Here is your NBA highlight recap from Wednesday night, October 26th:
Here is your NBA highlight recap from Wednesday night, October 26th:
CLEVELAND – (Wire Service Report) – Kyle Schwarber didn’t need much time to make an impact on the Chicago Cubs’ lineup. In his second game back after early-April knee surgery cost him almost the entire regular season, Schwarber helped the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to even the World Series at one game apiece. Schwarber went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, making him 3-for-7 in the series after he went 0-for-4 in the regular season. He also sat out the Cubs’ earlier playoff-series victories.
“He jacks everybody up,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the 23-year-old slugger who served as the designated hitter in the first two games of the Fall Classic. “It makes your lineup longer. It makes it thicker. It makes it better.”
The best-of-seven series shifts to Chicago for the next three games, starting with Game 3 on Friday night at Wrigley Field.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. In 5 2/3 innings, Arrieta gave up one run on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks. The right-hander thrived on a chilly night at Progressive Field. The game-time temperature was 43 degrees.
“It was so cold I tried to go to the bathroom in the fourth inning and I couldn’t,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona joked.
Arrieta retired the first batter in the sixth inning, but Jason Kipnis doubled to center field, Cleveland’s first hit of the game. Kipnis went to third when Francisco Lindor grounded out, then scored on a wild pitch, cutting Chicago’s lead to 5-1.
“I knew I hadn’t given up a hit into the sixth inning, but that wasn’t the focus of the game for me,” Arrieta said. “I just wanted to pile up as many outs as I could.”
Trevor Bauer started for Cleveland and had a rough and brief outing. In 3 2/3 innings, Bauer threw 87 pitches and gave up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
“They never let him settle into the game,” Francona said. “You’ve got to give them a lot of credit. As a staff in general, we worked behind in the count too much.”
The Cubs, who were shut out on seven hits by Corey Kluber and two relievers in Game 1 on Tuesday, scored a run in the first inning of Game 2, snapping a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason by Cleveland pitchers.
“That’s our goal,” Maddon said about scoring first. “If you look at this playoff run for everybody, the team that scores first normally has a pretty good advantage”
Ben Zobrist also had two hits for the Cubs, leaving him 5-for-8 in the series.
Bauer was making his first appearance since his aborted start in Toronto in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. In that outing, Bauer threw just 21 pitches and retired only two batters before being removed from the game when his right pinkie finger, lacerated while cleaning a drone, started bleeding profusely. Bauer’s finger appeared fine Wednesday night, but everything else was off.
NEW ORLEANS — Jusuf Nurkic had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Will Barton added 22 points to foil a 50-point effort by Anthony Davis and lift the Denver Nuggets to a 107-102 season-opening victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Davis shot 17 of 34 from the field and made 16 of 17 free throws. He also grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked four shots and had seven steals. It was Davis’ eighth career 40-plus-point game.
The Nuggets won despite committing 25 turnovers.
The Pelicans closed within six points three times in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets answered each time. Kenneth Faried was a key stopper, drawing two charges and grabbing a tough offensive rebound for a rebound follow. He also assisted on a three-point play by Wilson Chandler that put Denver up 94-85 with 7:09 left.
Celtics 122, Nets 117
BOSTON — Boston held off a furious Brooklyn charge and escaped with an opening-game victory, spoiling the head-coaching debut of the Nets’ Kenny Atkinson. Brooklyn was down 21 points with 5 1/2 minutes left, and after the Boston starters re-entered the game, cut the deficit down to three in the final minute. However, Bojan Bogdanovich missed back-to-back 3-pointers on the same possession, and Isaiah Thomas iced the game with two free throws with 11.9 seconds left.
Thomas led all scorers with 25 points and added nine assists and six rebounds, while Jae Crowder scored 21 points and Avery
Bradley had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Bogdanovich led the Nets with 21 points.
Heat 108, Magic 96
ORLANDO — Hassan Whiteside had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, leading Miami past Orlando.
It was the sixth consecutive season-opening victory for Miami and its first victory without star guard Dwyane Wade, who left for the Chicago Bulls during the offseason.
Justise Winslow had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Heat. Goran Dragic contributed 16 points and five assists.
Magic guard Evan Fournier led all scorers with 20 points, but he made only 7 of 19 shots from the field. Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Pacers 130, Mavericks 121 (OT)
INDIANAPOLIS — Myles Turner had 30 points and 16 rebounds, including a crucial 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining in overtime, leading Indiana to a season-opening victory over Dallas.
Paul George, who finished with 25 points, added a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left in overtime, pushing the Indiana lead to 125-118. Jeff Teague added 20 points and Monta Ellis 19 for the Pacers.
Deron Williams led Dallas with 25 points, and Dirk Nowitzki and J.J, Barea each scored 22.
Grizzlies 102, Timberwolves 98
MEMPHIS — Mike Conley scored 24 points, and Memphis defeated Minnesota in the season opener for both teams.
Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (19 points) hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to close the gap to 98-96, but Minnesota would not get closer as Conley and JayMichal Green sealed the win for Memphis at the foul line.
Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with a 25 points and seven rebounds, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points. Memphis’ Zach Randolph had 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Marc Gasol scored 18 points.
Raptors 109, Pistons 91
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan set a franchise record for points on opening night with 40 as Toronto topped Detroit. DeRozan finished 17 for 27 from the field and went a perfect 6 for 6 from the line.
Jonas Valanciunas added 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry had 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 22 points and five rebounds. Marcus Morris chipped in 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Andre Drummond got into foul trouble early and finished with 16 points and six rebounds.
Hornets 107, Bucks 96
MILWAUKEE — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 23 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in his return to action, leading Charlotte to a season-opening victory over Milwaukee.
Kidd-Gilchrist appeared in just seven games last season and hadn’t played since Feb. 10 because of surgery on his right shoulder. However, he showed no signs of rust, hitting 10 of 18 shots in 35 minutes.
Hornets power forward Cody Zeller, sidelined all preseason with a bone bruise in his right knee, returned to score 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 13 minutes. Milwaukee got a game-high 31 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Thunder 103, 76ers 97
PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook scored nine of his 32 points in the last 4:09, including the go-ahead free throws with 35 seconds left, as the Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia in the season opener for both teams.
Westbrook, who also had 12 rebounds and nine assists, snapped a 97-97 tie by connecting twice at the line.
The Thunder, who trailed by six with 6:17 left and four with 4:16 to play, spoiled the NBA debut of Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Embiid, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, missed the past two seasons as a result of two foot surgeries.
Lakers 120, Rockets 114
LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 25 points, and Los Angeles tipped off the Luke Walton era with a season-opening win over Houston. D’Angelo Russell added 20 points, while Julius Randle chipped in 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who made a winner of Walton in his debut as head coach.
Rockets guard James Harden finished with a game-high 34 points and a career-best 17 assists. Harden also had eight rebounds. Eric Gordon contributed 19 points, Clint Capela scored 16 and grabbed nine rebounds, and Ryan Anderson finished with 14 for the Rockets.
Kings 113, Suns 94
PHOENIX — DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, and Sacramento opened the season with a strong win over Phoenix.
Rudy Gay added 22 points for the Kings, who ended the first quarter on a 16-1 run and never led by less than 10 points the rest of the way. Matt Barnes had 14 points and Garrett Temple contributed 12 for the Kings, who won only 33 games last year.
Devin Booker led Phoenix with 18 points but struggled with foul trouble. Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and forward T.J. Warren added 14 points for the Suns, who showed little life in their home opener until a trio of players making their NBA debuts — guards Marquese Chriss and Tyler Ulis and forward Dragan Bender — helped cut a 26-point deficit to 10 in the second half.
NEW YORK — (Wire Service Report) – Through 20 minutes, the New York Rangers were down two goals to the Boston Bruins, who had the fresher legs despite playing the night before. It didn’t seem to make sense, as the Bruins were blanking the Rangers with rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre making his first NHL start.
Forty minutes and five unanswered goals later, the scoreboard made more sense.
The Rangers scored five goals over 14 minutes across the second and third periods and pulled away late in a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Left winger Brandon Pirri scored twice, the Rangers converted twice on the power play and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist righted himself over the final two periods and stopped 27 shots.
“I think we just felt like we could turn it around,” Lundqvist said. “We showed it to ourselves so many times this season so we didn’t panic. I’m just happy with the way we responded — with the way I responded after that start.”
Bruins right winger David Pastrnak put his team ahead 1-0 just 10 seconds into the contest when he slipped behind the defense and stashed a shot between Lundqvist’s legs. Center Austin Czarnik scored his first career goal with 5:16 remaining in the period to put the depleted Bruins ahead 2-0.
Playing without their top two goaltenders — Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin — the Bruins were relying on Zane McIntyre one night after Malcolm Subban was yanked during the second period from his start against the Minnesota Wild. McIntyre was sharp in the first period, stopping a pair of breakaways, but crumbled in the second period as he allowed three goals on 14 shots, including a game-tying goal by center Kevin Hayes that was banked off his backside with 3:25 remaining.
Pirri’s power-play goal with 35.4 seconds to go in the period put the Rangers ahead 3-2, then Pirri and left winger Jimmy Vesey scored 33 seconds apart early in the third period to put the game away.
The Bruins took four consecutive minor penalties in the second period and weren’t able to recover.
“Last two nights, we played well in the first and haven’t been able to continue that,” Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. “I think we started off well in the second period but the penalties got away and our discipline wasn’t there. If you give a skilled team like that too many power plays, they’re going to score.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t hang the blame entirely on his inexperienced goaltender.
“I thought he made some real good saves early in the game,” Julien said. “In the first half, he was really good. But there were some tough goals that went in on him. I’m not saying it’s his fault.”
BOSTON – (Wire Service Report) – The Boston Bruins recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and forward David Backes remained out with an elbow injury. Czarnik was available for Wednesday night’s game at the New York Rangers. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney also announced an update on Backes.
“David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend,” Sweeney said in a statement.
Backes, signed by the Bruins to a five-year, $30 million contract this offseason, has recorded two goals and two assists with 12 shots on goal in five games.
Czarnik has skated in two games with Boston in 2016-17 — his first two career NHL games — and recorded two penalty minutes. He has skated in two games with Providence this season, posting one goal and two assists.
Czarnik, 23, appeared in 68 games with Providence in 2015-16, tallying 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) with a plus-17 rating. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound forward ranked seventh in the AHL in points and 11th in assists in his rookie season with Providence. The Washington, Mich., native signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on April 1, 2015, after a college career at Miami University (Ohio).