After a three-game night on Tuesday, the NBA schedule picked up in a major way on Wednesday night. Early on, we saw the Trae Young-led Atlanta Hawks overcome a 26-point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 111-104. The Cleveland Cavaliers also remained winless at 0-4 as they fell to the Brooklyn Nets 102-86.
Kawhi Leonard exploded for 35 points as he led the Toronto Raptors to a resounding 112-105 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves while the Miami Heat blew out the New York Knicks 110-87, led by Hassan Whiteside's 22-point, 14-board night.
The Utah Jazz outlasted the Houston Rockets, beating them in convincing fashion by a score of 100-89. Donovan Mitchell scored 20 first-half points, on his way to a 38-point, seven-assist performance for the night.
Meanwhile, LeBron James and Lance Stephenson led the Los Angeles Lakers to their first win of the season with a 131-113 blowout win over the Phoenix Suns. LeBron posted 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds while Lance Stephenson led the way with 23 points, eight boards and eight assists.
And to top it all off, Stephen Curry turned in a 51-point, 11-trey performance through just three quarters in a 144-122 win over the Washington Wizards. He finished the night 11-of-16 from three-point range and 15-of-24 from the field. For perspective on how impressive that is, it was his sixth performance of at least 11 three-pointers. There are only seven such performances by other NBA players in history.
Here's all you need to know about what went down in Wednesday night's action.
NBA scores for Wednesday, Oct. 24
- Atlanta Hawks 111 Dallas Mavericks 104 (Box Score)
- Brooklyn Nets 102 Cleveland Cavaliers 86 (Box Score)
- Toronto Raptors 112 Minnesota Timberwolves 105 (Box Score)
- Miami Heat 110 New York Knicks 87 (Box Score)
- Utah Jazz 100 Houston Rockets 89 (Box Score)
- Chicago Bulls 112 Charlotte Hornets 110 (Box Score)
- Indiana Pacers 116 San Antonio Spurs 96 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 123 Philadelphia 76ers 108 (Box Score)
- Los Angeles Lakers 131 Phoenix Suns 113 (Box Score)
- Sacramento Kings 97 Memphis Grizzlies 92 (Box Score)
- Golden State Warriors 144 Washington Wizards 122 (Box Score)
Curry nails 11 triples and scores 51 points through three quarters
Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter ever, there is simply no debating it. The 30-year-old guard illustrated why there is no argument when it comes to greatest shooter of all time yet again on Wednesday night when he scored 51 points on 11 treys through just three quarters versus the Washington Wizards.
LeBron and Stephenson lead Lakers to first win of season
It was a good night to be a Los Angeles Laker. After three losses to start out the 2018-19 season, the Lakers won their first game of the year with a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns. LeBron James posted 19 points and 10 assists while Lance Stephenson led the way with 23 points, eight boards and eight assists. Stephenson was having so much that he showed up the Suns with this pass off the backboard to Lonzo Ball in the closing minutes of the game.
Giannis matches Wilt to start off 2018-19 season
This comparison is going to drive people crazy, but it's legit. Giannis Antetokounmpo may not be in Wilt Chamberlain's league (yet), but he's certainly in the same category when it comes to this statistic. Giannis has become the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964-65 to post four consecutive 25-point, 15-rebound games to start out the season.
Giannis posts triple-double after crazy pass over his own head
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a monster that just cannot be stopped. As the Milwaukee Bucks prove their supremacy over their Eastern Conference foe, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Greek Freek just posted a triple-double after one of the craziest assist highlights you'll see all night.
LeBron sets himself up off backboard
LeBron James is just doing LeBron James things. As the Los Angeles Lakers look well on their way to their first victory of the season after a 67-point barrage in the first half versus the Phoenix Suns, the four-time MVP made sure to end the half in style by literally doing it all by himself.
Curry scores 23 points in first quarter
Stephen Curry is in the midst of one of his trademark games. The two-time NBA MVP is hitting everything as he has scored 23 points in the first quarter alone. Check out this shooting barrage as Curry goes 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Belinelli makes 3-pointer on alley-oop attempt
If the San Antonio Spurs want to shoot better from beyond the arc, they should probably utilize this tactic more often. As the Spurs suffered a humbling 116-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers at home, Marco Belinelli made a three-pointer while attempting to throw an alley-oop pass. It was just one of six treys made by the Spurs all night, as they converted on just 31.6 percent of their three-point attempts all night.
Giannis makes rim cry with windmill slam
Giannis Antetokounmpo is unbelievable. As the Milwaukee Bucks battled the Philadelphia 76ers for Eastern Conference supremacy on national television, the Greek Freak just pulled off the dunk of the night with this smooth windmill slam.
Kyle Kuzma unleashes baseline jam
Why wasn't Kyle Kuzma starting all along? After his 37-point performance versus the San Antonio Spurs, Kuzma has carried it over versus the Phoenix Suns with this ridiculous baseline slam.
Kawhi scores 35 as Raptors pounce T-Wolves
Kawhi Leonard's 35 points proved to be too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves as the Toronto Raptors converted on 51.7 percent of their field goal attempts in comparison to the T-Wolves shooting 41.7 percent from the field. Kawhi scored 18 points in the first half alone as the Raptors remained undefeated at 5-0.
Hawks come back versus Mavs following Bazemore's monster scoring night
Luke Doncic outplayed Trae Young in this game, but it was the Atlanta Hawks rookie that ended up having the last laugh. The Hawks overcame a 26-point deficit and defeated the Dallas Mavericks 111-104 in an emotional game that was highlighted by Kent Bazemore's 32-point performance. You could say the Hawks won this game when Bazemore punctuated it with this slam dunk.
Young spins around Mavs defense to score on nifty layup
Luka Doncic may have the better stats in this game, but Trae Young has the highlight as the Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of winning this game. Check out this move from the rookie point guard as he spins around the Dallas Mavericks' defense.
Mitchell scores 20 points in first half alone versus Rockets
Wait, who said Donovan Mitchell is regressing? The second-year player is hardly in a sophomore slump as he just scored 20 points in the first half alone versus the Houston Rockets.
Okogie climbs the ladder for putback dunk
Lorenzo Brown will forever be known for this highlight. And no, it's not because he was on the positive end of this play. Check out Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie as he climbs Brown to finish off this putback.
DeAndre ends Len's career with poster dunk
DeAndre, you gotta have some mercy. While the storyline was the rookie matchup between Luka Doncic and Trae Young, this will be the highlight for the Dallas Mavericks' game versus the Atlanta Hawks when it's all said and done. Check out DeAndre Jordan ending Alex Len's career.
Kawhi steals ball without looking
Well, now we know why Kawhi Leonard has won the Defensive Player of the Year on two different occasions. Not only is he a lockdown defender, he steals passes without even looking at them, as he just did versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Doncic outscores Young 12-2 in first half
This rookie battle has been completely lopsided. The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks just completed their first half and Luka Doncic has vastly outplayed Trae Young. Not only do the Mavericks lead, Doncic has 12 points in comparison to Young's two points on 1-of-6 shooting at the half.
Towns completely rejects Kawhi
Karl-Anthony Towns does not care about Kawhi Leonard. Although Leonard had nine points in the first quarter, the Minnesota Timberwolves center made sure to remind the Toronto Raptors veteran who is the bigger man in the paint:
Osman takes flight on two-handed jam
Cedi Osman is making people take notice. The Turkish forward just pulled off a two-handed jam to get the Cleveland Cavaliers back into the game versus the Brooklyn Nets.
Doncic nails stepback 3-pointer over Bazemore
There is no doubt that the storyline of the night is the matchup between top NBA Draft picks Luka Doncic and Trae Young. The game is off to a fast start as scoring has been plentiful in large part due to the Dallas Mavericks rookie. Check out this stepback three-pointer that he hits over Kent Bazemore:
Doncic, Young square off in Atlanta
It's always interesting when two top-five picks meet for the first time in their NBA careers, but the matchup on Wednesday night between Luka Doncic and Trae Young should be extra special. Not only were the two traded for each other on draft night, but they're also both off to impressive starts. Plus, considering this is the Hawks' home opener, the atmosphere should be electric in Atlanta.
Simmons back for Sixers
The Sixers missed Ben Simmons on Tuesday night, as they lost a heart-breaker in overtime to the Pistons. But the good news is that his absence will be short-lived. Simmons, who missed out against the Pistons due to a sore back, is expected to return to the lineup for their game against the Bucks. That's big for Philly, because not only is Simmons one of their best players, but also -- even early in the season -- this is a crucial matchup against an Eastern Conference foe.