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.

Terry Wasn’t Scary. On the Contrary, He was Legendary

Terry Rozier has been a scary player for fantasy nerds since 2017. He shot 39% from the field that season on 10 attempts per game. BOO! We should’ve known, though, as he shot 36% from the field in 2016 and 27% his rookie year, but the athleticism was tantalizing. He’s young they said. He’ll develop they said. Just wait until he starts they said. Well, he started 30 games in Boston, and while the percentages did improve, the increase only took his field goal percentage from 37% to 39%. BOOOOO!!!! So why did we keep going back to Terry? Why do you slow down and gawk at an accident? There’s a chance you may see nothing. There’s a chance you may be horrified. But there’s also that chance you may see something you’ve never seen before. Well, Rozier scored 33 points in a game during the 2017 season and has messed around once in his career. Just wait until he becomes a full-time starter they said. Well, we are dummies and keep falling for the bananna in the tailpipe. In 10 starts as the man to replace Kemba Walker, Rozier was shooting….class? Yup, 38% from the field. BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! But every once in a while, he accesses a ceiling game to keep us coming back for more. Last night was that instance…

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
33 5 6 2 0 5 7/12 13/21 0

The usage rate is 25.4 and he’s averaging 31.8 minutes, 16.8 points, 2.4 tres, 3.9 boards, 5.2 dimes, and 1.1 steals. The 3.5 turnovers and 41% shooting (last night’s game increased his percentage 3%) from the field have him just outside the top 100, but he has value if you can stomach the poor percentages. Beep. Boop. Bop. You know what always shoots a high percentage? The Stocktonator.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

Russell Westbrook Trashes Patrick Beverley’s Defense

Russell Westbrook has never been particularly impressed with longtime nemesis Patrick Beverley‘s defensive work.

“Pat Bev trick y’all like he play defense,” Westbrook told reporters Wednesday night after Rockets teammate James Harden lit up the visiting LA Clippers for a game-high 47 points in Houston’s wild 102-93 victory.

Russ, who struggled in the win shooting an ugly 6 for 20 from the field, claims that Beverley merely runs around “doing nothing.”

Per The AP:

“Pat Bev trick y’all like he play defense,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. It’s just running around doing nothing. As you seen what happened — 47. All that commotion to get 47.”

Doc Rivers said after the game that he was upset with the officials because of a mix up with the number of timeouts. He said that he tried to challenge a play but that it was past the 30 seconds allotted after a play in which to make a challenge. So they told him he didn’t burn a timeout on the challenge and he had two remaining. His ejection came after they said he was out of timeouts when he called the timeout where Beverley received his technical.

Austin Rivers will still laughing about the situation after the game and tweeted: “Welp…. thanksgiving is going to be weird,” before talking to reporters.

“He actually is sensitive with stuff like that so we’ll see what happens,” Austin Rivers said. “I love him, but it was a really good moment that I enjoyed a lot … I really enjoyed that. It was fun.”

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