Saturday night was loaded with NBA action, including two streaks ending in Chicago, Kyrie Irving cooking the Washington Wizards, an amazing halftime show in Charlotte, and the return of Ryan Anderson. Here's your Saturday roundup:
Chicago Bulls 110, Indiana Pacers 94
The Chicago Bulls ended the Indiana Pacers' perfect start to the season by raining threes on their parade. Chicago made 16-of-26 three-point attempts, led by Derrick Rose's six made shots from deep.
Paul George's nine-game streak of scoring at least 20 points came to a brutal end. He made 3-of-14 field goals and ended the night with 12 points.
Oh, as for that rivalry business between Chicago and Indiana, the Bulls fans had a four syllable chant for the suddenly defeated Pacers:
"O-VER-RA-TED" chants starting up now at the United Center.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) November 17, 2013
Kyrie Irving tied his career-high with 41 points and rocked the Washington Wizards to sleep in overtime. Irving scored nine of the Cavaliers' 13 points in overtime. In case you've forgotten, here's a little Uncle Drew cookin' for ya:
No, really, Kyrie is pretty good at this basketball thing. You can check out a few more wow moments from his game GIF'd up over here.
Bradley Beal scored a team-high 28 points for Washington while John Wall made just 3-of-13 field goal attempts. An extra special shout out to Jarret Jack, who decided to drive full court for a layup after the game was decided and Washington was no longer playing defense. Here's his little stroll through the park:
Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Ryan Anderson made his season debut and scored 26 points. The prototype stretch four made 6-of-10 three-point attempts. Welcome back, Mr. Anderson. He was pretty important to the Pelicans last season, in case that's been forgotten.
Miami Heat 97, Charlotte Bobcats 81
The Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for the 13th time in a row. Something amazing did happen, but first lets get the formalities out of the way. LeBron James scored 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting and tallied seven assists. Michael Beasley dropped 15 points off the bench.
Ok, now that that's out of the way. Behold, the incredible halftime show in Charlotte:
Houston Rockets 122, Denver Nuggets 111
The Denver Nuggets went the Hack-a-Howard route and it did not go well. Dwight Howard finished the game with 25 points and made just four field goals. His work came at the line, where he made an astounding 17-of-24 free-throw attempts.
Daryl Morey is alright with that:
Was gr8 2see @DwightHoward show off his hard work on FT. Terrible strategy, hope teams keep doing it. If he makes 1/2+ we will pull away— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) November 17, 2013
Atlanta Hawks 110, New York Knicks 90
Alright, New York Knicks, time for a heart-to-heart. Letting eight players reach double-digit scoring is not how you win basketball games. The Hawks pulled this feat off, led by Jeff Teague's 16 points. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points on 8-of-21 shooting and grabbed 12 boards, but the defense and support wasn't there for New York. It's likely a bad sign when your franchise player says it's like the team "not even trying":
Carmelo after the #Knicks' 20-point loss: "We're not getting it done from an effort standpoint. It’s like we're not even trying right now."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 17, 2013
J.R. Smith's horrid start to his season continued down the sewage pipe. He finished 3-for-18, scoring seven points. Here's his shot chart. I'll just walk away slowly from this mess:
Minnesota Timberwolves 106, Boston Celtics 88
The Timberwolves continue dropping all sorts of points on folks. Kevin Love scored 23 points and pulled in 12 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 20 points, and Nikola Pekovic got in on the fun by putting in 20 points and 12 rebounds of his own.
Jeff Green missed all six of his field-goal attempts, Jordan Crawford went 4-of-14, and the Celtics shot 39 percent overall from the floor. Avery Bradley scored a game-high 27 points and had zero assists.
Serge Ibaka had a huge game, grabbing a game-high 20 rebounds, blocking four shots and scoring 15 points. The Milwaukee Bucks shot 34 percent from the field, "led" by O.J. Mayo's 12 missed shots. Kevin Durant dropped 24 points and Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Nothing to see here.
Los Angeles Clippers 110, Brooklyn Nets 103
The Nets started Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. I do not believe this is what they had in mind when they revamped their starting five. Even without four of their five starters the Nets were able to hang in and were down one with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter.
Then J.J. Redick hit a three, Chris Paul hit a three, and the game was finally out of reach. CP3 went 3-of-10 from the field but hit two big buckets in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin finished with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds.
Also, Chris Paul has invented the ear guard. Evander Holyfield can only wonder "what if":
Chris Paul storing his mouth guard over his ear during a time out http://t.co/H6AbBDUaNG— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 17, 2013
Dallas Mavericks 108, Orlando Magic 100
Monta Ellis scored 19 points on 19 shots to go along with eight assists and the Dallas Mavericks held off the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter after giving up 34 points in the third. Arron Afflalo finished with a game-high 25 points. Dirk Nowitzki dropped 18 point, going 4-of-6 from deep.
Golden State Warriors 102, Utah Jazz 88
Stephen Curry had a horrendous night, going 7-of-20 and missing all five of his three-point attempts. But that's alright, Splash Bros never say die, and Klay Thompson took care of business. Thompson scored 25 points, going 5-of-8 from deep,