NBA wRap: Lakers finally win a game
MANILA, Philippines - The NBA week came to an entertaining end on Monday, November 10 (PH time). The Nets and Jazz picked up a couple of early morning wins while OKC picked up their second win of the season despite the multitude of injuries still plaguing their rosters.
Miami proved once again why they'll be fine without LeBron James, Toronto continued to elevate to the top of the East, Phoenix and Portland picked up key victories, and the Lakers finally left their fans happy. For more, check today's Rappler NBA wRap:
Brooklyn Nets (4-2) 104 - 96 Orlando Magic (2-5)
BKN: Bojan Bogdanovic 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
ORL: Nikola Vucevic 27 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals
Kevin Garnett, who finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 dimes, had his career high as a Brooklyn Net for assists.
Brooklyn let Orlando shoot 53.3% from downtown, but had a field day at the free throw line: 20-of-23, 87%.
Deron Williams put up 18 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds for Brooklyn. Evan Fournier had 18 points and 5 assists for Orlando.
Welcome to the NBA, rookie: Nets second-year center Mason Plumlee welcomed Orlando Magic newcomer forward Aaron Gordon to the league with a nasty slam late in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 89:
Utah Jazz (3-4) 97 - 96 Detroit Pistons (2-4)
UTA: Derrick Favors 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists
DET: Brandon Jennings 23 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds
Gordon Hayward also had a productive game on the road with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Jazz also received 14 points each from center Enes Kanter and SG Alec Burks.
All of Detroit's starting five scored in double figures: Greg Monroe had 19, Josh Smith put up 13, Andre Drummond registered 11, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11, and Jennings had 23.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2-5) 101 - 93 Sacramento Kings (5-2)
OKC: Jeremy Lamb 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
SAC: Rudy Gay 23 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists
OKC's bench contributed 40 points in the team's win over Sacramento, who shot just 25% from 3-point range (6-of-24).
DeMarcus Cousins had arguably his toughest game this season so far, but still put up 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Serge Ibaka had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks for the Thunder.
Serge does it on both ends: Not only did Ibaka outduel Cousins in their matchup of elite Western Conference big men; he also came away with the highlight of the game by blocking the Sacramento center and following it up with a dunk on the other end:
It was nice knowing you, Ish Smith:
Toronto Raptors (6-1) 120 - 88 Philadelphia 76ers (0-6)
TOR: DeMar DeRozan 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
PHI: Tony Wroten 18 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds
Toronto has the best record in the Eastern Conference and is now tied with Houston and Memphis for the best record in the NBA.
The Raptors shot 56.6% from the field while the 76ers shot just 37.9%. Lou Williams had another strong output off the bench for the winning side, putting up 16 markers.
Miami Heat (5-2) 105 - 96 Dallas Mavericks (4-3)
MIA: Luol Deng 30 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
DAL: Tyson Chandler 16 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists
It was the most impressive win this season for Miami, who was on the road in a second game off a back-to-back, not to mention having to travel cross-country from Miami to Dallas overnight.
The Heat shot 55.3% from the field and had 31 assists - Dwyane Wade, along with 20 points, had 10 dimes. Chris Bosh had another double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mario Chalmers put up 18 points.
Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki both impressed in the loss, putting up 23 and 17 points, respectively.
Heat SF Luol Deng (2 years, $19.9M): 22 points, 10-12 FG. Mavs SF Chandler Parsons (3 years, $46M): 2 points, 0-7 FG.
Heat SF Luol Deng (2 years, $19.9M): 22 points, 10-12 FG. Mavs SF Chandler Parsons (3 years, $46M): 2 points, 0-7 FG.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 10, 2014
Phoenix Suns (4-3) 107 - 95 Golden State Warriors (5-1)
PHX: Goran Dragic 19 points, 3 assists, 3 steals
GSW: Steph Curry 28 points, 10 assists, 5 steals
Playing without David Lee (hamstring) and Klay Thompson (hand), GSW suffered their first loss of the NBA season and became the last team in the league to do so. Draymond Green had another impressive outing in Lee's absence, going for 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green exploded in the fourth quarter off the bench for a combined 41 points. The Suns outscored the Warriors 36-16 in the final period.
Portland Trail Blazers (4-3) 116 - 100 Denver Nuggets (1-5)
POR: LaMarcus Aldridge 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists
DEN: Ty Lawson 18 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds
Los Angeles Lakers (1-5) 107 - 92 Charlotte Hornets (3-4)
LAL: Jeremy Lin 21 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds
CHA: Al Jefferson 23 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist
The Lakers avoided the Minneapolis Lakers' record for the worst start to a season in franchise history (0-7) thanks to the strong play of Lin and Kobe Bryant, who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Lance Stephenson struggled again, putting up just 6 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Fantasy Stud of the Week: Steph, aka Spicy, Curry was dominant all week long for the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 27.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, and 2.3 SPG. He also shot 51% from the field, 50% from downtown, and 100% from the free throw line. His 4.3 TOPG line was the only negative.