Giannis Antetokounmpo has the Milwaukee Bucks hoping to join the elite of the Eastern Conference, but they are not quite there yet as the Cleveland Cavaliers proved on Friday.
LeBron James reminded them of that with 24 points to lead the Cavs to a 116-97 victory in Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo was the most exciting, and possibly best, player on the court, but there was no doubt who was the better team as Cleveland systematically controlled the game with James and the three-point shooting of Kyle Korver.
Korver went six-of-eight from the floor, but five-of-six from beyond the arc, to finish with 17 points. The Cavaliers had six players finish in double figures.
In the meantime, Cleveland allowed the Bucks to have just two players score in double figures as Antetokounmpo had 34 points – to go with eight rebounds and eight assists – and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points.
"We executed the defensive plan that our coaches gave us," James said following the game. "The results were us getting a big win on the road."
As for the Golden State Warriors, the defending champions got down big early to the New Orleans Pelicans. They trailed 21-6 in the first quarter, but they figured some things out and came back for a 128-120 victory to get their first win of the season.
Klay Thompson led the way with 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including a seven-of-12 night from beyond the arc.
VUCEVIC SHINES FOR ORLANDO
Orlando center Nikola Vucevic scored 44 points on 17-of-22 shooting and added 12 rebounds and three assists in the Magic's 126-121 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He joined Dwight Howard, Shaquille O'Neal and Tracy McGrady as the only Magic players ever with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.
Washington's Otto Porter Jr. had a game-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the Wizards' 115-111 win over the Detroit Pistons. He added nine rebounds, four steals and three assists while also going two-for-four from three-point range.
Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams went 0-for-six from the floor and missed all four three-point attempts to finish with zero points. He did have three rebounds and an assist in Charlotte's 109-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
New Pacers guard Victor Oladipo went way up for the alley-oop from Darren Collison in Indiana's 114-96 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Charlotte Hornets 109-91 Atlanta Hawks
Portland Trail Blazers 114-96 Indiana Pacers
Cleveland Cavaliers 116-97 Milwaukee Bucks
Boston Celtics 102-92 Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards 115-111 Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets 126-121 Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97 Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings 93-88 Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors 128-120 New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Lakers 132-130 Phoenix Suns
PORTLAND AT MILWAUKEE
The Blazers get their first true test of the season as they take on Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on the road. The Trail Blazers have two big wins over the Suns and the Pacers, but the Bucks are a different animal.
|Klopp tells in-form Liverpool to ´stay angry´|
|Harvick dominates rain-delayed race in Atlanta|
|Thomas outlasts List in play-off to win Honda Classic|
|Neymar injury? I played the ball, claims Sarr|
|Higginbotham banned for three weeks, Reds team-mate Tui faces hearing|
|Change in approach was key to impressive Milan win - Gattuso|
|If Griezmann grows, we all grow - Simeone hails Atletico´s Sevilla rout|
|Neymar to face Real Madrid despite ankle injury, expects Emery|
|Cavani worried about Neymar ankle injury|
|Tiger Woods ´very pleased´ with Honda Classic showing|
|Silva: Neymar a doubt for Coupe de France quarter-final|
|Hat-trick hero Griezmann dreaming big in Atleti´s title bid|
|Before a manager I´m a human being - Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest|
|Neymar carried off on stretcher in PSG injury blow|
|Red-hot Schwartzman races to Rio Open glory|
|Paris Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Neymar injured in easy Classique win|
|Roma 0 AC Milan 2: Cutrone and Calabria secure superb win for Rossoneri|
|Sevilla 2 Atletico Madrid 5: Griezmann hat-trick sinks sorry hosts|
|Tiafoe takes out first title in Delray Beach|
|Wenger trolled by Wembley official in Man City humbling|
|Wenger goes easy on Mustafi, despite Wembley woe|
|It´d be a dream - Henry wants Arsenal manager´s job|
|Man City just getting started, warns De Bruyne|
|Mind the goose! Tiger Woods collects birdies in more ways than one|
|Wenger rues early Aubameyang miss after Wembley humbling|
|Gary Neville blasts ´spineless´ Arsenal after EFL Cup final|
|Neymar shakes off virus to start for PSG in Le Classique vs Marseille|
|Guardiola sets sights on further silverware after ´outstanding´ EFL Cup triumph|
|EFL Cup social round-up: Men against boys and Wenger Out|
|Kompany: Winning EFL Cup makes injury nightmare worthwhile|
|I´ve signed for a football team, claims Usain Bolt|
|Van Gaal dismisses Chelsea rumours as ´fake news´|
|Toulon claim notable scalp with victory at La Rochelle|
|Reliability first - Renault to limit initial engine potential|
|Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3: Guardiola thrashes Wenger for first English trophy|
|Pochettino plans throw-in practice for Aurier|
|Conte hints at unhappiness with Hazard work-rate in Man Utd loss|
|Terrific Tigers tame Sarries to close in on top four|
|Mourinho v Conte: All smiles and handshakes on the touchline as feud cools|
|Mourinho hails Lukaku display against old club Chelsea|
|Depleted Rhinos slump to defeat at Widnes|
|Mourinho on Conte handshake: It doesn´t need words|
|Conte demands VAR after Morata sees Old Trafford equaliser ruled out|
|Pochettino defends ´easy target´ Alli after Van Aanholt clash|
|Juventus v Atalanta postponed due to snow|
|Criticism never affected me - Lukaku revels in comeback Man Utd win|
|Khachanov claims Marseille title to deny Pouille a home double|
|Guardiola wears yellow ribbon at Wembley despite FA charge|
|Cardiff extend winning run at Zebre|
|Manchester United 2 Chelsea 1: Lukaku and Lingard complete Old Trafford comeback|
|Chambers in as Wenger picks back three at Wembley|
|Pochettino satisfied with ´deserved´ Tottenham victory|
|Six Nations to investigate Scotland-England tunnel incident|
|It´s getting boring! - Dier lauds Kane following last-gasp winner|
|Lukaku finally makes big-game breakthrough for Manchester United|
|€70m not enough to prise Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio|
|Tah pens Leverkusen extension until 2023|
|Cardiff City 1 Bristol City 0: Zohore the hero again as Bluebirds win derby|
|Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1: Late Kane header snatches victory|
|Morgan praises Stokes´ comeback performance|
|Skriniar sees himself at Inter ´for many years´|
|Pogba, Martial start for Manchester United as Chelsea bring back Morata|
|Aluko under consideration as Neville offers Sampson critics ´clean slate´|
|Inter did not invent Icardi injury, Spalletti insists|
|Gilberto Silva: Wilshere´s mental strength key to success|
|Lewandowski: Agent change nothing to do with ´funny´ Real Madrid talk|
|Barcelona´s Semedo facing five weeks out with hamstring injury|
|Winter Olympics 2018: Bjoergen takes record-equalling gold as Norway top medal table|
|Dier has no regrets over Manchester United snub|
|No scorpion kick for Ospina as he relishes Wembley final|