From LeBron James' arrival in Los Angeles to Jimmy Butler's desire to leave Minnesota, it has been an eventful NBA preseason.
It was a tough one for the Timberwolves, who spent most of it on the Butler drama and finished it off with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of Milwaukee's 143-121 romp.
And it was tough for the Spurs, who lost three guards from injuries, including starting guard Dejounte Murray for the season with a torn ACL.
Russell Westbrook (right knee) and Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) could not even get on the floor, still recovering from operations. Nowitzki has already been ruled out by coach Rick Carlisle of Dallas for the regular season opener next week.
It is still unknown whether Butler will play – or for which team. He did not travel with the Timberwolves on Friday to Milwaukee, with coach Tom Thibodeau who said he stayed behind to work on his conditioning.
The pre-season schedule is packed with 11 matches, with the Lakers facing Golden State in San Jose, California in the last. James sat down, as did Kevin Durant for the Warriors.
The regular season starts on Tuesday with Boston as host for Philadelphia, followed by Oklahoma City who will visit defending champion Golden State.
NETS 113, KNICKS 107
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points, D & # 39; Angelo Russell had 18 points and eight assists and the Nets held out for a split of the pre-season series with the Knicks.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 points for the Knicks but left with a sprained left wrist. The Knicks said that X-rays were negative.
The teams meet again on 19 October in the home opener of the Nets.
NETS: Joe Harris scored 16 points and Caris LeVert had 14. … The nets were without starters Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin), DeMarre Carroll (ankle) and Allen Crabbe (left ankle sprain). Coach Kenny Atkinson said Hollis-Jefferson, who did not play in the preseason, played on 5-on-5 on Friday and hoped the attacker would be ready for the opening night. Crabbe was injured during the preseason, with Atkinson who said his injury was mild. … G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring tribe) missed the entire preseason and Atkinson said there was no update on his condition.
KNICKS: Mario Hezonja scored 14 points and Noah Vonleh finished with 13. … Luke Kornet made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when the Knicks brought a 21-point deficit to four in the final minutes. … Ron Baker started at point guard, with coach David Fizdale who says he is still undecided who would be his starter on that opening on the opening night. … Second choice Mitchell Robinson started in the center after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle. … Trey Burke beat the buzzer from around midcourt to end the first fifteen minutes.
UP NEXT: Brooklyn (2-2) visits Detroit on Wednesday in its season opener. New York (3-2) hosts Atlanta the same night.
SPURS 100, MAGIC 81
DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, nine came out of the line, LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and 15 rebound and the injury-riddled Spurs reached the century mark for the fourth time this preseason.
Evan Fournier led the Magic with 23 points.
SPURS: The injuries count for the Spurs as Rudy Gay (heel) and Derrick White missed the race. Wit Thursday underwent an MRI research experiment in which a fascia tear was revealed in the left plantaris. … San Antonio held Orlando 10 points in the first quarter and the Spurs led 40-30 after halftime, as both teams shot less than 31 percent.
MAGIC: Orlando's first picks from the previous two dams played together for the first time as sophomore forward Jonathan Isaac scored five points in 20 minutes and rookie center Mohamed Bamba added 15 points in 23 minutes.
UP NEXT: San Antonio (3-2) organizes Minnesota on Wednesday. Orlando (2-3) hosts Miami on Wednesday.
WIZARDS 140, LONG-LIONS 111
Rookie Devin Robinson scored 23 points, 15th overall chosen Troy Brown Jr. added 21 and the Wizards spoiled Marreese Speights' 41-point eruption.
Speights was 13-of-27 shootouts, with seven 3-pointers, for Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. He also picked eight rebounds in 40 minutes.
LONG-LIONS: Speights, who won a championship in 2015 with the Golden State Warriors, scored 16 of the 37 points in the first quarter of his teams. He was 6 or 8 out of the field to help the Long Lions stay close to 38-37. He finished half of 7 out of 10 for 20 points and he had 34 points at the end of the third quarter. … De Lange Leeuwen were 19 out of 41 from the 3-point range.
WIZARDS: Otto Porter Jr. and Ian Mahinmi each took 11 points in the first quarter, and Washington took control in the second quarter – overtook the Lange Leeuw 34-17. The Wizards shot 61 percent in half and broke the mark of the century in the third quarter, leading to 107-85. … Washington observatory John Wall and Bradley Beal did not play.
UP NEXT: Washington (4-1) organizes Miami on Thursday.
HORNETS 123, MAVERICKS 118
Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each made three of Charlotte's 19 three-pointers.
Walker scored 13 points in 17 minutes, Lamb added 11 points and rookie Miles Bridges had 13 points and seven rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Luka Doncic also scored 18 for Dallas, which recently returned from two games in China.
HORNETS: Malik Monk landed in a 3-pointer past the orbit just before the buzzer of the first quarter to draw Charlotte in 35-29. The teams, who introduced average 30-plus 3-point attempts, combined to make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Hornets led between the 58 and 53 half-time behind the 13 points of Walker.
MAVERICKS: Jordan had 11 points and nine rebounds in 18 first-half minutes. Doncic made three 3-pointers in half and scored 11 points.
UP NEXT: Charlotte (4-1) hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday. Dallas (2-2) plays in Phoenix on Wednesday.
PISTON 129, CAVALIERS 110
Detroit's big men dominated in East Lansing. Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Andre Drummond added 21 and the Pistons made 21 3-pointers at Michigan State's Michigan State Student Events Center.
Rodney Hood led Cleveland with 21 points, 11 came from the free throw line.
SUCKERS: Griffin and Reggie Jackson had eight points each in the first quarter when Detroit led 35-30. The pistons expanded to 69-60 at rest. Griffin had 19 points and five assists in 16 first half minutes and Drummond added 16 points with six rebounds in 19 minutes. … Ish Smith hit the buzzer in the third quarter with a 3-pound of the wing to extend Detroit's lead to 99-91.
CAVALIERS: George Hill added 14 points and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds.
UP NEXT: Detroit (2-3) hosts Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cleveland (2-2) plays in Toronto on Wednesday.
HEAT 119, HAWKS 113
Josh Richardson scored 24 points and the Heat rallied 13 points halftime with a 66-point second half against a visit to Atlanta. Miami won despite 7 of 31 to go from 3-point range and 23 turnovers.
Jeremy Lin had 20 points on the bank for Atlanta, which had 24 sales.
HAWKS: First round Trae Young pick Trae Young scored 11 points and made 2 of 3 out of the distance. He had five assists and two turnovers, with which he closed the preseason with 5 assists and 11 turnovers.
HEAT: Bam Adebayo, last year's best choice, had nine points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes from the bench. 3 of 17 of 3 on the half, on 13
UP NEXT: Atlanta (2-3) plays Wednesday in New York. … Miami (3-3) plays in Orlando on Wednesday.
NUGGETS 98, BULLS 93
Gary Harris scored 18 points and Jamal Murray added 17 when Denver won in Chicago. Nikola Jokic supported the two sophomore players with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Bulls closed in 88-87 with 4:09 and played as Jabari Parker, who scored 19 points and scored eight behind.
NUGGETS: Juan Hernangomez had only 3 points, but it was his trey just before the Parker run that gave the Nuggets a 9-run lead. He also blocked the layup attempt by Cristiano Felicio with 2:42 and the lead to two.
BULLS: Point guard Kris Dunn had two points, three assists and six turnovers in 22 minutes. Denver scored 20 points on turnover, 19 in the first half. The first time the design was taken, Wendell Carter Jr. 10 points and nine rebounds.
UP NEXT: Denver (4-1) plays on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. … Chicago (2-3) will play in Philadelphia on Thursday.
ROCKETS 121, GRIZZLIES 103
James Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had doubles as Houston hit Memphis. Paul had 14 points and 11 assists and Capela 12 points with 13 rebounds. Seven players scored in double digits for Houston, which made 20 of 47 three-pointers.
The first pick-pick Years Jackson Jr. led the Rockets with 18 points in 21 minutes.
ROCKETS: Carmello Anthony was 3 for 10 in 26 minutes as a reserve. He had 10 points, making him 3 of 6 on long distance and averaging 13 points on four matches.
GRIZZLIES: Second pick Jevon Carter was scoreless within three minutes.
UP NEXT: Houston (4-1) organizes Wednesday New Orleans. … Memphis (2-3) plays in Indiana on Wednesday
BUCKS 143, TIMBER WOLVES 121
Giannis Antetokounmpo 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds and 10 assists while Milwaukee rolled home. He had 14 points in the first quarter when the Bucks took a lead of 43-27 and 28 on the half when it was 84-53.
Taj Gibson had 21 points for the Timberwolves.
TIMBER WOLVEN: Besides missing Butler, Andrew Wiggins did not make the journey for personal reasons. In the first round, Josh Okogie took 11 points, his highest point for the preseason. Keith Bates-Diop from the second round added eight runs.
BUCKS: Went 25 out of 38 of the 3-point range with Khris Middleton, who had 22 points, 5 out of 8 times. The first pick-pick Donte DiVincenzo had five points, making him 31 in four preseason matches.
UP NEXT: Minnesota (1-4) plays at San Antonio on Wednesday. … Milwaukee (3-1) plays in Charlotte on Wednesday.
TRAIL BLAZERS 118, KINGS 115
C.J. McCollum scored 21 runs, Zach Collins had a double-double and Portland held the Kings off after Frank Mason III missed a runner in the course of time. Collins, a first round choice last year, had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The reserves Meyers Leonard had 17 points and Nik Stauskas 15.
All five starters scored double-digit for Sacramento with Buddy Hield and Yogi Ferrell scored 19 each and the second overall pick Marvin Bagley III with 15.
KINGS: Although it was a loss, it was a pretty good recovery after losing 132-93 in Utah on Thursday. … Bagley averaged 14.2 points and a 7.8 rebounds in five pre-season matches.
TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard went 2 for 10 out of the field and scored seven points. … First division Anfernee Simons, who was expected to play in the D League, missed his only shot in five minutes, but he had 26 points in the four previous games.
UP NEXT: Sacramento (2-4) organizes Utah on Wednesday evening. … Portland (3-2) organizes the Lakers on Thursday.
LAKERS 119, WARRIORS 105
Rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 22 points, Kyle Kuzma added 19 and the Lakers beat the Warriors for the second time in three nights.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry has added 16 points. The duo combined for seven 3-pointers.
LAKERS: Rajon Rondo and LeBron James sat down. … Mykhailiuk was 8 out of 18 from the field and fellow rookie Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
WARRIORS: Every fan who attended the game at the SAP Center in San Jose received a Kevin Durant bobblehead with a San Jose Sharks theme. But he did not play. … Curry scored all his points in the first quarter when the Warriors built a 38-29 lead. Thompson had 14 in the second quarter when the lead reached halfway 65-54. Both were the second half.
UP NEXT: Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) will play in Portland on Thursday. Golden State (1-4) hosts the city of Oklahoma City on Tuesday.