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2021-22 NBA Preseason: Top performers, biggest storylines, highlights, scores from Day 8

The 2021-22 NBA preseason continued on Sunday (ET) with a short slate of four games, headlined by the late game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at the STAPLES Center.

If you missed any of the action, we've got you covered with all the best plays, scores, stats and storylines from each game.

Notable Performers

Lonzo Ball (CHI): 10 PTS, 5 REBS, 4 BLKS, 3 ASTS, 3 STLS

Evan Mobley (CLE): 15 PTS, 10 REBS, 4 ASTS, 3 BLKS, 2 STLS

Mo Bamba (ORL): 16 PTS, 10 REBS, 5 BLKS

Anthony Davis (LAL): 19 PTS, 6 ASTS, 3 REBS, 3 STLS

Biggest storylines

Bucks' starters flex muscles

In their preseason debut, the Bucks' Big 3 were not taking anything easy. In fact, they contributed to the team scoring 48 in the first quarter.

It was still light minutes for the trio but they still impressed in that limited action. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with eight points, nine rebounds and six assists including the dunk that brought about the mean-mug (scroll below to watch).

Khris Middleton finished with 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field while Jrue Holiday did a little bit of everything with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Rookie Evan Mobley's big performance

In his first preseason game with real minutes - 32, Cavaliers' rookie Evan Mobley - the No.3 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft showed out and stuffed the stat sheet.

Contributing across the board, he also showcased plenty of highlight-reel plays.

Lakers remain winless

Losing to the Phoenix Suns at the STAPLES Center takes the Lakers to an 0-4 record this preseason. It's preseason, so can't read too much into this but at what point does it get alarming.

What's comforting for the Lakers is that LeBron James didn't play this game while Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis did. The three superstars haven't played a game together yet, which has no doubt contributed to the team's winless start.

These exhibition games have been a feel-out process for the team to understand and make better decisions on their final rotations during the regular season.

Top highlights

Anthony Davis gets STAPLES Center going with a rim-rattling alley-oop slam.

Bulls' second-round rookie Ayo Dosunmu came through in crunch time.

Preseason mean-mug from the reigning Finals MVP

Rookie Jalen Suggs shows how it should be done

Final scores

San Antonio Spurs 101, Orlando Magic 100

Chicago Bulls 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 101

Milwaukee Bucks 130, Oklahoma City Thunder 110

Phoenix Suns 123, Los Angeles Lakers 94

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