After taking a day off to enjoy the great Thanksgiving holiday, the NBA has jumped back into full-swing, in the most “Black Friday” way possible.
Every NBA team played on Friday, and I’m here to wrap up a 15-game night for you.
Spurs defeat Celtics 109-103; Leonard double-doubles with 25 and 10.
San Antonio had six players score in double-figures last night, and as a testament to who they are as a franchise, traditionally, this was nothing short of a surprise.
Spurs’ rising-star Kawhi Leonard gave us another strong performance against tough wing defenses of Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, and even some of rookie Jaylen Brown. And surely enough — none of them were able to put the breaks on Leonard, as he shot 8-for-18 from the floor, 3-7 from three, and made all six of his free-throw attempts.
The Spurs simply had a hot-night especially from long-distance. Patty Mills followed up with 19 points including a pair of threes, while reserve David Lee came off the bench with 15 points and 12 boards, along with three assists.
But a really-bright spot for San Antonio — was rookie Davis Bertans, who’s looked like another great finding in the draft for the organization. He was 6-of-8 from the floor with 15 points, and 3-of-5 from downtown.
For Boston, Isaiah Thomas led the way with 24 points and 8 assists (9/21 shooting). Crowder finished with 18 plus 5 assists. Horford double-doubled with 12-And-10, and Bradley added 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 asssts. Marcus Smart also had ten assists off the Celtics’ bench.
Wizards defeat Magic 94-91; Wall explodes with 26 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.
The Wizards scraped, clawed, and ultimately escaped a tough victory over Orlando, winning the game by just three points. The game was gritty enough to where Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal placed his hand on Evan Fournier’s neck during a scuffle between the two.
Even with all the efforts to win the game, John Wall had a huge performance. It was much needed, as he was 10-18 from the floor. Otto Porter looked nice once again — with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Gortat had a near double-double of 12-and-9, while Beal finished with 14 with 8 assists.
Nikola Vucevic had a solid line in the loss — had 17 points (8-16 FG), 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Serge Ibaka followed with 19 (8-13 FG) and 8 with four blocks and one steal. Efrid Payton added 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Cavaliers defeat mavericks 128-90; Lebron appears in 1000th game of his career.
Kevin Love continued to remain hot, after dropping 37 points in the first quarter against Portland. With a game-high of 27 points (8-14 FG, 7-9 3P), he added 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the win.
Kyrie Irving was nearly perfect from the field in this one. As he was 10-13 from the floor with 25 points. Lebron James had himself yet another double-digit assist game (11), to go with 19 points and five rebounds.
There wasn’t much of a bright spot for Dallas, as they’ve now fallen to 2-13 on the season — dead last in the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 15 while Andrew Bogut added 11 rebounds. Harrison Barnes was 6-13 for 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Seth Curry added 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
****My biggest condolences go out to the family of Channing Frye, as he’s lost both of his parents in recent time. He is currently excused from the team, and is out indefinitely until further notice.
Knicks defeat Hornets 113-111; Carmelo goes for a season-high 35 points.
After struggling to Portland on Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony had himself a nice comeback game against a tough-minded Charlotte team. On 14-for-25 field goals, he included 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and a game-winner in overtime.
I think it’s safe to say that Head Coach Jeff Hornacek is figuring out this New York team pretty well. They’ve now won four of their last five games.
Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose added 16 each, and Courtney Lee had preferably his best shooting game in a Knick-uniform — with 12 points including 2-4 threes against his former team.
Hornets’ Small Forward Nicolas Batum was two hairs away from triple-doubling in this game. He was everywhere, with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block. Point Guard Kemba Walker cooled down in this game. He had 17 points with 4 steals, but missed all five of his three-point field-goal attempts. Marco Belinelli was HUGE down the stretch, with 19 points along with five three-pointers. Second-year four man out of Wisconsin Frank Kaminsky added 13 and 9 on just 3/14 shooting.
Bulls defeat Sixers 105-89; Butler and Wade with 26 each.
No Embiid no problem — well.. for the Bulls, at least.
The Sixers’ rookie sat-out yesterday’s game due to rest, and it obviously isn’t something he wanted to do. The Bulls are a tough team, and it probably would’ve been fun to see him play physically against Robin Lopez.
However, stars Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade had no problems running all over this Sixers’ defense. Butler was 10-for-15 from the field while Wade was 11-for-18. The Sixers didn’t have an answer, and were held to just 89 points.
Rajon Rondo had 6 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals, while Taj Gibson followed 12 and 6. Lopez added 10.
For the Sixers’ no one really had a big performance (as expected). Ersan Ilyasova led the team with 14 points and 7 rebounds on 5-for-8 shooting, while Sauce Castillo added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and even 3 blocks.
Pistons defeat Clippers 108-97; KCP hands out 10 assists.
Detroit caught the best (record) team in the Western Conference off-guard, as LA coudln’t get it done at the Palace.
Andre Drummond was himself as usual, picking up a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, and he even added 3 steals in the win. The interesting part about this win, is that the Pistons didn’t register a single block last night.
Detroit had seven in double figures, and it was just enough. Marcus Morris led the team with 17, Tobias Harris added 15, Leuer with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ishmael Smith each had 16, and combined for 17 assists.
Chris Paul struggled in the loss. He had five turnovers and shot 2-of-9 from the field for just 8 points, but of course handed out 15 assists. Blake Griffin and JJ Reddick had 24 points each, while DeAndre jordan had 12 and 9 with three blocks. Three-time Sixth-Man of The Year Jamal Crawford added 14 off the bench.
Jazz defeat Hawks 95-68; Hayward leads Utah with 24.
Jazz Forward Gordon Hayward hasn’t taken any steps backward from his broken finger he suffered a month ago. He’s recovered, and is ready to put up all-star numbers this year. He did not fail to disappoint last night.
Hayward was 8-for-14 from the field, along with seven rebounds, two steals, and one block. George Hill had himself a performance, with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Rudy Gobert (10 and 10) and Trey Lyles (13 and 10) each double-doubled, and veteran Joe Johnson had 11 rebounds in the win.
The Hawks were not only held to 68 points, but also a miserable 31% shooting overall. Dwight Howard had just four points and seven rebounds, while Dennis Schroeder led the team with 16 points and three steals.
Raptors defeat Bucks 105-99; DeRozan with another efficient outing.
The game went down to the final seconds, and the Raptors were simply able to pull-out a gaudy road-win. Toronto Guard Kyle Lowry made a clutch three-pointer to ice the game, and Milwuakee eventually couldn’t recover.
DeMar DeRozan has once again kept his name in the MVP conversation — after a 26 point, 7 rebound, 4 assist performance. He was 7-for-13 on the night with just one turnover. Kyle Lowry followed with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a pair of steals. He was also effiecient — 7-for-13 over.
DeMarre Carroll added 14, while Jonas Valanciunas added 12 and 6. Patrick Patterson and Cory Joseph combined for 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists off the bench.
Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t stopped from having a big night. With 29 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists on a scorching-hot 70% shooting from the wild, the Greak Freak kept Milwaukee in the game. He did however have four turnovers and four personal fouls. Tony Snell followed with 16 along with four three pointers, Jabari Parker added 14, Matthew Dellavedova nearly doubled-doubled for 11 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists in 29 minutes, and Greg Monroe added 8 and 10.
Heat defeat Grizzlies 90-81; Tyler Johnson scores 22.
Both teams were missing key players, and it really came down to who simply was able to step-up, and the Heat were able to come away with the victory.
Tyler Johnson, who’d just signed a $50 million deal in the offseason, looked like that $50 million player last night, and has been so far this season. He led the way with 22 on 8-of-17 shooting, along with five rebounds and three-of-four from downtown. Dion Waiters followed with 15 with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. James Johnson had 13 and 6, while Josh Richardson had 12 with 4 assists. Rodney McGruder added 10.
The Grizzlies had just two players score in double-figures last night. Mike Conley had 16 but on 5-15 shooting, noting that he came off the bench. And Jeff Green added 14 points with 6 rebounds. Andrew Harrison had 7 assists and Jarrell Martin had 6 points and 12 rebounds in just 17 minutes of play.
Pacers defeat Nets 118-97; Glenn Robinson III leads with 20.
I always saw potential in Glenn Robinson III. He’s an athletic combo-forward with great hands around the rim, can space the floor, and is as versitale as they come defensively.
The 22 year-old started in place of injured Pacers’ star Paul George, and didn’t fail to take advantage. He had 6 rebounds, with one block and one steal, while shooting 6-of-10 from the floor, and 4-for-6 from three.
Nearly six other Pacers scored in double-figures against Brooklyn. Rodney Stuckey came off the bench with 18 points (7-of-10 shooting), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Myles Turner had another solid night defensively, adding four blocks with one steal to go with 16 points and eight rebounds. Big Al jefferson looked solid with 16 as a reserve. Jeff Teague nearly had a triple double — scoring 9 points with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. Thaddeus Young followed with 11 and Monta Ellis added 14.
Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Trevor Booker double-doubled with 10 and 10 with three assists, three steals, and one block (5-of-8 FG). Sean Kilpatrick had 16 points and 7 assists, while Isaiah Whitehead also added 7 dimes, with 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Rookie Yogi Ferrell and Randy Foye had 10 each.
Thunder defeat Nuggets 132-129; Westbrook with yet another triple-double.
The Thunder have survived yet another close game, and this time, it was against a very aggressive Denver team.
Superstar Point Guard Russell Westbrook proved that even THAT title isn’t enough to describe how dominant of a player he is. He triple-doubled with 36 (9-for-25 shooting), 12 rebounds, a season-high 18 assists, and one block in the win. Victor Oladipo followed with 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. He was 11-for-19 on the night.
Rookie Domantas Sabonis scored 13 and added 6 rebounds. Enes Kanter followed with 11, Joffrey Lauvergne added 15, and Anthony Morrow added 10.
For the Nuggets, they had some big perfrmaces of their own. Wilson Chandler had 32 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists on 14-for-for shooting. James Nelson was incredible with 21 points and 13 assists. Emmanuel Mudiay added 17 with five assists, while Kenneth Faried added 12 with 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Rookie Jamal Murray scored 20 points, but did it on 5-16 shots. He did include seven rebounds, two steals, and a block.
Timberwolves defeat Suns 98-95; Wiggins and Towns look dominant.
After getting absolutely embarrassed in the third quarter against the revamped New Orleans Pelicans, the Minnesota T-Wolves came out with a much more superior performance, against a more inferior Phoenix Suns group.
Andrew Wiggins led with 25 points and 5 rebounds, but still struggled from the floor. He was just 7-of-18, but was 10-11 from the free-throw line. Karl Anthony Towns followed with another strong double-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block on 8-of-19 shooting. Rubio and Dieng had 11 each and combined for eight steals. Zach Lavine had 13, and two of them in particular are going to be remembered greatly:
Qué locura de mate se marcó anoche Zach LaVine por encima de Alex Len!! Candidato a mate del año? https://t.co/JqfnQAkI9T
— Minny Howl (@MinnyHowl) November 26, 2016
For Phoenix, Eric Bledsoe had a double-double of 23 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals on 8-for-15 shooting. Brandon Knight had 15 with four rebounds and a steal. Second-year player Devin Booker was quiet with 11 points, and Len added 11 rebounds with four blocks.
Blazers defeat Pelicans 119-104; Lillard and McCollum combine for 51.
It was a deep offensive display from the Portland Trail-Blazers last night. Lillard had 27 points with 11 rebounds, and McCollum added 24 points with 3 assists and 2 steals, along with 4-for-8 from downtown.
Maurice Harkless looked great in 29 minutes. He followed up with 19 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting. Mason Plumlee had himself a great outing as well — with a near triple-double of 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists. Meyers Leonard added 15 and 9.
Anthony Davis was pretty awesome as usual. He dropped 31 on 10-for-17 shots, added 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 blocks. Jrue Holiday was productive with 16 points and 5 assists. Etwan Moore added 15 (3-of-3 from downtown), and Terrence Jones and Tim Frazier had 11 each.
Warriors defeat Lakers 109-85; Durant leads with 29.
The last time the Golden State Warriors were at Staples Center, they had their second loss of the season handed to them, especially to reigning MVP Stephen Curry — who was 0-10 from deep.
Well, the Warriors haven’t lost since, and they’ve now won their tenth game in a row. To go along with 29 points, Kevin Durant added 6 rebounds, 9 assists, a steal and two blocks on 11-for-19 shooting and 3-6 from downtown. Curry followed with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals, and was much better from three, as he shot 4-10 on the night.
Klay Thompson had 18 points and 7 rebounds, but was just 1-for-7 from outside. Draymond Green added a line of 12-8-4-3-1 on 5-of-7 shooting.
Without their potential cornerstones D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, the Lakers were short-handed, and it showed in the loss. Jordan Clarkson had 20 points ad 5 steals on just 40% shooting, while Lou Williams followed with 13 and Larry Nance Jr added 11 and 7.
Rookie Brandon Ingram was awful from the floor, as he shot 3-of-18 with nine points. He did have nine rebounds, and his only rejection of the night came on a Kevin Durant jump-shot.
The Lakers sht 35% from the floor.
Rockets defeat Kings 117-104; Houston sets an NBA-record of 50 three-pointers taken.
This feat really shouldn’t surprise any of us — as the Rockets are one of the more aggressive three-point shooting teams in the league. With such players who can space the floor, you know what you’re going to be getting whenever you tune in.
James Harden added a skinny triple-double of 23 points (6-of-18 shooting), 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the win. He along with Trevor Ariza (18 points, 9 rebounds) and Eric Gordon (14 points) all took AT LEAST eleven threes last night. Talk about Rocket-launching.
Clint Capela double-doubled nicely with 17 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 2 blocks. Ryan Anderson followed with 13, while Nene and Corey Brewer had 10 each.
Demarcus Cousin led Sacramento with 32 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks on 12-for-22 shooting, including 5-9 from three (!!!). Matt Barnes and Ty Lawson had 12 each, while Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos both added 10.
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