MIAMI, Fla., Sporting Alert – The NBA scores and final results from the list of preseason games that took place around the country on Wednesday night, Oct. 7.


CINCINNATI — LeBron James went 3-of-13 in shooting for eight points and the Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten 98-96 by the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason game at Cintas Center, Cincinnati, on Wednesday night.

James, who grabbed seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals, played 22 minutes in the preseason opener for both teams.

Jeff Teague scored 17 on 7-of-9 shooting, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Kent Bazemore added 12 points and five boards in the win for the Hawks.

Walter Tavares, making his Hawks debut, finished with 11 points off the bench, as all the Atlanta players suited up on Wednesday night got on the court.

“Good team effort tonight,” Al Hereford Tweeted after the game. “Great job from the big fella @waltertavares22 on his first game. Go Hawks!

J.R. Smith led the Cavaliers with 15 points and hit three 3-pointers.

Timofey Mozgov scored 12 points and five rebounds and Austin Daye, who connected on four of his six 3-pointers, added 12 points off the bench.

Mo Williams, who returned to the Cavs during the offseason, played 20 minutes and scored three points.

Cleveland played without the likes of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert.


NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony shot 8-of-10 from the field and scored 17 points to help the New York Knicks to a comfortable 100-81 win over Brazil side Paschoalotto Bauru in a preseason game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

Kyle O’Quinn collected 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists and Kevin Seraphin added 14 points and five boards in the win.

Robert Day led the way for Paschoalotto Bauru with 19 points and six rebounds and Rafael Hettsheimeir finished 18 points and eight boards.

Ricardo Fischer grabbed a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for Bauru in the defeat.


MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Durant scored 15 points in his first game back since picking up an injury in February, to help the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 122-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in preseason at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Durant, who suffered a broken right foot eight months ago, went 5-of-8 from the floor and played 22 minutes on Wednesday night, as new head coach Billy Donovan picked up a victory in his first competitive game in charge.

Russell Westbrook scored 14 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds in 22 productive minutes next to Durant.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points to lead the way for the Thunder with Enes Kanter adding 16 points and six rebounds in the opener.

Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick and Gorgui Dieng led the Timberwolves with 18 points each, while Nemanja Bjelica was the only other Minnesota player to score in double figures with 11 points.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, as a team shot 55.6-percent from the floor and were 50-percent from three-pointers.


HOUSTON — James Harden had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in the first half and the Houston Rockets cruised to a 109-82 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in preseason action.

Corey Brewer scored 16 points and K.J. McDaniels added 13, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks for Houston, which dominated the boards after topping the Mavs 63-39 in rebounds.

Clint Capela grabbed 12 points and 14 rebounds and Sam Dekker and Patrick Beverley both had 12 points as well in the win for the Rockets.

John Jenkins led the Dallas Mavericks with 19 points, while J.J. Barea had 14 and Charlie Villanueva added 10 points and six rebounds.

Dallas went on the road without stars Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams and Chandler Parsons who all didn’t travel with the team to Houston.

SUNS 102, KINGS 98

PHOENIX — Jon Leuer and T.J. Warren each collected 17 points and the Phoenix Suns held off the Sacramento Kings, 102-98 in a preseason game at US Airways Center.

Leuer, who shot 6-of-8 from the floor, also pulled down 13 rebounds in the win, while Brandon Knight score 16 points and Eric Bledsoe finished with 13 points, four assists and four steals.

Rudy Gay, who started sharply after going 4-of-4 from three-point range on his way to scoring 14 points in the first quarter, went on to finish with a game-high 30 points for the Kings.

DeMarcus Cousins added 15 first half points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Marco Belinelli scored 12 points and Darren Collison finished with 11 points and five assists in the defeat for Sacramento.


SUNS 102, KINGS 98
MAGIC 100, HEAT 98


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