Westbrook debuts for Wizards in win over Detroit
Russell Westbrook made his Washington Wizards debut. Nikola Vucevic pushed Orlando to a quick start against the Charlotte Hornets.
And the Atlanta Hawks won a free throw shooting competition against the Memphis Grizzlies that resulted in 59 fouls.
On the final night of the NBA preseason, Westbrook played his first game for Washington after arriving from Houston at the John Wall deal. Towards the end of the first quarter, he got hot and hit a layup, a 15-foot and a 22-foot game to give the wizards a 31-27 lead.
Westbrook, a former MVP and nine-time All-Star, didn't play in the second half as planned before the game. He suspended the first two Wizards preseason games to rest.
Vucevic, a 2019 All-Star, had an early shot and scored 11 points when the Magic took the 27-11 lead. Orlando almost left the game in the fourth quarter when Charlotte opened the game 18-0.
WIZARDS 99, PISTONS 96
In Washington, Westbrook finished eight points in 17 minutes, Thomas Bryant scored 22 and Bradley Beal added 15 for the Wizards.
Jerami Grant and Derrick Rose each scored 14 points for the pistons. Josh Jackson had 13 points and Detroit got 11 apiece from Blake Griffin, Killian Hayes and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.
Detroit had 15 sales in the first half, adding up to 17 points for Washington, but only had five errors in the second. The Wizards led at halftime at 14.
The Pistons tied it at 89 at Mykhailiuks Dunk, and the Wizards called time out before Jerome Robinson and Troy Brown Jr. hit a 3 each to increase Washington's lead to 95-89.
Washington, missing striker Rui Hachimura due to an eye irritation, scored 40 points on the color.
MAGIC 120, HORNETS 117
In Orlando, Charlotte got off to a hot fourth quarter taking a 96-94 lead on Caleb Martin's 3-pointer. Chuma Okeke and Michael Carter-Williams hit consecutive layups to bring Orlando to 111-107, but Malik Monk hit a basket and Javin DeLaurier made a 3 to give the Hornets a 115-111 lead.
Devin Cannadys 3 and Cole Anthonys Floater put the Magic 14.1 seconds ahead of 118-117. Anthony followed with two free throws and Charlotte's Xavier Sneed missed a 3 on the summer.
Vucevic finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Anthony scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon had 20 to lead Orlando. Markelle Fultz and Evan Fournier each added 11 points.
Devonte 'Graham scored 25 points and Terry Rozier scored 24 points for the Hornets.
The Magic hoped to use the game as an opportunity to play better defense. They allowed an average of 117 in four preseason games.
Charlotte striker Gordon Hayward missed the game with a broken finger and is hoping to be ready for the season opener.
The teams combined for 35 3-pointers.
HAWKS 117, GRIZZLIES 116
In Memphis, Brandon Goodwin gave the Hawks their first lead of the game with a 14-foot boat that made it 111-109 with 2:02 remaining. The Hawks never left the rest of the way.
Memphis led by up to 19 on De'Anthony Meltons 3 with 5:36 in the third. Atlanta pulled on Trae Young's floater within six of the start of run three, but that was as close as the Hawks could get until Solomon Hill hit a short jumper to finish a 16-0 run and 4-02 still to reach 105.
Sean McDermott's tip-in put the Grizzlies at 109-107, and Nathan Knight laid up for Atlanta to make it 2:28.
Brandon Clarke's free throws put the Grizzlies 98-83 at the start of the fourth round.
Danilo Gallinari led the Hawks with 19 points. Cam Reddish added 18 and John Collins added 15. Trae Young finished 4v12 with 12 points.
Dillon Brooks shrugged off a knee injury that had made him questionable prior to the game and scored 14 of his 17 points for Memphis in the first half.
Ja Morant added 15 points, De'Anthony Melton 14 and Grayson Allen 13 for the Grizzlies.
The Hawks defeated Memphis 36-29 on the line.
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