The second matchday of Week 2 of the 2021-22 NBA season has concluded and it’s time to take a look back at the scores and highlights of the matches and standings of the teams.
Magic 111 – 120 Hornets
Charlotte Hornets continue to impress in the Eastern Conference and now have a 4-1 record after their win over Orlando Magic. The visitors ran away with the contest in the fourth quarter after a close contest had ensued in the first three quarters.
Miles Bridges top scored with 31 points to his name to seal the Magic’s fourth loss of the season.
Nets 93 – 106 Heat
Brooklyn Nets’ struggle and Miami Heat’s rise went hand in hand as the latter walked out with a win from the Barclays Center. Kevin Durant notched 24 points while Harden chipped in with 14 from his end.
Bam Adebayo top-scored for the Heat with 24 points as they move to a 3-1 record in the Eastern Conference. With a two-point deficit after the first half, the visitors turned the game around its head in the second half.
Pelicans 99 – 102 Hawks
After being 14-points behind at the end of the first quarter, Atlanta Hawks staged a brilliant fightback to emerge victorious.
Trae Young ran the show with 31 points to his name as Hawks racked up their third win of the season and sealed the Pelicans’ fourth.
Raptors 118 – 100 Pacers
Fred VanVleet followed his display from the previous fixture by leading his side to a win over Indiana Pacers. He posted 26 points, 6 assists, and 10 rebounds to hand Toronto Raptors their second win of the season.
Domantas Sabonis had a poor outing, failing to hit double figures in any department. No player succeeded in scoring over 20 points for the Pacers, who are now falling behind with a 1-4 record.
Celtics 107 – 116 Wizards
In a showdown of former Lakers stars, the Washington Wizards picked up a comfortable win over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points and amassed 11 rebounds.
For the Celtics, it was their talisman Jayson Tatum, who top-scored by posting 23 points, in a losing cause.
Bucks 108 – 113 Timberwolves
Defending champions Milwaukee Bucks suffered a shock defeat at home to the rising Minnesota Timberwolves. The hosts were blown away with an explosive opening quarter by the visitors, where they managed to score 44 points.
Giannis Antetokoumpo’s 40-point display ended in vain as he lacked support from the other ends. The young formidable trio of Karl Anthony-Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards all scored over 25 points for the win.
Thunder 123 – 115 Lakers
The bottom-placed and winless Oklahoma City Thunder sprung up a surprise with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, who were once again playing without LeBron James.
At one stage, the Lakers were leading the contest by 26 points towards the end of the second quarter but stumbled onto the defeat in the second half.
Anthony Davis, who made the cut, despite suffering an injury himself during the overtime win over San Antonio Spurs, top-scored with 30 points. On the other hand, Russell Westbrook notched an imperious triple-double. But, they were undone by an explosive performance by the young Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who dropped 27 points for the win.
Trailblazers 116 – 96 Grizzlies
The Trailblazers came out with an onslaught in the second-half following a six-point deficit that the Memphis Grizzlies could not deal with.
Portland Trailblazers outscored the visitors 65-39 in the second half to bring up their second win of the season. Both sides now have a 0.500 record against their name.
CJ McCollum’s excellent start to the season continues with a 25-point display as Damian Lillard chipped in with 20 points and 10 assists. Ja Morant notched a double double comprising of 17 points and 10 assists.
Suns 107 – 110 Kings
Reigning NBA Finalists Phoenix Suns’ horrid start to the season continues with a last-ditch defeat against Sacramento Kings. Harrison Barnes hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer to seal a thrilling win.
DeAndre Ayton recorded 21 points and 21 rebounds while Devin Booker slammed 31. Chris Paul had a forgettable outing with only single-digit figures to his name. For the Kings, Buddy Hield made a real impact off the bench, scoring 26 points in 27 minutes.
Clippers 79 – 92 Cavaliers
Los Angeles Clippers had a forgettable outing on their own turf with a tame defeat to Cleveland Cavaliers. No player scored over 16 points for the home side while Collin Sexton ran the show for the Cavs with 26 points.
NBA Standings 2021-22
- Chicago Bulls
- Charlotte Hornets
- New York Knicks
- Miami Heat
- Washington Wizards
- Atlanta Hawks
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Brooklyn Nets
- Boston Celtics
- Orlando Magic
- Indiana Pacers
- Detroit Pistons
- Golden State Warriors
- Utah Jazz
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Dallas Mavericks
- Sacramento Kings
- Portland Trailblazers
- Denver Nuggets
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Phoenix Suns
- San Antonio Spurs
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Houston Rockets
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA Week 2 Oct 26 Results: Scores, standings, match summary and highlights