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.

Around the NBA. Nov. 10, 2019.

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🏀 FOUR Trail Blazers reach the 20-point mark in OT thriller
🏀 Nikola Jokić comes up CLUTCH in OT
🏀 Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet GO OFF in LA

16 teams took the floor last night! Recap all 8 games! ⬇🏀

1. Pascal Siakam (24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Fred VanVleet (23 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists) led the Toronto Raptors to a 113-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis finished the night with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Lakers, while LeBron James added a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

2. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 124-113 in OT. Damian Lillard (30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and C.J. McCollum (23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks) led the way for the Trail Blazers. Hassan Whiteside also contributed 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the Trail Blazers. Trae Young (35 points, 10 assists) and Jabari Parker (27 points, 11 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles for the Hawks.

3. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 138-112. Seven players reached double figures for the Suns, including Devin Booker (27 points, 9 assists) and Ricky Rubio (22 points, 12 assists). Spencer Dinwiddie finished the night with 18 points and 6 assists for the Nets, while Deandre Jordan added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

4. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks, 108-87. Collin Sexton recorded a career-high 31 points, while Kevin Love added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Julius Randle finished the night with 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks.

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 121-119 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, recording 35 points and 16  rebounds. Eric Bledsoe also added 25 points and 9 assists for the Bucks. Dennis Schröder finished the night with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for the Thunder.

6. Six players reached double figures for the Indiana Pacers in the team’s win over the Orlando Magic, 109-102. Domantas Sabonis (21 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists) led the Pacers, while Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Evan Fournier finished the night with 22 points for the Magic, and Nikola Vucevic added a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds.

7. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 114-106. Joel Embiid contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Furkan Korkmaz also added 17 points for the 76ers. Cody Zeller finished with a season-high 24 points and 7 rebounds for the Hornets. Devonte’ Graham added 19 points and 10 assists.

8. Nikola Jokić (20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) hit his second-straight game-winning shot as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in OT, 100-98. Jamal Murray contributed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the Nuggets and Paul Millsap added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins both finished the night with 25 points for the Timberwolves. Towns also tallied 16 rebounds and 6 assists.

Raptors’ Patrick McCaw to Miss Multiple Weeks After Knee Surgery

Toronto Raptors’ Patrick McCaw underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a benign mass behind his left knee on Wednesday. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks, however an exact timetable for the 24-year-old’s return has not been determined.

McCaw’s knee had been bugging him since the summer; he had missed the final preseason game, as well as the team’s first three games of the regular season. Head Coach Nick Nurse told the media on Monday that McCaw would be meeting with a specialist.

McCaw was again expected to provide depth for the Raptors bench which is now razor thin, especially in the backcourt. His absence could strain an already tight rotation even further.

McCaw has averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 steals in a pair of games in his second season with the Raptors.

The 2016 second-round pick (38th overall) of the Milwaukee Bucks averaged 2.7 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 26 games for the Raptors last season.

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