NBA Roundup: 11/30/17

Player of the Night: Will Barton

The former University of Memphis standout, poured in a career high 37 points, including a sweet-ass, game-winning reverse layup with 3.2 seconds remaining to lead the Nuggets over the Bulls 111-110. Barton seems to be still flying under the radar to the casual NBA fan, but the skinny kid from Baltimore has turned into a pretty damn good NBA player, and continues to improve. If you didn’t check the video out when you scrolled past it the first time, you really should, Barton is a Certified Bucket Getter.

Gary Harris poured in 21 points for the Nuggets, who lost center Nikola Jokic late in the second quarter to an ankle injury and were already without the services of Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler. Rookie Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez both put up 20 points for the Bulls, who maintain their hold on the worst record in the league at 3-17.

Bucks Beat Blazers

The Milwaukee Bucks improved to 11-9 on the season with a 103-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers who fall to 13-9. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe led the way with 26 and 25 points, respectively. Meanwhile Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 blocks and John Henson tossed in 13 points and snagged 10 boards. It was a good thing the starters came to play for the Bucks, as the bench scored just 8 total points.

The Blazers shot just 26% from beyond the arc in this one, with guards C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard combining to go just 3-13 from deep and finishing with 15 and 18 points each. Josuf Nurkic turned in 25 points and 11 rebounds, but also turned the ball over 6 times. The Blazers trailed most of the game, and never really made a serious run late in the game.

76ers fall to Celtics without Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers are a lot less fun when Joel Embiid isn’t playing, and the big fella sat this one out, as the team continues to rest him on the second night of back-to-backs. Kyrie Irving dropped 36, scoring over 30 points for the 5th time already this season, to lead the Celtics to the 108-97 victory. Al Horford had another solid game, finishing with 21-8-5, and earned some praise from J.J. Reddick, who said,”Horford doesn’t get enough credit for how good he is offensively. As good as Kyrie is, Horford is the hub of everything they do.”

Ben Simmons finished with 14-6-7, and just 4 free throw attempts after shooting a rookie record 29 in Thursday night’s game against the Wizards. Dario Saric led Philly with 18 points and 10 boards and Reddick scored 17 points.

Cavs topple Hawks to win 10th straight

Dennis Schroeder had 17 points and was slicing the Cavs up in the first half and the Hawks led 67-63 at halftime. Cleveland switched Lebron James onto Schroeder defensively in the second half, which changed the tune of the game as the Cavs blitzed Atlanta in the 3rd quarter on their way to a 121-114 victory. Kevin Love continued his hot streak, finishing with 25 points and 16 boards, while Lebron chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 12 assists. Dwyane Wade poured in 19 off the bench and he and Lebron both had some nice blocks in this one. Schroeder finished with 27, while Erysan Illysova scored a team high 22 points of the bench to lead the Hawks.

Utah improves to .500 with win over depleted Clippers

Utah improved their record to 11-11, with a win over the LA Clippers who are playing without 4 starters, including Blake Griffin and Patrick Beverly. Alec Burks came off the bench to score a season high 28 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the Jazz, who were playing without starters Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood. Donovan Mitchell continued his stellar rookie season with 24 points and 6 assists, while Derrick Favors had a double-double (12-12) for Utah. Austin Rivers led the Clippers, who fell to 8-12, with 25 points while backcourt mate Lou Williams tossed in 20 points.

 

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