NBA results, November 30, 2017
Detroit Pistons 131 – Phoenix Suns 107
Orlando Magic 121 – OKC Thunder 108
Philadelphia 76ers 118 – Washington Wizards 113
New York Knicks 115 – Miami Heat 86
Toronto Raptors 126 – Charlotte Hornets 113
Houston Rockets 118 – Indiana Pacers 97
Minnesota Timberwolves 120 – New Orleans Pelicans 102
Brooklyn Nets 109 – Dallas Mavericks 104
San Antonio Spurs 104 – Memphis Grizzlies 95
Golden State Warriors 127 – LA Lakers 123
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Sorry Lavar, Steph is still better
Before the Golden State Warriors and the LA Lakers faced off today, the always opinionated LaVar Ball had this to say:
I normally don’t like bringing LaVar Ball into any report. He doesn’t need any more coverage than he is currently getting. But in the third quarter, LaVar was looking like a prophet.
So far tonight…
Steph: 9 pts (4-11 FG, 1-4 3PT)
Lonzo: 15 pts (5-8 FG, 3-5 3PT) https://t.co/Of7AJBvZ6e
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) November 30, 2017
Lonzo Ball scored eight straight points as the Lakers were staying in step with the Warriors. He was outscoring and out playing Curry at that point in the game. There was even a moment in the third quarter when Ball tried to cook Curry.
Lonzo trying to run Steph in circles pic.twitter.com/YIErTajYhW
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 30, 2017
But the Warriors did Warriors things. Kevin Durant hit clutch shots in regulation to keep Golden State in the game. The Lakers had a chance to win it in the end but the bobbled a final attempt.
Curry opened the overtime period with back-to-back three-pointers to push the Warriors ahead. He scored 13 points in the extra period to lead Golden State to a win.
Ball finished with 15 points and 10 assists on 41% shooting. Curry had 28 points and seven assists on 45% shooting. Numbers and results don’t lie. Curry is still better despite what LaVar says.
2. Unicorn down
In the first quarter of the game between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, Kristaps Porzingis and Justise Winslow both went after the ball near the baseline. Winslow accidentally stepped on Porzingis’ ankle during the scramble. The injury looked nasty on-screen, especially the slow motion replay.
It really looked like Porzingis broke his ankle. Winslow was about to be a fugitive in New York. Thankfully, it was reported that the X-Rays came back negative and Porzingis only suffered an ankle sprain. He was actually cleared to return to the game but the Knicks opted to rest their big man for the rest of the game.
Kristaps Porzingis sprained his right ankle. X-rays were negative. He is available to return.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 30, 2017
Enes Kanter stepped up for his King and towed New York to a win.
3. Simmons was awesome but also showed his weakness
Ben Simmons once again led the Philadelphia 76ers to a win. He had a memorable game against the Washington Wizards hitting career best marks in points (31) and rebounds (18).
The rookie has looked like a grizzled vet in all aspects of the game so far this season. But the Wizards decided to Hack-A-Ben and it seemed to work. Simmons went to the line 24 times in the fourth quarter and made only half his attempts.
Ben Simmons finished with
15/29 from the free throw line
He attempted 24 free throws in the final quarter: NBA record
29 free throws in a single game are a record for a rookie
— Sportando (@Sportando) November 30, 2017
It seems like the Wizards were able to find a chink in Simmons’ armour.
Did an NBA jersey rip today?
No. But Thunder fans want to rip their jerseys out of frustration. OKC lost to an Orlando Magic that have lost nine straight games before their meeting. The Thunder allowed Aaron Gordon to have a monster game with 40 points and 15 rebounds.
The Thunder have now lost three straight games and are 11th out in a tough Western Conference.
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