Ja Morant went off for 30 points as the Memphis Grizzlies ended Golden State’s unbeaten start to the season with a104-101 overtime victory in San Francisco on Thursday.
The in-form Warriors had looked to be motoring towards a fifth straight win after pouring on 37 points in the first quarter and racing into a 19-point lead early in the second.
But after finishing the half down by 10 at 55-45, Morant rallied Memphis superbly as the Grizzlies hauled themselves back into contention before sealing victory in overtime.
Morant was backed by Desmond Bane with 19 points and Jaren Jackson with 15 points. New Zealander Steven Adams had 12 points.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors scoring with 36 points but his scoring dried up in the final quarter as the Memphis defense got on top.
The New York Knicks edged the Chicago Bulls 104-103 to also end their unbeaten run in the new NBA season in the Windy City.
The Knicks had looked to be cruising towards a deserved win after opening up a 13-point lead with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls rallied superbly, however, rattling off a 12-0 to close to within point in the final seconds.
But Bulls star DeMar DeRozan missed a 15-foot pullup shot to win the game on the buzzer, and the Knicks escaped.
New York’s Kemba Walker, with 21 points, was one of five players in double digits for the Knicks, with R.J. Barrett posting 20 points and Julius Randle 13. Derrick Rose added 12 points against his former club while Evan Fournier had 10.
Zach LaVine was the pick of the Bulls scorers with 25 points, while Nikola Vucevic had 22.
While the Bulls were left to reflect on their first defeat of the season, there was no such disappointment for the Utah Jazz on their road trip in Houston.
The Jazz improved to 4-0 with a comfortable 122-91 defeat of the Rockets at Houston’s Toyota Center.
Seven Utah players finished with double-digit points tallies in a game that the Jazz led almost from start-to-finish. Utah were always in control after storming into a 32-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, and led by 36 points at one stage.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the pick of the Utah scorers with 19 points, while Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson had 16 points apiece.