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127
Portland Trail Blazers  at  Brooklyn Nets
Final  – November 24, 2017
125

Blazers Edge Nets, 127-125

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 127-125, at Barclays Center on Friday afternoon. The Trail Blazers (11-8) ultimately emerged victorious in the wildly entertaining contest, but they endured an inauspicious beginning. The Nets (6-12) jumped out to a 32-23 lead after one quarter before Portland began to chip away. They'd cut their deficit down to 53-51 by halftime, and the teams entered the final period deadlocked at 92. However, the Blazers had fallen behind again by as much as 121-115 with as little as 2:20 remaining following an Allen Crabbe floating jump shot, but an 8-0 Portland run vaulted them into a 123-121 lead with 55 seconds left. A Jusuf Nurkic layup and successful free throw gave the visitors the room they needed to withstand a subsequent Spencer Dinwiddie basket, and C.J. McCollum's free throw at the 11-second mark provided the final margin of victory. As the final score implied, the stat sheet was virtually even across the board, with both teams posting identical 50.0 percent tallies from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range. Damian Lillard led the way for the Blazers with 34 points, nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block. Nurkic put together a monster double-double consisting of 29 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and one steal. C.J. McCollum bounced back from a nightmarish shooting performance in his last contest to supply 26 points, five assists, two rebounds, one block and one steal. Evan Turner turned in a bench-leading 13 points, which he supplemented with four assists, three rebounds and one steal. Noah Vonleh registered seven points, seven rebounds and one block. Spencer Dinwiddie paced the Nets with 23 points, six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson poured in 17 points and added four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Caris LeVert led the second unit with 14 points and added six rebounds and two assists. Joe Harris was productive off the bench as well with 13 points, five assists and two rebounds. Allen Crabbe turned in 12 points, three rebounds and one assist. Tyler Zeller drew another start at center and provided 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block. DeMarre Carroll matched Zeller's scoring and also registered nine rebounds, three assists and one block. The Trail Blazers remain on the road and next head to the Nation's Capital, where they'll take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Nets head south to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday evening.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 2:52 PM ET      Updated on November 24, 2017 at 3:06 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Nets jumped out to a 32-23 lead after one quarter before Portland began to chip away. The two teams entered the final period deadlocked at 92. However, they'd fallen behind by as much as 121-115 with as little as 2:20 remaining following an Allen Crabbe floating jump shot, but an 8-0 Portland run vaulted them into a 123-121 lead with 55 seconds left. Jusuf Nurkic's layup and successful free throw gave the visitors the room they needed to withstand a subsequent Spencer Dinwiddie basket, and C.J. McCollum's free throw at the 11-second mark provided the final margin of victory. The stat sheet was virtually even across the board, including in the shooting categories, with both teams posting identical 50.0 percent tallies from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range. Damian Lillard's 34 points led the Blazers. Nurkic pitched in a 29-point, 15-rebound double-double. C.J. McCollum supplied 26 points, while Evan Turner turned in a bench-leading 13 points. Noah Vonleh registered seven points, seven rebounds and one block. Spencer Dinwiddie's 23 points paced the Nets. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson poured in 17 points and Caris LeVert led the second unit with 14 points. Joe Harris was productive off the bench as well with 13 points, five assists and two rebounds. Allen Crabbe turned in 12 points against his old teammates. Tyler Zeller provided 10 points. DeMarre Carroll matched Zeller's scoring and also registered nine rebounds, three assists and one block.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 3:05 PM ET

104
New York Knicks  at  Atlanta Hawks
Final  – November 24, 2017
116

Hawks Use Second-Half Surge, Defeat Knicks At Home

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the visiting New York Knicks 116-104 at Philips Arena on Friday evening. The Hawks (4-15) haven't had very good results of late and they were riding a three-game losing streak, but showed improvements on both ends of the court and managed to defeat a Knicks (10-8) team that was coming off a huge win over the Toronto Raptors earlier this week. The Knicks had a 67-59 lead after the first half, but Hawks bounced back with a strong effort in the second. Atlanta won the third quarter 30-19, and they never looked back. They closed it out with a 27-18 victory in the final 12 minutes, and came out on top of a game nobody expected them to win in the first place. Dennis Schroder was the biggest star for the Hawks in this game, as the German point guard delivered 29 points and seven assists across 34 minutes. Taurean Prince came close to a double-double after finishing with 13 points and nine assists, and Kent Bazemore left his mark on both ends of the court since he ended with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals. All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, and Marco Belinelli added 12 points off the bench. Kristaps Porzingis led New York offensive after scoring 28 points, and Courtney Lee came close behind with him a 26-point effort that saw him convert 11 of his 14 field-goal attempts. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. One of the big differences in the game was the rebounding battle, as Atlanta edged New York 13-5 on offensive boards.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

Dennis Schroder was the biggest star for the Hawks in this game, as he delivered 29 points and seven assists across 34 minutes. Taurean Prince finished with 13 points and nine assists, and Kent Bazemore helped on both ends of the court since he ended with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals. All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, and Marco Belinelli added 12 points off the bench. Kristaps Porzingis led New York offensive after scoring 28 points, and Courtney Lee came close behind with him a 26-point effort that saw him convert 11 of his 14 field-goal attempts. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. One of the big differences in the game was the rebounding battle, as Atlanta edged New York 13-5 on offensive boards.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM ET

103
Orlando Magic  at  Boston Celtics
Final  – November 24, 2017
118

Celtics Dominate Magic, 119-103

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic, 119-103, at TD Garden on Friday night. The Celtics (17-3) were apparently in a feisty mood after seeing their 16-game winning streak snapped by the Miami Heat on Wednesday, or perhaps they played like a team no longer encumbered by the pressure of trying to maintain that torrid stretch. Either way, Boston came out of the gates on a mission Friday, blowing out the Magic (8-11) by a 73-47 margin in the first half. The sizable lead allowed them to essentially cruise in the third and fourth quarters, and only a 34-point tally in the final period by Orlando made the final score somewhat respectable. The Celtics' defense was in typically superior form, with no Orlando starter posting more than 12 points, and two of them scoring in single digits. Meanwhile, with a comfortable second-half lead, Boston's reserves saw extended playing time, with four players logging at least 22 minutes and the second unit compiling a collective 47 points overall. The Magic was paced by Jonathon Simmons, who managed 14 points, three rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes off the bench. Nikola Vucevic was tops among the starters with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included two assists, three steals and one block. Elfrid Payton matched Vucevic's point total and added six boards and three assists. Marreese Speights was the third player to accomplish the tally, and he supplemented it with five rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes off the bench. Aaron Gordon provided 11 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal. Evan Fournier had one of his poorer nights of the season, going just 3-for-13 from the field on his way to a seven-point performance. He also brought down five rebounds, dished out two assists and recorded one steal. Kyrie Irving managed to get in a game's worth of scoring despite playing just 25 minutes, as he supplied 30 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Terry Rozier followed with a bench-leading 23 points, which he complemented with six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jaylen Brown registered 13 points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block. Aron Baynes matched Brown's point total and added 11 rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench. Jayson Tatum collected 11 points, two rebounds, two blocks and one steal in a modest 22 minutes. Marcus Morris totaled nine points, six boards and three assists while drawing the start. Al Horford mustered just five points but also tallied 10 assists, four rebounds and two blocks. The Magic next makes the short trip to Philadelphia, where they'll face the 76ers on Saturday night. The Celtics hit the road and face the Indiana Pacers on Saturday evening as well.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:05 PM ET      Updated on November 24, 2017 at 10:11 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Celtics blew out the Magic by a 73-47 margin in the first half, allowing them to essentially cruise in the third and fourth quarters. They didn't allow any Orlando starter to post more than 12 points and limited two of them to single digits. Boston's reserves saw extended playing time, with four players logging at least 22 minutes and the second unit compiling a collective 47 points overall. Jonathon Simmons paced the Magic with 14 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Nikola Vucevic was tops among the starters with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. Elfrid Payton matched Vucevic's point total and added six boards and three assists. Marreese Speights also poured in 12 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Aaron Gordon provided 11 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal. Evan Fournier went just 3-for-13 from the field on his way to a seven-point performance. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 30 points in just 25 minutes. Terry Rozier followed with a bench-leading 23 points, while Jaylen Brown registered 13. Aron Baynes matched Brown's point total and added 11 rebounds and two assists. Jayson Tatum collected 11 points in a modest 22 minutes. Marcus Morris' line included nine points and six boards, while Al Horford mustered just five points but also tallied 10 assists, four rebounds and two blocks.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:10 PM ET

99
Charlotte Hornets  at  Cleveland Cavaliers
Final  – November 24, 2017
100

Cavaliers Edge Hornets, 100-99

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 100-99, at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday evening. The Cavaliers (12-7) checked into Friday's contest as one of the hotter teams in the NBA, a designation that seemed improbable just two weeks ago when they were still trying to find their footing. Cleveland was gunning for its seventh straight win against the Hornets (8-10), but it was clear from the onset that the visitors would not be willing facilitators. The Hornets owned a 57-54 halftime lead, but the Cavs were able to enter the final period with a razor-thin 83-82 advantage. Fittingly, the contest came down to the final seconds, with LeBron James playing solid defense against Kemba Walker, who misfired on a last-gasp attempt. Both teams took very good care of the ball, as the game featured a modest 19 combined turnovers. However, Cleveland had the upper hand shooting-wise, as they outpaced Charlotte by a margin of 45.0 percent to 40.9 percent from the floor. Dwight Howard led the way for Charlotte with a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double that also included one assist, one steal and one block. Marvin Williams posted 17 points, seven boards and one assist. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist followed with 16 points, five rebounds and one assist. Walker had an off shooting night (6-for-19 from the field) but managed to compile a respectable 15 points to go along with eight assists, five rebounds and one steal. Jeremy Lamb drew the start for Nicolas Batum (elbow) and provided 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block. Michael Carter-Williams matched Lamb's point total off the bench and added seven rebounds, five assists and one block. James paced the Cavaliers with a 22-point, 14-rebound, 13-assist triple-double that also included two blocks. J.R. Smith poured in 15 points but only added one assist and three steals. Kyle Korver generated a bench-leading 13 points, which he complemented with one rebound. Jae Crowder supplied 12 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Kevin Love contributed an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double and added one block. Dwyane Wade was productive on the second unit as well with 10 points, two assists and two blocks. The Hornets head back home to tangle with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday evening, while the Cavaliers head to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Monday night.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:43 PM ET      Updated on November 24, 2017 at 10:50 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Hornets built a 57-54 halftime lead, but the Cavs were able to enter the final period with a razor-thin 83-82 advantage. Fittingly, the contest came down to the final seconds, with LeBron James playing solid defense against Kemba Walker, who misfired on a last-gasp attempt. The well-played contest featured a modest 19 combined turnovers, and the Hornets actually won the rebounding battle by a 53-41 margin. However, Cleveland had the upper hand shooting-wise, as they outpaced Charlotte by a 45.0 percent to 40.9 percent margin. Dwight Howard's 20-point, 13-rebound double-double led the Hornets. Marvin Williams posted 17 points and seven boards. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 16 points. Walker had an off shooting night (6-for-19 from the field) but managed to compile a respectable 15 points to go along with eight assists, five rebounds and one steal. Jeremy Lamb started for Nicolas Batum (elbow) and provided a final line that included 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Michael Carter-Williams matched Lamb's point total and added seven rebounds, five assists and one block. James paced the Cavaliers with a 22-point, 14-rebound, 13-assist triple-double. J.R. Smith poured in 15 points, while Kyle Korver generated a bench-leading 13. Jae Crowder supplied 12 points and Kevin Love contributed an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double. Dwyane Wade poured in 10 points off the bench.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:49 PM ET

104
Toronto Raptors  at  Indiana Pacers
Final  – November 24, 2017
107

Pacers Keep Streak Alive, Defeat Raptors At Home

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Indiana Pacers defeated the visiting Toronto Raptors, 107-104, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday evening. The Pacers (11-8) and the Raptors (11-7) animated a highly-contested game, although in the end the Pacers came out on top and managed to extend their winning streak up to five games, further confirming their place as one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference right now. Toronto grabbed a 10-point lead entering halftime, but Indiana erased the deficit with an 11-point lead during the third quarter. The Pacers seemed to be running away with the game in the fourth, but Toronto mounted a comeback in the final minutes. They fell short, though, and Indiana won a vibrating game that could easily happen during the playoffs next year. As it has been the case all season long, Victor Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 21 points. Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 19, and Darren Collison added 17 to go along with eight assists. Six Indiana players scored in double-digits in this one, including Lance Stephenson (18 points on 7-of-9 from the field) and Domantas Sabonis (13 points and six rebounds). Myles Turner struggled a bit, however, as he finished with 10 boards but only added seven points. Kyle Lowry was the main offensive weapon for Toronto, as the veteran point guard finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. But the rest of the starting lineup struggled, as evidenced by DeMar DeRozan's awful shooting night (13 points on 6-of-16 from the field) and Serge Ibaka's 10 points. The bench provided a scoring outburst, however, as both Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet registered 16 points each.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:39 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

Victor Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 21 points. Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 19, and Darren Collison added 17 to go along with eight assists. Six Indiana players scored in double-digits, including Lance Stephenson (18 points on 7-of-9 from the field) and Domantas Sabonis (13 points and six rebounds). Myles Turner struggled a bit, however, as he finished with 10 boards but only added seven points. Kyle Lowry was Toronto's main offensive weapon, as he finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. However, the rest of the starting lineup struggled, as evidenced by DeMar DeRozan's awful shooting night (13 points on 6-of-16 from the field) and Serge Ibaka's 10 points. The bench provided a very nice scoring outburst, as both Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet registered 16 points each.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:41 PM ET

99
Detroit Pistons  at  Oklahoma City Thunder
Final  – November 24, 2017
98

Pistons Comeback to Defeat Thunder, 99-98

By Joel Bartilotta

The Detroit Pistons defeated the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 99-98, at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday. This was a tale of two halves, as the Pistons overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Oklahoma City on the road. In fact, the Pistons held the Thunder to just 39 points in the second half, as they scored 50 on their end. Detroit's only lead actually came in the fourth quarter, as it was within a five-point margin for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The key for Detroit was defense, as they held Oklahoma City to 42 percent from the field and 23 percent from three-point range. The Pistons also took advantage of poor transition defense from the Thunder, as they won the fastbreak differential, 19-7. The Pistons (12-6) rode Andre Drummond in their comeback win, as he led the team with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Tobias Harris accrued 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Reggie Jackson totaled 12 points, three rebounds and four assists. Avery Bradley and Stanley Johnson each scored 11 points to cap off the five starters. Ish Smith was the only bench player in double figures, as he provided 15 points, three rebounds and four assists. The Thunder (7-9) were led by Russell Westbrook, as he collected 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals en route to a triple-double. Carmelo Anthony amassed 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Steven Adams recorded a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double. Paul George accumulated 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, five steals and two blocks. Oklahoma City will have to play again on Saturday, as they travel to face the Dallas Mavericks. As for Detroit, they play the Boston Celtics on the road on Monday for their next fixture.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:28 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

The form of these teams were a good indication of how this game was played, as Detroit out-executed Oklahoma City in the second half. In fact, the Pistons overcame a 10-point deficit at the half, by outscoring the Thunder, 50-39, in the second half to comeback and win by one. Defense was key for the Pistons, as they held the Thunder to 42 percent from the field and 23 percent from three-point range. All five starters scored in double figures for Detroit, as Andre Drummond led them with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Tobias Harris finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Ish Smith led the bench with 15 points, three rebounds and four assists. Russell Westbrook carried Oklahoma City, as he collected 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals. Carmelo Anthony amassed 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Paul George accumulated 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, five steals and two blocks.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:32 PM ET

109
Miami Heat  at  Minnesota Timberwolves
Final  – November 24, 2017
97

Heat Control Timberwolves

By Dan Bruno  

The Miami Heat defeated the host Minnesota Timberwolves, 107-95, at Target Center on Friday evening. The Heat had the Timberwolves all figured out in this one, as they held the lead throughout most of the contest. Dion Waiters poured in 10 points in the third quarter to help the Heat stretch their lead to 81-70 heading into the fourth, where they cruised to their second straight win. The Heat (9-9) shot 48 percent from the field and connected on 19 three-pointers, with 29 assists in the contest. Wayne Ellington went 6-of-9 from long range, on his way to a team-high 21 points, in 27 minutes off the bench. Goran Dragic followed up with 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals, in 31 minutes, while Hassan Whiteside totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist. Kelly Olynyk was solid in 22 minutes off the bench, with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves (11-8) shot 44 percent from the field, including 7-of-17 from long range. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block, in 38 minutes. Jimmy Butler tallied 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. The Timberwolves will look to bounce back when they play host to the Suns on Sunday. The Heat take on the Bulls in Chicago on Sunday.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:43 PM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Wayne Ellington went 6-of-9 from long range, on his way to a team-high 21 points, in 27 minutes off the bench. Goran Dragic followed up with 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals, in 31 minutes, while Hassan Whiteside totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist. Kelly Olynyk chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Dion Waiters tallied 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, in 28 minutes. Meanwhile, Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block, in 38 minutes. Jimmy Butler tallied 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Jamal Crawford added 10 points, three assists and one rebound, while Shabazz Muhammad finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 10:45 PM ET

92
Memphis Grizzlies  at  Denver Nuggets
Final  – November 24, 2017
104

Nuggets Hang On For Fifth Straight Home Win

By Dan Bruno  

The Denver Nuggets defeated the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, 104-92, at Pepsi Center on Friday evening. Nuggets get off to a good start, ending first quarter on a 14-6 run, to go up 27-18, heading into the second. They carried the lead to halftime, where they led 61-445 at the break. The Grizzlies (7-11) came roaring back in the third quarter, with a 22-9 run that brought it to a two-points game, 76-74, heading into the fourth. However, the Nuggets (11-8) would not give it up, led by Nikola Jokic, who poured in 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets notch their fifth straight home win. Jokic finished with a team-high 28 points, along with 13 rebounds, eight assists and one steal, in 35 minutes. Jamal Murray and Gary Harris added 15 points each, while Kenneth Faried chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, in 31 minutes. The Nuggets were without Paul Millsap (wrist), who remains out indefinitely. The Nuggets shot 50 percent from the field, including going 9-of-21 from long range. Meanwhile, this marks the seventh straight loss for the Grizzlies, who shot 48 percent from the field and hit 9-of-26 from long range, with 27 assists in the contest. The Grizzlies continue to struggle without Mike Conley (achilles). JaMychal Green led the way with a season-high 21 points, in 32 minutes. Marc Gasol tallied 15 points and a career-high 14 assists, to go along with six rebounds and two steals, in 38 minutes. The Grizz are back in action on Sunday, when they play host to the Nets. The Nuggets have a few days off before they take on the Jazz in Utah on Tuesday.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:40 PM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Nikola Jokic led the way for the Nuggets with 28 points, along with 13 rebounds, eight assists and one steal, in 35 minutes. Jamal Murray added 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block, in 36 minutes, while Gary Harris finished with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists, in 37 minutes. Kenneth Faried chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, in 31 minutes. Meanwhile, JaMychal Green led the way for Memphis with a season-high 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting, three rebounds and one assist, in 32 minutes. Marc Gasol tallied 15 points and a career-high 14 assists, to go along with six rebounds and two steals, in 38 minutes. Tyreke Evans totaled 15 points, three steals, two assists, one rebound and one block, in 29 minutes off the bench.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:44 PM ET

115
New Orleans Pelicans  at  Phoenix Suns
Final  – November 24, 2017
91

Pelicans Pummel Suns, 115-91

By Joel Bartilotta

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the host Phoenix Suns, 115-91, at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday. It's rare to see a home team dominated so thoroughly, but that's what New Orleans did to Phoenix here. In fact, the Pelicans led by 12 at the end of the first quarter, while carrying a 30-point lead into the half. Phoenix actually never got the game within 24 points in the second half. Defense was key for New Orleans, as they held Phoenix to 39 percent from the field and 10 percent from three-point range. The Pelicans ended up shooting 50 percent, while outassisting the Suns, 29-12. The Pelicans (11-8) were led by Anthony Davis, as he tallied 23 points, and nine rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. DeMarcus Cousins collected 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Jrue Holiday accrued 18 points, two assists and five steals. The Suns (7-13) got 18 points, two rebounds and three blocks from T.J, Warren to lead the team. Tyson Chandler went 6-of-7 from the field to total 14 points and nine rebounds. Devin Booker amassed 13 points and three rebounds, but went 4-of-13 from the field, while committing six turnovers. On deck for New Orleans is a road matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. As for Phoenix, they return to action on Sunday in a road matchup versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:19 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

This was a thorough domination by New Orleans, as they led by double-digits for the final three quarters. In fact, they led by 30 at the half, as they never allowed Phoenix to get within 24 points for the final 24 minutes. Defense was huge for New Orleans, as they held Phoenix to 39 percent from the field and 10 percent from three-point range. Ball movement was a big factor as well, as the Pelicans recorded 29 assists, while holding the Suns to just 12. Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 23 points and nine rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting. DeMarcus Cousins collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Jrue Holiday totaled 18 points, two rebounds and five steals. T.J. Warren was the Suns best player, as he amassed 18 points and three blocks. Devin Booker really struggled, as he provided just 13 points and three rebounds on 5-of-13 shooting, while committing five turnovers.

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:27 PM ET

94
Chicago Bulls  at  Golden State Warriors
Final  – November 24, 2017
143

Warriors Obliterate Bulls, 143-94

By Joel Bartilotta

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Chicago Bulls, 143-94, at Oracle Arena on Friday. Golden State were expected to win this game easily, but a 49-point margin shows just how lopsided of a matchup it was. The middle quarters were absurdly one-sided, with the Warriors outscoring the Bulls, 81-34. Golden State ended up shooting 58 percent from the field, while holding Chicago to just 35 percent shooting. That was buoyed by the fact that the Warriors doubled up the Bulls in assists, 36-18. In addition, they won the defensive rebounding battle, 43-27. The Bulls (3-14) were led by Jerian Grant, as he amassed 21 points, three rebounds and three assists on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench.. Lauri Markkanen led the starters with 14 points and six rebounds. Denzel Valentine was the only other starter in double figures, as he tallied 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. The Warriors (14-5) had to play this game without Kevin Durant (knee) and Draymond Green (rest), but that clearly didn't matter. Stephen Curry was the player of the game, collecting 33 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on 10-of-18 shooting. Curry actually scored 26 of those 33 points in the second quarter. Klay Thompson accrued 29 points and four rebounds on 12-of-17 from the field. Jordan Bell totaled seven points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six blocks in a rare start. Nick Young led the bench with 17 points and six rebounds. On deck for Golden State is a home matchup versus the New Orleans Pelicans. As for Chicago, they play host to the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 12:57 AM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Golden State came into this game as one of the biggest favorites of the season and it's clear that no line was big enough considering it was decided by a 49-point margin. The second and third quarters were decisive, with Golden State outscoring Chicago, 81-34. The Warriors ended up shooting 58 percent from the field, while holding the Bulls to just 35 percent shooting. They also doubled them up in assists, 36-18. Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls starters, as he amassed 14 points and six rebounds. Jerian Grant was their best player, as he provided 21 points, three rebounds and three assists on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench. Stephen Curry scored 26 of his 32 points in the second quarter, as he didn't even play in the fourth. He also added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals to his tally. Klay Thompson went 12-of-17 from the field to total 29 points and four rebounds. Jordan Bell got a rare start and accumulated seven points, six rebounds, four assists and six blocks.

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 1:04 AM ET