This week of the NBA continued to be crazy with a showcase of games.
Monday, Nov. 6, featured 3 games. The Boston Celtics faced off against the Atlanta Hawks where the Celtics were hoping to increase their win streak to 9 games. The tandem of Kyrie Irving and rookie Jayson Tatum had a combined 56 points, and the always reliable Al Horford helped edge the Celtics over the Hawks 110-107. The next game was a battle between the Brooklyn Nets and the Phoenix Suns. The Nets were coming off a 4-game losing streak but were able to defeat the Suns 98-92. Nets’ D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 23 points and Suns’ T.J. Warren had 20. The night finished with the Miami Heat going against the Golden State Warriors, where the Warriors were hoping to start their homestand off on a good note. Both teams struggled heavily shooting from the floor, shooting just over 36 percent, but the Warriors’ superpower was too much to handle as they defeated the Heat 97-80.
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Dallas Mavericks looked to win their second game of the year when they visited the Washington Wizards. Harrison Barnes dominated the competition with 31 points and 9 rebounds and, with help from standout rookie Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavs were able to outlast the efforts by John Wall and Bradley Beal, in the 113-99 victory.
The Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors faced off in Toronto where the Bulls were off to a very slow start. Bobby Portis had an impressive game, scoring 21 points with 13 rebounds in his return from his suspension, but his efforts were not enough as DeMar DeRozan’s sweet shooting and his 24 points led the Raptors to a 119-115 victory. The Memphis Grizzlies traveled to Portland to face the Portland Trail Blazers in a closely contested matchup. Blazers’ C.J. McCollum had a magnificent game with 36 points, but with poor shooting by the rest of his team, the Blazers were not able to pull out the win. A 21-point effort by Tyreke Evans off the bench helped the Grizzlies squeak out a 98-97 win.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, had the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons matchup in Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Pacers had great scoring from guard Victor Oladipo, 21 points, and backup center Al Jefferson, 19 points, but lack of scoring from the rest of the team did not help the game. Strong play by Pistons’ Tobias Harris, 23 points, and a very impressive double-double by Andre Drummond, 14 points and 21 rebounds, helped propel the Pistons to a 114-97 victory. The Los Angeles Lakers visited the Boston Celtics, who have been rolling since starting the year 0-2. Matchups between the Celtics and Lakers have always been historically great games. The Celtics’ Aron Baynes stepped up, with injuries to Horford and Tatum, and he finished with a surprising 21 points. Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson both led the Lakers with 18 points but this was not enough in their 107-96 loss. Rookie Lonzo Ball continues to struggle shooting in his young season.
Thursday, Nov. 9, showcased a great matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets. After losing Chris Paul to an injury in the season, the Rockets were hoping that James Harden could lead them until he comes back. Harden was able to do this against LeBron James and the rest of the struggling Cavs. Harden finished the game with an impressive triple-double, with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Rockets to a 117-113 lead. James finished with 33 points in the loss. The Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers faced off in a close matchup. The Kings were hoping to snap their 5-game losing streak and the 76ers were hoping to solidify themselves as a real threat in the Eastern Conference. With 13.4 seconds left, Kings’ rookie De’Aaron Fox hit the go-ahead shot, putting the Kings up 109-108. Fox finished with 11 points in his heroic effort. The 76ers’ Joel Embiid had a dominant 22 points and 15 rebounds. The night capped off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and their struggles going to the mile-high city to face the Denver Nuggets. The game was close through 3 and one-half quarters, when the Nuggets went on a 7-0 run to put them up 89-82. Emmanuel Mudiay was able to put up 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as he led the Nuggets to a 102-94 win. Carmelo Anthony’s 28 points were not enough against his former team.
Friday, Nov. 10, had the Milwaukee Bucks at the San Antonio Spurs, after the Bucks recently acquired point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Suns. Bledsoe finished with 13 points in his debut, where he is starting to find his role. Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to dominate, as he was able to lead the Bucks to a 94-87 win with his 28 points and 12 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to impress this season, as he finished with 20 points. The Orlando Magic hoped to continue their hot start in the season as they matched up with the Phoenix Suns. The Magic dominated this game winning 128-112, with Aaron Gordon leading all scorers with 22 points.
Saturday, Nov. 11, had the New York Knicks facing the Sacramento Kings in a dominating game. The Knicks defense was very tight as they held all five starters to under 10 points. Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 34 points in the Knicks’ 118-91 win. Skal Labissière led the Kings with 18 points. The New Orleans Pelicans hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. The two superstar big men of the Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, combined for 60 points and 25 rebounds in a 111-103 victory. Blake Griffin led the Clips with 26 points.
The week concluded with the Raptors visiting the Celtics. The Raptors’ DeRozan had the ball in his hands with regulation winding down, and was able to get a shot off but was not able to connect, helping the Celtics win their 12th game in a row at 95-94. Horford led the Celtics with 21 points in his very productive shooting game.
The Thunder are hoping to turn their season around as they faced the Mavericks. On his 29th birthday, Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, but it was Paul George who made a key difference in the game, with 37 points.
The Thunder were able to defeat the Mavs 112-99. Barnes led the Mavs with 22 points.