Davis led the way for the Western Conference-leading Lakers with 42 points and 12 rebounds in Orlando, Florida on Monday (August 3).
LeBron James added 22 points as the Lakers (51-15) – six games ahead of rivals the Los Angeles Clippers in the West – look forward to their first playoff appearance since 2013.
Donovan Mitchell top-scored for the Jazz (42-25) with 33 points at the Walt Disney World Resort.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 4, 2020
As for the Raptors, they outlasted Eastern Conference rivals the Heat 107-103 thanks to Fred VanVleet.
VanVleet posted a career-high 36 points and made seven three-pointers for the Raptors, who have won back-to-back games since the league resumed behind closed doors following the coronavirus-enforced break.
The Raptors (48-18) are second in the East amid a six-game winning streak, while the Heat are fourth (42-25).
Red-hot Warren stars again, Jokic triple-double
After his career-high 53 points in his team’s first game back, T.J. Warren put up 34 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Washington Wizards 111-100. Warren had 16 points in the third quarter to spark a 22-2 run. He was 14-for-26 from the field.
A Nikola Jokic triple-double (30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) and Michael Porter Jr’s double-double (37 points, 12 rebounds) fuelled the Denver Nuggets’ 121-113 overtime victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Pelicans struggle from the line
While the New Orleans Pelicans secured a much-needed 109-99 win against the Memphis Grizzlies, they made just 24-of-39 free throws. JJ Redick, a reliable free-throw shooter at 91 per cent, missed back-to-back attempts in the game.
Kendrick Nunn was 0-of-seven from the field and missed all five of his three-point attempts in the Heat’s defeat. His two points came via a pair of free throws in 16 minutes of action.
Clutch Milton lifts 76ers
With the Philadelphia 76ers trailing 130-128, Shake Milton nailed a three-pointer 6.1 seconds from the end to help his team outlast the San Antonio Spurs 132-130.
— NBA (@NBA) August 4, 2020
Toronto Raptors 107-103 Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers 111-100 Washington Wizards
Philadelphia 76ers 132-130 San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers 116-108 Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets 121-113 Oklahoma City Thunder (OT)
New Orleans Pelicans 109-99 Memphis Grizzlies
Nets face Bucks
The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks (54-13) will look to bounce back from their loss to the Houston Rockets when they face the Brooklyn Nets (31-35) on Tuesday (August 4). Brooklyn occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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