Around the NBA. Nov. 10, 2019.


🏀 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.

Nick Nurse: Kawhi Leonard Was ‘Cruising to His 30 Points a Night’

Kawhi Leonard was “cruising to his 30 points a night” during the 2018-19 regular season, according to Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

Nurse wondered if Leonard “was going to flip a switch” and received an emphatic answer during the NBA Playoffs, when the reigning Finals MVP led Toronto to their first-ever championship.

Kawhi is looking forward to a “fun” reunion Monday night with his now-former teammates as the LA Clippers play host to the Raps.

Per The Athletic:

Nick Nurse: “There were several times and team meetings that I thought (Leonard) kind of inserted himself into our team. I know you probably remember me talking a lot about his leadership, and that got to be a big story, people saying he’s not a leader and this and that. I wasn’t making that up. That was probably early on. I think we were probably 13-4 or something and we were having a little meeting about how the offence was running, and he kind of stepped up and said to the team, ‘This is how I see it.’ He couldn’t have said it better, for me. It was perfect.”

Fred VanVleet: “Obviously, he didn’t talk a lot. I think it took a long time for him to open up to us. I think for him to become open and trust us on the court — off the court, he was great — but on the court, I think we saw over the course of the year him open up and trust us, the entire team. I think him and Kyle had a good chemistry pretty early. And you could see it gradually happen for the entire team.”

Marc Gasol: “He speaks when needed. That, to me, is a great trait of a leader. When the team needs it, he has a voice, a voice that everyone listens to. He speaks the right stuff, cares about the right stuff. It was awesome. … I’ll keep it in the locker room. I have a lot of respect for the locker room stuff. But he’s always, always on point and never negative. Always balanced, always steady. You see him out there, and that’s the way he is. He’s not dramatic at all. He never has highs or lows. He’s always steady and on course.”

Nurse: “I’m not sure I ever said this publicly last year, but about February of last year, I was like: ‘He’s not playing to his full capabilities. He’s cruising to his 30 points a night.’ I figured it could go one of two ways. He was gonna cruise on out of here or he was going to flip a switch and try to win the whole damn thing. Obviously, we saw what happened.”

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Anthony Davis: ‘There’s Really Never a Play I Don’t Feel’ Sore Shoulder

Anthony Davis admitted he feels right shoulder discomfort on virtually every play Sunday night, following a 113-104 home loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Davis, 26, paced the Los Angeles Lakers with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks.

Head coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t feel any need to bring AD out of the game after he aggraveted the injury.


“There’s really never a play I don’t feel it,” Davis said.

He aggravated his shoulder on one of those swats on Pascal Siakam, causing the joint to droop as he made his way back up the court.

“I’m going to go out there and play. I try not to let it affect my game,” said Davis, who hasn’t missed any games this season because of the injury. “I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game.”

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis’ shoulder has “been fine” but acknowledged that he tweaked it Sunday.

“Obviously, we saw that play [against Siakam],” Vogel said. “Medical team didn’t feel like he needed to come out.”

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Post Up: Pascal Siakam Helps Snap Lakers’ Seven-Game Win Streak

Nuggets 100 (7-2), Timberwolves 98 (5-4)

Late in OT, Nikola Jokic hit the game-winning bucket over Karl-Anthony Towns to give the Nuggets the win on the road. Jokic had a team-high 20 points to go with 7 dimes and 6 rebounds.

Pacers 109 (6-4), Magic 102 (3-7)

Domantas Sabonis put up a double-double (21 points, 16 rebounds) to give Indiana its third-straight win. T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon had 19 apiece, while Doug McDermott had 18 off the bench.

Sixers 114 (6-3), Hornets 106 (4-6)

Four of Philly’s starters scored in double figures – Joel Embiid (18 points), Al Horford (15 points), Tobias Harris (14 points) and Josh Richardson (11 points).

Bucks 117 (7-3) , Thunder 114 (4-6)

Tied 114-all with under a minute, Brook Lopez knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Bucks the W. Giannis Antetokounmpo had another monster performance, finishing with 35 points and 16 rebounds.

Cavaliers 108 (4-5), Knicks 87 (2-8)

Collin Sexton finished with 21 points at The Garden. Kevin Love was the second-leading scorer with 17 points.

Suns 138 (6-3), Nets 112 (4-5)

All five Suns starters finished in double figures as Devin Booker led the team with 27 points. Ricky Rubio had 22 points and 12 dimes; Kelly Oubre also had 18.

Trailblazers 124 (4-6), Hawks 113 (3-6)

Damian Lillard and Kevin Huerter traded back-to-back buckets to force it to overtime, but the Blazers prevailed at home. Lillard (30 points) and CJ McCollum (23 points) combined for 53 points, and Anfernee Simons finished with 20 points off the bench.

Raptors 113 (6-2), Lakers 104 (7-1)

Toronto extended the lead to 10 in the 4Q and closed it off when the Lakers started to make their run. Last season’s MIP finished with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fred VanVleet also had 21 points in the win to snap the Lakers’ 7-game wining streak.

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