Some NBA teams looked a little terrified on Halloween night. Others looked a little nervous!

Some teams are up to 10% of the season so we can start drawing conclusions with a little more confidence as we turn the calendars to November. It’s just starting to feel like the NBA season and less the new.

Here are the results as we closed October in the assembly:

Sacramento finished second in a row with a 115-108 victory over Charlotte

Every freshman from Charlotte was in double form after only half a game, and the Hornets led by 15 in the break. Sacramento had other plans for their vacation, taking the lead in the third quarter. Kevin Huerter’s 19 second-half points helped fuel the comeback, and he had an assist from Davon Mitchell (23 points off the bench in the game) to seal it off.

No Embiid problem as Sixers withdraw from Wizards, 118-111

Philly led 72-71 with 4:04 left in third and never lags again, up by as much as 18 in fourth. Four Sixers scored 16+ in the absence of Joel Embiid, while Christaps Porzingis (32) led the way for Washington.

Nets struggle to fend off Pacers but squeak, 116-109

Without Ben Simmons (left knee), Brooklyn led by 15 by one, eclipsing its biggest lead of the previous season (12 points during the third quarter on Oct. 26 @Milwaukee). They advanced as high as 24 in the second quarter but only went up by half by 7.

With 5:20 remaining in the third inning, that lead returned to 19 at 82-63, but Indiana fought back in the game as Chris Duarte tied the game at 100 with 6:54 remaining. Late at the 1:43 mark, Indy was one notch away, but Brooklyn came out on top.

KD (36) and Keri (28) combined for 74, but only two of the other networks scored more than 7. Chris Duarte (30) and Buddy Heald (22) led the way for Indy.

Atlanta handing out buckets at the door instead of candy, embarrassing Raptors, 139-109

Seacam was 31 while Scotty and Trent Jr each scored 21. Six Hawks scored in double digits but none of them were more than 20 (Murray).

Dollars remain perfect with a close win over the Pistons, 110-108

The Pistons have faced another Champion two nights in a row, and if we accept the moral victories of rebuilding teams with the building blocks at the franchise level, they have won two nights in two. Kid Cunningham filled the stats sheet with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The Bucks each earned 24+ from Giannis, Jrue, and Brook.

Jazz insists it’s really good, drop the Grizzlies, 121-105

A massive warning not to have Bane or JJJ (or bench young contributors Jake LaRavia and Ziaire Williams) for Memphis, but Utah is behind a quarter later. They used the second quarter +20 and escaped with the game thanks to a strong night from Markanen (31 and 11). It was a brave attempt by Ja Morant in the loss with 37 points from 12-18 in the shot.

Paul George raises the Clippers after the Rockets, 95-93

This was a sick end. One worth staying up late on Halloween night. Paul George staked his claim as one of the best players in the NBA with 5 unanswered answers – and 8 of the last 12 in Los Angeles – to go ahead and win the game. He finished with 35 points (15-26 FG), 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 steals. This is the bucket that won it:

It was a real tough showdown for Houston. After coming within 5 for 4th place in Phoenix last night, they are up by 5th for 4th place in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Halloween. Just as hard as finding razors in your candy.

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