NBA Roundup: 12/6/17

Player of the Night: DeMarcus Cousins

Boogie went off for 40 points and 22 rebounds, as the Pelicans, who trailed the Nuggets most of the first half, took control of the game and led by as many as 20 points in the 4th quarter on their way to a 123-114 victory over Denver. Cousins finished just 14-21 from the free-throw line, leaving 7 extra points out there. Nonetheless, 40 points is a very good output from the big fella, and it was a much needed win for New Orleans, who now sits at 12-12.

Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 24 points and Will Barton, who started at small forward, finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Denver just didn’t have an answer for Cousins and that seemed to take the wind out of their sails in the second half.

Cavs wake up in 4th quarter to beat Kings

Buddy Hield (17 points) and Zach Randolph (18 points and 10 rebounds) had Sacramento leading this one through the first three quarters, then Kyle Korver hit three 3’s to open the 4th quarter and Lebron increased his intensity, culminating with a dagger 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining in the game. The win extends the Cavs winning streak to 13 games, tying a franchise record, and saw Lebron finish with 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Kevin Love also had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Jeff Green added 17 points off the bench.

Knicks outlast Grizzlies

Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis led New York with 24 points and 18 points, respectively, as the Knicks led the entire second half, with the lead getting as large as 17, as they cruised to a 99-88 win over Memphis. The Grizzlies cut the lead down to 6 midway through the 4th quarter, but Lee and Porzingis both answered with buckets to stymie the run. The Grizzlies biggest victory of the game came when Marc Gasol, who finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds, returned to start the second half, after appearing to suffer a lower leg (knee) injury late in the 2nd quarter. Jarrett Jack and Enes Kanter both added double-doubles as the Knicks improve to 12-12.

Durant’s triple-double leads Warriors over Hornets

Without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Golden State never trailed and led by as many as 26 points, while Kevin Durant tallied his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 35-11-10. Patrick McCaw also sat out for the Warriors, who had Quinn Cook start at the point guard position. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points.

Celtics turn it on in 4th, beat Mavs

The Celtics, playing without Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris, overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win their 4th straight game and improve to an NBA best 22-4. Al Horford finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists while teammate Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 23 points, including these plays. Dallas was led by Harrison Barnes who had 19 points and 7 boards, as the Mavs fall to a Western Conference worst 7-18.

Bucks hand Pistons 4th straight L

The Pistons took a lead late in the 3rd quarter, but Milwaukee owned the 4th quarter, leading by as many as 13, handing the Pistons their 4th straight loss with a final score of 104-100. Giannis Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 25 points and 10 rebounds, with fellow starters Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe chipping in 21 and 22 points, respectively. Andre Drummond had a huge night for Detroit in the loss, collecting a double-double of 27 points and 20 rebounds. After a hot start to the season, the Pistons are looking to get a win any way they can.

Spurs beat the Heat

Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points off the bench and Dion Waiters chipped in 22 points, but their efforts weren’t enough to overcome the Spurs, who had 8 players score in double figures. Lamarcus Aldridge, Bryn Forbes, and Rudy Gay scored 18,17, and 16 points each to lead the San Antonio scoring parade, while Tony Parker contributed 9 assists and the Spurs remain just 2.5 games out of first place in the Western Conference.

Oladipo hits game-winning 3 as Pacers win

The Bulls led almost the entire game, their biggest lead being 17, but Victor Oladipo hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 31 seconds to go, and the Pacers escaped with a win to improve to 14-11 on the season. Maybe this is why Oladipo has been playing better this season.

Minnesota leads wire-to-wire to beat Clippers

Each starter on the Wolves scored at least 16 points, with Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson both recorded double-doubles to pace Minnesota to the 113-107 win over LA. Minnesota improves to 15-11 on the season and the Clippers, who have lost 4 straight, fall to 8-15. The Clippers got 23 points from both Austin Rivers and Lou Williams, with Deandre Jordan adding 18 points while snagging 21 rebounds, 12 of which came on the offensive end.

Hawks fall to Magic

Orlando had 3 starters top the 20-point threshold (Evan Fournier-27, Aaron Gordon-24, Nikola Vucevic-22) with Gordon and Vucevic pulling down 15 and 16 rebounds apiece, as Orlando beat Atlanta in OT. Dennis Schroeder led the Hawks with 26 points while Tauren Prince poured in 19.


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