Halloween is one of the days that the NBA uses as a showcase along with opening night and Christmas. Halloween games are usually spook-tacular with several bone-chilling plays produced the stars of the league.
This year was no different. There were four total games with plenty of star power like Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers going against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks. The Other big matchups featured the Phoenix Suns and point guard Devin Booker against the D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn Nets. As well as the Indiana Pacers against the Sacramento Kings and the young Los Angeles Lakers hosting the surprising Detroit Pistons with the backdrop of Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope facing his former teammates for the first time.
The Lakers, Pacers, Suns and Thunder came away victorious.
10. Bojan Bogdanovic, Pacers: 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
Bogdanovic produced his best game of his tenure with the Pacers, although that has only been seven games. Bogdanovic, known as a knockdown shooter, finished with 17 points as he was 6-of-13 from the field including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc in 27 minutes. He also contributed four assists, three rebounds and a steal along with no turnovers while ending a plus-+27 in plus/minus rating.
Bogdanovic did most of his damage in the first half, putting up 12 points and three assists, in the Pacers rout of the Kings. The 28-year-old Croatian has scored in double-figures five times thus far, but he is just starting to find his stroke from long distance. He has made 6-of-11 three-point attempts over the last two games after only making three triples in the first five games.
9. Steven Adams, Thunder: 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
Adams was fantastic against the Bucks on both ends of the floor. He picked up his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The 24-year-old was 7-of-10 from the field as he scored on several a few putbacks as he took advantage of the Bucks youngster Thon Maker. Adams, who grabbed three offensive caroms, also scored off a number of feeds from Russell Westbrook -- mainly in pick-n-roll situations.
8. Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder: 17 points and 8 rebounds
Anthony didn’t lead the Thunder in scoring, that honor went to Paul George (20 points), however, he hit several key shots in the first quarter to help the Thunder separate from the Bucks. He scored six of the team’s nine points over the last 1 minute 59 seconds in the opening stanza as OKC held a 31-22 lead.
Anthony finished with 17 points, on 6-of-14 shooting, and eight rebounds. He was also 1-of-3 on three-point attempts and 4-of-5 at the free throw line. The 33-year-old finished a plus-minus +14 in 29 minutes of playing time. The 17 points are a season-low for Anthony, who is the team’s leading scorer (22.9).
7. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers: 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
Sabonis has been balling, lately. The 21-year-old second-year pro, coming off a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds in win over San Antonio on Sunday, recorded his fourth double-double in the last five games in the first half with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Sacramento. He finished with 12 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, along with a personal-best 16 rebounds and five assists.
The 6-10 big man has missed one shot over the last two games as he was 9-of-9 from the floor on Sunday. He has grabbed double-digit rebounds in each of his last five games, averaging 12.4 boards a game during this span. Sabonis is shooting 66.0% from the field this season as he has made 28-of-his-last-41 shot attempts (68.3%).
6. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers: 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
Randle has been thriving coming off the bench for the Lakers despite not really relishing his role. But he seems to be starting to embrace it.
The Lakers bench was a big reason why they defeated the Pistons (113-93) at Staples Center. Randle and the rest of the reserves combined to score 20 of the team’s 33 points in the second quarter as the Lakers increased its lead from 3-to-13 points. In the second quarter, Randle had six points along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in four minutes as the Lakers outscored the Pistons 13-7. Overall, he finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in just 17 minutes of action.
With the second unit, Randle gets to showcase all-around skills and is the team’s top playmaker off the bench. The 6-10, 22-year-old forward, who was 7-of-9 from the field on Tuesday night, has been incredibly efficient this season -- averaging 1.63 points per shot and posting a 64.3 shooting efficiency rating.
5. Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers: 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
Kuzma has been the steal of the 2017 draft so far. The 27th overall pick, who is part of the Lakers’ second unit, scored 10 of the team’s 33-second-quarter points on Tuesday night despite only being on the floor for six minutes. He knocked down 4-of-5 shots in the second quarter as he scored close to the basket (two layups) and from long-distance (two three-pointers).
Kuzma finished the night with 16 points, on 6-of-8 shooting overall and 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in 20 minutes. He also had six rebounds (two offensive) and three assists. The 22-year-old did not turnover the ball and was a plus/minus +8.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
Antetokounmpo was his usual unbelievable self on the offensive end for the Bucks, but he didn’t get any help from his teammates in the loss to the Thunder. The Greek Freak showed off his tremendous athleticism as well as the ability to score on all three levels.
Antetokounmpo tallied 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.The 22-year-old also grabbed out eight rebounds, doled out three assists and recorded one block though he also turned the ball over four times. While the 28-points was a season-low, Antetokounmpo has now posted at least 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in each of his seven games.
3. D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets: 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
Russell continued his breakout season against the Suns, with season-highs in scoring, rebounds and free throws. The third-year point guard finished with 33 points, which was the highest scoring output of the night. He made 11-of-21 shots from the field as well as 9-of-his-11 attempts from the charity stripe.
Russell also pulled down six rebounds and doled out four dimes while committing just one turnover. It was the 21-year-old’s lowest number of turnovers this season.
2. Devin Booker, Suns: 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
Booker has shot the lights out from downtown the last two games as he has posted back-to-back 30 point games for the first time this year. Booker went for 32 points, on 11-of-22 shooting, in a 122-114 shootout victory over the Nets. He was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Booker continued his good work on the boards and distributing the ball. The 21-year-old grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists against the Nets, marking the fourth time he has collected that many rebounds and assists. He is the first Suns’ player to post consecutive games with 30 points and six rebounds on the road since A’mare Stoudemire (2007)
1. T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns: 20 points, 11 rebounds and one block
Warren didn’t do much for most of the game as he was saddled with foul trouble, but he along with Booker is a major reason the Suns fended of the Nets. Warren scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Suns outscored the Nets 35-26 in the final stanza. In addition to his points, Warren collected six rebounds and blocked D’Angelo Russell’s layup attempt with 27 seconds left.
Warren added 11 rebounds, four on the offensive end, for his first double-double of the season on Tuesday. The 24-year-old also made 7-of-12 shots from the field and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line against the Nets. He finished the game a plus-minus +8.