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With Miami taking the day off, 10 other games tipped off last night in the NBA.

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First Star

Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) 27.0

Durant filled the box score for the Thunder in their 103-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The perennial all-star and 2014 NBA MVP scored 27 points in 37:40, hitting 10-of-18 shots from the field including two three-pointers. He made five-of-six from the line and added seven rebounds, four dimes, three blocks, and two steals to finish the night at plus-3.

It's all correctable stuff. I'm not worried at all. It's not like we just can't get a grip on what's going wrong. We turn the ball over and we foul. That's the game. - Durant, on the loss

Second Star

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) 26.7

To nobody's shock, Curry had a good game as his crew defeated the also-undefeated Los Angeles Clippers 112-108. He scored a game-high 31 points by going seven-for-11 from outside and eight-of-nine from the line (his first miss from the foul line this season). Somewhat inexplicably, he made just one-of-six from shorter distance, but added five boards, four assists and a steal in 32:38 finishing at plus-8. His night was capped off with the go-ahead three with less than a minute remaining.

It was good for us to feel a little bit of adversity against a good team like that. We're not going to blow everybody out this year. We answered the bell. - Curry

Third Star

Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) 25.1

The younger Lopez led the Nets with 36 minutes on the floor, hitting 11-of-16 shots and five-of-seven from the charity stripe. He made it a double with 11 rebounds to go with his 27 points, adding three assists and a block. He finished with a minus-6 rating in Brooklyn's 101-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

They play the pick-and-roll very aggressively, and their hands are up and active. It's tough to make plays out of that. - Lopez


Fourth Star

Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) 25.0

Paul went nine-for-15 from the floor for the Clippers in a losing effort to the defending champion Warriors, 112-108. He scored a total of 24 points along with nine helpers, three rebounds and three steals, somehow finishing the contest as the only LA starter with a negative plus-minus rating, at minus-2. He left the game a few minutes early with a pulled groin muscle.

You could see he was not happy, but it's too early in the season for that - Clippers coach Doc Rivers

Fifth Star

Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) 25.0

Horford helped Atlanta to a 101-87 win over Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets. He made eight-of-10 shots from the field, sinking his only three point try and all four of his free throw attempts in 29:54. In addition, he made eight rebounds (three offensive), four assists, and two blocks, closing with a minus-2 rating.

When the ball moves and you get in rhythm, you're going to shoot a better percentage. You're going to feel more confident. - Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer

Honorable Mentions

Dwight Howard went 10-for-10 from the field with 14 rebounds, Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 16 assists, Damian Lillard had a league-high 35 points, Evan Fournier scored 29 in a league high 45:45, and John Wall scored 17 points with 13 helpers.

Later on tonight, the Heat begin a two-game northern swing, starting with an 8PM tipoff against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. Keep it here for everything you need to know about the Heat.