Saturday’s NBA games unleashed some great performances from Anthony Davis who scored 40 points to lead the Pelicans 125-115 over the Denver Nuggets. New signing Jimmy Butler led the Philadelphia 76ers to a hard-fought 122-119 win over the Hornets in spite of Kemba Walker’s career-high 60 points.
Kemba’s performance was the best display from a Hornets player in the modern era but his 60 points couldn’t stop the 76ers as Jimmy Butler’s last-second 3-pointer inspired Philadelphia to a win. Without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors looked weak and the Mavericks were able to outperform them 112-109. Rookie Luka Doncic scored 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the win.
In Orlando, Lebron James put on a show with a slam dunk albeit not good enough to stop a 130-117 loss away. Neighbors LA Clippers stunned the Nets 127-119 thanks to a combined 55 points by Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris.
If Saturday proved anything, it has to be that the 76ers look unstoppable with Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in the court. The trio played impressively, passing the ball onto each other to inspire the win.
Elsewhere, the Warriors injury worries continue. Green’s toe issue lingers and the star will remain sidelined this weekend as Golden State face the Mavericks and the Spurs.