NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Timberwolves run as a pack

Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague

NBA results November 18, 2017

Indiana Pacers 101 – Detroit Pistons 100

Miami Heat 91 – Washington Wizards 88

Brooklyn Nets 118 – Utah Jazz 107

Cleveland Cavaliers 118 – LA Clippers 113

Toronto Raptors 107 – New York Knicks 84

Chicago Bulls 123 – Charlotte Hornets 120

San Antonio Spurs 104 – OKC Thunder 101

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 – Dallas Mavericks 87

Sacramento Kings 86 – Portland Trailblazers 82

Denver Nuggets 146 – New Orleans Pelicans 114

Phoenix Suns 122 – LA Lakers 113

Three things that happened in the NBA today 

1. The Timberwolves are the clear third best team in the West (for now)

As the season moves forward, the tiers of the teams this season are slowly clearing up. The Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics are the top teams in the league. The second tier belongs to Warriors who are chilling along. The third tier belongs to young teams on the rise, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons lost tonight to an upstart Pacers team. But the Timberwolves are chugging along, winning over the Dallas Mavericks. While everyone had them pegged as a Playoff team this year, the T-Wolves are surpassing expectations so far. They’re the third best team in the West so far. Theye’re 11-5 and have won three straight games.

They’re winning not by relying heavily on their stars Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns. It’s been a total team effort with multiple guys contributing to the cause. Against the Mavericks They had six players score in double figures and three players record double-doubles.

Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins led the team with 21 and 19 points respectively. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague had 15 points each with Towns grabbing 10 boards and Teague dishing out 10 dimes. Taj Gibson had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Jamal Crawford finished with 12 points off the bench.

2. Kemba Walker is amazing, the Hornets not so much

Kemba Walker did everything in his power to break the Hornets’ losing streak. He scored 47 points and played 38 minutes in an early regular season game just to pull out a win.

But it still wasn’t enough. The Bulls scored 40 points in the final period to come from behind and take the win over the Hornets. Walker missed a potential game-winner and the Bulls held on to win. The Hornets have now lost six games in a row.

3. Nuggets couldn’t miss

A day after the Houston Rockets exploded for 90 points in the first half and 142 for the game, the Nuggets decided not to be outdone. Denver scored 146 points and they just seemed like they couldn’t miss.

They hit 63% of their shots from the field and 51% from beyond the arc. They had six players score in double figures.

Jamal Murray led the team with 31 points. Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets’ best player scored the least of those in double figures with only 13 points. But he was brilliant the whole game with 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

Nope. Thankfully these sweet Hickory jerseys by the Pacers stayed intact.

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