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NBA Preseason 2019: Tyler Herro catches fire, Luka Doncic posts near triple-double and Charlotte Hornets get first win

Terry Rozier, Tyler Herro, and Luka Doncic
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We are nearly a week from tip-off of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, which means we are down to the last few days of preseason action.

Here's a quick glance at Tuesday's games:

Atlanta Hawks 87, Miami Heat 120

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat remain undefeated in the 2019-20 preseason with yet another win, this time defeating the Atlanta Hawks by 33 points.

Rookie Tyler Herro started the game on fire and finished as the game's top-scorer with 23 points in 25 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting, while Bam Adebayo added 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in 27 minutes.

For the Hawks, Trae Young led them in scoring with 23 in 24 minutes.

Box Score

Charlotte Hornets 120, Memphis Grizzlies 99

Defeating the Grizzlies by 21 points, the Hornets registered their first win of the 2019-20 preseason. Offseason acquisition Terry Rozier finished with the best stat-line from both teams - 24 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals on 9-of-15 shooting.

The Hornets outscored the young Grizzlies 30-14 in the final period to seal the win.

Box Score

Oklahoma City Thunder 70, Dallas Mavericks 107

Holding the Thunder to under 20 points in all four quarters, the Mavericks cruised to a 37-point win in Dallas. In minutes of action, Luka Doncic finished with a near triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, while Kristaps Porzingis finished with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.

During the blowout win, the European duo showcased just how damagin they can be in tandem.

Note: Chris Paul and Steven Adams were rested for this game.

Box Score

Sacramento Kings 128, Utah Jazz 115

The visiting Kings finished with six players in double figures, led by Buddy Hield's 23 points (in 29 minutes). Marvin Bagley III finished with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell was Utah Jazz's top-scorer with 22 points.

Box Score

Denver Nuggets 107, Phoenix Suns 102

The Denver Nuggets improved to 3-0 for the 2019 preseason with a slim victory in Phoenix.

Paul Millsap sat this game out, while Nikola Jokic only played 20 minutes. Without their starting frontcourt, the Nuggets had to do it by committee, finishing with five players in double figures led by Jerami Grant's efficient 22 points (6-of-8 shooting).

For the Suns, Frank Kaminsky was the top-scorer with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Box Score

Golden State Warriors 98, Los Angeles Lakers 104

A lot of the big guns, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green sat this one out, however Steph Curry did play, finishing with 17 points in 22 minutes.

For the Lakers, plenty of key rotation players were resting as well - Avery Bradley, Danny Green and Rajon Rondo.

Dwight Howard made the most of the opportunity, recording 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win.

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