This previous week in the NBA has started to show the real shape of what the season will turn out to be.
The week began with the New York Knicks, who are coming off a huge win against the Cleveland Cavaliers and are looking for their third straight win against the Denver Nuggets. The Knicks were up 22 points at halftime but a big third quarter by the Nuggets gave them a 75-73 lead. However, with Kristaps Porzingis’ career high 38 points, the Knicks were able to pull out the 116-110 win. The Orlando Magic are starting off the year with a surprising 5-2 record.
They faced the New Orleans Pelicans where the Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins duo is not playing as well as it hoped.
Davis had a dominant 39 points, but he had no help around him as the Magic were able to win big 115-99.
The Golden State Warriors visited the Los Angeles Clippers, where the Dubs destroyed the hometown team. Stephen Curry dropped 31 points in the win and Louis Williams of the Clippers had 17 off the bench.
Halloween began with the Sacramento Kings against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings’ young team is still trying to get its second win but the Pacers’ strong play from their starting five led them to a 101-83 win at home.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo continued to show why he could be one of the top three players in the NBA with his strong 28 points, but with poor performances from the rest of his team, the Bucks lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-91, at home.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, had the Indiana Pacers visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers, where the highly touted Cavs are looking to end their three-game losing streak.
The Pacers had every player in their starting-five finish with 15 or more points. LeBron James continued his dominance, but it was not enough as the Cavaliers lost 124- 107, making it four losses in a row.
The Phoenix Suns went to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards in a high-scoring game, with the Suns being able to pull out a 122-116 win. Both Suns’ TJ Warren and Wizards’ Bradley Beal finished with 40 points, but Warren’s team had the better effort in the matchup.
The Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers had a strongly contested game. Jazz’s rookie Donovan Mitchell had a career high of 28 points in his team’s 112-103 overtime win. Damian Lillard finished with 33 points for the Blazers.
Thursday, Nov. 2, was a thrilling night for the Trail Blazers as they faced the Los Angeles Lakers at home. The game was very closely contested.
With the score at 110-110, Lillard had the ball in his hands for the last shot and with 0.7 seconds left on the clock, he drilled the game winning 3-pointer. He finished with 32 points in his heroic effort. Lakers’ Brook Lopez led the team with 27 points.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the San Antonio Spurs were at home against the Charlotte Hornets, where they were hoping to rebound off a big loss to the Warriors. The Spurs’ bench did much of the scoring as Rudy Gay and Ben Forbes both had more than 20 points, leading the team to a 108-101.
Jeremy Lamb for the Hornets had 27 points. The Miami Heat went to Denver to play the Nuggets in a close game that came down to the wire. With 11 seconds left, Nuggets’ Paul Millsap was fouled from the 3-point line with the Heat up 94-92.
After hitting all 3 free throws, the Nuggets went up 95-94 which was enough to edge out the Heat. The Cavaliers visited the Wizards, where they hoped to end their four-game losing streak. James exploded for 57 points, which is a NBA season high, and the Cavs were able to defeat the Wizards 130-122 to put them back in the win column.
Saturday, Nov. 4, had the Memphis Grizzlies against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers had a very efficient team in their 113- 104 win, which was led by Michael Conley, who had 22 points.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 30 points and 11 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves faced the struggling Dallas Mavericks, who only have 1 win in the season.
T-Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined for 54 points in their dominant 112-99 over the Mavericks. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led the Mavs with 18 points.
Sunday, Nov. 5, had the New York Knicks at home against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers took a big 19-point leave and were up by 13 at halftime.
Scoring from Porzingis and lockdown defense from Lance Thomas led the Knicks on a fourth-quarter run that gave them a big 108-101 win. Porzingis led all scorers with 40 points, which is a new career high.
The Boston Celtics faced the Magic, who were hoping to continue their hot start. With each starter for the Celtics having over 10 points and shooting efficiently from the floor, Boston was able to defeat Orlando 104-88 to win their eighth straight game. Aaron Gordon led the scoring for the Magic with 18 points.