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NBA Scores: The Pacers are making us all look silly

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The last time I wrote certainly one of these day by day scores recaps, I spent the intro fawning over the NBA’s unpredictability. The Pistons were playing the Mavericks, and I had no idea what to anticipate from the sport — not even Luka’s presence on one side could sway me in a single direction or one other. I would as well spend every intro from here on out repeating the very same sentiment, almost word-for-word. After all, I won’t — just like the league, I’m all about keeping things interesting — but in a league that’s becoming less and fewer uniform in its day-to-day, a trend is emerging: you may never count on what you would possibly consider to be the inevitable.

With every passing night within the NBA, I find myself impressed by one more young name or team that shatters its own expectations. These days, that fresh face has been Indiana’s Andrew Nembhard. The rookie guard from Gonzaga has spent the last week taking name after name, and proving himself an indispensable cog in Rick Carlisle’s unexpectedly-successful machine. Over his last 4 games, Nembhard is averaging 15.6 points on 53 percent shooting (46 percent from three), in addition to 7.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds. His efficiency is off the charts. Last week, he hit a buzzer-beater to provide Indiana the win over the Lakers.

And Monday night, he continued to deliver, leading a shorthanded Pacers squad past the Warriors. That starts off today’s recap of Monday’s NBA Scores.

Paced by Nembhard, Indiana handles Golden State, 112-104

Without Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, and a bunch of others, you’d have been forgiven should you mentally penciled within the Warriors as winners of this one before turning out the lights and calling it an evening. But people forget in regards to the likes of Nembhard (31 points), Buddy Hield (17), Jalen Smith (15), Bennedict Mathurin (14), Oshae Brissett (14), and Isaiah Jackson (13), all of whom put together an exhilarating team-effort in Indiana’s win over the Warriors. Even on a shorthanded night, this team proves to be dangerous.

Klay Thompson finished with 28 points in defeat, while Steph Curry shot just 3-for-17, totaling 12 points on the night, his season-low.

Rockets outlast Sixers in double-OT, 132-123

In his first game since Nov. 2, James Harden looked … rusty. After missing 14 games with a tendon strain in his right foot, he returned and scored 21 points for Philadelphia but shot just 4-for-19 from the sphere. The Rockets took advantage, forcing two extra periods before pulling away within the second additional time. Joel Embiid led the best way for the Sixers with 39, but fouled out in the primary OT.

Giannis, Bucks hand Magic ninth-straight loss, 109-102

The Milwaukee Bucks have won five out of six, and though Orlando kept this one on the closer side, a game never really feels unsure when Giannis Antetokounmpo is dominating. He finished with 34 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks to maintain his squad rolling. The road ahead is a tougher one, though: Of their final 12 games of 2022, the Bucks will meet nine teams over .500, six of them coming on the road.

Luka still owns Phoenix, leads Mavs in blowout win over Suns, 130-111

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Kawhi returns, hits game-winner to steer Clips over Hornets, 119-117

The Los Angeles Clippers have spent the higher a part of the last 10 years being the NBA’s premier “what might have been” team. Whether it was the Lob City days, or the recent iteration of the franchise, led by two injury prone stars, they’ve all the time had the makings, but never the durability nor, perhaps, the luck to recover from the ultimate hump.

Now, last night’s win over the lowly Hornets shouldn’t send fans to the sportsbooks to put their championship bets on this group. But when it inspires anything, make it a return to stability. Kawhi Leonard was the hero, a welcome sign for a team that has been without him for the higher a part of a yr and a half. After missing the previous six games attributable to a sprained right ankle, Kawhi hit seven of his 15 shots, good for 16 points, to go along with six rebounds and the game-winning jumper in 28 minutes. He’s only played in six games this season, but when this one is any indication, he’s on his way back.

Thunder use big second half to soar past Hawks, 121-114

If Shai Gilgeous-Alexander isn’t a part of your MVP conversation, stop having the conversation. I don’t care that the Thunder are 11-13 and unlikely to make the playoffs — they’re certainly one of the league’s most entertaining teams, and all of it starts with SGA, who’s having the very best season of his still-young profession. He’s averaging 31.8 points, six assists, and a tick under five rebounds per game; against Atlanta on Monday, he led the best way with 35.

We’ve seen players put a team on their backs before. I’m undecided we’ve ever seen something quite as electric as this.

No Ja, JJJ, Bane… no problem! Grizz beat Heat, 101-93

Tatum, Brown lead Celtics past Raptors, 116-110

Truthfully, enough said.

Once per week the Celtics pull Blake Griffin out of cryo-sleep to provide Al Horford the night off and literally no one within the league can work out what to do about it

— Dr. Daniel fromSport, Esq. (@DanielfromSport) December 6, 2022

No person within the league can really work out what to do with the Celtics in any respect. They’re 20-5, winners of eight of their last 10 (and two straight), and even on “off” nights from their higher players, role guys creep out of the woodwork to step up and contribute. Last night, it was Blake Griffin. Next time, it would be Luke Kornet, or Justin Jackson. But at the top of the day, it would all come back to Tatum and Brown, who combined for 53 in Monday’s win over Toronto. Marcus Smart added 18 points and 7 assists for the title favorites.

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