Two teams with a perfect 4-0 start to the season met in one of 10 NBA games last night, and it was reigning champions the Golden State Warriors who preserved their 100% record with a 112-108 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers in a battle between two of the Western Conference juggernauts.
The Warriors had outscored their opponents by a record 100 points in their first four matches, but were in a much closer battle last night. Last season's MVP Stephen Curry was the game's top scorer with 31 points and made one of seven three-pointers in the closing stages to seal victory.
© Getty Images
Despite Russell Westbrook's 22 points and 16 assists, DeMar DeRozan (28 points) spearheaded Toronto to victory as they overcame an eight-point deficit in the final six minutes to win by five at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
James Harden again struggled with his shooting, going 6-22 from the field for 28 points, but the shooting guard scored seven of the Rockets' nine points in the extra period to help them pull away. Orlando are 1-4 and each defeat has been by fewer than six points.
Beal finished with 25 points as the Wizards won the final quarter by 10 points to snatch victory from the Spurs.
LeBron James was the game's top scorer with 23 points as the Cavs clinched their fourth win in a row since a season-opening loss at the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets have lost all five of their games this season and despite Brook Lopez's 27 points and 11 rebounds, Atlanta's ball movement and error-free basketball was too much for them.
Lillard shot 14-27 for his second consecutive 30-point game, while Utah's Gordon Hayward again struggled with a 7-20 shooting performance.
All 13 Phoenix players that featured added points to the scoreboard, with Eric Bledsoe's 19 points and eight assists leading the way for the 3-2 Suns.
Results in full: Boston Celtics 98-100 Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs 99-102 Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets 87-101 Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks 86-96 Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic 114-119 Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers 87-91 Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors 103-98 Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings 97-118 Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers 108-92 Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers 108-112 Golden State Warriors