NBA results, November 23, 2017
Charlotte Hornets 129 – Washington Wizards 124
Cleveland Cavaliers 119 – Brooklyn Nets 109
Philadelphia 76ers 101 – Portland Trail Blazers 81
LA Clippers 116 – Atlanta Hawks 103
Miami Heat 104 – Boston Celtics 98
New York Knicks 108 – Toronto Raptors 100
Houston Rockets 125 – Denver Nuggets 95
Dallas Mavericks 95 – Memphis Grizzlies 94
Minnesota Timberwolves 124 – Orlando Magic 118
New Orleans Pelicans 107 – San Antonio Spurs 90
OKC Thunder 108 – Golden State Warriors 91
Milwaukee Bucks 113 – Phoenix Suns 107
Utah Jazz 110 – Chicago Bulls 80
Sacramento Kings 113 – LA Lakers 102
Five things that happened in the NBA today
1. Russ finally beats KD
Russell Westbrook had four tries last season to top Kevin Durant. In all those four tries he was humiliated by his former teammate and his vastly superior team. This season, Westbrook had some resbak to back him up. With Carmelo Anthony and Paul George evening out the odds, the the OKC Thunder finally took down the Golden State Warriors with Durant.
Westbrook was his usual amazing self. He was one assist shy of a triple double.
He had a ton of help in this game. Anthony and George combined for 42 points and 16 rebounds to help the MVP finally get a win over Durant.
Of course things got heated between Russ and KD. It’s obvious that these two still had some bad blood.
But as heated as Durant was, it wasn’t enough to pull out the win as the Thunder dominated the game from start to finish.
2. The Celtics finally fall
There were a lot of close calls during the Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak. There were even games where they shouldn’t have won at all. But they always pulled through in the end.
They just couldn’t get out of Waiters Island in this game. Dion Waiters hit two big three-pointers in the end game to power the Miami Heat to an upset win over the league-leading Boston Celtics.
The Celtics finally taste defeat again after their two-game slide in opening week.
3. Harrison Barnes pulls off a Derek Fisher
It was a crazy finish between the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies were down by three points with less than 30 seconds left in the game. They ran a play to get Marc Gasol an open look and the big man delivered to tie the game at 92.
The Mavericks missed the go-ahead attempt on the other end which led to Tyreke Evans rushing downcourt for the game-winner. His shot popped out but JaMychal Green put it back in with .05 left on the clock to give Memphis a two-point lead.
That should have been the end of the game. But Harrison Barnes had other plans. He hit a three-pointer near the top of the key at the buzzer to win it for Dallas.
4. Patrick Beverley out for the season
The Clippers suffer a huge blow to their roster this season. Bulldog defensive guard Patrick Beverley will miss the rest of the season due to an injury.
He will undergo surgery to repair a microfracture and meniscus tear in his knee.
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley will miss the rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN. His surgery required a repair of a microfracture and meniscus injury to his right knee.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2017
In the wake of this devastating news, Blake Griffn led the Clippers to a big win over the Atlanta Hawks. They finally break their early-season losing streak at nine games.
5. LeBron James dominates but still takes an L
LeBron James had a dominant stretch in the final period of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win against the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 18 straight points to carry the Cavs during that crucial stretch.
The Cavs may have won but LeBron still took an L with this Shaqtin’ level missed dunk.
Did an NBA jersey rip today?
No. But the New York Knicks ripped 28 straight points against the Toronto Raptors en route to a 41-10 third quarter score.
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