Oct 23, 2019

NBA Recap: Clippers best Lakers while Raptors top Pelicans

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LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard (30 pts) and the Clippers beat LeBron James (18-9-8) and the Lakers, 112-102, in a star-studded season opener at Staples Center.

Details: All 4 Clippers' bench players scored in double-digits, while Leonard was the only starter with more than 8 points.

  • Lakers: Danny Green scored 28 points, more than any Laker has ever scored in their debut (LeBron scored 26 last year). Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 boards.
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TORONTO — After slipping on shiny new rings and raising a championship banner, Fred VanVleet (career-high 34 points) and Pascal Siakam (34-18-5) led the defending champion Raptors past the Pelicans, 130-122 (OT).

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Undrafted Kendrick Nunn off to historic start in NBA

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Kendrick Nunn, who went undrafted in 2018 and spent last season with the Warriors' G League team (Santa Cruz Warriors) before signing with the Heat this summer, is off to a historic start.

Why it matters: Over the past 25 years, only Jerry Stackhouse (No. 3 pick in 1995) and Kevin Durant (No. 2 pick in 2007) have scored more points in their first five games. Again, Nunn wasn't even drafted!

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The NBA's "load management" issue

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For the second time in eight games, Kawhi Leonard missed the front end of a Clippers back-to-back, nixing what was supposed to be a battle between the reigning MVP (Giannis Antetokounmpo) and the reigning NBA Finals MVP (Leonard).

The state of play: In his absence, Antetokounmpo (38-16-9) became the sixth player in NBA history with three straight 30-15-5 games, and the Bucks won 129-124.

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The NBA's tough choice in the "Big Two" era

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As the league's top teams move away from a "Big Three" structure to one defined by "Big Twos," they're faced with a decision.

The choice: Stagger the two stars' minutes to maximize the amount of time at least one of them is on the floor — or play them together as much as possible to maximize the amount of time they're both on the floor.

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