Numbers one and two picks in the draft of the class 2021, Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green, first met in the NBA when the Houston Rockets hosted the Detroit Pistons at the Toyota Center.
The Pistons scored a 112-104 win, with Jerami Grant leading the way with 35 points, five rebounds and three assists for them as they collected only their second win of the season to improve to 2-8. The Rockets, on the other hand, are now 1-9
It was the first time that rivals Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green met on the pitch. Jalen Green had started the rivalry by saying he should have been the No. 1 pick on draft night and confirmed his claim with an impressive start to the season as Cunningham recovered from an ankle injury.
The pair didn’t disappoint, but it was the real number one pick that emerged victorious. Cunningham contributed 20 points, four rebounds and three assists for his team, and Jalen Green led the scoring for the Rockets with 23 points, five rebounds and two assists.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 120-117 in OT. Russell Westbrook contributed to the Lakers triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists. Anthony Davis contributed 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers.
The Golden State Warriors won 123-110 over the Minnesota Timberwolves in their NBA clash. Andrew Wiggins led the scoring for the Warriors with 35 points and Steph Curry recorded 25 points. The Warriors are now 10-1 since the start of the season.
The Phoenix Suns took a 119-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA game. Frank Kaminsky went off the bench to record 31 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Suns, and Chris Paul contributed 21 points.
In the absence of the suspended Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets managed to defeat the Indiana Pacers 101-98 and improve to 7-4. Will Barton led the scoring with 30 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kings 136-117. Dejounte Murray led the scoring for Spurs with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the match.
Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 108-100, sentencing the Pelicans to an eleventh defeat in twelve games this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort combined for 51 points for the Thunder in the game.
Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks 117-107. Zach LaVine contributed 23 points with three rebounds and three assists, and Lonzo Ball contributed 21 points with six rebounds and six assists for the Bulls.
Charlotte Hornets took a 118-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Kelly Oubre Jr led the scoring for the Hornets with 37 points, five rebounds and one assist.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 104-88. Jayson Tatum contributed a double double for the Celtics with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Dennis Schroder also contributed 20 points to the victory.
The Milwaukee Bucks won 112-100 over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds and Pat Connaughton contributed 23 points.
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Orlando Magic 123-90 in another of their away games. Kevin Durant contributed 30 points and James Harden recorded a triple double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Washington Wizards took a 97-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers away from home. Montrezl Harrell recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Kuzma contributed 22 points for the Wizards.