LeBron James has turned in countless clutch performances during his career. James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. After Joe Johnson's three foul shots tied the game with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt.
Stephen Curry scored 19 points in Golden State's NBA-record 18th straight win at the start of a season, but what he didn't do against the Sacramento Kings was just as important to the defending champion Warriors. ''I'm sure Steph doesn't like it,'' Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said. Curry, who scored 17 pf his points in the first quarter, said he understood it made sense for him to sit out the entire fourth period of the blowout with the Warriors about to embark on a two-week, seven-game road trip.
Damian Lillard says part of his job is recognizing when a teammate is hot. CJ McCollum certainly was against the Lakers. McCollum had 28 points to complement Lillard's 29 and the Portland Trail Blazers handed Los Angeles its fifth straight loss with a 108-96 victory on Saturday night.
The Dallas Mavericks could point to the best defensive quarter in the team's 36-year history for ending a three-game losing streak. The Mavericks outscored the Denver Nuggets 25-5 in the third period - beginning with a 16-0 run that lasted almost nine minutes - and won 92-81 on Saturday night. Dallas limited Denver to 10.5 percent shooting in the period (2 for 19), and outscored the Nuggets 44-29 in the second half.
The Utah Jazz are no longer learning to play with Alec Burks, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. Coach Quin Snyder said the adjustment period is over. Burks scored 21 points and the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-87 on Saturday night.
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer knows what to expect from San Antonio after spending 19 seasons working in the Spurs organization. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and the Spurs won their fifth straight, holding the Hawks to several season lows offensively in a 108-88 victory. Budenholzer said having nearly two decades of corporate knowledge was ''obviously not'' helpful in slowing down San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs.
On one of their worst offensive nights of the season, Cory Joseph and the Toronto Raptors executed when it mattered. Joseph made a 3-pointer at the buzzer following a well-worked inbounds play, lifting the Raptors an 84-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. ''I knew if I got to him clean, he was going to knock it in,'' said DeMar DeRozan, who found Joseph in the corner with a kickout pass.
A man has come forward saying Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor assaulted him during a fight in Boston that was recorded on cellphone video and posted online, police said. The man filed a police report Friday saying he was punched and knocked to the ground outside a nightclub early Thursday morning, authorities said. Boston police said they are investigating the allegations.
With Philadelphia desperately for its first win, James Harden took over for the Houston Rockets. Harden had 50 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Rockets beat the lowly 76ers 116-114 on Friday night. Philadelphia moved one loss away from matching the New Jersey Nets' NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season.