Good afternoon, folks. The future GOAT put an end to the current GOAT’s 10-game win streak. Let’s talk NBA.
Luka magic drops Lakers
- It had been hyped up for days now, and the showdown between Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers did not disappoint. Doncic and James both nearly went for triple-double performances as Luka posted 27 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists while LeBron registered 25 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Dallas edged out L.A. in the end by a final score of 114-100 as the Mavs were arguably the toughest opponent the Lakers have faced in three weeks. The night culminated with a “passing of the torch” type highlight when Doncic drained a step-back triple right in the face of James.
Luka Doncic hits a stepback three in Lebron's face, so smooth he almost makes those jerseys look good pic.twitter.com/BiXakyvYCd
— Nick Angstadt (@NickVanExit) December 1, 2019
- Anthony Davis added a BBNBA-high of 27 points for the Lakers, who move to 17-3 on the season after losing its 10-game win streak. Rajon Rondo contributed just four points in 18 minutes but dished out seven dimes, as well.
- After starting the season with one of the easiest schedules among all NBA teams, the month of December beefs up quite a bit for the Lakers. Upcoming road games against the Nuggets and Jazz are soon followed by an East Coast road trip that features the Heat, Pacers, and Bucks before they head back home to battle the Nuggets, Clippers, and the Mavericks once again.
Heat score 10 straight to end game
- With slightly under two minutes left in the Miami’s matchup on the road against the Brooklyn Nets and facing a seven-point deficit, the Heat rattled off 10 straight points to steal a 109-106 win. Behind Bam Adebayo’s 17 points and 16 rebounds on 6-14 shooting from the field, the Heat played a perfect final two minutes to move to 14-5 on the year. Tyler Herro appeared in 20 minutes for Miami but registered just four points on 2-6 shooting.
Thunder and Celtics both rally for wins on the road
- The Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics both pulled out big-time wins on Sunday thanks to spectacular second-half efforts. OKC took down the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-104, while Boston finished off the pitiful New York Knicks, 113-104.
- For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went for 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal as he and Chris Paul helped lead a late surge against the Pellies. With the Thunder trailing by five with just over five minutes remaining, they managed to string together a 12-0 run that ultimately pushed them to 8-11 on the season. Nerlens Noel recorded eight points, five rebounds, one block, and one steal in 19 minutes. It was just the second road win of the year for the Thunder.
- In New York, Julius Randle led the Knicks with 26 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists on 8-16 shooting (and 1-5 from three). After receiving his first healthy DNP of his career, second-year forward Kevin Knox went for 11 points, five rebounds, and two blocks on 4-9 shooting. Knox even got the start on Sunday, playing 21 minutes – his most since Nov. 11 (I guess the Knicks head coach decided benching a second-year guard in favor of short term veterans isn’t the best route. Who knew?). The Celtics were led by a combined 58 points from its two young studs, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Enes Kanter recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds on 4-7 shooting in just 15 minutes of action.
- Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves took a bad loss to the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies – who is currently dealing with back spasms. The short-handed Grizz were also without a couple of other key role players, yet pulled off the win, 115-107. Towns added 21 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists on 7-20 shooting, but coupled that with a horrendous night from deep, connecting on just one of his 10 three-point attempts. With the loss, Minny drops to 10-9 through 19 games.
- We’ll end the recap with Willie Cauley-Stein, who registered his first double-double of the season with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists on 5-10 shooting. Unfortunately, his Warriors lost again, dropping to a league-worst 4-17 after the Magic won 100-96 in Orlando.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||100-114 L vs. DAL||27||10-21 (1-2)||10||2||1||2||2||-7||35|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||104-113 L vs. BOS||26||8-16 (0-5)||5||2||0||0||4||-5||33|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||107-115 L vs. MEM||21||7-20 (1-10)||12||5||0||0||2||-4||35|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||109-106 W @ BKN||17||6-14 (0-0)||16||1||1||1||4||+2||33|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||107-104 W @ NOP||17||5-17 (2-8)||9||2||1||0||2||+5||33|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||113-104 W @ NYK||11||4-7 (0-0)||11||0||0||1||1||+4||15|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||104-113 L vs. BOS||11||4-9 (2-6)||5||0||0||2||1||-3||21|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)||96-100 L @ ORL||11||5-10 (0-0)||12||3||1||1||1||-11||24|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||107-104 W @ NOP||8||3-6 (0-0)||5||0||1||1||0||-1||19|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||150-125 W vs. WAS||6||2-4 (2-4)||2||1||0||0||1||+9||14|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||98-132 L @ DET||5||2-8 (1-4)||3||0||0||1||1||-16||17|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||109-106 W @ BKN||4||2-6 (0-1)||1||0||0||0||0||-2||20|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||100-114 L vs. DAL||4||2-3 (0-0)||1||7||0||0||3||-18||18|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||98-132 L @ DET||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||107-104 W @ NOP||DNP-Elbow||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||125-150 L @ LAC||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||104-107 L vs. OKC||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Suns (Booker) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00 (NBATV): Jazz @ 76ers
7:30: Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Hawks
8:00: Pacers @ Grizzlies
8:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
10:00 (NBATV): Bulls @ Kings (Fox-out, Gabriel)