Stats to know: October 19, 2017 games
NBA.com Global on Oct 19, 2017 08:26 PM
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. Smith was charged with a foul on the play.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
NBA.com staff report
Twenty teams made their 2017-18 regular season debuts on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Here's one quick stat from each of the openers.
Are the Pistons beginning to take advantage of their opportunities better? Detroit scored 25 points off Charlotte's turnovers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Its season-high last season was 26.
Brooklyn's offseason acquisition D'Angelo Russell scored 30 points, tying Nate Archibald (1976) for the most by a Nets player in their debut in franchise history.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside (26 points, 22 rebounds) became the first player since Kevin Garnett in 2007 (22 points, 20 rebounds) with a 20/20 game on opening night.
John Wall (28 pts) and Washington held off Ben Simmons (18 points, 10 assists, five rebounds) and Philadelphia to win their first home season opener since Nov. 2, 1999.
Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 37 points (and 13 rebounds), tying Michael Redd for the second-most points in a season opener in Bucks franchise history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 41 points in the 1972-73 opener.
Anthony Davis became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970-71, 1971-72) with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in back-to-back season openers.
Atlanta won its eighth straight against Dallas on a night Dirk Nowitzki officially joined Kobe Bryant as the only players to reach 20 seasons with the same team.
In his first game with his new team, Jazz guard Ricky Rubio recorded his 3,000th career assist. He became the third fastest in NBA history to reach that milestone, behind Chris Paul and John Wall.
In his first regular season game since signing his lucrative contract extension, Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 26 and surpassed the 5,000 career mark in points.
Portland beat Phoenix 124-76, setting an NBA record for the largest margin of victory in a season opener. It was also the Suns' worst loss in franchise history.