NBA Roundup: 12/7/17

Player of the Night: Brandon Ingram

 

As time ticked down, Lonzo Ball took a pass from Brandon Ingram on the right wing, drove baseline towards the hoop, and passed it back out to Ingram, the second year player calmly stepped into his jump shot and swished a 3-pointer with just .8 seconds remaining. The deep ball gave Ingram a team-high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds, but more importantly, it gave the Lakers a 107-104 win over Philly. The shot also may have given him and the Lakers the confidence they need to take the next step – from a bunch of young, talented players with potential, to a team that is learning how to win in late game situations. Ball finished 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson each poured in 16 points off the bench. Clarkson also had this take on Ingram’s big shot.

Joel Embiid had a game-high 33 points, including 2 free throws with 8 seconds left in the 4th quarter to tie the game, to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Rookie of the year frontrunner Ben Simmons recorded his 3rd triple-double of his young career, finishing with 15 assists, 13 rebounds, and 12 points. Robert Covington and J.J. Reddick chipped in 16 and 15 points each in the 76ers loss.

Rockets zoom past Jazz

Utah led twice in the first half before Houston busted the game wide open, leading by as much as 25 in the 4th quarter, before holding off a Donovan Mitchell led Jazz comeback attempt to defeat Utah 112-101. Chris Paul still has not lost a game when he plays as a member of the Rockets, improving to 8-0, and had a very good game, finishing with 18 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds. James Harden poured in 29 points and sharpshooter Ryan Anderson knocked down 5 shots from long range to finish with 23 points. Donovan Mitchell continued to impress, tallying 26 points, 2 of which followed this crossover. Alec Burks continued his solid play off the bench for Utah, adding 17 points in the losing effort.

Beal leads Wizards past Suns

Bradley Beal, coming off a career-high 51 points, scorched the Suns for 34 points, 22 of which came in the first half, as Washington took the lead early in the 2nd quarter and never looked back. Phoenix was playing their first game without the injured Devin Booker, who suffered an abductor strain in the Suns’ previous game. T.J. Warren led Phoenix with 23 points, while Markieff Morris chipped in 21 to aide Beal’s cause for Washington. Also, watch your head Gortat!!!

Nets beat Thunder in Mexico City

Brooklyn has won two games in a row, and with a win over Miami in Mexico City on Saturday they will have themselves a winning streak. Oklahoma City, who were led by Rusell Westbrook’s 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, were up by as many as 16 in the 2nd quarter, but the pesky Nets fought back and took control of the game midway through the 4th quarter. Caris Lavert scored 21 points off the bench to go along with 10 assists to lead the Nets, who were without Jeremy Lin and De’Angelo Russell as well as Trevor Booker, who was traded earlier in the day. The trade sent Booker to Philadelphia for Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas. OKC was without Paul George due to a calf contusion. The Thunder continue their up-and-down play, and need to string together some wins soon.

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