NBA results, November 19, 2017
Charlotte Hornets 102 – LA Clippers 87
Utah Jazz 125 – Orlando Magic 85
Boston Celtic 110 – Atlanta Hawks 99
Golden State Warriors 124 – Philadelphia 76ers 116
Houston Rockets 105 – Memphis Grizzlies 83
Dallas Mavericks 111 – Milwaukee Bucks 79
Portland Trail Blazers 102 – Sacramento Kings 90
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Warriors and Sixers traded fire emoji quarters
The Philadelphia 76ers have been playing well all season long. They’ve been playing Playoff level basketball to start the season (in the East though). Today, they hosted the defending champions, Golden State Warriors. They were determined to show that they’re not the doormat Sixers anymore.
They shocked the Warriors when they dropped 47 points in the first quarter and jumped out to a huge lead early in the game.
They were ahead by big heading into halftime. Joel Embiid looked confident enough to engage the Draymond Green in a little trash talk.
Then the Warriors flipped the switch.
It started off innocently, with a Steph Curry midrange jumper. Then they got rolling. They forced turnovers and went on a 9-0 run with back-to-back Curry and Durant threes. When the smoke cleared, the Warriors finished with 47 points of their own in the third period.
The Warriors came back from being down by 22 points and were suddenly up by 10 points. This game just goes to show that if you blink against the Warriors (as a fan, and as a player) they’ll make you pay.
2. Celtics win. Again.
Ho-hum. Another win for the Celtics. They got big games from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Al Horford continue to contribute everywhere on the floor. Kyrie Irving was clutch.
What else is new? It’s now 15 games and counting for the unstoppable Celtics.
3. Finally, something good for Dallas
There isn’t a lot going for the Dallas Mavericks these days.
Dirk Nowitzki is a shadow of himself. Rick Carlisle is still there but he’s forced to make do with a mix and match line-up against super teams. Harrison Barnes isn’t playing to match superstar salary. Nerlens Noel is stuck on the bench.
The Mavericks needed something good.
Against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, they gave the home fans something to cheer for. The Mavericks tied the franchise record for most number of three-pointers made.
At the end of the season, this is just one win and Dallas is still headed to the lottery. But at least they had this. At least the fans in Dallas had tonight.
Did an NBA jersey rip today?
No. But it’s surprising that the nets in Philly didn’t rip after that show put on by both teams
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