(Game of the Night)
Portland Trailblazers squash Chicago Bulls 117-94
What did the Blazers possibly do to get GOTN?? To channel my inner Stephen A Smith, “Haha…what do you think?” C’mon this is entirely about Carmelo Anthony. Everything else in basketball Monday night was cool (glad Ja is okay, Dinwiddie killin), but Melo wasn’t even playing ball a year ago. He was relegated to couch duty for reasons we may never truly know or understand. Monday night however, he was leading a Blazers team that also has Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. He led the team in scoring and was third in +/- (shout out analytics Twitter that always had something bad to say about him). Anthony finished the game with 25pts/8rbs. CJ McCollum added 21pts and Damian Lillard chipped in a 13pt/12rb double-double.
For the Bulls, Zach LaVine led the way with 18pts/5asts.
Brooklyn Nets beat Cleveland Cavaliers 108-106
Spencer Dinwiddie nailed a jumper with one second left on the clock to lead the Nets to their fourth straight victory. Dinwiddie led the way for the Nets with 23pts/9asts. Jarrett Allen had a monster contribution, finishing with 22pts/21rbs. Joe Harris chipped in 19pts/6rbs.
For the Cavs, Jordan Clarkson led the way off the bench, finishing with 23pts/3asts. Larry Nance Jr added a 20pt/13rb double-double and Collin Sexton chipped in 18pts/3rbs.
Detroit Pistons beat Orlando Magic 103-88
This was a close game at halftime, with the Magic leading 55-53. Detroit turned their defense up in the second half and shut down everything the Magic were doing successfully in the first half. With this loss, the Magic fall to 0-7 on road games this season, which is startling for a team that was expected to take another leap this season. Luke Kennard led the way for the Pistons, finishing with 20pts/7asts/4rbs. Blake Griffin added 17pts/5rbs and Bruce Brown chipped in 13pts/8rbs.
The Magic were without All-Star Center Nikola Vucevic again. Terrance Ross led the way off the bench with 19pts.
Indiana Pacers beat Memphis Grizzlies 126-114
TJ Warren led the way for the Pacers, finishing with 26pts/4rbs. Jeremy Lamb added 19pts/4ast/4rbs and Aaron Holiday came off the bench to provide a spark with 16pts/3rbs.
For the Grizzlies, Jaren Jackson Jr led the way with 28pts/5rbs. Ja Morant added a 19pt/10ast double-double and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in a 14pt/11rb double-double.
Miami Heat smash Charlotte Hornets 117-100
The Heat are undefeated in Miami, getting contributions all around. Bam Adebayo was the man on Monday night, finishing with 21pts/5asts/13rbs. Jimmy Butler added 21pts/7asts/3rbs and Kendrick Nunn added 19pts/4asts.
For the Hornets, Terry Rozier led the way, finishing with 19pts/5asts/9rbs. Devontae Graham added 16pts/8asts/3rbs.
Boston Celtics beat Sacramento Kings 103-102
Marcus Smart got the friendly roll and lifted the Celtics over the Kings, without star point guard Kemba Walker. Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics with 24pts/4rbs. Jayson Tatum added 20pts/3asts/6rbs and Marcus Smart added 17pts/7asts/3rbs. Interesting tidbit, four of the five Celtics starters were drafted by the team (Ojeleye, Smart, Brown, and Tatum). In fact, the only players that played for the Celtics last night that weren’t drafted by the team were Enes Kanter and Brad Wanamaker. I know, they’re dealing with multiple injuries, but credit to the scouting staff and decision makers for consistently finding guys who are ready to play and win games in the NBA.
Buddy Hield tried to do everything he could to get the Kings the win. He led the way, pouring in 41pts/5rbs. Harrison Barnes chipped in 20pts/3rbs and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 13pts/8asts off the bench.
Minnesota Timberwolves beat Atlanta Hawks 125-113
Point Guard Wiggins?? Who knew it would come to this after his first few years, but here we are and the offense is running smoothly through his hands. Jeff Teague was moved to the bench to allow Wiggins to keep running the offense, he responded with 25pts/6rbs. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with a monstrous 28pts/8asts/13rbs. Jarrett Culver got the start and added 14pts/3asts/5rbs. Don’t look now, but Ryan Saunders is rounding out to be a pretty good coach.
For the Hawks, Trae Young was a wizard once again. The second year point guard led the way with 37pts/9asts/6rbs. Jabari Parker added 22pts/7rbs.
Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia Sixers 101-96
Yikes. Joel Embiid was held scoreless for the first time in his career. The Raptors imprisoned Embiid en route to victory. Pascal Siakam led the way with 25pts/3asts/7rbs. Fred VanVleet chipped in 24pts/8asts/3rbs and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson came off the bench to the tune of 16pts/3asts/10rbs.
For the Sixers, Josh Richardson led the way with 25pts/6rbs. Ben Simmons added 10pts/14asts/9rbs and Tobias Harris chipped in 18pts/5rbs.
Milwaukee Bucks beat Utah Jazz 122-118
Giannis was in MVP form on Monday night. The reigning Most Valuable Player poured in 50pts/6asts/14rbs. Wesley Matthews added 19pts/4rbs and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 13pts/5asts/3rbs.
For the Jazz, Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 24pts/4asts/3rbs. Donovan Mitchell added 20pts/3asts and Joe Ingles came off the bench to the tune of 15pts/4asts/5rbs.
Los Angeles Lakers beat San Antonio Spurs 114-104
LeBron led the way and rolled the Spurs. LeBron finished the game with 33pts/14asts/3rbs. Anthony Davis added 19pts/6asts/12rbs and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 14pts.
For the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 30pts/5rbs and DeMar DeRozan added 24pts/5asts/4rbs.
Oklahoma City Thunder beat Golden State Warriors 100-97
The Thunder got their first road win of the season against the lowly Golden State Warriors (felt weird typing that one out). Dennis Schroder came off the bench to the tune of 22pts/5asts. Chris Paul added 20pts/5asts/7rbs including a go-ahead with 36seconds left in the game. Danilo Gallinari chipped in 15pts/6asts/7rbs.
For the Warriors, Glenn Robinson III led the way with 25pts/5asts. Ky Bowman added 24pts/5asts/3rbs and Eric Paschall chipped in a 13pt/10rb double-double.
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