Ricky Rubio hit two of Phoenix’s five 3-pointers in a 21-0, first-quarter run Wednesday as the Suns ran away from Golden State 121-110 in San Francisco on a night when the Warriors lost Stephen Curry to a broken left hand.
With the Warriors already down 83-54 in the fourth minute of the third period, Curry collided with Suns center Aron Baynes on a drive to the hoop and fell hard on his left arm. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player was taken immediately to the locker room, and the Warriors later announced he had broken his hand in the incident.
The Warriors have now endured major injuries to Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles tendon), Klay Thompson (torn ACL) and Curry in their past six non-exhibition games, dating back to last spring’s NBA Finals. Durant left in the summer as a free agent, signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
Baynes totaled 24 points and 13 rebounds while Saric (16 points), Rubio (14), Cameron Johnson (12) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (11) also scored in double figures for the Suns. Rookie Eric Paschall had 20 points to lead the Warriors, who fell to 0-2 at their new home, the Chase Center.
Rockets 159, Wizards 158
James Harden scored 59 points and hit a free throw with 2.4 seconds left to lift Houston to a wild win over host Washington.
After Bradley Beal sank three free throws to tie it with 7.7 seconds left, Harden drove, got the foul call and made the first free throw. He missed the second, and Washington was unable to get off a shot.
Harden was 18 of 32 from the field. Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and Clint Capela added 21 points for the Rockets, who shot 53.4 percent from the field. Beal led the Wizards with 46 points on 14-of-20 shooting. Rookie Rui Hachimura had 23 points and Davis Bertans 21. Washington shot 62.6 percent from the field.
Celtics 116, Bucks 105
Jayson Tatum had 25 points, including 11 during a third-quarter comeback, as host Boston overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Milwaukee and win its third game in four tries to open the season.
Kemba Walker led all scorers with 32 points, Gordon Hayward had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Marcus Smart hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 for the Celtics, who played without swingman Jaylen Brown, scratched hours before the game with an illness.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Khris Middleton scored 26 for the Bucks, who have dropped two of four. Milwaukee hit just 15 of 24 at the free-throw line.
Pacers 118, Nets 108
Domantas Sabonis scored 29 points, Jeremy Lamb added 25 points and Indiana picked up its first win of the season by pulling away in the fourth quarter to defeat host Brooklyn.
The Pacers avoided their first 0-4 start since the 1988-89 season and did so on a night in which they lost center Myles Turner to a sprained right ankle late in the first quarter.
Sabonis constantly dominated inside and finished a point shy of his career high set Oct. 31, 2018, against the New York Knicks. He shot 11 of 18 and scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter when the Pacers outscored the Nets 28-25.
Trail Blazers 102, Thunder 99
Damian Lillard scored 23 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in a fourth-quarter stretch, to lead visiting Portland past Oklahoma City.
The Trail Blazers never led by more than nine points in a competitive game, but Lillard’s hot fourth quarter provided them just enough breathing room to hold off the Thunder.
Portland closed its three-game road swing through Texas and Oklahoma 2-1, bookending a loss at San Antonio with victories over the Dallas Mavericks and Thunder. CJ McCollum capped a high-scoring road trip with his lowest output of the three games, 22 points. Chris Paul led the Thunder with 21 points.
Jazz 110, Clippers 96
Mike Conley scored 29 points and Donovan Mitchell added 24 to lead Utah past Los Angeles, which played without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Salt Lake City.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points and Rudy Gobert chipped in 13 to help the Jazz improve to 3-0 at home. Utah shot 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) from 3-point range.
Thrust into the starting lineup instead of his usual sixth man role, Lou Williams scored 24 points to lead the Clippers. JaMychal Green added 23 points and Montrezl Harrell chipped in 10 off the bench. Los Angeles shot 47.6 percent from the field but ended up with 20 turnovers.
Magic 95, Knicks 83
Nikola Vucevic scored 21 points as host Orlando overcame squandering a 13-point lead to record its fifth win in its last six meetings against New York.
Vucevic shot 8 of 17 from the field and added 13 rebounds, two days removed from a nightmarish 1-for-13 performance in Orlando’s 104-95 setback to Toronto.
Aaron Gordon collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Fournier added 14 points for Orlando. Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Knicks, who failed in their bid to win two in a row for the first time this season after managing the feat just three times in all of 2018-19.
Raptors 125, Pistons 113
Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, grabbed five rebounds and added five assists as Toronto defeated visiting Detroit.
It was the third 30-point game in five games this season for Siakam. Kyle Lowry added 20 points and eight assists for Toronto, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka had 19 each, Fred VanVleet contributed 13 points and 11 assists, and OG Anunoby scored 13 points with eight rebounds.
Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons. Derrick Rose had 16 points and 10 assists, Langston Galloway added 17 points, and Markieff Morris had 16 points.
76ers 117, Timberwolves 95
Joel Embiid scored 19 points in 20 minutes before being ejected for a third-quarter brawl with Karl-Anthony Towns as host Philadelphia beat Minnesota.
Embiid led six Philadelphia players in double figures. Tobias Harris scored 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz had 17 and Ben Simmons added 16. Al Horford scored 12 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and the Sixers improved to 4-0, joining only the San Antonio Spurs as the league’s undefeated teams.
James Ennis had 11 rebounds off the bench for the Sixers, who last won their first four games during the 2000-01 season. Alan Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 19 points.
Cavaliers 117, Bulls 111
Tristan Thompson scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kevin Love finished with 17 points and 20 rebounds to lift host Cleveland past Chicago.
Collin Sexton added 18 points and Jordan Clarkson 17 for the Cavaliers, who had six players score in double figures. Cleveland has alternated losses and wins through its first four games of the season.
Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine scored 16 points to pace Chicago, which lost its third straight game.
Hornets 118, Kings 111
Rookie PJ Washington recorded 23 points and eight rebounds, and Terry Rozier added 22 points as Charlotte won at Sacramento.
Malik Monk added 18 points off the bench and Miles Bridges scored 17 as Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak. Cody Zeller contributed 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Devonte’ Graham added 12 points and nine assists.
Buddy Hield scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 22 for the Kings, who dropped to 0-5 for their worst start since dropping the first seven games of the 1990-91 season. Richaun Holmes recorded 17 points and nine rebounds, and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and 10 assists. – Reuters