Many of the NBA's top draft picks from 2018 made their debuts and a few of the would-be future stars lived up to the lofty expectations right away on Wednesday.
The biggest spotlight shone on the matchup in Phoenix, where number one pick Deandre Ayton debuted for the Suns against the Dallas Mavericks and number three overall selection Luka Doncic.
As fate would have it, Ayton scored his first NBA points on Doncic, drawing the foul.
Ayton finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the Suns' 121-100 victory.
Doncic did not shoot the ball well (five of 16 from the field), but scored 10, had eight rebounds and four assists and showed several flashes of why the Mavericks are so excited about him, including an effortless behind-the-back assist.
In Orlando, Mo Bamba, the number six overall pick, came off the bench for 13 points and seven boards in the Magic's win against the Miami Heat. He blocked two shots, but altered several others. The Magic wanted a rim protector, and the center showed his stuff in his debut.
Davis dynamic as Walker stars
Anthony Davis scored 32 points and filled the stat sheet everywhere else (16 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks) in the New Orleans Pelicans' 131-112 win over the Houston Rockets.
Guard Kemba Walker scored 41, hitting seven of 13 from long range, in the Charlotte Hornets' 113-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had 24 points and added 20 rebounds in a 103-100 win against the Brooklyn Nets.
Magic forward Aaron Gordon had 26 points and 16 rebounds in a 104-101 win over the Heat.
Nets struggle from range
The Nets lost by only three to the Pistons, which makes their terrible three-point shooting line (five of 27) even more painful.
Trier with the drive and dunk
Allonzo Trier, who went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, scored 15 points in his debut and looked like a steal for the New York Knicks with several outstanding plays, including a thunderous drive and dunk.
Flex on 'em, rook. pic.twitter.com/aZy7w37Zz5— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 18, 2018
Milwaukee Bucks 113-112 Charlotte Hornets
Detroit Pistons 103-100 Brooklyn Nets
Indiana Pacers 111-83 Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic 104-101 Miami Heat
New York Knicks 126-107 Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors 116-104 Cleveland Cavaliers
New Orleans Pelicans 131-112 Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs 112-108 Minnesota Timberwolves
Utah Jazz 123-117 Sacramento Kings
Denver Nuggets 107-98 Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns 121-100 Dallas Mavericks
Lakers at Trail Blazers
The LeBron James era begins for the Lakers. Everyone knows what James brings, but how will the revamped Lakers lineup work with him? There will not be an answer after one game, but plenty of NBA fans will be watching as King James begins the next phase of his career.
23 de mayo 2019
|Woods to play Memorial ahead of U.S. Open|
|Joao Felix picked by Portugal as injured Andre Silva misses out|
|Djokovic will be motivated by clay record against Nadal – Ferrero|
|Mercedes, Ferrari lead Lauda tributes with new liveries in Monaco|
|Atletico Madrid´s Juanfran ´leaves as an Indian´ with emotional speech|
|Neymar & Mbappe could leave PSG, hints Tuchel|
|Guardiola to Juventus talk ´a load of nonsense´, say Manchester City|
|Prescott Cowboys extension will ´get done eventually´|
|Arsenal want to win Europa League for Mkhitaryan, says Mustafi|
|Lionel Messi´s 36 La Liga goals from 2018-19 in one place|
|Cleary stakes Origin claim as Penrith end losing streak|
|PSG defender Kimpembe has groin surgery|
|Jovic, Rebic and Haller could all leave Frankfurt - Bobic|
|David Luiz hails Cech but hopes to send former team-mate out with a defeat|
|Barcelona snap up Dutch teen star Reis from Groningen|
|PSG president Al-Khelaifi denies alleged corruption relating to World Athletics Championship|
|Juventus fans will learn to love Allegri, says Zaccheroni|
|Halep closest to being WTA´s Nadal - Pliskova|
|Swansea´s James pulls out of Wales squad after father´s death|
|Notts sign India spinner Ashwin|
|Svitolina has no expectations for French Open|
|Sala voice message reveals reluctance over Cardiff move|
|Werner to Bayern? Leipzig´s Rangnick has doubts|
|Willian would be sad to see Hazard leave Chelsea|
|Real Madrid star Vinicius: It was a great year for me|
|French Open 2019: The best bets for Roland Garros glory|
|Bucks boss Budenholzer baffled by Drake antics in Raptors series|
|Wacha struggles in Cardinals loss|
|Rakitic would ´love´ Griezmann at Barcelona|
|Kawhi Leonard ´feeling good´ ahead of Game 5 – Nurse|
|Socceroos include six debutants for South Korea friendly|
|Jorginho: I´d be surprised if Sarri left Chelsea|
|New York Red Bulls 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2: Montero earns draw for visitors|
|Rudan to lead A-League newcomers Western United|
|Marta & Orlando Pride eyeing NWSL play-offs|
|Prince, Cecil Fielder amazed by Christian Yelich|
|Don´t be surprised if Durant joins Clippers – Perkins|
|Rudolph confirms five-year offer from Vikings|
|Yankees slugger Stanton shut down for 7-10 days|
|Cipriani named Premiership Player of the Season|
|Boxing set for Tokyo 2020 but AIBA faces suspension|
22 de mayo 2019
|Chelsea on the verge of ´great season´ under Sarri, insists Pedro|
|Halep unperturbed by French Open title challengers|
|Giannis makes NBA All-Defensive First Team|
|Cleveland, Kansas City to host future NFL Drafts|
|Leclerc keen to end drought at ´special´ Monaco GP|
|Wawrinka and Fucsovics upset in Geneva|
|Viviani concludes disappointing 2019 Giro bid|
|FIFA abandons plans for 48-team World Cup in Qatar|
|AFC Champions League Review: Guangzhou Evergrande squeeze through, Kashima Antlers´ title defence co|
|Sabalenka through on busy day in Strasbourg|
|Hamilton excused from media duties after Lauda´s death|
|Arsenal did not offer Ramsey new deal due to ´salary balance´ concerns|
|Hales hopes England door not closed, targets T20 World Cup|
|Ter Stegen out of Copa del Rey final|
|Ewan victory sees Demare nudge into Giro points lead|
|Khawaja sent for scans after blow to head|
|Diego Costa a doubt for start of Atletico´s pre-season with ligament sprain|
|Caballero commits to Chelsea for 2019-20|
|F1 Raceweek: Ricciardo or Red Bull to halt Mercedes? - Monaco GP in numbers|
|Deco: Valverde will be feeling heat at Barcelona after Liverpool loss|
|Caparros to be replaced as Sevilla coach but remain at the club|
|England have no margin for error at World Cup, warns Stokes|
|An iconic character - Villeneuve & Prince Albert remember Niki Lauda|
|Borussia Dortmund sign Leverkusen star Brandt|
|Rudi Garcia to leave Marseille|
|If my job depends on one game, I want to leave Chelsea immediately – Sarri|
|Sarri hopes Hazard stays at Chelsea but will respect any decision|
|NRL Opta facts: Retiring Cronk seeks 100th try|
|Trail Blazers give coach Terry Stotts multi-year extension|