NBA Roundup: 12/8/17

Player of the Night: Z-Bo

Z-Bo connected on two of his career-high five 3-pointers in overtime (including this crazy one), to lead the Kings to a 116-109 victory over the Pelicans. Randolph finished with a season-high 35 points to go along with 13 rebounds in what amounted to his best game in a Kings uniform. He also had a fun interaction with DeMarcus Cousins. Buddy Hield finished with 18 points off the bench including a 3-pointer that forced overtime. Cousins finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for the Pelicans, while Anthony Davis chipped in 18 points in his first game back from injury.

Warriors too much for Pistons

Kevin Durant once again led the shorthanded Warriors to a victory, finishing with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Dubs 102-98 victory. Klay Thompson added 21 points and Draymond Green dished out 13 assists as the Warriors took the lead midway through the 3rd quarter and didn’t trail after that. Avery Bradley scored 25 points for Detroit and Andre Drummond pulled down 17 rebounds as the Pistons lost their 5th straight game.

Pacers stop Cavs streak at 13

Victor Oladipo, who is making a strong case for Most Improved Player, scored a game-high 33 points, including this dagger, to lead the Pacers to a win over the streaking Cavs. LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and was the beneficiary of this pass from D-Wade as the Cavs fell to Indiana.

Ginobli’s 3 beats Boston

No one is talking about the Spurs, mainly because they are missing forwards Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Anderson, and have played most of the season without Tony Parker and then lost Danny Green during this game against the Celtics, but San Antonio just continues to win. Manu Ginobli got an offensive rebound, and then hit what amounted to the game-winner before Kyrie Irving saw his 3-point attempt just miss the mark as time expired. Lamarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving scored at will, finishing with 36 points, including 6 makes from downtown. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 20 for Boston in the loss. Also, Jaylen Brown has a bit of athleticism.

Nuggets overcome slow start to top Magic

Kenneth Faried came off the bench like a man on fire, scoring 20 points and snagging 10 boards, while teammate Will Barton added 19 points as the Nuggets overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Orlando. The Magic were led by Nikola Vucevic’s 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Grizzlies lose 13th out of last 14

Memphis got 27 points from Tyreke Evans, 20 from Marc Gasol, and 15 off the bench from Chandler Parsons, but managed just 14 points as a team in the 4th quarter as they fell to the Raptors in Memphis. Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 16 points and 8 assists, as Toronto won their 5th straight game.

Bucks get hot late to defeat Mavs

Khris Middleton caught fire late, scoring 12 points in the final 5 minutes, to lead Milwaukee over Dallas, finishing with 31 points. Giannis Antentokounmpo recorded a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe poured in 24 points as the Bucks won their 2nd straight. Dallas got a season-high 29 points from Wesley Matthews, and the Mavs remain at the bottom of the Western Conference.

Bulls beat Hornets in OT

Yep, you read that correctly, the Bulls were finally able to get over the hump and grab another win. Rookie Lauri Markannen led Chicago with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and looks to be on track to have a very good career. Dwight Howard has been in his bag lately, recording a 25-20 double-double, but Charlotte falls to just 9-15.

 

{Banner image belongs to AP Photo/Gerald Herbert}

 

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