The NBA season is back and after the opening day double-header fans were greeted to a smorgasbord of 11 games on Thursday.
With so much action going on in the space of five hours, it’s hard to keep your eye across it all. So here are some of the biggest and best moments of a monstrous second day in the NBA.
‘MY GOD’: JONES JR TAKES FLIGHT
Miami opened their 2019/20 account with a win over Memphis at home and did so without their new superstar Jimmy Butler who missed the game for personal reasons.
Not having him in the line-up mattered little and it was springy forward Derrick Jones Jr. who stole the show.
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It may only be the second day of the season with well over 1000 games remaining in the season, but we’ve already got a contender for dunk of the year.
Four minutes into the second quarter with his team trailing 32-24, Jones Jr. exploded to the rim off the pick and roll feed from Goran Dragic and gave his team the biggest spark you could think of.
Watch the insane throwdown in the video player above.
The dunk brought the Miami bench to their feet and had fans in the crowd and on social media losing their minds.
HIS NAME IS LUKA
The Dallas Mavericks took care of business against the Washington Wizards, thanks in large part to the heroics of superstar point guard Luka Doncic.
Doncic enjoyed a stellar rookie season and showed in the opening game of his sophomore season he is ready to go to the next level.
The Slovenian 20-year-old torched the Wizards to the tune of 34 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
His scoring efforts fell just one shy of his career high, but the total sees his name enter the record books as the high-scoring season opener by a player under 21 in NBA history.
ROOKIES MAKING THEIR MARK
Zion Williamson may be watching on from the sidelines, but the rest of the rookie class made a big splash during their debuts.
Fellow top draft picks RJ Barrett, Ja Morant and Coby White showed out in their respective games, but it was another who walked away with a record to his name.
The Charlotte Hornets began their post Kemba Walker era in style by knocking off the Chicago Bulls by one point and it was thanks to rookie PJ Washington.
In his NBA debut, the youngster finished with 27 points to his name, but it was his electric shooting from beyond the arc where he hit 7-11 that etched his named into the record books.
The seven threes are the most by any player on debut.
Barrett finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the New York Knicks’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Morant and his Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Heat, but an early Rookie of the Year contender showed his immense talents with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
NBA SCORES THURSDAY
Charlotte def. Chicago 126-125
Detroit def. Indiana 119-110
Orlando def. Cleveland 94-85
Miami def. Memphis 120-101
Dallas def. Washington 108-100
San Antonio def. New York 120-111
Utah def. Oklahoma 100-95
Phoenix def. Sacramento 124-95
Denver def. Portland 108-100