Warriors, Cavs continue early-season struggles
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers slumped to surprise losses.
The Cavs dropped to 3-4 to start the season after a shock 114-95 loss to the New York Knicks. The Warriors' 115-107 loss to the Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, makes them 4-3 this season, but their situation seems far less dire than their counterparts in the East.
Trailing 92-75 coming into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers went on a 13-2 run and looked on track to put an end to their two-game losing streak, but the Knicks retook control.
New York got 34 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 32 from Kristaps Porzingis, and solid performances from Enes Kanter (18 points on six of eight shooting, 12 rebounds) and Courtney Lee (15 points, 10 rebounds), while the Cleveland box score was a virtual wasteland.
For the second straight night, Kevin Love (22 points) was the sole Cavalier to break the 20-point threshold, while LeBron James was held to 16.
The Cavs are traversing the first half of the season without Isaiah Thomas, who they acquired from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade, and the lineup they are putting forth may best be described as make-shift.
The Warriors' early-season woes seem less complex. Complacency may be an issue, but it is difficult to argue that talent or chemistry are part of the problem, since all the pieces of their three-year run of success are still in place.
Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his torrid start to the season, with 33 points (14 for 21 from the field), 11 rebounds and five assists in the Bucks' 117-106 win at Atlanta.
Kemba Walker continued to turn heads with a 34-point, 10-assist, six-rebound performance in the Hornets' 120-113 win at home over the Magic.
Tristan Thompson was virtually non-existent in the 19 minutes he played against the Knicks, as he missed the only shot he took and finished with one point and no rebounds.
SUPER GIANNIS, KEMBA
Antetokounmpo and Kemba Walker led the way on Sunday.
Milwaukee Bucks 117-106 Atlanta Hawks
Indiana Pacers 97-94 San Antonio Spurs
Denver Nuggets 124-111 Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets 120-113 Orlando Magic
Washington Wizards 110-83 Sacramento Kings
New York Knicks 114-95 Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons 115-107 Golden State Warriors
SPURS AT CELTICS
The Spurs have followed a 4-0 start with two straight losses – at the Magic on Friday, 114-87; and Sunday at the Pacers, 97-94, thanks to a late three-pointer by Victor Oladipo. Gregg Popovich's bunch look to right the ship Monday in Boston against a Celtics team that have won four straight after losing their first two games of the Irving era.