Damian Lillard scored 31 points to lead the visiting Portland Trail Blazers to a 115-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lillard made half of his 10 three-pointers, while Gary Trent Jr came off the bench to score 28 – converting 10 of 14 shots, including seven of 11 three-pointers.
LeBron James had 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who were playing for the second time in as many nights.
Dennis Schroder had 24 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14 and Anthony Davis, who came back from a one-game absence caused by a calf injury, finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Montrezl short jumper Harrell gave the Lakers a 99-98 lead with 5:34 left, but the Blazers took over down the home stretch.
A run of 15-6 saw them come back up 113-105 after Jusuf Nurkic scored on a drive with 1:36 remaining. After two free throws from James that reduced the margin to six, Nurkic sank a midrange jumper to seal the victory with 20 seconds remaining.
Monday night NBA results
|Detroit Pistons 120-128 Atlanta Hawks|
|Memphis Grizzlies 116-111 Brooklyn Nets|
|Utah Jazz 110-109 Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Houston Rockets 111-124 Denver Nuggets|
|Portland Trail Blazers 115-107 Los Angeles Lakers|
Houston Rockets 111-124 Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored a triple-double to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Houston Rockets 124-111.
Jokic had 19 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds – eclipsing his previous record of 17 assists against Milwaukee in 2018.
He finished with his 43rd career triple-double to tie Fat Lever for the franchise record.
James Harden had 34 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Houston, which has now lost its first two games after delaying its opening due to issues with Covid-19.
The Rockets have played with only nine players available due to coronavirus concerns.
Ben McLemore and Kenyon Martin Jr. are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, while DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Gordon and Mason Jones are in quarantine until Wednesday.
Memphis Grizzles 116-111 Brooklyn Nets
The Memphis Grizzlies recorded their first win of the season with a 116-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Brandon Clarke converted the opener with 38.6 seconds left to seal the win, while Kyle Anderson capped a career-high 28-point night with three free throws in the final 3.9 seconds.
However, the victory was soured by an injury to Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant, who sprained his left ankle late in the second quarter.
Morant scored seven points before getting injured and watched his teammates from the bench while wearing a walking boot.
Dillon Brooks added 24 points and seven rebounds as he and Anderson were a combined 18 of 36 off the floor. Clarke finished with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
Caris LeVert had 28 points and 11 assists for the Nets, who rested stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Detroit Pistons 120-128 Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young scored 29 points and shot 15 for 15 at the foul line to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 128-120.
Atlanta led 115-91 with 7:43 left before Detroit scored 15 straight points. The Pistons moved closer to five when Jerami Grant had a three-runner with 1:05 left.
However, the Hawks finished the game perfectly from the free-throw line, with Young four-on-four and John Collins two-on-two to keep the Pistons away.
Bogdan Bogdanovic rediscovered his outside shot touch to score 17 points for the Hawks, while Detroit was led by Grant and Josh Jackson with 27 points apiece.
Atlanta made their first 3-0 start since the 2016-17 season, while Detroit is 0-3 for the first time since 2014-15.
Utah Jazz 110-109 Oklahoma City Thunder
Donovan Mitchell scored with seven seconds left to lead the Utah Jazz to a narrow 110-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mitchell scored the last 12 points for the Jazz, including the decisive float over Oklahoma City’s Luguentz Dort.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points, while Mitchell and Mike Conley finished with 20 points each, Conley adding 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Dort finished with 26 points, his career high for a regular season game, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also added 23 points for Oklahoma.
However, the Thunder were unable to secure their second straight victory for the final possession. Saturday in Charlotte, Gilgeous-Alexander sank a winner with 1.4 seconds to go.
First-year Thunder coach Mark Daigneault put the ball back into Gilgeous-Alexander’s hands, but the Canadian’s drive to the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim, giving the Jazz victory. .