(Game of the Night)
Denver Nuggets survive Minnesota Timberwolves in OT 100-98
In a battle between two of the leagues best big-men, Towns forced overtime with a corner three-pter and Jokic iced the game for the Nuggets by hitting a fadeaway with two seconds left in the game. Jokic led the way for the Nuggets, finishing with 20pts/7asts/6rbs. Paul Millsap added a 14pt/10rb double-double and Will Barton chipped in 13pts/5asts/12rbs.
For the T-Wolves, Towns led the way with 25pts/6asts/16rbs. Andrew Wiggins chipped in 25pts/5asts/4rbs and Josh Okogie added 17pts/4asts/8rbs off the bench.
Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks 108-87
For the Cavs, Collin Sexton led the way with, of course, a career-high 31pts. Darius Garland added 12pts/6asts/3rbs and Kevin Love chipped in 17pts/8rbs.
For the Knicks, not much to talk about really. They stunk. For all the talk about protecting the Garden the new guys did over the summer, the home games have been atrocious. Boston? Blew us out. Bulls? Led big before eventual comeback. Kings and Cavs? Whooped our ass on a Sunday. It’s just embarrassing at this point and there needs to be a top to bottom change in order to instill any hope. When that will come? Who knows. For now Knicks fans, just sit back and hope for the best. As we know, it can always get worse.
Indiana Pacers beat Orlando Magic 109-102
Domantas Sabonis led the way for the Pacers, finishing with an all-around 21pts/7asts/16rbs. Malcolm Brogdon added 19pts/8asts/6rbs and TJ Warren chipped in 19pts.
For the Magic, Evan Fournier led the way with 22pts/6asts/3rbs. Nikola Vucevic added 18pts/3asts/17rbs and Terrance Ross chipped in 12pts off the bench.
Philadelphia Sixers beat Charlotte Hornets 114-106
Philly finally got over the hump, ending a three game losing streak by beating the Hornets on Sunday. Joel Embiid led the way, finishing with 18pts/3asts/9rbs. Furkan Korkmaz added 17pts/3rbs off the bench and Al Horford finished with 15pts/5asts/7rbs.
For the Hornets, Devonte Graham continues his breakout play off the bench. Rozier might be the big money guy, but Graham has been the best guard for the Hornets. He came off the bench with a 19pt/10ast double-double. Cody Zeller led the way with 24pts/7rbs and PJ Washington added 15pts/4rbs.
Milwaukee Bucks beat Oklahoma City Thunder 121-119
Giannis was a beast as usual, finishing with 35pts/3asts/16rbs. Eric Bledsoe added 25pts/9asts/3rbs and Brook Lopez chipped in 15pts/4rbs.
For the Thunder, SGA led the way with 22pts/6asts/6rbs. Dennis Schroder came off the bench to the tune of 25pts/5asts/6rbs and Chris Paul chipped in 17pts/5asts/5rbs.
Phoenix Suns beat Brooklyn Nets 138-112
This Suns team is fun and extremely well-coached. It’s amazing how a team can make a leap with a competent coach… cough, cough Knicks. Devin Booker led the way with 27pts/9asts. Ricky Rubio added 22pts/12asts/4rbs and Kelly Oubre Jr added 18pts/5rbs.
Spencer Dinwiddie led the way for the Nets, with 18pts/6asts/3rbs off the bench. Deandre Jordan added a 16pt/12rb double-double off the bench.
Portland Trailblazers beat Atlanta Hawks 124-113
The Blazers were embroiled in a four game losing streak and needed one desperately Sunday. They pulled it out against the Hawks in overtime. Damian Lillard led the way, finishing with 30pts/6asts/7rbs. CJ McCollum added 23pts/4asts/8rbs and Anfernee Simons came off the bench to the tune of 20pts/3rbs.
For the Hawks, Trae Young led the way with a dominant 35pts/10asts/8rbs. Jabari Parker added a 27pt/11rb double-double and Kevin Huerter chipped in 15pts/5rbs.
Toronto Raptors beat Los Angeles Lakers 113-104
The champs are here! The champs are here! The Raptors showed they aren’t going to back down from anyone as they look to reclaim their seat atop the throne this year. The Lakers, meanwhile, were atop the NBA riding a seven game win streak. Pascal Siakam led the way with 24pts/4asts/11rbs. Fred VanVleet added 23pts/10asts/7rbs and Chris Boucher came off the bench to the tune of 15pts.
For the Lakers, Anthony Davis led the way with 27pts/3asts/8rbs. LeBron James notched another triple-double, finishing with 13pts/15asts/13rbs and Kyle Kuzma came off the bench to the tune of 15pts/5rbs.
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