Around the NBA. Nov. 13, 2019.

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🏀 James Harden GOES OFF for 47 PTS
🏀 Ja Morant comes up CLUTCH late, 1st career game-winner
🏀 Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combine for 66
🏀LeBron and JaVale stuff the stat sheet for the Lakers

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14 teams took the floor last night! Recap all 7 games! ⬇🏀

1. James Harden (47 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 7 3PM) led the Houston Rockets to a 102-93 win over the L.A. Clippers. Russell Westbrook contributed points, while Clint Capela added 12 points and 20 rebounds for the Rockets. Kawhi Leonard finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the Clippers.

With last night’s 47 points and 7 assists, Harden became the 3rd player in NBA history with at least 70 career 40-point, 5-assist games, joining Michael Jordan (96) and Oscar Robertson (75). Harden now also has 420 points through his first 11 games this season, the most since Wilt Chamberlain scored 574 in 1962-63!

2. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 120-94. LeBron James recorded a game-high 23 points and added 12 assists and 6 rebounds for the Lakers, while JaVale McGee contributed 18 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. D’Angelo Russell finished with 21 points and 8 assists for the Warriors.

In his 17th season, LeBron James is the key playmaker for the Los Angeles Lakers and as the Lakers have stacked up wins, so too has James racked up assists. James is averaging a league-leading 11.1 assists, hitting double digits in eight of Los Angeles’ first 11 games.

3. The Toronto Raptors ended on an 18-7 run to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-106. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 4 3PM, while Fred VanVleet added 30 points, 7 assists and 4 3PM. Rodney Hood finished with 25 points for the Trail Blazers.

Last night, Damian Lillard saw his 230-game streak of double-figure scoring snapped. It was the third-longest active streak in the NBA and longest in Portland franchise history [via ESPN stats]. Lillard entered the game averaging 32.5 points over the first 11 games of the 2019-20 season, putting him second in the league behind James Harden (38.2). But Toronto managed to hold him to nine points as they used defensive tactics that they used on Stephen Curry during the 2019 NBA Finals.

4. Andrew Wiggins posted 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 129-114 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Karl Anthony Towns added 28 points and 11 rebounds in the win. DeMar DeRozan finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Spurs.

It’s hard to think too much of anything only 11 games into the season, but the Wolves are 7-4, and they exude the confidence of a team that is coming together. After the Spurs made an 11-2 run to take a 70-68 lead in the third quarter, it was all Wolves the rest of the night.

5. The Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards, 140-133. Three players reached the 20-point mark for the Celtics, including Kemba Walker (25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 3PM), Jayson Tatum (23 points, 4 assists and Jaylen Brown (22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists). Bradley Beal finished the night with 44 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the Wizards.

Celtics’ Carsen Edwards had his best game of the season with 18 points, 4/4 three, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in an efficient display through just 20 minutes of action. In a big scoring affair, Boston would finish with a total of 11 scorers and 7 players in double figures. Celtics have now won 9 straight games.

6. Nikola Vucevic led the Orlando Magic to a 112-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, recording a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Aaron Gordon added 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists for the Magic. Josh Richardson finished the night with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the 76ers.

Magic outlasted the 76ers 112-97 behind a 32-15 fourth quarter. Without Joel Embiid in the game, the 76ers were just a bit off.

7. Ja Morant (23 points, career-high 11 assists) hit the GAME WINNING layup with 0.7 seconds to lift the Memphis Grizzlies over the Charlotte Hornets, 119-117. Jonas Valančiūnas contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Terry Rozier tied a career-high with 33 points to go with 6 assists for the Hornets.

Morant is leading all NBA rookies in points per game and assists per game this season. He did not disappoint last night either. Down by 12 late in the third quarter, the Grizzlies had not only fought their way back into the game but also built a double-digit lead themselves. The Hornets had other ideas, however, and ripped off a 10-2 run to tie things up at 117-117. Then, Ja Morant made the first game-winner of his career to lift the Grizzlies to a wild 119-117 win.

Isaiah Thomas: ‘I’m Going to Be an All-Star Again’

Isaiah Thomas believes he will be an NBA All-Star again.

“I know that for a fact,” says Thomas, who has appeared in the mid-season showcase twice, the last one being in 2017.

Injuries and trades have limited the 30-year-old to just 44 games over the past two completed seasons.

Per The WaPo:

“I’m going to be an all-star again, for sure,” Thomas said. “I know that for a fact.”

In Washington, he is, at best, the second option behind Bradley Beal.

“I’d never bet against Isaiah,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said.

He still has to find his rhythm on the court and with his new teammates.

“I know I can be an all-star again. I know I can be all-NBA again,” Thomas said. “I’m not saying I’m going to go out and average 30 points. I don’t know if I can do that. But I know I can play at a high level, and playing at a high level is being one of the best guards in the game today, and I know I can do that.”

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Around the NBA. Nov. 11, 2019.

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– Russell Westbrook and James Harden combine for 65 PTS
– Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker combine for 54 PTS, lead Boston Celtics to 8th straight win
– Rudy Gobert records 25-PT and 14-REB double-double
– Spurs retire Tony Parker’s Jersey

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Check out the winners from Monday’s 6 game-slate! ⬇🏀

1. The L.A. Clippers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 98-88. Kawhi Leonard recorded a near triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the Clippers in his first game against his former team, while Montrezl Harrell added a double-double of 14 rebounds and 11 rebounds in the victory. Pascal Siakam recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the Raptors.

Leonard missed nine of 11 shots but still got the best of his old team. The Raptors did all they could to take the ball out of Leonard’s hands. In fact, they nearly forced Leonard into a quadruple-double, as he had a career-high nine turnovers.

Afterward, Leonard hugged and greeted several of his former teammates, but he made it clear that he has moved on from his one special year with Toronto. "It’s over now,“ Leonard said when asked if he had any feelings from last season’s championship run going through his head during the game. "We won. Like I said before, I had a great time there. But it’s the next chapter now.“

2. The Utah Jazz defeated the Golden State Warriors, 122-108. Rudy Gobert tallied a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, while Donovan Mitchell added 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. D’Angelo Russell recorded 33 points and 8 assists for the Warriors.

Rudy Gobert went 11-for-12 from the floor. Gobert’s field-goal percentage (91.7%) is the highest for a Jazz player with at least 10 FGA in a game since Karl Malone shot 12-for-12 on Feb. 3, 2001.

The Jazz pulled away thanks to their 3-point shooting and a huge advantage at the free-throw line. Utah shot 46 percent (16 for 35) from beyond the arc and went 26 of 32 at the foul line.

3. The Houston Rockets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 122-116. James Harden tallied a game-high 39 points (19 in the 4th quarter), along with 4 rebounds and 9 assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook contributed to the win with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. J.J. Redick led the Pelicans with 24 points, while Jrue Holiday added a near triple-double of 18 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists.

For Pelicans, Brandon Ingram was a late scratch before tip with Lonzo Ball already out. However, Redick tried to keep Pelicans in the game. With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Redick pulled backs Pelicans from 11 down to within 4. However, Harden hit the Pelicans with one blast of scoring to put the game away as he scored 19 points in the 4th quarter.

4. The Boston Celtics outscored the Dallas Mavericks, 62-52 in the second half on their way to a 116-106 victory. Kemba Walker recorded 29 points (24 in the second half), along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Celtics, while Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Luka Doncic recorded a game-high 34 points, along with 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the Mavericks.

Kristaps Porzingis scored only four points on 1-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes in the loss. He sat out the final nine minutes, four seconds after picking up his fifth foul, a decision Carlisle attributed to Porzingis’ "tough night.”

The Celtics’ lead grew to as many as 14 points during the final four minutes and never dropped below nine points en route to a 116-106 victory. They were in complete control following Kemba Walker’s big shots. Jayson Tatum finished with 1-18 FG, the 2nd-worst shooting performance by a Celtics player over the last 65 seasons (min. 15 FGA). 

5. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Detroit Pistons, 120-114. Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with a game-high 33 points, along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Karl Anthony Towns added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Luke Kennard tallied a team-high 25 points for the Pistons, while Blake Griffin recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in his season debut for Detroit.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are the first pair for Timberwolves to record at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in the same game since Kevin Garnett and Ricky Davis on March 18, 2007.

The Wolves led nearly wire-to-wire and hung on down the stretch to improve their record to 6-4 on the season.

6. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 113-109. Jaren Jackson Jr. led the way for the Grizzlies with a season-high 24 points, along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jonas Valančiūnas added a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Rudy Gay tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Spurs.

The sting of a 113-109 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies was quickly forgotten as a sell-out San Antonio crowd celebrated the career of Spurs’ Tony Parker.

Parker became the 10th player in franchise to have his number retired, joining fellow Big Three members Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in having their jerseys lifted to the rafters of the AT&T Center.

Post Up: Kemba Hits Eight 3’s as Celtics Win Eighth Straight

Timberwolves 120 (6-4), Pistons 114 (4-7)

Blake Griffin’s return to the court was spoiled as the Pistons fell at home. The All-Star forward put up 19 points in 23 minutes. Andrew Wiggins continued a string of strong performances with a game-high 33 points in the win.

Mavericks 106 (6-4), Celtics 116 (8-1)

Kemba Walker and Luka Doncic went toe-to-toe, but it was Walker’s Celtics who walked away with the win. Kemba finished with 29 points and hit eight 3’s to lead Boston. Doncic poured in 34 points for Dallas.

Grizzlies 113 (3-7), Spurs 109 (5-5)

Jaren Jackson Jr. (24 points) and Dillon Brooks (21 points) stole the win in San Antonio.

After the game, the Spurs celebrated Tony Parker’s jersey retirement.

Rockets 122 (7-3), Pelicans 116 (2-8)

James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for a blistering 65 points as Houston edged out New Orleans. JJ Redick connected on seven 3’s and contributed 24 points in the loss.

Jazz 122 (7-3), Warriors 108 (2-9)

The short-handed Warriors couldn’t keep up with the Jazz in this one. Utah enjoyed 20+ points from Rudy Gobert (25), Donovan Mitchell (23) and Mike Conley (22). D’Angelo Russell was hot all night, ending with 33 points to lead Golden State.

Raptors 88 (7-3), Clippers 98 (7-3)

A tight game down the stretch ended up in the Clippers’ favor. Los Angeles scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, compared to just 10 points for Toronto in the final frame. Kawhi Leonard almost notched a triple-double, registering 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

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