The clock was ticking down on Halloween night, and millions of dollars hung in the balance for Ricky Rubio and several other players who entered the NBA in 2011 and were up for extensions of their rookie contracts.
Purple and gold streamers descended from the ceiling and fans were on their feet applauding at the end. The Los Angeles Lakers finally won a game after five straight losses to open the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Denver Nuggets their fifth straight loss with a 116-100 victory on Sunday night.
Isaiah Thomas scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Phoenix Suns to a come-from-behind 107-95 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors, leaving the NBA with no unbeaten teams.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Terrence Ross had 17 and Toronto routed visiting Philadelphia, 120-88, Sunday night for its sixth victory in seven games.
Luol Deng scored a season-high 30 points, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade added 20 apiece and the Miami Heat stayed perfect against Dallas since the 2011 NBA Finals with a 105-96 victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night.
Reggie Jackson scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 101-93 on Sunday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Terrence Ross had 17 and the Toronto Raptors routed the winless Philadelphia 76ers 120-88 Sunday night for their sixth victory in seven games.
Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, including four in the final 2 minutes, Derrick Favors added a double-double and the Utah Jazz overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 on Sunday night.
The Nets won with a tenacious defensive performance in the fourth quarter, but they stuck with an effective Kevin Garnett as Brook Lopez watched from the sidelines.
A leading Knicks player of the early 1950s, Vandeweghe was also the patriarch of a three-generation family of athletes that includes the current professional tennis player Coco Vandeweghe.
No matter how long you have played, no matter how often you have been labeled a coach on the court, you are never prepared for the extent to which coaching can take over your life.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for the Brooklyn Nets with a season-high 22 points. Bogdanovic’s three-point field goal with 5:41 remaining in the fourth quarter sparked a Nets’ 15-7 run to seal a 104-96 victory against the Orlando Magic.
On Tuesday, the Kings, who went 28-54 last season but are off to a fast start, will face the Mavericks, a playoff team last season that is scoring a lot of points but giving up a lot, too.
Ernie Vandeweghe, a Knick in the post-World War II era and father of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe, has died. He was 86.