Pelicans top Bulls, Porzingis makes Mavericks debut

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 10, 2019 11:34 AM
Pelicans top Bulls, Porzingis makes Mavericks debut
New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) is fouled by Chicago Bulls' Thaddeus Young during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By The Associated Press

Capsule recaps for Oct. 9 (Oct. 10, PHL time) NBA preseason action.

PELICANS 127, BULLS 125

Zion Williamson was 12 of 13 from the field for 29 points to help the Pelicans rally from a 23-point deficit.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker made a game-tying 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining before hitting two free throws to seal it for New Orleans (2-0). He finished with 13 points and seven assists, and Jahlil Okafor also scored 13 points.

New Orleans scored 27 points in the first 6:16 of the fourth quarter, finishing with 41.

Zach LaVine hit 10 of 16 shots, with four 3-pointers, for 28 points for Chicago (0-2). Otto Porter Jr. had 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

PISTONS 124, MAVERICKS 117

Derrick Rose had 18 points and five assists off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 points and five rebounds, and the Pistons spoiled Kristaps Porzingis’ debut with the Mavericks.

Luke Kennard was one of seven Detroit (1-1) players in double figures with 19 points, going 5 for 6 from 3-point range. Andre Drummond added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Porzingis and Luka Doncic led the way for Dallas (0-2). Porzingis had 18 points and seven boards in 19 minutes in his first game since tearing his ACL in February 2018, and Doncic added 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

HEAT 108, HORNETS 94

Dion Waiters, Davon Reed and Duncan Robinson each made four 3-pointers as the Heat went 15 of 37 from distance in a win over the Hornets.

Waiters scored all of his 19 points in the first half, and Robinson sank his 3s in the third quarter for 12 of his 14 points. Reed also scored 14, going 4 of 5 from deep. The Heat (2-0) closed the first half on a 22-8 run for a 21-point lead.

Terry Rozier scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for the Hornets (0-2).

MAGIC 97, HAWKS 88

Terrence Ross scored 20 points, making four 3-pointers, to help Orlando top Atlanta. Jonathan Isaac added 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for Orlando (3-0).

Trae Young had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but also turned it over nine times for Atlanta (0-2). Rookie De’Andre Hunter added 13 points.

BUCKS 133, JAZZ 99

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each added 14 points for the Bucks (2-0).

Tony Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (1-1). Donovan Mitchell scored 14 points.

WIZARDS 137, GUANGZHOU LONG-LIONS 98

The Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 137-98 in a game that included more than a half-dozen protests inside Capital One Arena over the NBA’s ongoing rift with the Chinese government.

CJ Harris had 25 points in the loss for the Chinese team.

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AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington contributed to this report.

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