We are nearly a week from tip-off of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, which means we are down to the last few days of preseason action.
Here's a quick glance at the games on Monday so far:
Atlanta Hawks 87, Miami Heat 120
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat remained undefeated in the 2019-20 preseason with yet another win, this time defeating the Atlanta Hawks by 33.
Tyler Herro, the Heat rookie, started the game on fire and finished as the game's top-scorer with 23 points in 25 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting. Bam Adebayo, in 27 minuntes, finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.
🔥 TYLER HERRO 🔥- NBA (@NBA) October 14, 2019
The @MiamiHEAT shooter scores their first 14 PTS on 5-5 shooting (4-4 3PM)! #NBARooks #NBAPreseason pic.twitter.com/BcRKQlyfBE
For the Hawks, Trae Young top-scored with 23 in 24 minutes.
Charlotte Hornets 120, Memphis Grizzlies 99
Defeating the Grizzlies by 21, the Hornets registered their first win of the 2019-20 preseason. Offseason acquisition Terry Rozier finished with the best box score from both teams - 24 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals on 9-of-15 shooting.
The Hornets outscored the young Grizzlies 30-14 in the final period to seal the win.
.@hornets are lights out from beyond the arc in the 4th QTR 🔥 #NBAPreseason pic.twitter.com/Y2ULsQxdca- NBA TV (@NBATV) October 15, 2019
Oklahoma City Thunder 70, Dallas Mavericks 107
Holding the Thunder to under 20 points in all four quarters, the Mavericks cruised to a 37-point win in Dallas. Luka Doncic, in 27 minutes, finished with a near triple-double 19 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists while Kristaps Porzingis finished with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.
During the blowout, the European duo showcased what they could do as a combo:
Luka to KP! 😲😲😲@ChoctawCasinos | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/XvV2DAUsjU- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) October 15, 2019
Note: Chris Paul and Steven Adams rested this game. Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.
Sacramento Kings 128, Utah Jazz 115
The visiting Kings finished with six players in double digits led by Buddy Hield's 23 points (in 29 minutes). Marvin Bagley III finished with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell was Utah Jazz's top-scorer with 22 points.
Denver Nuggets 107, Phoenix Suns 102
The Denver Nuggets improved to 3-0 for the 2019 preseason with a slim victory in Phoenix.
Paul Millsap sat this game out, while Nikola Jokic only played 20 minutes. Without their starting frontcourt, the Nuggets had to do it by committee, finishing with five players in double figures led by Jerami Grant's efficient 22 points (6-of-8 shooting).
For the Suns, Frank Kaminsky was the top-scorer with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Golden State Warriors 98, Los Angeles Lakers 104
A lot of the big guns, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green sat this one out, however Steph Curry did play, finishing with 17 points in 22 minutes.
For the Lakers, plenty of key rotation players were resting as well - Avery Bradley, Danny Green and Rajon Rondo.
Dwight Howard made the most of the opportunity, recording 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win.
Zach Norvell Jr. steers the @Lakers to the win at Staples Center with 22 PTS! #NBARooks #NBAPreseason pic.twitter.com/NxBlLdf3Ka- NBA Draft (@NBADraft) October 15, 2019