Paolo Banchero flirts with triple-double in Magic’s first win, LeBron’s Lakers fall to 0-5

Paolo Banchero showed exactly why the Orlando Magic took him with the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, posting nearly his first career triple-double as his team beat the Charlotte Hornets 113- 93 Friday.

With last year’s fifth pick Jalen Suggs and starting point guard Cole Anthony both missing through injury, Orlando opted not to start a traditional point guard and instead let their new star run the show. .

He looked at home as the center point of the Magic’s offense, scoring 21 points on eight of 14 shooting while adding 12 rebounds and seven assists to earn his first win of the season.

Even more impressive is the fact that almost all of that production took place in the first three quarters, as Orlando built an 82-53 lead heading into the fourth and Banchero missed the final nine minutes.

Over six career games, Banchero is averaging 24 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, and has yet to score less than 20 points in a contest.

Lakers lose again despite James’ best efforts

LeBron James’ 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals weren’t enough to end the Los Angeles Lakers’ winless start to the season, falling to 0-5 after a 111-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Minnesota Timberwolves.

James shot 10 of 24 from the field and one of six from deep, and in his first game off the bench since his rookie season, Russell Westbrook was plagued with similar issues.

Westbrook shot six of 17 for his 18 points, while also missing half of his 10 free throws and committing five turnovers.

For Wolves, Anthony Edwards led the scoring with 29 points on 11 of 22 shooting, while Rudy Gobert was seven of 11 for 22 points and 21 rebounds to take their record to 4-2.

Antetokounmpo sets up the case for the third MVP

With two MVP trophies already in his showcase, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo made it clear why he is once again one of the favorites this season with a powerful performance in a 119-108 win over the New York Knicks.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in field goals (11), free throws (seven), points (30), rebounds (14) and assists (nine) in a true display of virtuosity. He’s been well supported, with six teammates punching their way into double digits, including 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench from Bobby Portis.

With the win, the Bucks are now 4-0 and the only undefeated team remaining.

LeVert and Mitchell lose 41 apiece in overtime Cavaliers win

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Caris LeVert and Donovan Mitchell squared off with star Boston Celtics duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and emerged 132-123 winners in overtime.

While Brown and Tatum had 32 each on a combined 22-of-41 (54%), the Cavs duo played even better, scoring 41 each on a combined 27-of-47 (57%).

Second-year phenom Evan Mobley was also a big part of the win, recording 19 points (seven of 12 shooting) with 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

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