LeBron James returns from suspension to help the Lakers win
LeBron James finished serving his one-game suspension, and got back into the swing of things right away. In a tough war against the Indiana Pacers, James dropped 39 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and 2 blocks with only two turnovers.
King James had to take matters into his own hands at the end of the game after the Pacers forced overtime after Chris Duarte made a game-tying three with 6.5 seconds left on the clock. James scored 8 of the Lakers’ 12 points in overtime, including two long-range bombs.
James wasn’t taking shit from anyone today, either, and even got a fan kicked out.
The Lakers needed this big night from James, especially as Anthony Davis sat out with flu-like symptoms. Talen Horton-Tucker’s shooting woes continued as he had 8 points on 3 of 10 shooting while Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists on 5 of 15 shooting.
The Lakers bench showed out too, combining for 53 points, led by Malik Monk’s 17.
The Pacers will be disappointed with the loss, especially Malcolm Brogdon. He played 46 minutes and finished with 28 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 9 of 21 overall and 5 of 10 from three.
The Curry brothers put on a show as the Warriors come back from a huge deficit
It’s always fun when Steph and Seth Curry go up against each other. That wasn’t different today.
The Philadelphia 76ers started their game against the Warriors in dominant fashion, pushing their lead to as much as 19 points in the first half. They were led by Seth Curry’s 17 points, and Tyrese Maxey’s 13.
The Warriors didn’t give up, though, and cut the lead to 61-52 at halftime. Steph Curry wouldn’t be outdone by his brother, as he had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists on his own. Jordan Poole had 10 at the half and Otto Porter Jr. had 9 points after going 3 of 3 from the line.
The Warriors’ furious comeback continued into the third quarter, where they tied the game at 71-71 after a Steph three with 6:45 left in the game. There was a contentious point halfway through the quarter, as Jordan Poole got pushed by Georges Niang, which led to a tech for Poole and a flagrant foul for Niang. That led to the game getting tied 76-76, and Niang picked up another foul right away as he barrelled into Andrew Wiggins.
By the time the third quarter ended, the Warriors had fought all the way back to take an 86-84 lead.
Jordan Poole made a buzzer beater to end the second quarter, and Shake Milton had his own for the Sixers to end the third.
Before this game, Steph had always outscored Seth when they’d gone against each other. This time around, Steph just had to keep the record alive with a three with less than two minutes left in the game.
Steph finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors. He had four other teammates score in double figures, including Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, who had 17 and 19 respectively. Otto Porter Jr. only shot threes in the game, making 4 of 5 of them on the way to 12 points. Juan Toscano-Anderson had a good overall game with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists – and his energy really helped turn the game around.
Draymond Green had another great all-around game too, with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Kevon Looney played great defense on Andre Drummond, including two blocks that happened without Looney even having to jump.
Seth Curry led the Sixers in scoring with 24 points, while Tyrese Maxey chipped in 19. Drummond had 1 points and 12 rebounds.
The final scoreline of 116-96 was an extraordinary 39-point turnaround for the Warriors.
The Suns head into Thanksgiving with a 14-0 streak
Devin Booker had himself a huge game for the Phoenix Suns, and finished with 35 points while making 14 of his 21 shots. Chris Paul backed him up with 17 points and 12 assists, and Paul finished with a game-best plus/minus of +23.
DeAndre Ayton narrowly missed a double-double with 16 points and 9 rebounds. JaVale McGee continues to be a great bench player for the Suns, too, as he finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play.
You kind of get the feeling that the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost 120-115, will start figuring things out especially when Evan Mobley is back. They got 25 points and 11 rebounds from Jarrett Allen, while Cedi Osman had 23 points off the bench on only 15 shots.
Ricky Rubio had a horrible shooting night, counteracting his recent Olympic Rubio-level form. He went 5 of 20 from the field on the way to 15 points.
The Nets wreck the Celtics in Boston
At first glance, you’d think James Harden had a bad night as he shot 4 of 13 from the field. However, all of those field goals were from three, where he shot 4 of 9, and he made 8 of 9 free throws as well to finish with 2 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 2 steals.
Kevin Durant was his usual efficient self with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals on 8 of 16 shooting. The two superstars got a big boost from Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge, who are shining in their starting roles. The two veterans combined for 40 points, and Mills shot a scorching 7 of 10 from deep.
Marcus Smart led the Celtics in scoring with 20 points, while Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 28.
Nets owner Joe Tsai is going to be happy with the big win, as it also saw Enes Kanter play for 7 minutes while being unable to contribute to a win. Kanter, who has decided that his life’s calling is to talk as much shit on Twitter as possible, went after Tsai recently.
The Bulls give the Rockets their second win of the season
The Chicago Bulls started off pretty well, finishing the first half of their game against the Houston Rockets with a 64-55 lead. The young Rockets responded strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulls 35-18, and the Bulls never recovered and lost 118-113.
Eight Rockets scored in double figures. Christian Wood finished with a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, while Kevin Porter Jr. had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Their leading scorer was Danuel House Jr., who came off the bench to drop 18.
The Bulls had a good game from Zach LaVine, who had 28 points on 11 of 22 shooting, while Lonzo Ball went 7 of 11 from the field to finish with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Nikola Vucevic had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points, but had a rough go from the field as he shot 6 of 19 overall and 0 of 4 from deep.
This was Houston’s second win of the season, so their fans will be heading into the holiday break with smiles on their faces.