After going through some struggles in his Golden State Warriors debut, shooting 2-for-9 from the field in a loss to Toronto Saturday night, Kevin Durant makes his home debut Tuesday night. The Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers, with the game being the preseason opener for the visitors. Durant has made an appearance at Oracle Arena since his signing, as USA Basketball played an exhibition in Oakland prior to the Summer Olympics in Rio.
But this is the first time he’s played at Oracle in a Warriors uniform, which should add to the excitement level. Also, it’s Stephen Curry “back-to-back MVP” bobblehead night in Oakland.
Clippers vs. Warriors is one of six games on Tuesday’s schedule, and it’s one of two games that will be nationally televised on ESPN. The New York Knicks open their preseason schedule with a game against the Rockets in Houston, and Al Horford makes his Celtics debut as Boston takes on Philadelphia at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Below is the full schedule, complete with times and television information for each game. All listed game times are Eastern.
NBA Schedule: October 4
Celtics vs. 76ers (in Amherst, Massachusetts)
Celtics: 25-18-20-26 89
76ers: 15-16-30-31 92
After scoring 31 points in the first half Philadelphia scored 61 in the second, coming back to beat the Celtics by three in the preseason opener for both. Brandon Paul led the way offensively with 15 points and T.J. McConnell, who got the start for the injured Jerryd Bayless at the point, finished with 13 points and four assists. Dario Saric, Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes added ten points apiece, and Joel Embiid accounted for six points, four rebounds and two blocks in his long-awaited Sixers debut.
Terry Rozier led five Celtics in double figures with 12 points, and in his Celtics debut Al Horford accounted for eight points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes of action. Boston’s reserves struggled to get a whole lot going offensively in the second half, with Philadelphia taking advantage. Rozier and rookie forward Jaylen Brown were bright spots off the bench for Boston, with the latter finishing with eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
Heat at Wizards
Heat: 35-26-25-20 106
Wizards: 22-22-26-25 95
Center Hassan Whiteside has made major strides in his game over the last couple of seasons, resulting in the Heat signing him to a lucrative extension this summer. In the Heat’s preseason opener Whiteside led the way in their 106-95 win, finishing with 20 points (18 in the first half), 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Fellow starters Luke Babbitt and Justise Winslow also scored in double figures, with Babbitt scoring 14 points and Winslow 12, and Dion Waiters added 12 points off the bench.
Kelly Oubre Jr. led five Wizards in double figures with 16 points while also tallying three steals, and Trey Burke finished with 14 points and five assists. Washington shot just 39.3 percent from the field, a far cry from the number (55.1 percent) that Miami produced on the night.
Pacers at Pelicans
Pacers: 26-33-25-29 113
Pelicans: 26-24-28-18 96
Indiana’s front court led the way as the Pacers picked up a comfortable 17-point victory in New Orleans. Al Jefferson, signed by the Pacers during the offseason, scored 14 points off the bench with fellow reserve Georges Niang adding 12 points and eight rebounds, and starter Thaddeus Young accounting for 12 points and ten rebounds. Second-year guard Joe Young scored 12 points off the bench, with Paul George and Rodney Stuckey scoring 11 apiece and Jeff Teague ten to go along with four assists. Indiana finished with 16 offensive rebounds, with ten coming in the first half.
Rookie Buddy Hield led the way offensively for the Pelicans, scoring 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Hield scored 19 in New Orleans’ preseason opener Saturday night. Anthony Davis added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks, and Terrence Jones finished with ten points and five boards for the Pelicans.
Knicks at Rockets
Knicks: 15-27-35-26 103
Rockets: 27-41-36-26 130
James Harden finished with 28 points, six rebounds and 11 assists, and Ryan Anderson added 26 points as Houston rolled to the 27-point victory. Houston shot 20-for-42 from three on the night, outscoring the Knicks by 27 points (60-33). Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points to lead the way for New York, with Derrick Rose scoring 16 and dishing out five assists in his Knicks debut.
Kings vs. Lakers (in Anaheim, California)
Kings 31-21-17-15 84
Lakers 21-18-25-39 103
Arron Afflalo scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins added 11 points, six boards and four assists in the first half as the Kings took a 13-point lead into the halftime break. But Los Angeles turned things around in the second half, more specifically the fourth quarter as they opened the final stanza with a 14-0 run. The end result was a 103-84 Lakers victory in Luke Walton’s preseason debut as head coach. Lou Williams scored 15 points, shooting 11-for-12 from the foul line, and Tarik Black added 15 and five boards in 16 minutes off the bench. Second overall pick Brandon Ingram played 27 minutes for the Lakers, missing all five of his shots from the field and finishing with two points.
Clippers at Warriors
Clippers 19-14-18-24 75
Warriors 35-36-31-18 120
Things got ugly almost from the start for the Clippers, who as a team were outscored by Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant 42-33 in the first half. Thompson scored 24 points and Durant 18 for the Warriors, who shot 59.5 percent from the field and 8-for-16 from three. Thompson finished with 30 points, Durant 21 and Stephen Curry 14 for the Warriors. Golden State scored 71 points in the first half, and they went on to win by 45 points in a game they led by 51 at the end of three quarters. Marreese Speights led the way for the Clippers with 14 points and Alan Anderson added ten.