NBA: Buzzer-beater leads 76ers to 5-0 start as injury-hit Warriors lose again

The Philadelphia 76ers stayed hot, while the Golden State Warriors and its awful start to the NBA 2019-20 season continued on Saturday.

The Philadelphia 76ers players celebrate their win against the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA on Saturday.   -  Twitter: @sixers

Furkan Korkmaz was the hero as the Philadelphia 76ers preserved its perfect record in the NBA with a dramatic 129-128 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Korkmaz made a clutch three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining as the unbeaten 76ers improved to 5-0 for the season on Saturday.

The Trail Blazers had led thanks to Anfernee Simons' three 2.2 seconds from the end in Portland, where Korkmaz stepped up by hitting the game-winner as he fell to the floor.

 

Philadelphia, which trailed by as many as 21 points in the third quarter in the absence of suspended star Joel Embiid, is off to its first 5-0 start since the 2000-01 season.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors fell to 1-5 after losing 93-87 to the Charlotte Hornets.

Golden State tasted defeat in the absence of Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell – who were ruled out on gameday – and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

- WIGGINS INSPIRES TIMBERWOLVES -

Andre Wiggins had 21 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Washington Wizards 131-109 without banned star Karl-Anthony Towns.

Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to its fourth win of the season – a 114-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies – behind 21 points on eight-of-13 shooting from the field and a perfect three-of-three from three-point range.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points as his team beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-104.

 

Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe were close to double-doubles but it was the reigning MVP who stole the show. Antetokounmpo recorded 36 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past defending champions the Toronto Raptors 115-105.

- POOLE HIGHLIGHTS WARRIORS' WOES -

Jordan Poole had just five points on two-of-nine shooting as the Warriors almost pulled off the win.

The Orlando Magic's second unit were barely productive in its 91-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets. D.J. Augustin had just four points and Mo Bamba had only one.

- JOKIC WITH THE FADEAWAY -

Halloween might be over but the Nikola Jokic aka the '"Joker" is here to stay. The "Greek Freak" does it all, obviously.

- SATURDAY'S RESULTS -

Oklahoma City Thunder 115-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Detroit Pistons 113-109 Brooklyn Nets
Denver Nuggets 91-87 Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks 115-105 Toronto Raptors
Phoenix Suns 114-105 Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves 131-109 Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets 93-87 Golden State Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers 129-128 Portland Trail Blazers

- LAKERS AT SPURS -

The Los Angeles Lakers is handling the spotlight well and the San Antonio Spurs is heating up. San Antonio toppled the injury-ridden Warriors on Friday behind Patty Mills' 31 points off the bench. All-and-all, it will make for an exciting matchup when the two teams meet for the first time this season at the AT&T Center on Sunday.