NBA results, January 7, 2018
Golden State Warriors 121 – LA Clippers 105
Boston Celtics 87 – Brooklyn Nets 85
Detroit Pistons 108 – Houston Rockets 101
Indiana Pacers 125 – Chicago Bulls 86
Cleveland Cavaliers 131 – Orlando Magic 127
Milwaukee Bucks 110 – Washington Wizards 103
Minnesota Timberwolves 116 – New Orleans Pelicans 98
Sacramento Kings 106 – Denver Nuggets 98
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Safe to say, Steph Curry is back
Steve Kerr is still easing Steph Curry back into the game. He’s still putting Curry on a limit and not playing him more than 30 minutes a game. It seems as if the rest of the league needs to thank Kerr for limiting his star.
Curry once again went supernova against the LA Clippers. He erupted for 45 points in just 29 minutes. Curry sat the entire fourth period. He didn’t need to play anymore. When he sat, the Golden State Warriors were comfortably ahead.
He scored 12 of the first 26 points of the Warriors and never looked back. His flurry in the final two minutes of the first half helped his team pull away by double-digits. He hit 11 of 21 shots, including eight three-pointers.
Imagine how many points Curry would have gotten if Kerr played him without a minutes limit.
2. LeBron and IT boost the Cavs
Isaiah Thomas once again gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a boost. After resting in the game against the Boston Celtics, he came back with a strong game against the Orlando Magic. Thomas scored 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench. His 12 points in the third quarter helped Cleveland take control of the game.
LeBron James was his spectacular self once again. He had a near triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists with six steals. It was once again a show of dominance by the King as the Cavs got back on the winning track.
3. Jayson Tatum makes his case for ROY
Jayson Tatum was just named the Rookie of the Month December. He’s been a consistent contributor for the Boston Celtics. Tatum has stepped up in the place of Gordon Hayward and is playing like a seasoned veteran.
He isn’t putting up big numbers like Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell. But he’s making a big impact beyond the numbers. Against the Brooklyn Nets, Tatum came up big in the clutch. He had a big dunk to give the Celtics the lead. Then he followed that up with a dagger three-pointer to seal the win.
Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?
He’s not a superstar, but Matthew Dellavedova was ejected for this tackle on Bradley Beal.
Dellavedova was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 for that borderline dirty play.
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