Zion Williamson and Trae Young faced off in an epic clash of superstars – but the former didn’t finish the game with a mysterious illness.
In addition, De’Aron Fox’s wonder shot ended a thrilling overtime contest.
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Sun, 06 Nov
Sunday, November 6
TRAE’S HAWKS PIP ZION’S PELICANS
Trae Young scored 34 points to lead five Hawks players in double figures in a 124-121 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday (all times AEDT).
Young went 14 of 15 from the free throw line and added 10 assists, while Dejounte Murray had a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists – his first triple-double with the Hawks.
Meanwhile, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum each scored 29 points for the Pelicans, who have lost three overtime decisions in the first three weeks of the season.
Williamson accidentally knocked off Young’s glasses during the game, leading to a tense showdown between the two stars. But it was all love after the game as they hugged each other.
The former Pick 1 sat out the game in OT with cramping issues, according to reporter Andrew Lopez. While that shouldn’t be much of an issue, given Williamson’s injury, his status could be monitored going forward.
With the win, Atlanta improved to 6-3 on the season, while New Orleans fell to 5-4.
FOX’S LONG-RANGE BUZZER BEATER CAPS OFF INSANE OT THRILLER
De’Aaron Fox made a miraculous shot at the buzzer near half-court to lead the Sacramento Kings to a huge road victory over the Orlando Magic 126-123.
Fox scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half and overtime in a dominant performance by the star, while Orlando’s No. 1 Pick Paolo Banchero had his best game yet with 33 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The 19-year-old Banchero connected on 14 of 26 shots from the field and joined LeBron James as the only teenagers to record at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in an NBA game.
The Magic were in control in the first half, including a 65-47 lead at the main break before the Kings came into play in the third, outscoring the hosts 36-12 in the period to suddenly look like they were storming with it.
But the Magic responded to set up a tense finish in which both sides traded shots, with Fox, the hero late in regulation, making two free throws and a jumper to send the game into OT.
Sacramento quickly raced to a 117-111 lead in overtime as the Magic’s offense stalled outside of Franz Wagner’s offense at the rim.
Malik Monk made a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining to extend the Kings’ lead to six, but Wagner responded with back-to-back layups to make it a one-possession game.
The Kings made their high-pressure free throws to take the lead by four with 14.1 seconds left and it was over.
However, Fox committed an untimely offensive foul late that led to a pair of Jalen Suggs free throws before Chuma Okeke made a clutch steal and dunk to suddenly tie the game at 123-123.
That set up the final play in which Fox inbounded the ball with about five seconds on the clock, failing to get past half-court and hoisting a long-range 3-pointer that sank the Magic.
“I just tried to get in front of the basket as much as I could, and I just tried to get it up,” Fox said after the game. “It was good and it went in.” The Kings outscored the Magic 36-12 to erase a 20-point deficit in the third quarter. They traded the lead five times in the fourth, with Fox’s bank shot tying the game in the final second.
Kings coach Mike Brown said the last play of overtime was Fox doing “what he does” taking the ball from teammate Harrison Barnes with the clock ticking down and no timeouts remaining and rushing to the floor.
“His superpower is his speed,” Brown said. “He got that ball on the floor … pulled back and hit a big shot to win the game.”
Domantas Sabonis added 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Kings, and Wagner (31 points, six assists) and Bol Bol (career-best 23 points, six boards) also had big games for Orlando.
BUCKS REMAIN UNDEFEATED WITHOUT GIANNIS
The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t miss a beat with two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined for the first time this season, moving their record to 9-0 with a 108-94 win over Oklahoma City.
Antetokounmpo was listed with a sore left knee the night after he had his first triple-double of the season in a win at Minnesota.
Brook Lopez helped fill the gap with 25 points as the Bucks improved on their best start to the season.
Lopez connected on 10 of 16 shots from the floor to pace the Bucks, who had 17 3-pointers.
Bobby Portis and Jrue Holiday both had double-doubles, and the Bucks are leading the way with 24.
Josh Giddey finished with 15 points, two 3-pointers and six rebounds in 26 minutes.
NIGHTS DROPPED IN THE CELTICS HALL OF RECORDS
A male fan won a new car at half court during the third quarter, providing a euphoric moment for the home crowd and even earned him a chest bump from RJ Barrett and a bear hug from Julius Randle.
The Celtics’ lethal long-range prowess all night must have backfired on the helpless Knicks and stunned Garden faithful. Boston’s shooters combined for a career-high 27 3-pointers — which also set the mark for treys allowed by the Knicks — to down Tom Thibodeau’s team, 133-118.
Jaylen Brown had 30 points and Jayson Tatum had 26 — with six 3-pointers apiece — for the Celtics, who shot an incredible 52.9 percent (27-for-51) from beyond the arc.
The barrage also broke the previous Knicks record for 3-pointers allowed at 26, the Bucks’ total in a game at the Garden in November 2021. The Knicks gave up 23 last Monday in a loss to Donovan Mitchell and the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
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The Celtics, who improved to 6-3 this season under interim coach Joe Mazzulla, drained five of their first six long-range attempts — including two by Tatum — in the first 3:34 for a quick 15-5 lead. But Reddish ignited the Knicks defensively with a key steal, and they scored 10 straight points — capped by two 3-pointers from Randle — to tie the score.
Immanuel Quickley’s pick-six steal and dunk, seven points in five minutes from Derrick Rose, rebounds by Obi Toppin and Jericho Sims’ three-pointer and a 3-pointer in the final seconds by Fournier kept the Knicks within 32-29 through one quarter.
With big men Al Horford (rest) and Robert Williams (knee) out for the Celtics, Thibodeau turned to a smaller lineup again, with a combination of Randle and Toppin, for part of the second quarter. But Boston kept shooting from long range, scoring its first nine points of the session and opening a 53-39 lead on a Sam Hauser layup with 7:40 left in the half. It was his fourth long-range connection of the half.
The Knicks’ makeshift starting unit got them back into the game with a layup. Barrett buried two 3-pointers and scored 13 points, while Randle added seven points in a 27-14 run to close the half for a 67-66 Celtics lead with 24 minutes left.
Boston added a total of 13 3-pointers in the half with eight more in the third quarter, extending its lead to 101-96 entering the final period.
Additional long-range bombs from Marcus Smart (13 points, 11 assists) and former Nick Noah Vonleh extended Boston’s lead to nine midway through the fourth.
Randle’s traditional 3-pointer cut the Knicks’ lead to four, but Tatum hit a Celtics-record 25th and 26th three-pointer of the night to make it 124-114 with 3:34 left.
-Written by Peter Botte in the New York Post
DURANT POWERS NETS TO 2-0 WITHOUT KYRIE
In a game the Nets seemed to win then lose, they had the final run of the night. And the last laugh.
The Nets came from behind in the fourth quarter to pull out a 98-94 victory over the Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Trailing 80-69 in the final period, they closed the series with a 27-14 run. Kevin Durant led the way, assisted by Cam Thomas.
The Nets improved to 4-6 and 2-0 after suspending Kyrie Irving.
“Yeah, a good challenge for us to see if we can play two games on both ends of the floor back to back against a team that had a tough game the other night,” interim coach Jacque Vaughn said before the game. “Both teams side by side and see who will respond. So I’m looking forward to that.”
Like the Hornets, they played on the tail end of a back-to-back. But after coming away with a big win in Washington on Saturday without Irving, Ben Simmons and Seth Curry, they managed an encore performance.
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The Nets defended well enough, but despite getting clean looks from 3-point range all night, their shooting nearly let them down late. Within striking distance, trailing just 70-69, they coughed up 10 unanswered points.
With the Nets down 76-69, the Hornets’ Nick Richards hit a momentum-changing and-one. Nic Claxton was whistled for a technical, which Richards converted.
He then completed a four-point play to leave the Nets in an 80-69 hole with 9:39 left.
Joe Harris’ 3-pointer from the left corner pulled them within two, and Thomas – who had his second straight game in Irving’s absence – dunked from the free throw line.
But Charlotte went back in front with 2:24 left.
Durant tied the game at 89, and Yuta Watunabe drew a foul on Mason Plumlee to give the Nets the ball back.
After consecutive balls, Durant hit a three-pointer to lead 94-92 with 1:12 left. He then pulled down a defensive rebound and sank a dagger baseline jumper.
The Nets led 96-92 with 32 seconds left in the game.
And after Mason Plumlee’s reverse tip-in, the Nets held on to ensure there would be no overtime.
– Written by Brian Lewis of the New York Post
KINGS 126 MAGIC 123
NETWORKS 98 HORNETS 94
PELICANS 121 HAWKS 124
CELTICS 133 KICKS 118
THUNDER 94 DOLLARS 108
ROCKET 117 TIMBERWOLVES 129
SPURS 101 NUGGETS 126
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