NBA results, November 5, 2017
Memphis Grizzlies 113 – LA Clippers 104
Detroit Pistons 108 – Sacramento Kings 99
New Orleans Pelicans 96 – Chicago Bulls 90
Minnesota Timberwolves 112 – Dallas Mavericks 99
Golden State Warriors 127 – Denver Nuggets 108
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Twin Towers power New Orleans past Chicago
In the era of small ball, the New Orleans Pelicans have decided to go a different route. They went to the opposite end of the spectrum and have trotted out arguably the best frontline in the league. They’re playing Anthony Davis, the long-armed Pterodactyl of Doom alongside DeMarcus Cousins, the hot-headed wrecking ball of the NBA.
Unfortunately, beyond these two behemoths, the entire roster is thin. That’s one of the biggest reasons why this powerhouse duo has failed to gain traction. The two are putting up great numbers but they usually have to do all the heavy lifting for the team.
That was the case against the Chicago Bulls. Cousins and Davis had to power the Pelicans past a Bulls team with no All-Star level talent.
Davis had 25 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks while Cousins had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. The two accounted for more than 50% of the entire Pelicans scoring and rebounding.
The Pelicans have pulled to .500. They’ll need everyone to contribute if they hope to make it back to the Playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.
2. Warriors find their groove
The Golden State Warriors are finally getting into their groove this season. After starting out the season with two surprising losses to the Detroit Pistons (at home) and the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors have won three straight games on the road.
These aren’t road wins against patsy opponents. They took down the LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and most recently, the Denver Nuggets. All three teams are vying for the Playoffs this season.
In those three wins, the Warriors big four have played big to tow them to victory. Against the Nuggets, it was the same. Steph Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Kevin Durant had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined for 30 points and six treys.
Looks like the Warriors have shaken off their early season rust and are finally ready for the NBA grind.
3. Big men dunking hard
It was a good night to watch big men power it down with authority. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were hurting hoops in LA. Cousins and Davis got nasty in Chi-town. KAT, WCS and Drummond all got into the act. Even the Finnisher, Lauri Markkanen had a slam.
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