NBA Roundup: 12/4/17

Player of the Night: Devin Booker


Devin Booker overcame an ugly first quarter, to drop a season-high 46 points on Philly, with 32 of his 46 coming in the second half. The 21 year old flamethrower tossed in 5-8 from 3-point land, and also pulled down 8 rebounds. Booker’s performance carried the Suns to their 9th win of the season, while TJ Warren poured in 25 and also pulled down 8 rebounds for the Suns.

JJ Reddick led the 76ers with 25 points, Joel Embiid chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds (and this block), and said his team took the Suns lightly in his postgame comments. Rookie Ben Simmons, who played despite having the flu, had a stat line of 20-8-7 and 6 steals but the Sixers never held a lead after the 1st quarter.

Grizzlies end 11 game losing streak

The Grizzlies 11 game losing streak, and 8 game home losing streak, finally ended with a 95-92 win over the Timberwolves. Marc Gasol led the Grizz with 21-7-5, and was relieved as hell to just get a win (you’re gonna want to watch that), but he still had some moments down the stretch which may have caused you to yell “Shoot the damn ball, Marc!” at your television. Tyreke Evans continued his bounce-back season with 16 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Off the bench, James Ennis scored 13 points and was the best defender (than other options) against Jimmy Butler who scored 30 points after dropping 33 the night before, Andrew Harrison made some winning-plays late and Deyonta Davis seemed to positively impact the game in his limited (10) minutes.

Minnesota continued their up and down trend, as they have alternated wins and loses for the past 9 games. Other than Jimmy Buckets, no other Wolves player was really worth a damn, with Karl-Anthony Towns ending with just 7 points and 11 rebounds and the Wolves gave up way too many transition points to overcome their lack of offense.

One streak ends, and one continues as Cavs win 12th straight

The Bulls led by as many as 6 midway through the first quarter, but Cleveland ended the quarter up 29-22 and never looked back, en route to their 12th straight win. Kevin Love continued his good play by scoring 24 and snatching 13 boards. DWade finished with 24 points in his first game back in Chicago, and LeBron had 23, 15 of which came in the first half, as did this dunk, and was a team-high +27. Kris Dunn led the tanking Bulls with 15 points, with Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday adding 14 each.

Warriors trail by 20 at half, win by 10

Golden State trailed New Orleans 49-69 at the half in NOLA, but began the 3rd quarter on a 15-0 run on their way to outscoring the Pelicans 39-22 in the 3rd quarter to get back in the game, before pulling away late in the 4th. Steph finished with 31 points and 11 assists, but left the game late in the 4th quarter with an apparent right ankle injury. Early reports say the X-Rays came back negative, so that’s good news. KD also left the game early, but his exit came via ejection after getting into a weak-ass altercation with DeMarcus Cousins (also ejected), Durant finished with 19 points. Klay also tossed in 22 points, with Draymond having a solid 19-11-7-5 (steals)-2 (blocks).

Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 34 for the Pelicans, while Boogie tallied 19-11-7-5-3 before his ejection, as the Pelicans continue to play without the injured Anthony Davis. E’twaun Moore had a career-high 27 off the bench for New Orleans and Rondo had a double-double.

Boston blitzes Bucks

The Celtics led by as many as 20 points, before holding off a late Milwaukee run spirited by Giannis, to move to an NBA best 21-4. Kyrie Irving tossed in a team-high 32 points and teammate Al Horford finished with 20-9-8, but also had this shitty play to lead to a dunk by the Greak Freak. Giannis scored a game-high 40 points, his 3rd such game of the season, while Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe tossed in 19 and 18 points, respectively.

Spurs trail most of game, beat Pistons by 3 

Reggie Jackson started off hot and helped Detroit get out to a 5 point halftime lead, on his way to a game-high 27 points, but the Pistons couldn’t hold off the Spurs late surge, falling to San Antonio 96-93. LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, and Rudy Gay all finished with 10 rebounds to go along with 17,15, and 12 points respectively. Andre Drummond had 11-15 for his 17th double-double of the season. Rudy Gay got the start in place of the injured Kyle Anderson, who had been starting for the injured Kawhi Leonard.

Utah extends win streak to 6

The Jazz just beat the shit out of the Wizards, winning by 47 points, 116-69. Alec Burks continued his hot shooting stretch, leading Utah with 27 points off the bench, while Donovan Mitchell scored 21 to lead the starters. Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio both finished with a team-low 4 points. Otto Porter led Washington with 14 points.

Hornets outlast Magic

Kemba Walker poured in 29 points to go along with 7 assists, to help Charlotte overcome a 3-17 shooting night from deep, as they beat Orlando 104-94. Dwight Howard scored 12 points to go along with 9 rebounds, and has been snatching ankles lately. Evan Fournier scored 18 to lead the Magic.

Mavs win 2nd straight 

Dallas got its second wire-to-wire victory, in as many games, with their 122-105 thumping of the Denver Nuggets, who started a 6 game road trip with this uninspiring loss. Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith led the Mavs with 23 and 20 points, while Barnes snagged 10 rebounds for a double-double. Will Barton once again led Denver with 23 points (4-6 from deep), with Jamal Murray and Gary Harris both topping the 20 point threshold as well.

Pacers beat shit out of Knicks

Indiana never trailed the Knicks, and led by as many as 38, on their way to a 115-97 victory. Thad Young led 7 Pacers in double figures with 20 points, while young Sabonis and Darren Collison both racked up double-doubles. Willy Hernangomez led the Knicks, who lost the 2nd game in a row, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Also, here is an awesome Lance Stephenson play.

Nets hand Hawks a 20-piece

Brooklyn used a 31-15 3rd quarter advantage to take control of the game and cruised to a 110-90 win over the Hawks. Chris Lavert had 17 and 7 assists off the bench to lead 6 Nets in double figures.

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