The NBA doesn't care if you have Saturday night plans, and it put together an incredibly entertaining 10-game schedule. Busy watching Manny Pacquiao dominate Brandon Rios? That's alright, we got you covered with our roundup, featuring a LeBron James game-winner, a brawl in the Bay, DeMarcus Cousins rejecting post-game pleasantries and much more.
Miami Heat 101, Orlando Magic 99
The Orlando Magic had it in the bag. They built up a comfy 55-39 lead over the Miami Heat, controlling the game going into halftime. But the Miami Heat have some guys called the "Big Three" and they're kinda unstoppable from time to time.
So, the Heat cut the lead down to six by the fourth quarter and leaned on Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James to finish the job. They scored the final 21 points for the Heat over the last eight minutes of the game, capped off by this game-winner from LeBron:
One can only wonder when 'Bron will trademark that push down celebration. He finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and one game-winner.
Los Angeles Clippers 103, Sacramento Kings 102
DeMarcus Cousins put together a huge game for Sacramento but came up short. His 23 points (let's just ignore the 22 shots it took to get there), 19 rebounds and seven assists weren't enough to overcome a terrible first quarter from the Kings. They scored 13 points total, and despite outscoring the Clippers from the second quarter till the end of the game, the drought came back to haunt them.
Chris Paul sealed the game at the line, making one of his two free-throws. He finished with 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Cousins wasn't feeling the post-game formalities and wouldn't let Isaiah Thomas shake hands with CP3 after the game:
Underrated aspect of that sequence? Darren Collison going in for the save, getting left hanging, and smoothly walking away. Lots of Clippers empty-handed in a win, it seems.
San Antonio Spurs 126, Cleveland Cavaliers 96
What happened here, Cleveland? The Spurs led by as many as 43 points and were up 65-32. At halftime.
As you can imagine, Gregg Popovich took full advantage of the opportunity, and Danny Green was the only starter who played more than eight minutes in the second half. Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter were recipients of their very own "get out of a half of basketball free" cards.
Green finished with a game-high 17 points, lighting up the Cavaliers from beyond the arc. He drained five of his seven three-point attempts. Andrew Bynum had a team-high 16 points for Cleveland. Kyrie Irving had a tough outing, making only seven of his 17 shot attempts for 15 points.
Bonner finished with three rebounds, for those wondering.
The Trail Blazers improved to 12-2 on the season with a solid win over the Warriors. Portland has now won ten straight games. LaMarcus Aldridge had an incredible game, scoring a game-high (tied with Stephen Curry) 30 points along with 21 rebounds. He was only 7-for-21 from the field, but the damage came from the free-throw line where he made 16 of his 19 attempts.
Wesley Matthews continues to be nothing but fire from beyond the arc, draining five of his six attempts from deep. Curry scored 30 points on 8-of-21 shooting.
It was a solid game between two of the Western Conference's best teams this season, and these teams are already getting chippy with each other. A skirmish/brawl/scrum broke out between the teams during the third quarter after Mo Williams stepped between Joel Freeland and Andrew Bogut. Things spun out of control from that point; after official review, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams and Draymond Green all received technicals and were ejected. LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bogut and David Lee were assessed technical fouls but were allowed to play the remainder of the game.
Here's how it all went down:
Indiana Pacers 106, Philadelphia 76ers 98
The 76ers held a 85-81 lead over the Indiana Pacers at the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but they couldn't close out the top team in the East. Down four, Paul George and Roy Hibbert made the Pacers' 12 points to give them the lead for close out the game.Hibbert had a big game, dropping 27 points along with 13 rebounds. Paul George scored 19 and David West had a double-double wtih 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Evan Turner scored 21 points on 26 shots and wasn't happy about the lack of fouls being called around the rim:
Evan Turner on Hibbert: "I don’t know of many seven footers that you can attack 25 times and only have 2 fouls called against him." #salty— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) November 24, 2013
He attempted seven free-throws through the game. Michael Carter-Williams' monstrous rookie campaign continues with a 29-point, seven-steal outing.
Boy, those New York Knicks have really hit the wall to start the season, haven't they?:
Well, they certainly hit a "Wall" in D.C., a John Wall that is. Wall finished with 31 points (on 18 shots) and seven assists. That's his second straight game with at least 30. Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 23 points along with 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who drop to 3-9 on the season.
Houston Rockets 112, Minnesota Timberwolves 101
James Harden was out for Houston, but the Rockets didn't lack any scoring in their win over the Timberwolves. Houston started Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley together, who combined for 36 points. Aaron Brooks played significant minutes off the bench. He scored 26 points on six-of-seven shooting from beyond the arc. Terrence Jones started at power forward as Kevin McHale tries to find solutions to his team's frontcourt rotation. Jones had a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Yeah, things went well for Houston.
Boston Celtics 94, Atlanta Hawks 87
All five of Boston's starters reached double-digit scoring, led by Brandon Bass' 17 points and seven rebounds. On the other hand, Al Horford struggled from the field, making only nine of his 19 attempts and Jeff Teague made just three of his 15 shots.
A recipe for disaster for the Hawks, who shot 25 percent from beyond the arc and 38 percent overall.
Charlotte Bobcats 96, Milwaukee Bucks 72
Hey, the Bobcats are pretty good under new head coach Steve Clifford. They enjoyed a 24-point blowout over the Bucks. If you want to look anywhere on this one, how about the third quarter. Milwaukee scored 12 points over the 12-minute span.
Denver Nuggets 102, Dallas Mavericks 100
Sure, the Mavericks lost despite Dirk Nowitzki scoring 27 points (on 9-of-22 shooting), but here's a Dirkdunk GIF: