Rookie Kendrick Nunn scores 33 points as Heat edge Spurs
Kendrick Nunn was the last Miami player off the court at halftime, required to hang out for an extra minute or two in order to pick up his second Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month trophy.
“Hopefully, I get some more,” he said.
He’s on his way. Nunn, who spent last season on the Warriors’ G League team at Santa Cruz but didn’t make it into a game for the parent club, scored 33 points on 13-for-18 shooting, Goran Dragic added 17 points and the Heat beat San Antonio 106-100 in Miami on Wednesday night.
Bam Adebayo, cut from USA Basketball’s national team by San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich over the summer, had 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat. Miami improved to 18-1 at home, one win shy of last season’s home win total.
“Now that you see him during the season, I’ve shaken my head several times,” Popovich said of Adebayo, an All-Star contender this season. “That’s not the guy that we saw during the tryout. Maybe that was my fault. Maybe I should have done it differently so his skills could come out.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points on 12-for-14 shooting for San Antonio, and Patty Mills added 21. San Antonio had won three of its previous four games, all those wins coming against top Eastern Conference teams Milwaukee, Boston and Toronto. But the Spurs missed 11 of their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter to lose the lead.
“We’re going to be fine,” DeRozan said. “It (stinks) right now. It’s right there. There’s a lot of basketball to be played. We’re trending in the right direction.”
Nuggets 100, Hornets 86: Rookie reserve Michael Porter Jr. scored 19 points, and recent call-up P.J. Dozier had a big Denver debut with 12 points in 13 minutes. He was subbing for injured point guard Jamal Murray, who exited with 1:32 remaining in the second quarter after rolling his left ankle. Terry Rozier scored 20 points for the Hornets, who wrapped up a winless four-game trip.
76ers 117, Nets 106: Tobias Harris scored 34 points, including two big baskets in the final two minutes that proved to be the difference, as host Philadelphia topped Brooklyn. The Nets were led by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 26 points and eight assists.
Trail Blazers 117, Rockets 107: Damian Lillard scored 25 points and CJ McCollum added 24 as visiting Portland withstood a late surge from Houston. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, but James Harden scored a season-low 13 points.
Mavericks 127, Kings 123: Luka Doncic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists as visiting Dallas beat Sacramento, which trailed by 16 midway through the fourth before rallying. De’Aaron Fox had 27 points and 12 assists for the Kings.
Magic 119, Lakers 118: Markelle Fultz had his first triple-double (21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) as visiting Orlando ended Los Angeles’ winning streak at nine games. LeBron James had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without forward Anthony Davis (bruised backside) for the fourth straight game. Former Warriors guard Quinn Cook had a season-high 22 points for L.A.
Raptors 130, Thunder 121: Norman Powell scored 23 points, and visiting Toronto held off a rally to beat Oklahoma City. Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby each added 21 points for the Raptors. Dennis Schroder scored 25 points for the Thunder, who cut a 30-point deficit to three before Toronto prevailed.
Pistons 113, Celtics 103: Sekou Doumbouya scored a season-high 24 points and visiting Detroit ended a three-game skid. Gordon Hayward had 25 points and seven rebounds for Boston.
Bulls 115, Wizards 106: Zach LaVine had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and banged-up Chicago beat Bradley Beal and visiting Washington for only its second win in nine games. Beal scored 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting.
Pacers 104, Timberwolves 99: Domantas Sabonis matched a season high with 29 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists to lead visiting Indiana over Minnesota. Jarrett Culver scored 17 points for Minnesota, which has lost three in a row.
Briefly: Forward Zion Williamson, the top choice in last summer’s NBA draft, is set to make his regular-season debut for the Pelicans on Wednesday when New Orleans hosts San Antonio, Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin said. ... The Suns signed forward Tariq Owens to a two-way contract. ... Atlanta forward Chandler Parsons was involved in a car wreck after practice and sustained a concussion and whiplash, the team said.