Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball has received his first NBA start in an overtime win on the road against the Miami Heat.
The 19-year-old, who was the third overall draft pick in the most recent draft, was called up when Terry Rozier was ruled out because of a sprained right ankle.
Ball finished with 14 points and seven assists for Charlotte as the Hornets (10-11) downed the Heat 129-121.
It has been an up-and-down start to his NBA career for Ball, who played for The Hawks in the NBL last season.
The 198cm guard went into the Miami clash averaging 12.2 points per game with 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
But he earned a starting spot off a career-best 27 points in the Hornets’ 126-114 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Miami blew an 11-point first-half lead and a 10-point lead in the final three minutes as the Hornets prepare to host Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday (AEDT).
Anthony Davis scored 25 points and LeBron James dominated down the stretch when the Los Angeles Lakers closed out a nearly two-week trip with a 107-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
The Lakers took control with a 16-0 run bookended around the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth.
Atlanta rallied, closing to 98-97 on Trae Young’s 3-pointer.
But James responded with a 3 of his own from the top of the key, came up with a huge block at the other end on Clint Capela, and finished off the Hawks with a layup off a pass Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
James tacked on four straight free throws to seal the victory.
He finished with 21 points after managing only nine through the first three quarters.
The Houston Rockets hit an NBA record-tying 11 3-pointers in a 48-point first quarter, cruising to a 136-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
John Wall scored the first eight points for the Rockets and finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in Houston’s sixth straight victory.
It was the second straight game the Rockets had a 48-point quarter.
The Rockets were 11 for 14 from beyond the arc in the opening term and they finished 28 for 52 ( 53.8 per cent) from 3.
In other matches, the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a decisive 134-106 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers scored a 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-109.
The Chicago Bulls closed out a 110-102 win over the New York Knicks while the Memphis Grizzlies routed the San Antonio Spurs 133-102 to extend their streak to seven games.
The Phoenix Suns rallied past the Dallas Mavericks for the second straight game, winning 109-108.
Detroit’s game at Denver was called off because of contact tracing issues for the Pistons left the team without enough players available to take the floor.