Miami bounced back this week after going 1-2 last week. The Heat had three games against teams with losing records and they won all three beating Detroit, Cleveland, and New Orleans. The Heat currently sit with a 9-3 record led by Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. Adebayo and Butler both currently sit in the top 10 of Basketball-reference’s MVP tracker.
If Butler and Adebayo can continue their dominant play especially on the defensive end Miami could be a real threat to grab a top-three seed in the East. Miami has three games next week as they take on Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
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Above is just a little snippet of what Pitt PG Trey McGowens is capable of. Pitt defeated Robert Morris University last night in what started out as a close game, but let’s take a moment to go back and look at how this season has started out for second year Panther coach Jeff Capel and his squad (Who in his first year took the Panthers from 8-24 the previous year to a slightly more respectable 14-19)
Exhibition Game and Down-to-the-Wire Season Opener
Pitt cruised through their exhibition game with an easy 98-47 victory vs Slippery Rock University. The offense was firing on all cylinders but it didn’t mean much in an exhibition vs inferior competition. The REAL test came on November 6th at the “Oakland ZOO” vs the Seminoles of Florida State. The fans created a crazy environment, a sellout, including stars in attendance such as Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this years squad as Capel wants to bring Pitt back to be a march madness contender as they were in the Big East days, so everyone was ecstatic for this first game. Pitt also flipped and repositioned the court to better display their renowned student section, the Oakland Zoo on TV (#ZooEra). Some buildup was also created by the exciting “Blue & Gold Game” where Steelers and Former Pitt RB James Conner, and much respected Steelers LB Ryan Shazier were team captains, with Smith-Schuster also in attendance, and an ending concert performed by famous Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa. Now past the hype, Florida State (who Pitt had upset last season) was a big test as not only a season-opener, but an ACC-Play-opener (A rare opener as usually ACC play doesn’t start till much later). This game was tight till the end, but you could say it was a sloppy performance from both squads. There were many, many fouls (FSU:27, Pitt:16), and free throws definitely helped the Panthers, especially in the closing seconds where Pitt took the lead. It ended in a frenzy with Florida State rushing down the court and Trent Forrest missing the tying shot off the back of the rim. FSU got the offensive board only to get blocked by F/C Terrell Brown Jr.
Overall it was a very defensive game, and as I said before “sloppy” offensively. Some notable performers included Xavier Johnson, Terrell Brown Jr. and IMPACT shooter (JUCO transfer) Ryan Murphy, who all scored 13 points.
The Panthers shot 31.4% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc for the game.
The Seminoles finished shooting 39.6% from the field and 40% from three.
It was a big Test for the Panthers, but they pulled through in a big way, and the ZOO backed them the whole way.
Pitt’s Main Source of Firepower Beyond the Arc
Ryan Murphy (New Mexico JUCO transfer) has been absolutely lighting it up for Pitt in his first season with them, and currently leads the team in points (51) and 3-Pointers made (9). Many times they make sure he gets the ball as he is pretty much money from beyond the arc. He seems to be the only truly reliable shooting option for the Panthers at the moment. He is definitely an impact player and they look to keep feeding him as they find their rhythm as an offense.
Loss vs Nicholls State
After such a huge victory vs Florida State, you’d expect Pitt to beat Nicholls State (a small, and not well known school from Louisiana), however this was not the case. Pitt came out slow, and the underdog Nicholls St. seemed to want it more. Pitt was plagued with SEVERAL turnovers, and lets just say it wasn’t pretty. Pitt fell 75-70, and honestly could’ve won this game if Nicholls St. wasn’t absolutely lethal from beyond the arc, nailing 11 3-pointers! Pitt brought it within 1 point in the final minute, but the Colonels of Nicholls St. did their job and hit all of their free throws every time Pitt tried to foul. Ryan Murphy carried his squad with 28 points from the field. Pitt simply shot themselves in the foot with a ridiculous number of turnovers, 21 to be exact, which is incredibly hard to overcome.
Victory at Robert Morris University
Pitt Traveled 20 Miles to RMU in Moon, PA. RMU was hyped, Juju Smith-Schuster was in attendance in their student section, “Eat sh*t Pitt” chants were heard, and it was their inaugural game/unveiling of their newly constructed $45M arena (UPMC Arena). Pitt started off with a 7-0 run, but RMU came flying back on an 18-0 run to take an 11 Pitt lead. After those first 7 points, Pitt’s offense looked abysmal. They ended up scrapping by and managed to tie it at 27 to go into halftime. Capel is showing growth in this program where the Panthers actually fight back opposing to the 0-18 (ACC play) team of 2017. The second half was a different story, as Pitt came out cleaner offensively after adjustments, and maintained a 10+ point lead for most of the second half to defeat the Colonials 71-57.
A Growing Panther Team Faces it’s Next Big Test:”The Backyard Brawl”
A former Big-East and storied rivalry (The Backyard Brawl) is taking place this Friday at the “Oakland ZOO” (Petersen Events Center), as the 2-1 Panthers take on the 1-0 West Virginia Mountaineers who are only 70 miles South of Pittsburgh. WVU currently holds the all-time record on Pitt basketball (98-88). WVU has won the last 3 games by a margin of 9 or more, so Pitt looks to get payback on their storied enemy. It’s a sellout and it will be one to watch!
This game along with the Fort Meyers Tip-Off (Nov.25-27) and the ACC/Big 10 Challenge will show us who these Panthers really are as a team, who has truly bought in, and where Capel’s efforts are taking them with his “one brick at a time” mentality.
Trae Young was a man on a mission last night. A one man highlight reel, Trae Young was determined to exorcise the demons from his worst loss as a pro, a 45pt loss to Denver last November. Young led the team with a masterful 42pts/11asts/4rbs, including a 15pt outburst in the fourth quarter. Jabari Parker has been on a mini-resurgence for the Hawks, he added 20pts/4asts/9rbs. Alex Len came off the bench to the tune of 17pts/7rbs.
For the Nuggets, WIll Barton led the way with 21pts/4asts/9rbs. Nikola Jokic added 20pts/7asts/6rbs and Jamal Murray chipped in 18pts/8asts/3rbs.
Chicago Bulls blast New York Knicks 120-102
This game was competitive, at times, That’s the problematic theme for this years cast of New York Knicks. They’re competitive, AT TIMES. You would think in the world of professional sports, athletes would know they need to be competitive ALL THE DAMN TIME. But, alas, here we were again, with a rookie as our best, most composed player, being obliterated and torched by another rookie and fellow cellar dwelling team. Coby White was a man possessed. RJ Barrett led the Knicks all the way back into this one, then Fizdale made a few subs, Knicks stopped defending and it was over. White led the way with 27pts off the bench, including 21pts in the fourth off of a ridiculous SEVEN THREES. Zach LaVine added 25pts/5asts and Wendell Carter Jr chipped in a 17pt/12rb double-double.
For the Knicks, RJ Barrett continues to be the lone bright spot on the season. The Knicks rookie finished with 21pts/9asts/6rbs. Marcus “One Thousand Iso’s” Morris added 22pts/9rbs.
Indiana Pacers beat Oklahoma City Thunder 111-98
Tuesday came with the news that Victor Oladipo would be mandated to Indiana’s G-League affiliate. While no date has been sent for a return, this is a positive sign. Oladipo will likely begin practicing with the team and getting crucial scrimmage reps. The former Most Improved Player should be back soon. Meanwhile, the Pacers are now comfortably 7-4, and finding out their identity this season. They’ve now won four in a row, and seven of their last eight games. TJ Warren led the way, finishing with 23pts/3asts/3rbs. Malcolm Brogdon added 20pts/5asts/6rbs and Domantas Sabonis chipped in an 18pt/16rb double-double. These three guys consistently give the Pacers quality production. With Oladipo returning, and eventually Myles Turner, this team could be going places and find themselves near the top of the East late into the season.
For the Thunder, Danilo Gallinari led the way with 14pts/4rbs.
Philadelphia Sixers beat Cleveland Cavaliers 98-97
Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers Tuesday, finishing with 27pts/4asts/16rbs. Josh Richardson added 17pts/5asts against his former team and Ben Simmons chipped in 15pts/6asts/5rbs.
For the Cavs, Kevin Love led the way with 20pts/8rbs. Jordan Clarkson added 20pts/4rbs off the bench.
Miami Heat beat Detroit Pistons 117-108
Jimmy Butler put on his best “Wade in the Fourth” performance, scoring 11 of his 20pts in the final period. He led the way for the Heat, finishing with 20pts/13asts/3rbs. Bam Adebayo added an 18pt/14rb double-double and Kendrick Nunn chipped in 20pts/5asts/3rbs.
For the Pistons, they were without Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose on the second night of a back-to-back. Luke Kennard led the way, finishing with 22pts/5asts. Andre Drummond added 16pts/9rbs and Christian Wood came off the bench to the tune of 16pts/3rbs.
Utah Jazz beat Brooklyn Nets 119-114
Boy, the Nets are lucky they’ll always be little brother in New York. They’ve been downright bad, but they’re not getting nearly the negative press they should be, because the Knicks stink. YOU’RE WELCOME! Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz, finishing with 30pts/6rbs. Rudy Gobert added an 18pt/15rb double-double. Mike Conley chipped in 18pts/5asts/4rbs.
For the Nets, Kyrie irving led the way with 27pts/5asts/3rbs. Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 21pts/4asts off the bench.
Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns 123-115
Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers Tuesday night, finishing with 24pts/4asts/12rbs. Kyle Kuzma added 23pts/4rbs off the bench and LeBron James contributed an all-around 19pts/11asts/7rbs. For the Lakers, the biggest positive out of this game would have to be Kuzma coming into form. He had been struggling immensely since coming back from injury and finally looked to find his form last night. If the Lakers want to win a championship, they will need him to be their third reliable option on offense.
For the Suns, Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio both poured in 21pts and had almost identical assists and rebounds (Rubio with 10asts/4rbs, Booker with 9asts/3rbs). Aaron Baynes added 20pts/3asts/6rbs.
Somewhere along the way, the Blazers lost something. Most likely their struggles need to be attributed to lack of quality center depth. They brought in the tumultuous Hassan Whiteside, who tends to be a boxscore phenom, but not much else. They desperately need Nurkic back, and to a lesser extent even Zach Collins. Besides that, they usually also have smaller wings playing the three and sometimes the four spot. For a team that used to have Aminu anchoring the defense, Hezonja and Bazemore is like nosediving off a cliff. This team can use a lot of help if it wants to resemble the Blazers of the past few years. Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench for the Kings, and poured in 25pts/10asts/3rbs. Buddy Hield added 20pts/4rbs and Nemanja Bjelica chipped in a 19pt/12rb double-double.
For the Blazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 27pts/5asts/4rbs. CJ McCollum added 24pts/5rbs.
The Miami Heat went 1-2 in week 3, as they had their first losing week of the season. At a glance that 1-2 record may look ugly but it is not that bad as if you look deeper you see Miami had 3 road games against teams with winning records (Phoenix, Denver, Lakers). Miami will look to bounce back this week coming up as they have 3 games against teams with losing records (Detroit, Cleveland, and New Orleans).
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Kawhi Leonard was harassed by his former team all night, but found ways to contribute other than scoring. On the other side of the court, the short-handed Raptors got gassed on the second night of a back-to-back. Lou William led the way off the bench for the Clippers, finishing with 21pts/4asts/4rbs. Kawhi Leonard added 12pts/9asts/11rbs, but also has nine turnovers. JaMychal Green and Montrezl Harrell both contributed double-doubles off the bench.
For the Raps, Pascal Siakam led the way with 16pts/6asts/10rbs. Norman Powell added 15pts/4rbs and Fred VanVleet chipped in 14pts/8asts.
Minnesota Timberwolves beat Detroit Pistons 120-114
Andrew Wiggins has been a baller this year. For all the jokes thrown his way about effort over the years, he seems to be trying to put all the outside noise behind him and is putting together the best basketball of his career. Wiggins led the T-Wolves Monday night, finishing with 33pts/5asts/6rbs. KAT added 25pts/6asts/’8rbs and Jake Layman chipped in 16pts off the bench.
Blake Griffin returned to action for the Pistons on Monday, finishing with 19pts/6asts/7rbs. Luke Kennard led the way with 25pts/7rbs and Andre Drummond added an 11pt/12rb double-double.
Boston Celtics beat Dallas Mavericks 116-106
Kemba Walker led the way for the Celtics, who improved to 8-1. Walker finished with 29pts/5asts/5rbs. Jaylen Brown added 25pts/3asts/11rbs and Marcus Smart chipped in 17pts/6asts.
For the Mavs, Luka Doncic was dominant once again, finishing with 34pts/9asts/6rbs. Outside of the he didn’t get much help from his supporting cast. Maxi Klieber chipped in 15pts/8rbs. Kristaps Porzingis was locked in prison for most of the night finishing with 4pts/5rbs on 1-11 shooting.
Houston Rockets beat Phoenix Suns 122-116
James Harden led the way for the Rockets, finishing with 39pts/9asts/4rbs, Russell Westbrook added 26pts/4asts/5rbs and Clint Capela finished with an 11pt/20rb double-double.
The Pelicans were without Brandon Ingram and JJ Redick started in his place, finishing with 24pts/3asts. Jrue Holiday added 18pts/11asts/9rbs and Josh Hart chipped in 19pts/4asts/4rbs.
Utah Jazz beat Golden State Warriors 122-108
The Jazz received contributions all around the beat the Warriors. Rudy Gobert finished with 25pts/14rbs, Mike Conley 22pts/7asts and Donovan Mitchell chipped in 23pts/6asts/8rbs. In all, seven players finished in double-digits.
For the Warriors, D-Lo led the way with 33pts/8rbs.
Memphis Grizzlies beat San Antonio Spurs 113-109
On the night the Spurs were retiring Tony Parker’s jersey, the Grizzlies came in and stole the show. Jaren Jackson Jr got it going, finishing with 24pts/5asts/6rbs. Jonas Valanciunas added an 18pt/12rb double-double and Brandon Clarke came off the bench to the tune of 14pts/8rbs.
For the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge led the way, finishing with 19pts/3asts/4rbs. Rudy Gay added 18pts/8rbs and Derrick White chipped in 15pts/5asts/3rbs.
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.
Jimmy Butler was unconscious through the first two periods. The Heat’s prized free agent notched 30pts by half, torching the Suns from everywhere. He finished the game with 34pts/4asts/5rbs. Goran Dragic turned on the highlights in the second half, scoring 20pts through the second half to finish the game with 25pts/4asts/6rbs against his former team. The Heat now stand at 6-2, looking the part of a true contender in the East. With a matchup against LeBron James coming up, they could open a lot of eyes with a win.
For the Suns, Aron Baynes finished the game with 23pts/4rbs. Devin Booker added 22pts/5asts/3rbs and Ricky Rubio chipped in 11pts/6asts/11rbs.
Boston Celtics beat Charlotte Hornets 108-87
Kemba Walker received a standing ovation and an emotional tribute in his return to Charlotte, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career before signing with Boston over the summer. Walker finished with 14pts/6asts. Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston, finishing with 23pts/9rbs. Gordon Hayward added a 20pt/10rb double-double.
For the Hornets, Miles Bridges led the way with an 18pt/10rb double-double. Devontae Graham added 15pts/9asts/4rbs off the bench.
San Antonio Spurs beat Oklahoma City Thunder 121-112
LaMarcus Aldridge chopped, leading the way for the Spurs with 39pts/4asts/6rbs. Dejounte Murray finished with 17pts/10asts/8rbs and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 16pts/9asts/6rbs.
For the Thunder, Danilo Gallinari led the way, finishing with 27pts/5rbs. SGA added 21pts/3asts and Chris Paul finished with 19pts/5asts.
Los Angeles Clippers beat Portland Trailblazers 107-101
The last-minute of the game belonged to Lou Williams. The perennial sixth man gave the Clippers the lead with 58seconds remaining and then splashed a three to put the Blazers to bed. He finished the game with 26pts/8asts/3rbs off the bench. Kawhi Leonard led the way for the starters, finishing with 27pts/4asts/13rbs. Ivica Zubac added a 15pt/13rb double-double and Montrezl Harrell chipped in 15pts/6rbs off the bench.
For the Blazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 22pts/6asts/6rbs. CJ McCollum added 22pts/3asts/7rbs and Anfernee Simons came off the bench to the tune of 17pts.
The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard once again, but showed how good of a team they are. Although the Bucks won the game, the game was never safe until it was over. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with a dominant performance, finishing with 38pts/9asts/16rbs. George Hill came off the bench to the tune of 24pts/3rbs and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 20pts/6rbs.
For the Clippers, Montrezl Harrell was dominant in his start. He tallied 34pts/5asts/13rbs. Harrell’s bench partner, Lou Williams was dominant as well, adding 34pts/11asts/5rbs. Patrick Beverly Chipped in 20pts/3asts/10rbs.
Detroit Pistons blast New York Knicks 122-102
Andre Drummond led the way for the Pistons with another dominant performance. The Detroit big-man finished the game with 27pts/7asts/12rbs. Tony Snell added 24pts and Markieff Morris finished with 22pts/5asts/4rbs.
For the Knicks, Julius Randle led the way with 20pts/3rbs. RJ Barrett added 15pts/8asts/6rbs. This was a disappointing loss for the Knicks. They rallied to cut the deficit to five at half and then things just started to fall apart. Add that to the fact that Mitchell Robinson left with concussion-like symptoms and the week ahead seems bleak, as Robinson is the only true Center on the Knicks roster.
Indiana Pacers beat Washington Wizards 121-106
T.J. Warren led the way for the Pacers, finishing with 21pts/4rbs. Malcolm Brogdon continues his fast start to the season, notching a 12pt/13ast double-double. Domantas Sabonis added an all-around 13pts/7asts/17rbs.
For the Wizards, Bradley Beal (of course) led the way with 30pts/5asts/5rbs. Thomas Bryant added a 20pt/11rb double-double.
Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors 129-112
James Harden’s 20pt second quarter helped the Rockets pull away from the Warriors and put them to bed, Harden led the way for the Rockets, finishing with 36pts/13asts/4rbs. PJ Tucker added a 22pt/11rb double-double. Clint Capela added 19pts/16rbs and Russell Westbrook chipped in 18pts/6asts/8rbs.
For the ragtag Warriors, Alec Burks led the way off the bench, finishing with 28pts/3asts/8rbs. Glenn Robinson III added a 15pt/11rb double-double and Eric Paschall chipped in 19pts/3asts/6rbs.
Chicago Bulls beat Atlanta Hawks 113-93
The Hawks are definitely hurting up front without John Collins. They had no one to stop Bulls bigs or the penetration of the Bulls guards. Tomas Satoransky led the way with 27pts/8asts/7rbs. Lauri Markkanen added 17pts/4asts/5rbs and Kris Dunn came off the bench to the tune of 13pts/3rbs.
The Hawks were just ugly all around. Trae Young disappeared, going 0-8 from deep and finishing with 9pts/3asts/3rbs. Jabari Parker led the way with 18pts/5rbs.
Toronto Raptors beat Sacramento Kings 124-120
The Raptors got an all around effort from their team to put away the Kings. All five starters finished in double-digits and Ibaka came off the bench to the tune of 21pts/6rbs. Kyle Lowry led the way with 24pts/6asts and Pascal Siakam added 23pts/5asts/13rbs.
For the Kings, Harrison Barnes led the way with 26pts/4asts/4rbs. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 22pts off the bench and Buddy Hield added 21pts/8rbs.
Dillon Brooks torched the T-Wolves to the tune of 31pts/4rbs. Ja Morant added 26pts/4asts/4rbs. Brandon Clarke chipped in 18pts/8rbs off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas added 10pts/4asts/14rbs.
For the T-Wolves, Andrew Wiggins led the way with 30pts/6asts. KAT chipped in a 25pt/13rb double-double and Jarrett Culver added 15pts/7asts/5rbs.
Dallas Mavericks beat Orlando Magic 107-106
Luka Doncic. That’s really all there is to say. This Mavericks team goes as far as he will take them, and on Wednesday he took them straight to a W. He led the way with 27pts/7asts/7rbs. Maxi Klieber added 14pts/3rbs off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr chipped in 13pts/3rbs off the bench.
Aaron Gordon led the way for the Magic. Gordon continues to shoot terribly from deep, but managed to get the rest of his game together for one night to finish with 23pts/4rbs. Nikola Vucevic added 19pts/7asts/11rbs and Jonathan Isaac added 13pts/5asts/10rbs.
Utah Jazz beat Philadelphia Sixers 106-104
The Jazz are now 4-0 at home, with their latest win coming against a strong Philly team. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 24pts/8asts/5rbs. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20pts/5asts/6rbs. Rudy Gobert added 14pts/3asts/16rbs and Joe Ingles came off the bench to the tune of 16pts.
Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers, finishing with 27pts/3asts/16rbs. Josh Richardson added 24pts/4asts/4rbs. The Sixers lost Ben Simmons early due to injury.
The Miami Heat go 2-0 in the 2nd week of the NBA season.
This week wasn’t very busy for Miami as they only played two games. The Heat went 2-0 with a comfortable 9 point win @Atlanta and a 29 point win at home over Houston. In Atlanta Butler’s shot wasn’t falling but he was a monster on the boards and on the defensive end. Nunn Herro and Leonard picked up the slack offensively as they dropped 28, 17, and 16. On a Sunday evening in Miami, Houston played like they were enjoying South Beach a little too much the night before; at one point Miami led by as much as 41 points. Duncan Robinson was the standout in this game as he led Miami in scoring with 23 points while shooting 7-11 from downtown.
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