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2021-22 NBA Preseason: Top performers, biggest storylines, highlights, scores from Day 12

The second to last day of preseason is in the books, with several teams wrapping up their preparation ahead of opening night next week.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Trae Young were all in action, so if you missed any of it don't worry, we've got you covered right here with all the scores, news and highlights.

Let's begin with the top individual performances of the night.

Notable performers

Micah Potter (MIA): 16 PTS, 16 REB, 1 AST

Trae Young (ATL): 27 PTS, 3 REB, 15 AST

Joe Harris (BKN): 23 PTS, 5 AST, 3 REB

Markus Howard (DEN): 31 PTS, 5 AST, 9-17 3P

LeBron James (LAL): 30 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST

De'Aaron Fox (SAC): 21 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST

Biggest storylines

Trae heats up

Miami rested the vast majority of their rotation against Atlanta, providing Trae Young with an opportunity to go to work.

The star guard did just that, putting on a passing clinic to dish out 15 assists to go along with his 27 points that included 5-for-12 shooting from long range.

The Hawks won 127-92, but the scoreboard hardly matterd with Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Markieff Morris and PJ Tucker all having the night off.

The one novelty of the night was the fact that Miami veteran Udonis Haslem got the start. The 41-year-old finished with one point, four rebounds and three assists.

The future of the Thunder on full display

Josh Giddey and Aleksej Pokusevski are a shining light for Oklahoma City Thunder fans.

Of course the young Thunder roster is destined to be a lottery team, but you get the sense fans wil be just fine with that if their duo continue to show glimpses as they have throughout the preseason.

Giddey was dynamic with the ball in hand, falling just shy of a triple-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Pokusevski topped scored with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and three dimes.

Both just 19 years old, the pair already present as highlight machines in the league.

Preseason comes to a close without a win for Lakers

The Lakers won't be panicking, but the preseason has simply confirmed this version of the team is going to take some time to come together.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook all took the floor against Sacramento, coming up short 116-112. The loss ends an 0-6 preseason for the championship contender.

Davis (33 minutes), James (29) and Westbrook (29) all got a decent run in the loss, as attention now turns to the beginning of the regular season.

James in particular seemed to shake off any rust, pouring in 30 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Most importantly the trio appear to have got through the game injury free.

De'Aaron Fox led all scorers for the Kings with 21 points.

Top Highlights

Do you think we'll be seeing plenty of Russ and LeBron in transition this season?

Blocked by Howard!

KD goes straight down the lane for the two-handed flush.

Trae with just one of his 15 dimes on the night.

Paul Millsap still got that spring!

Final scores

Miami Heat 92, Atlanta Hawks 127

Minnesota Timberwolves 101, Brooklyn Nets 107

Denver Nuggets 113, Oklahoma City Thunder 107 (OT)

Los Angeles Lakers 112, Sacramento Kings 116

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