By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)
Portland Trailblazers beat Dallas Mavericks 121-119
-Damian Lillard sealed the game for the Blazers. He nailed an acrobatic layup with 26seconds remaining the game, and then implored his coach to challenge a foul called on him that would have sent Dorian Finney-Smith to the line. The Blazers won the challenge, and then won the tip ball, even though they were down to no remaining big men to jump with Kristaps Porzingis (Zach Collins left with injury and Hassan Whiteside fouled out). CJ McCollum led the way, finishing with 35pts/4asts/6rbs. Damian Lillard added 28pts/5asts/3rbs and Rodney Hood chipped in 20pts/6rbs.
-For the Mavs, KP was sensational, finishing with 32pts/5asts/9rbs/2blks. Luka Doncic added 29pts/9asts/12rbs.
Minnesota Timberwolves beat Miami Heat 116-109
-The Miami Heat were in this game through much of it, despite a sloppy first quarter. That is until Andrew Wiggins went from lackadaisical loser to Prime TMac in the fourth quarter. Andrew Wiggins hit shot after shot, nailing four three pointers in the final six minutes of the game. He led the team in scoring, finishing with 25pts/6rbs (Who’s laughing now Jimmy Butler?). Karl-Anthony Towns added 23pts/4asts/11rbs and Jeff Teague chipped in 21pts/8asts.
-For the Heat, they continue to battle through adversity and being short manned. Without Jimmy Butler. Derrick Jones Jr, and to a lesser extent Dion Waiters and James Johnson, they have had to rely on younger players who definitely look the part of NBA talent. Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn was great again, finishing with 25pts/4rbs. Duncan Robinson came off the bench with 21pts and Justice Winslow finished the game with 20pts/6asts/8rbs.
Oklahoma City Thunder clap Golden State Warriors 120-92
-Yikes, lol. The Warriors were thoroughly embarrassed by this random glued together Thunder team, being held to a measly 37pts in the first half. Don’t go throwing a pity party though. This is still a team that has THREE ALL-STARS. I don’t care who they lost in free agency or to injury, some teams don;t even have one All-Star. If you have that much star power and a coach who is considered one of the better ones in the NBA, you have to figure it out. Time will tell.
-For the Thunder, Dennis Schroder led the way off the bench, finishing with 22pts/6asts/8rbs. Danilo Gallinari added 21pts and SGA finished with 19pts/4asts/9rbs.
-For the Warriors, Steph Curry finished with 23pts/5asts/8rbs. No other player scored more than 10pts. D-Lo, however, was ejected after playing only 22mins after getting in the refs face, aggressively.
Memphis Grizzlies beat Brooklyn Nets 134-133 in OT
-Ja Morant has his fingerprints all over this Memphis victory. The rookie scored 17pts in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying field goal. He then ran to the other end to block what would have been Kyrie’s game-winning shot. Then, in OT, Ja set up Jae Crowder beautifully to hit the game-winning three-pointer. The rookie led the team with 30pts/9asts/4rbs. Jonas Valanciunas added 16pts/4asts/11rbs and Dillon Brooks chipped in 21pts.
-For the Nets, Kyrie Irving led the way with 37pts/7asts/7rbs. Caris LeVert added 27pts/5asts/4rbs.
Los Angeles Lakers beat Charlotte Hornets 120-101
-Winning heals all. Just ask Dwight Howard, who found himself on the cheering end of the LA fans, after spurning them so many years ago. He finished the game with 16pts/10rbs/4blks. Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers, with 29pts/3asts/14rbs/3blks, including 16pts in the first quarter. LeBron James added 20pts/12asts/6rbs.
-For the Hornets, Miles Bridges led the way, finishing with 23pts/3asts/6rbs. Cody Zeller added 19pts/14rbs and Terry Rozier chipped in 19pts/4asts/6rbs.
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