NBA Roundup: 12/1/17

Player of the Night: Donovan Mitchell

 

Mitchell dropped 41 points, which is the most by a rookie since Blake Griffin did it in 2011, with 29 of the points coming in the second half, leading a 16-point Utah comeback to defeat the Pelicans 114-108. His social media handles include the nickname “Spida”, so Spida the kid shall be called. His game is smooth as hell, his body was NBA ready from the day he was drafted, he can dunk with the best of them, and light it up from deep- hitting 5 threes on Thursday and then 6 Friday against New Orleans. He looks to be a strong contender for Rookie of the Year, and he’s hella fun to watch.

Utah once again got a boost from Alec Burks off the bench, as he scored 24 points while Derrick Favors finished with an 18-11 double-double. The Pelicans got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony Davis, before he left early in the 4th quarter with an injury to the groin. Boogie turned in 23 points to lead NOLA, while Rondo was 2 boards shy of a triple-double. The Jazz (12-11) move a half-game ahead of the Pelicans (11-11) for those of you already eyeing the standings (could be just me).

Warriors dub Magic

The Warriors put up 41 points in the 1st quarter and never looked back en route to a 133-112 win over the Magic. The Warriors had a NBA season-high 46 assists as a team, with Draymond and Steph both dishing out 10. Klay led the Warriors, who never trailed, with 27 points. KD put up 25 points before being ejected for arguing late in the 4th quarter, with Steph scoring 23 and Jordan Bell chipping in 16 off the bench.

Aaron Gordon had 29, including hitting 5 from deep, to lead Orlando while Evan Fournier and Jonathan Simmons scored 22 and 18, respectively. The Magic, who were an early season darling, getting off to a hot start, are now 1-9 in their last 10 games.

Spurs hand Grizzlies 10th straight loss

The Grizzlies failed to score more than 21 points in any quarter and finished with just 79 points for the entire damn game. LaMarcus Aldridge once again gave the Grizzlies fits finishing with 22 points, and Rudy Gay scored 18 against his former team. Marc Gasol scored 16 points and pulled down 13 boards, while Ben McLemore tossed in 14 for the struggling Grizz. This was the “slugfest” type game we usually get when these 2 teams meet, which some may call “boring”.

Heat rally from early deficit to top Hornets

Charlotte jumped out to an early 16-1 lead over Miami, but Josh Richardson went out and got a career-high 27 points (but also took this shot to nuts) to lead the Heat’s comeback, while Dion Waiters tossed in 19, including a big corner 3 late in the 4th to ice the game. The Hornets, who once again played without Kemba Walker, fall to 1-10 on the road this season. Marvin Williams scored 16 for Charlotte and 6 other players chipped in at least 10 points.

Thunder snap 3 game losing streak with win over Timberwolves

Paul George filled the stat sheet with 36 points, 9 assists, and 3 blocks (including this one) leading the Thunder to a much needed win. Steven Adams poured in a career-high 27 points, without missing a shot from the field or free throw line and finished as a team-high +18 in the game. On the other side, KAT and Andrew Wiggins both scored 23 points for Minnesota, with Jimmy Buckets adding 22.

Wizards roll in 2nd half to top Pistons

After trailing 46-52 at the half, the Wizards held Detroit to just 39 points in the second half, on their way to a 109-91 victory. Washington was led by Markieff Morris’ season-high 23 points, with Tomas Satoransky pitching in a career high 17 points off the bench. Detroit, who is ahead of Washington in the Eastern Conference standings, was carried by Andre Drummond‘s 14-17-7 to go along with Tobias Harris’ 15 points.

Raptors claw past Pacers, behind 50 points from the bench

Toronto’s bench scored 50 points, led by Jakob Poeltl’s career high 18, Fred VanFleet’s 11, and Norman Powell’s 10, and this facial. The Raptors, who improved to 14-7, were led by DeMar Derozan’s 26 points. Victor Oladipo was hooping for the Pacers, ending the game with 36-7-6, but it wasn’t enough as Indy lost their 2nd straight.

Kings beat Bulls, who lost by 1 for 2nd night in a row

ZBO led the Kings with 25 points and 13 rebounds in the win over the tanking Bulls. Bogdan Bogdanovic did his part by scoring 19 points which included a big 3-pointer late in crunch time. The Bulls, who have now lost 8 straight, were led by Jerami Grant’s 17 points off the bench.

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{Banner image belong to The Salt Lake Tribune/Chris Detrick and it is awesome}

 

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