A quick look at the top performers from Tuesday’s preseason action.
Bulls 108, Cavaliers 94
Justin Holiday erupted for 28 points, including 8-of-8 shooting on free throws, to lift the Bulls.
Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen added 18 off the bench.
LeBron James made his preseason debut and led the Cavs with 17 points.
Thunder 96, Nuggets 86
The new Big Three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony showed what the Thunder are capable of in downing the Nuggets.
Westbrook scored 20 points and passed for seven assists, George had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony finished with 16 points and nine boards.
Also, little-known third-year forward Josh Huestis tacked on 15 off the bench. He’s played just seven NBA games during his first two seasons.
Nuggets reserve Will Barton continued a strong preseason with 30 points.
Jazz 105, Lakers 99
Rudy Gobert was absolutely dominant in compiling 29 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Jazz.
Gobert went 10-of-12 shooting and also swatted two shots.
Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, a sure-fire Rookie of the Year candidate, scored 26 points on 10-of-20 from the floor.
The Lakers, still without prized rookie Lonzo Ball, were led by fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Clarkson, who scored 18 apiece.
Raptors 116, Pistons 94
C.J. Miles scored 19 points off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas had 18 with 11 rebounds, as the Raptors light up the Pistons.
The Raptors started a three-guard lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Norman Powell.
Ish Smith led the Pistons with 22 points (10-of-14 shooting) and eight assists.
Pacers 108, Haifa Maccabi 89
Victor Oladipo scored 18 points and Darren Collison had 15, as the Pacers cruised past their Israeli opponent.
Domantas Sabonis added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Former Cavs forward Samardo Samuels scored 14 for Maccabi.
Magic 103, Spurs 98
Aaron Gordon continued his dominant preseason with 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Magic.
Jonathan Simmons also gave a strong showing with 20 points and 10 boards.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 for the Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs, and Rudy Gay and Patty Mills had 13 apiece.