already being put onto a poster.
The buzz from the crowd wasn’t even dying down when Knicks forward Noah Vonleh came right back down court and returned the favor on Allen.
Henson with the monster put-back
John Henson may be a 3-point shooter now, but he can still handle himself down low. Watch his ferocious put-back dunk agaisnt the Raptors.
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