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(Game of the Night)
Philadelphia Sixers beat Atlanta Hawks 105-103
Joel Embiid returned to the Sixers yesterday in dominant fashion. The Philly big man finished with 36pts/5asts/13rbs/3stls and hit the game-winning free throws with five seconds in the game. The Sixers have now moved to 3-0 to start the year with their re-tooled roster. Josh Richardson added 14pts/3asts/5rbs and Ben Simmons chipped in 13pts/6asts/6rbs.
For the Hawks, Trae Young was marvelous once again, finishing with 25pts/9asts/4rbs and John Collins added 16pts/8rbs.
New York Knicks beat Chicago Bulls 105-98
LET’S GO KNICKS, BABY!!!!!!!! The Knicks picked up their first win of the season in comeback fashion. The Bulls were ahead 98-90 when David Fizdale called a timeout with three minutes to go. After that? The young Knicks rallied and went on a 15-0 run, pitching a shutout to ice the game. Bobby Portis was fantastic since the moment he entered the game, looking a lot more like he did last year on Washington. He finished with 28pts/11rbs in the win against the team that drafted him. RJ Barrett was spectacular again, finishing with 19pts/5asts/15rbs. Julius Randle added 13pts/5asts/14rbs.
For the Bulls, Zach LaVine led the way with 21pts/3asts/5rbs. Wendell Carter Jr added a 20pt/10rb double-double and Lauri Markkanen finished with 18pts/6rbs.
Prayer to Dennis Smith Jr of the Knicks, he missed the game last night as he is out dealing with the death of a family member.
Detroit Pistons beat Indiana Pacers 96-94
The Pacers have started the season 0-3. Obviously it’s too early to panic, but this team seems to have lost its identity. The Pistons move to 2-2, with both of their wins coming against the Pacers. Andre Drummond led the way with an 18pt/18rb double-double. Christian Wood came off the bench with a double-double of his own, finishing with 19pts/12rbs and Derrick Rose added 10pts/6asts off the bench.
For the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis led the way with a 21pt/14rb double-double. TJ Warren added 19pts/5rbs.
Toronto Raptors beat Orlando Magic 104-95
The Raptors did not disappoint while they wore their throwback dino unis. The Magic rallied late, but this game was never in serious jeopardy of being turned over to them. Kyle Lowry led the way for the champs, finishing with 26pts/6asts/5rbs. Pascal Siakam added 24pts/3asts/9rbs and Fred VanVleet chipped in 14pts/6asts/5rbs.
For the Magic, Jonathan Isaac led the way with 24pts/7rbs. Evan Fournier added 18pts/4rbs.
Milwaukee Bucks beat Cleveland Cavaliers 129-112
Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 21pts/8rbs. Giannis added 14pts/7asts/10rbs and George Hill came off the bench to the tune of 19pts/3asts/8rbs.
For the Cavs, Collin Sexton led the way with 18pts/3rbs. Tristan Thompson added 17pts/4asts/13rbs and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to the tune of 17pts/4asts.
Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans Pelicans 134-123
The Dubs bounced back against the Pelicans after their rout against the Thunder. For the first win of the season, Steph curry led the way with 26pts/11asts/3rbs. D-Lo added 24pts/8asts/7rbs and Draymond Green chipped in a triple-double, finishing with 16pts/10asts/17rbs.
The Pelicans now move to 0-4 on the season, despite having a much better roster than last year. Coach Alvin Gentry even sounded a little despondent, remarking about how the Pelicans never even had a chance to win. Brandon Ingram led the way with 27pts/6asts/10rbs. Jaxson Hayes added 19pts/3rbs off the bench.
Houston Rockets beat Oklahoma City Thunder 116-112
Chris Paul returned to Houston for the first time since the trade that sent him to OKC and brought Russ to Houston. Something tells me this game is going to be much more emotional when the city is reversed. Nobody knew what to expect from Russ. Russ is always cold on the court, before and after games, rarely even acknowledging his former teammates. That same competitive spirit is what makes him such a respected player around the league. However, on Monday night things were different. I mean, they HAD to be different. Russ spent the first 11 years of his illustrious, stat-filled career with the Thunder, and he acknowledged his respect for the organization by greeting everyone on their side before the game, and then entering their locker room after the game to mingle once again. This just reminds everyone that there’s zero ill will with that trade. Both parties recognized what had to be done for both parties to move forward, and there will always be a lot of love there. James Harden led the way with 40pts/7asts/3rbs. Russ fell on assist shy of a trip-dub, finishing with 21pts/9asts/12rbs.
For the Thunder, SGA led the way with 22pts/4asts/9rbs and Dennis Schroder came off the bench to the tune of 22pts/7asts/5rbs.
San Antonio Spurs beat Portland Trailblazers 113-110
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Spurs, finishing with 27pts/7rbs. Derrick White came off the bench to the tune of 21pts/3asts/5rbs and LaMarcus Aldridge added 15pts/3asts/7rbs.
For the Blazers, Damian Lillard is just an unreal basketball player. When all seemed lost, he nearly willed his team to victory, even scoring 18 straight for the Blazers to erase a huge lead in the fourth. He finished the game with 28pts/7asts/9rbs. CJ McCollum added 27pts/5asts/3rbs.
Denver Nuggets beat Sacramento Kings 101-94
Well, last year was a fun little fantasy world where the Kings looked like a bright up and coming team. Now, the Kings are shit again, being guided by the inept Luke Walton. The Nuggets almost blew their lead, but stood fast to beat the Kings and remain undefeated. Jamal Murray led the way, finishing with 18pts/3asts/4rbs. Gary Harris added 17pts/4rbs and Nikola Jokic added 9pts/13rbs.
For the Kings, Richaun Holmes led the way off the bench with a 24pt/13rb double-double. De-Aaron Fox added 20pts/9asts.
Utah Jazz beat Phoenix Suns 96-95
It took a free throw by Spida Mitchell with .4secs left on the clock to ice the game over the Suns. The Suns have honestly looked like a better team under the guidance of Monty Williams. The season is still young, but I expect the Suns won’t be the mockery they have been for the last few years. I don’t think they will make the playoffs, but they certainly will be respectable (think last years Hawks team). Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 29pts/5rbs. Donovan Mitchell added 25pts and Rudy Gobert chipped in a 15pt/18rb double-double.
For the Suns, Devin Booker led the way with 21pts/3rbs. Kelly Oubre Jr added 18pts/3asts/3rbs and Jevon Carter came off the bench to add 15pts/3asts/4rbs.
Los Angeles Clippers beat Charlotte Hornets 111-96
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers, finishing with 30pts/6asts/7rbs. Lou Will came off the bench to the tune of 23pts/4asts/4rbs and Montrezl Harrell added 19pts/7rbs off the bench to secure the win.
For the Hornets, Terry Rozier led the way, finishing with 17pts/3rbs. Cody Zeller added a 14pt/13rb double-double and Devonte Graham added a 14pt/11ast double-double off the bench.
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