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NBA scores 2017: The Warriors and Cavs are in the Upside Down, and 6 more things from Sunday

Why are all the good teams suddenly losing?

NBA: New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Netflix’s Stranger Things returned last week, you might have heard. It’s not the most unique analogy I’m making here, but on Sunday night the NBA seemed to fall into the Upside Down — Stranger Things’ alternate dimension where the monsters live and are trying to get out.

The Golden State Warriors lost to Detroit. The Cleveland Cavaliers got blown out by New York. The San Antonio Spurs lost on a Victor Oladipo game-winning three. The Spurs loss can be partly explained given Kawhi Leonard’s continued absence — their 4-0 start was bound to catch back up to them to a certain extent.

But the others? The Warriors, as Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney put it, are proving “nonchalance is a hell of an equalizer.” The Cavaliers are a more complicated case ... but they’re playing garbage basketball. An NBA regular season hasn’t really begun until there’s a Cavaliers regular-season scare.

Here are more things from Sunday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP tilt hasn’t slowed

His Sunday line: 33 points, 14-of-21 shooting, 11 rebounds, five assists.

Antetokounmpo is magnificent. No player since the 2000-01 season has ever scored 208 points over six consecutive games — without missing any — while shooting 63.1 percent from the field. His seemingly ever-growing limbs make up for his weak jumper, blowing by flatfooted defenders or simply reaching around them. Antetokounmpo will probably lose some steam, but how does anybody stop him?

Another Bucks shoutout to Khris Middleton: 27 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and a game-high plus-26.

Malik Monk learned a rookie lesson

This ain’t Kentucky anymore, Malik.

The Spurs may have lost, but the Hammer play keeps winning

Listen closely, and you can hear the “HAMMER, HAMMER, HAMMER” call from the Hornets bench...and no luck stopping it. This is the second time it has happened in a week!

That hyped Denver offense showed itself

The Nuggets dropped 124 points on Brooklyn on 50 percent shooting. Jamal Murray had 26 points on an efficient 8-of-14, and it’s good to see his too-often-theoretical jump shot show up consistently over 48 minutes.

Markelle Fultz will be out even longer

It will be at least three weeks of lost time for Fultz with his continued shoulder issue.

Here’s a Wizards team effort

Washington played 12 players and all 12 scored. John Wall, the high-scoring man, only needed 19 points, but the Wizards managed 110 as a team.

Sunday’s scores

Bucks 117, Hawks 106 (Brew Hoop recap | Peachtree Hoops recap)

Pacers 97, Spurs 94 (Indy Cornrows recap | Pounding the Rock recap)

Nuggets 124, Nets 111 (Denver Stiffs recap | Nets Daily recap)

Hornets 120, Magic 113 (At the Hive recap | Orlando Pinstriped Post recap)

Wizards 110, Kings 83 (Bullets Forever recap | Sactown Royalty recap)

Knicks 114, Cavaliers 95 (Posting & Toasting recap | Fear the Sword recap)

Pistons 115, Warriors 107 (Detroit Bad Boys recap | Golden State of Mind recap)