There have been some real weird orders within the standings early on this NBA season, like the new starts from the Spurs and Wizards, who’re each near the underside of their respective conferences now.
Brooklyn is an example of the other, rising like a hot air balloon piloted by Steve Urkel after their tumultuous begin to their season which included the NBA’s only head coach firing thus far this season. Here’s one other example of how they’ve turned it around:
Nets play spoiler to Garland’s big night, 125-117
After starting the season September 11, Brooklyn has now won 13 of their last 14 to put themselves back within the thick of it near the highest of the East standings. The win catapults the Nets past the Cavs because the two squads now rank third and 4th respectively of their conference.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving scored 32 each while TJ Warren added one other 23 off the bench. The three combined to shoot 14-23 (60.9%) from distance to assist their team shoot an elite 18-30 (60.0%) on the night.
This very easily could’ve been Darius Garland’s game as he dominated from start to complete, but especially down the stretch, scoring 18 of his 46 within the fourth alone. Garland also finished with eight assists, matching Ben Simmons’ total for the game-high.
Clippers draw back from Pistons in OT, 142-131
LA was down and (almost) out late in regulation, down 14 with 3:34 remaining. Terrence Mann was critical for the Clips down that final regulation stretch with two assists to start out their comeback run in addition to the pull-up shot with five seconds remaining to send it to extra time.
In extra time, Paul George took over, accounting for 12 of the Clips’ 14 points within the bonus period. Conversely, Detroit managed only three points on 1-6 shooting in extra time.
Miami holds on for 113-110 win over Minnesota
I’ve tried really hard to offer Rudy Gobert some good thing about the doubt recently as he’s obviously been a punching bag at times in his profession, however it’s tough to disregard him being a -14 in 31 minutes of this one while no other starter was worse than -2 and his backup, Naz Reid, was a team-high +13 along with his 21 and 11 double double.
Miami’s balanced barrage of scoring behind 4 players with 14+ was enough to get them back to .500 following a two-game losing streak. Their next game will probably be a Bubble Finals rematch against the Lakers where they’ll have a probability to start out a winning streak.
Rockets beat Bulls going away, 133-118
A part of the perks of scoring 133 in a single game often includes big games for multiple players, and this is unquestionably one among those cases. To earn Houston’s tenth win on the season, Kevin Porter Jr. finished with game-highs in points (36) and assists (nine, tied with DeMar DeRozan, who added 31 points of his own), while Alperen Sengun did his best Nikola Jokic impression, posting 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Recent Orleans smashes Indiana, 113-93
Utah’s late push comes up short in 122-126 loss against San Antonio
The Jazz outscored the Spurs 40-30 within the fourth quarter, but for the reason that Spurs were scoring consistently enough earlier (30+ in each quarter), the deficit ended up being an excessive amount of to beat. Three Spurs accounted for the vast majority of that scoring, between 20+ from Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, and Malaki Branham while 4 more added 10+.
Blazers draw back from Hornets in second half, win 124-113
Portland turned a 61-67 halftime deficit around thanks partly to a 40-point third quarter during which Jusuf Nurkic turned in 12 points, including two of his career-high five made threes. Nurk finished with 28 points, outdone only by Jerami Grant’s 32 points on 12-19 shooting.
It was a fun point guard matchup between Dame Lillard, posting 17 points and nine assists, and LaMelo Ball, who finished with the trademark LeBron statline, 27 points, seven rebounds, and 7 assists. LaMelo, nevertheless, made some costly mistakes that Portland was in a position to make the most of during their second half run.