Mitchell’s 33 points propel Cavaliers past Lakers, VanVleet and Raptors win without Siakam

Donovan Mitchell’s spectacular start to life with the Cleveland Cavaliers continued Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 33 points in a 114-100 win.

Mitchell’s 33 points were a game-high, and he delivered his production efficiently, hitting 10 of 17 from the field and 12 of 13 from the free throw line.

In his first eight games with the Cavs since being acquired from the Utah Jazz in an offseason trade, Mitchell is averaging 31.1 points and 7.1 assists per game — both comfortably above his career highs (26.4 points and 5.3 assists).

He was heavily backed by fellow All-Star Darius Garland, who had 24 points (seven of 18) and seven assists, while Kevin Love contributed a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) in 20 minutes off. from the bench.

For the Lakers, LeBron James was strong with 27 points on 13 of 23 shooting, adding seven rebounds and four assists, and Russell Westbrook had 19 points (six of 13) with 10 assists as he continues to produce well in a role of sixth man.

Cleveland is now 8-1 and is one of only two teams, along with the 9-0 Milwaukee Bucks, who are yet to record their second loss.

VanVleet intervenes in the absence of Siakam

With the Toronto Raptors’ top option, Pascal Siakam, out for at least the next two weeks, Fred VanVleet stepped up and led his team to a 113-104 win over the Chicago Bulls.

VanVleet finished with 30 points on nine of 22 shooting, and also added 11 assists in an offensive masterclass from the small playmaker, posting a plus/minus of plus 27 in 39 minutes. That means in the nine minutes VanVleet was on the bench, the Raptors were outscored by 18.

Rookie Christian Koloko started in place of Siakam, and he made a strong impression by stopping six shots with his 11 points and seven rebounds.

Alex Caruso produced a standout performance for the Bulls, finishing with an unconventional double-double by collecting 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while shooting one of 11 for four points.

Bane, Morant carries the Grizzlies

Desmond Bane and Ja Morant combined for nearly half of the Memphis Grizzlies’ points in their 103-97 win over the Washington Wizards.

While Morant struggled with his efficiency, hitting just nine of 27 shots on his way to 23 points, Bane was terrific, scoring 28 on nine of 16 shots.

The Grizzlies are now 7-3, and Bane was central to their early success, potentially rising to All-Star status in his third season when he averaged 24.1 points. 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 46%. long range.

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