Los Angeles Lakers overcome Dallas Mavericks 119-110
Man, what a game this was. A back-and-forth battle all night long, keeping my eyes glued to the screen.
Danny Green forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three (on a play where Dwight Howard got away with a clear holding on Seth Curry) and then the stars took over in the extra period. The two Lakers stars, James and Davis, fueled a 10-0 run that put the young Mavs to bed. LeBron James had a monstrous 39pt/16asts/12rb triple-double. Anthony Davis added 31pts/8rbs and Danny Green chipped in 14pts.
For the Mavs, Luka Doncic matched LeBron’s pace for pace with a trip-dub of his own, finishing with 31pts/15asts/13rbs. Per ESPN, the duo becomes the youngest and oldest pairing for two players with triple-doubles in the same game. Kristaps Porzingis added 16pts/9rbs.
Boston Celtics outlast New York Knicks 104-102
With 1.3 seconds remaining on the clock, Jayson Tatum smacked in a game-winning jumper to lift the Celtics against the Knicks for their fourth straight victory. Tatum finished with 24pts/3asts/6rbs. Kemba Walker led the way with 33pts/5asts/6rbs and Gordon Hayward added 13pts/4asts/9rbs.
The Knicks lost another tough game on the season and now stand at 1-5. The hard part is, they could easily be 5-1. This team has shown a willingness to defend and rally that a Knicks team hasn’t shown in a while. In all but one game (the first meeting against the Celtics last Saturday), the Knicks were either leading or within a possession of tying in the final minutes. Part of these problems can be attributed to a group of guys getting to know each other and building chemistry, but some of this has to fall on the coaching and what plays to draw up. Nevertheless, this Knicks team is going to be annoying for opposing teams to play all season, because they absolutely bring it on the defensive end, which for a Knicks fan, is a beautiful sight. Marcus Morris led the way with 29pts/3asts/9rbs. RJ Barrett added 15pts/5asts/7rbs.
Brooklyn Nets beat Houston Rockets 123-116
LOL. What in the world happened to Harden’s shot? He shot 2-16 from three in this game and is now shooting a cartoonish 20% on the season from deep. It’s almost as if all those ridiculous, integrity damning one-legged shots he practiced over the summer broke his real shot, which is hilarious. Three Nets starters finished with 20pts or more. Taurean Prince led the way, with 27pts/12rbs. Caris LeVert added 25pts/4asts/4rbs and Kyrie Irving chipped in 22pts/10asts/4rbs.
For the Rockets, James Harden (despite his hilarious shooting woes) finished with 36pts/8asts/5rbs. Thankfully he is still a master at manipulating the free throw line and hit 14-15 threes. Russell Westbrook added 27pts/8asts/7rbs.
Indiana Pacers Defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-95
Malcolm Brogdon has been spectacular for the Pacers since the beginning of the season and he’s done it all while minimizing mistakes and not turning the ball over. The former Rookie of the Year was often overlooked cast beside Giannis in Milwaukee. However, in a larger role you can see the talent in this kid, and you can imagine what a duo he will be with a healthy Oladipo. Brogdon led the way for the Pacers, finishing with 25pts/6asts/8rbs. Jeremy Lamb added a 21pt/10rb double-double and Domantas Sabonis chipped in an 18pt/17rb double-double.
For the Cavs, Kevin Love led the way with 22pts/4asts/17rbs. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to the tune of 20pts/5asts and Collin Sexton finished with 21pts/3rbs.
Milwaukee Bucks trounce Orlando Magic 123-91
The Magic came out rolling, starting off with a 20-7 lead. After that? The Bucks answered with a 40-9 run of their own and there was no going back. Giannis led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 29pts/6asts/14rbs. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18pts/6asts/6rbs and Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to the tune of 14pts/3asts/3rbs.
For the Magic, Evan Fournier led the way with 19pts/4rbs.
Chicago Bulls beat Detroit Pistons 112-106
Zach Lavine led the way, finishing with 26pts/3asts/5rbs. Otto Porter Jr chipped in 22pts/4asts/6rbs and Wendell Carter Jr added a 16pt/11rb double-double.
For the Pistons, Andre Drummond finished with a ridiculous 25pt/24rb double-double. Derrick Rose came to play against his former team, finishing with 23pts/7asts. Luke Kennard added 15pts/4asts/3rbs.
Sacramento Kings beat Utah Jazz 102-101
The Luke Walton Kings have finally won an NBA game!! Harrison Barnes scored off an offensive rebound with 2.9secs remaining to lift the Kings over the Jazz. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings, finishing with 25pts/4asts/5rbs. Buddy Hield added 18pts/5rbs and Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to the tune of 14pts.
For the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell led the way with 24pts/4rbs. Mike Conley added 19pts/4asts/4rbs and Rudy Gobert chipped in a 15pt/16rb double-double.
San Antonio Spurs beat Golden State Warriors 127-110
Patty Mills torched the Warriors off the bench, finishing with 31pts/3rbs. Rudy Gay added 16pts/6rbs off the bench and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22pts/8rbs.
The Warriors did what they could without Curry, but fell short once again. D-Lo led the way with 30pts/8asts/3rbs. Jordan Poole added 20pts and Damion Lee came off the bench to the tune of 16pts/4rbs.
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