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Box Score Breakdown for Monday, November 20, 2017
Cavaliers put together statement victory by steamrolling Pistons
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Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
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By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Cavaliers ambushed the Pistons early, jumping out to a 36-23 lead after one quarter and a 73-46 halftime advantage. They continued cruising in the third quarter on their way to their largest margin of victory this season. It was a true statement game from the defending Eastern Conference champions, who shot 52.5 percent overall -- including 48.5 percent from three-point range -- and drained all but one of their 17 free-throw attempts. Kevin Love's 19-point, 11-rebound double-double paced the Cavs. Jae Crowder and LeBron James followed with matching 18-point efforts, with the former also providing five boards and the latter registering eight assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Jose Calderon drew the start at point guard and surprised with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jeff Green's 11 points led the bench, while Channing Frye pitched in 10 points off the second unit as well. Tobias Harris' modest 11 points led Detroit. Stanley Johnson and Reggie Jackson each poured in 10 points. Avery Bradley supplied nine points, three assists and two rebounds. Andre Drummond went for eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he also turned the ball over a game-high six times. Langston Galloway's eight points led the bench, while Reggie Bullock, Anthony Tolliver, Eric Moreland and Henry Ellenson chipped in a quartet of six-point tallies.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 6:57 PM ET

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Charlotte Hornets
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By Juan Carlos Blanco

The contest was unsurprisingly a hard-fought one throughout, but a 34-point fourth quarter finally gave Charlotte some breathing room and ultimately led to a 16-point margin of victory. They dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Timberwolves by a 52-38 margin. Dwight Howard led the way for the Hornets with a 25-point, 20-rebound double-double that also included four blocks. Minnesota had a particularly tough night from long range, draining only six of their 27 three-point attempts. Jamal Crawford's 19 points in 18 minutes off the bench led Minnesota. Jeff Teague provided 18 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks. Karl-Anthony Towns matched Teague's point total and added 12 rebounds, two assists and one block. Jimmy Butler posted 14 points, while Andrew Wiggins supplied 11. Taj Gibson notably scored just one point on a free throw and added six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Frank Kaminsky tallied 24 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Nicolas Batum totaled 17 points and Jeremy Lamb poured in 16. Kemba Walker's contributions included 14 points and four boards, while Cody Zeller turned in 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist filled out the stat sheet with eight points, three boards, one assist and two blocks.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 7:06 PM ET

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Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers
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By Juan Pablo Aravena   

Ben Simmons led the way for the Sixers with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, as the rookie once again looked like a dominant force on both ends of the court. Joel Embiid also added a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards, but he also chipped in with three assists and two blocks. J.J. Redick added 20 points, and Amir Johnson produced off the bench thanks to eight points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks. On the other hand, Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz, as the rookie once again was the team's top scoring threat and finished with 17 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Rodney Hood added 13 points off the bench and Ricky Rubio chipped in with 12 points, but also committed six turnovers while dishing out two assists.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 6:33 PM ET

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Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic
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By Dan Bruno   

Victor Oladipo was the high-point man in the contest, with 29 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and two blocks, in 34 minutes. Thaddeus Young chipped in 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, in 37 minutes. Darren Collison finished with six points, five rebounds, four steals and eight assists, in 35 minutes. Domantas Sabonis added 10 points, four rebounds and one assist, in 20 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Nikola Vucevic led the way for the Magic with 25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal, in 29 minutes. Evan Fournier followed up with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds, in 31 minutes. Jonathan Simmons chipped in 10 points four rebounds and two assists, in 30 minutes off the bench. D.J. Augustine also chipped in 10 points off the bench. Aaron Gordon notched a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, in 35 minutes.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 6:52 PM ET      Updated on November 20, 2017 at 6:53 PM ET

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Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks
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By Nick Brazzoni   

While the surprising start to the Knicks' season has mostly been attributed to the great play of Kristaps Porzingis, the two key players New York received in the trade for Carmelo Anthony, Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott, have been very impressive in their first 16 games with their new team, and Monday night was yet another example. Kanter posted his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds, and the big man is averaging 13.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game so far this season. Meanwhile, McDermott has been on fire from behind the arc, shooting over 40 percent from the field for the season. In Monday's win, the sharp shooter hit five of his seven attempts from long range and scored 16 points in 30 minutes off the bench. It was the seventh time this season that McDermott shot over 50 percent from three.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:43 PM ET

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Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies
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By Dan Bruno   

C.J. McCollum led the way for the Trail Blazers, with 24 points and eight rebounds, in 37 minutes. Noah Vonleh grabbed 18 rebounds, along with 11 points three blocks and one assist, in 31 minutes. Damian Lillard finished with 21 points, four assists and three rebounds, while Shabazz Napier tallied 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block, in 27 minutes off the bench. Jusuf Nurkic added 10 points, seven rebounds and one block, in 31 minutes. Meanwhile, Mario Chalmers was the high-point man for Memphis, with 21 points, to go with six assists, six rebounds and one steal, in 32 minutes. Tyreke Evans followed up with 20 points, three rebounds, three assists and one block, in 31 minutes off the bench. Marc Gasol tallied a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, along with seven assists, two blocks and one steal. JaMychal Green chipped in 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:13 PM ET

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Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks
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By Joel Bartilotta

There were eight ties and eight lead changes in this matchup, as it took a late run for Washington to pull away and win. In fact, the Wizards outscored the Bucks by 10 in the second half. Rebounding was a huge factor, with the Wizards outrebounding the Bucks, 46-33. Milwaukee only shot 44 percent from the field and 18 percent from three-point range, while Washington hit 53 percent of their shots. Bradley Beal led Washington with 23 points and five assists. Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat both recorded double-doubles. John Wall finished with 15 points and six assists, while Kelly Oubre Jr. dropped 18 points off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee, tallying 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Eric Bledsoe collected 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, six steaks ad two blocks.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:15 PM ET

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Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans
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By Nick Brazzoni   

Monday night's contest between the Pelicans and Thunder was all about the stars of the game doing what they do best. For New Orleans, with DeMarcus Cousins ejected in the second half, Anthony Davis stepped up and erupted for 36 points and 15 rebounds across 45 minutes in what was one of his most impressive performances of the season so far. Monday was the seventh time this season that Davis posted at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook finally broke through and posted his first triple-double of November, recording 22 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists in the loss. It was Westbrook's fifth triple-double of the season and his first since Oct. 31, but Monday was the first time Oklahoma City has lost this season when the point guard has posted one.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:58 PM ET

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Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs
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By Dan Bruno   

LaMarcus Aldridge was the high-point man for San Antonio, with 22 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one block, in 39 minutes. Kyle Anderson finished with 13 points, six rebounds, one block, and a career-high 10 assists, in 27 minutes. Danny Green totaled 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block, in 30 minutes. Manu Ginobili tallied 16 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal, in 26 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, John Collins was the high-point man for Atlanta, with 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, in 36 minutes off the bench. Taurean Prince finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist, in 39 minutes. Dennis Schroder added 14 points, nine assists, three rebounds and one steal, in 27 minutes. Dewayne Dedmon was solid with 11 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist, in 27 minutes.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:09 PM ET      Updated on November 20, 2017 at 9:32 PM ET

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Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks
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By Joel Bartilotta

Boston came into this matchup as a monster favorite to get to their 16th-straight win, but it took an overtime session to get it. In fact, the Celtics had to outscore the Mavericks, 27-19, in the fourth quarter to get into the overtime. Defense was key, as they held Dallas to 42 percent from the field and 21 percent from three-point range. Boston won the rebounding battle, 53-45 and the fastbreak differential, 21-7. Kyrie Irving recorded a season-high 47 points on 16-of-22 shooting. He also added three rebounds and six assists to his tally. Jaylen Brown amassed 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jayson Tatum accrued 15 points and nine rebounds as well. Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 31 points, six rebounds and two assists. Wesley Matthew collected 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Dirk Nowitzki recorded his first double-double of the season, totaling 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:36 PM ET      Updated on November 20, 2017 at 8:37 PM ET

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Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings
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By Oscar Heanue

Denver saw strong guard play in Monday's win. Sophomore point guard Jamal Murray scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The performance marked the fourth time in five games that the 2016 lottery pick scored at least 18 points. The team was led in scoring by combo wing Will Barton, who had 25 points. Shooting guard Gary Harris had 20 points on 8-of-13 from the field. Big man Nikola Jokic added a double-double, including a team-high 14 rebounds. The Kings, meanwhile, were led by veteran guard George Hill. Hill had 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and added four steals on the defensive end. It was not as strong a night, though, from third-year big man Willie Cauley-Stein. Cauley-Stein had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting, falling back to Earth after multiple team-high scoring performances.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 10:21 PM ET