Los Angeles rolled New Orleans, 116-95, at Staples Center by shooting 55 percent from the floor — including 11-for-20 from deep — on 33 assists. And when the threes weren't flying, Xavier Henry was doing this to former college teammates:
Jordan Hill had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Henry and Nick Young combined to chip in 32 points on just 19 shots off the bench.
Anthony Davis, who's been otherworldly through the first half a month, was more pedestrian in this one. His 15 points and five rebounds were part of easily his worst stat line of the young season.
The Lakers improved to 4-5 while the Pelicans dropped to 3-5.
The Warriors came into this game on a two-game losing streak, and the Pistons ended up paying a price for that. Detroit was blown out, 113-95, by Golden State, and the Dubs are back on the winning track.
Steph Curry did his usual thing with 25 points and eight assists on just 10 shots, and Golden State bested Detroit on the glass 43-34.
On the other hand, the Pistons continue to struggle with their new-look lineup. They hit just three of their 18 attempts from deep, and the long-range issues many were concerned by entering the season have become a problem.
Heat 118, Bucks 95
The Miami Heat made easy work of the Milwaukee Bucks in a 118-95 win on Tuesday, but the biggest story wasn't the final score. Much-maligned forward Michael Beasley played 20 meaningful minutes, and he just so happened to score 19 points in the process.
Beasley's performance was by far his best of the season, not to mention his best scoring output since April 5 when he was a member of the Phoenix Suns. If the Heat can get anything close to this regularly — granted, 12 of his points came in garbage time — that three-peat may be even more attainable than most feel it already is.
Mavericks 105, Wizards 95
Rick Carlisle has the new-look Mavericks playing great offensively so far this season, and that carried over through Tuesday night in Dallas, where the Mavs dropped the Washington Wizards, 105-95, to stay undefeated at home.
Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis led Dallas with 19 points apiece, while Vince Carter had 16 points off the bench. The Mavs survived a big game from Trevor Ariza, who had 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including five three-pointers.
Side note: Dirk passed Jerry West for 16th on the all-time scoring list and now stands alone in that spot with a whole lotta points (25,197).