NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Celtics take down the champions

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NBA results, November 17, 2017

Boston Celtics 92 – Golden State Warriors 88

Houston Rockets 142 – Phoenix Suns 116

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. The Celtics win 14th straight game

The top team in the league were hosting the defending champions. There were superstars on both ends of the floor. This was supposed to be a game filled with a ton of action. Instead, it turned out to be a defensive slugfest as both teams struggled to get past the 90-point mark.

The Golden State Warriors jumped out to a big lead in the third quarter. Even with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson struggling to find the mark, they were able to built a 17-point lead. The Celtics lead the league in defense and they unleashed an elite defensive effort to get back in the game.

They limited the Warriors to just two points in the final five minutes of the third quarter to pull even at 68 heading into the final period. Kyrie Irving took over in the fourth quarter. He came into the quarter having only scored five points. After his flurry of free throws and buckets he finished with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists.

2. Jaylen Brown played inspired basketball

The numbers weren’t anything special. He scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win.

But Brown played with an extra bounce to his step against the Warriors. That was because he was playing for someone special.

After the game, Brown revealed that his best friend growing up recently and suddenly passed away.

“He inspired me to come out and play and I played in his spirit,” Brown said about his best friend, Trevin Steede.

After the game, Irving gave Brown the ball and told him that the game they just won was dedicated to Brown’s best friend.

3. Houston Rockets up 90 points… in the first half

The Houston Rockets have steadily emerged as one of the best offensive teams in the league in the past few years. Last year, they amped it up even more with offensive genius Mike D’Antoni pushing the boundaries.

This year, the Rockets are going even further than they were last year. Chris Paul, sidelined for most of the early season with an injury came back in their game against the Phoenix Suns.

The return of their point guard gave the Rockets extra juice to do something special. They dropped 90 points… in the first half.

The Houston Rockets are tied for second with the 1990 Denver Nuggets who scored 90 points in a regular season game against the San Antonio Spurs that year. The record for most points in a first half is held by the Phoenix Suns who scored 107 points in 1990 against the Denver Nuggets.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

Nope. But Rest in Peace/Power/Prosperity, Trevin Steede.

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