Australian centre Aron Baynes has produced another big game as the resurgent Phoenix Suns claimed a 114-105 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Baynes scored 20 points, only one less than sharpshooting teammate Devin Booker, as the Suns dominated to improve their season start to four wins and two one-point losses.
Aron Baynes had another big game after his recent crossing to the Suns.Credit:Getty Images
After arriving from the Boston Celtics in the off-season, the Boomers star is thriving under the added responsibility handed to him after star centre Deandre Ayton copped a 25-game suspension for a doping violation.
He spent 28 minutes on court and topped double figures in scoring for a fifth straight game.
In Detroit, Andre Drummond continued his impressive season start for the Pistons.
He had 25 points and 20 rebounds and Bruce Brown added 22 points and seven assists as they beat Brooklyn 113-109.
Drummond had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the third straight game and fourth time in seven games. He added six assists, five blocks and three steals.
Kyrie Irving had his first triple-double with Brooklyn (20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists). Taurean Prince added 20 points.
In Orlando, Jamal Murray scored 22 points, Nikola Jokic had 20 and seven rebounds and both made late plays to help Denver beat the Magic 91-87.
Jokic hit a shot from the corner with 1:53 left to put Denver up 84-81. Murray dunked for an 88-83 lead with 35 seconds remaining and iced it with two free throws with 5.1 seconds left.
Nikola Vuevic scored 24 points for Orlando.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and eight rebounds in Oklahoma City as the Thunder turned over New Orleans 115-104.
Dennis Schroder and Darius Bazley each added 17 points and Chris Paul finished with 15 and nine assists. JJ Redick scored 17 points for the Pelicans.
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