NBA Preseason Roundup: Rockets rally to prime Spurs, who sat Wembanyama


San Antonio sat No. 1 total choose Victor Wembanyama in a 99-89 loss to Houston on Monday evening that noticed the Rockets two first-round picks play effectively.

Amen Thompson, the fourth total choice, and twentieth choose Cam Whitmore completed with 15 factors apiece and the Rockets (3-0) outscored San Antonio 36-13 within the remaining interval to stay unbeaten.

The Spurs (1-2) led 79-65 after Doug McDermott’s 3-pointer with 11:06 left to play. The Rockets battled again, taking an 88-87 lead on two free throws by Darius Days with 4:24 left to play. Whitmore adopted with a 3-pointer, then hit two pictures within the remaining 96 seconds, scoring 11 within the interval.

Newcomer Fred VanVleet had 12 factors and three steals for Houston. Aaron Vacation additionally scored 12.

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Zach Collins paced the Spurs with 18 factors, eight rebounds and 5 assists. Jeremy Sochan added 13 factors and 4 steals.

76ERS 127 BEAT NETS 119

Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 factors, Tobias Harris and Paul Reed scored 18 apiece and Philadelphia earned its first preseason victory, beating Brooklyn in New York.

Oubre added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, two steals and two blocks for Philadelphia (1-2). Harris grabbed 9 rebounds and Reed snared 5. De’Anthony Melton totalled 15 factors, 10 assists, eight boards and 4 steals.

Cam Thomas led Brooklyn (1-2) with 18 factors. Reserves Royce O’Neale, Trendon Watford and Lonnie Walker IV every scored 13. Nic Claxton made all six of his pictures and scored 12.


Tyrese Haliburton and reserve Aaron Nesmith scored 15 factors apiece to assist Indiana earn its first victory by handing visiting Atlanta its first loss.

Haliburton added eight rebounds and Nesmith hit three 3-pointers for Indiana (1-2). Myles Turner scored 13 and blocked three pictures. Jarace Walker, the eighth total choose acquired in a commerce with the Washington Wizards, scored 4 factors on 2-for-8 capturing. First-rounder Ben Sheppard scored 9 on 3-for-8 capturing from 3-point vary.

Saddiq Bey completed with 21 factors and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench to tempo Atlanta (3-1). De’Andre Hunter had 16 factors, whereas AJ Griffin scored 15. Kobe Bufkin, the fifteenth total choose, totalled eight factors, six rebounds and three assists in a begin.


Rookie Emoni Bates got here off the bench to attain 16, main Cleveland previous visiting Maccabi of Israel.

Bates, a second-round choice this yr and the one choose for Cleveland (1-1), sank 6 of 12 pictures with 4 3-pointers. Ty Jerome had 15 factors, six assists and 4 rebounds. Dean Wade scored 13 with eight rebounds. Damian Jones hit all seven of his free throws, scoring 11.

Maccabi, which performs within the Israeli Nationwide League, visited the U.S. final yr, taking part in video games in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Path Blazers and Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Maccabi opened its journey this yr with a 135-103 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 12. The group will shut out its go to with a sport in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Former NBA gamers Dwayne Bacon, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Bruno Caboclo, Mamadi Diakite and Sindarius Thornwell all play for the Ra’Anana. Diakite scored a game-high 17 in 21 minutes. Weatherspoon and Bacon added 14 factors apiece.



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