Rockets, Raptors and Bulls all pick up wins on Tuesday night…
The Portland Trail Blazers secured a convincing win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night with LeBron James scoring just 11 points in the defeat.
After a slow start to the season, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard broke out of his funk to lead his team to the win with 27 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Coach Terry Stotts took it upon himself to insist that the media no longer have to question what is wrong with the star guard.
The All-Star averaged just 13.7 points on 11-for-41 shooting in the first three games, but it chose a good night to find his rhythm and help Portland move to 2-2 for the season.
However, it wasn’t so easy for the visitors despite a double-double from Kevin Love with 22 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight double-double since joining the Cavs.
James had a poor shooting night going 4-of-12 while Kyrie Irving failed to fare much better with 3-of-17 shooting figures as the hosts also got key contributions from LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews to seal the win.
Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets moved to 5-0 for the season with a road win over the Miami Heat, as James Harden continued his hot scoring start with 25 points as well as nine rebounds and 10 assists to just miss out on a triple-double.
Chris Bosh led the way for the hosts with 21 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Miami slipping to their first loss of the season while Houston have now won all five of its games by double digits.
However, things aren’t coming so easy for the Los Angeles Lakers who fell to 0-5 for the season after another loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Markieff Morris had 23 points and 10 rebounds while Gerald Green scored 26 points off the bench to overcome a Kobe Bryant 39-point performance.
Bryant has been in sensational form so far this season and he continues to put up big numbers, but it has all been in vain thus far as the Lakers can’t find a way to get their first win on the board.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls picked up another win without Derrick Rose after beating the Orlando Magic at the United Center with Jimmy Butler (21 points, nine rebounds) starring. Rose had been expected to return to the line-up but he was left out as he continues to recover from sprained ankles.
The Oklahoma City Thunder slipped to 1-4 after a fourth straight road defeat, this time to the Toronto Raptors as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to watch on from the sidelines.
Elsewhere, the New York Knicks continued their inconsistent start as Paul Pierce (17 points and five rebounds) helped the Washington Wizards to a win at Madison Square Garden.
Milwaukee Bucks 87-81 Indiana Pacers
Houston Rockets 108-91 Miami Heat
Washington Wizards 98-83 New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder 88-100 Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic 90-98 Chicago Bulls
Charlotte Hornets 91-100 New Orleans Pelicans
Cleveland Cavaliers 82-101 Portland Trail Blazers
Phoenix Suns 112-106 Los Angeles Lakers