Twelve teams were in action Saturday night, with teams at both ends of the success spectrum competing to add to their season win totals. Here’s a quick rundown of last night’s NBA action:
|Detroit Pistons||101 F/OT|
In Detroit, the Philadelphia 76ers, who only just won their first game of the season on Wednesday, collected their second win Saturday, defeating the Pistons in overtime 108-101. The 76ers overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the score at 100 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation on a three-pointer from Hollis Thompson, who finished the game with 13 points.
The 76ers cruised in the overtime period, outscoring Detroit 8-1 to secure the victory. Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia’s offensive attack with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 15 assists. Robert Covington chipped in 25 points in 29 minutes for the 76ers off the bench to lead the team in scoring.
For Detroit, it was Josh Smith and Kyle Singler pacing the offense, scoring 23 and 21 respectively. Greg Monroe added 15 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench.
PHI: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – 14 points/11 rebounds; Michael Carter-Williams – 20 points/15 assists
|Golden State Warriors||112|
The Golden State Warriors traveled into Chicago Saturday night and walked out with a victory, defeating the Bulls 112-102 to build on their league-best record that now stands at 17-2.
Led by the efforts of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the Warriors jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back. Green finished the night with a team-high 31 points, 7 boards, and 3 blocks. Thompson dropped in 24 points and Stephen Curry added 19 points and 7 assists.
For the Bulls, the offense revolved mostly around the trio of Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah, who accounted for 62 of the team’s 102 points. Butler scored a team-high 24 points, while Gasol chipped in 22 points and pulled down 20 rebounds. Noah ended the night with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
CHI: Pau Gasol – 22 points/20 rebounds
At one time leading by as much as 22 points, the Houston Rockets were able to hold off a late charge by the Phoenix Suns to claim a 100-95 victory at home.
The Rockets entered halftime with a 19-point lead, which was extended to 22 points on a Jason Terry three-pointer just under a minute into the third quarter. The Suns were able to pull within four points with 21 seconds remaining in regulation, but ultimately fell short in their comeback attempt.
The Rockets shot 11-for-27 as a team from behind the arc, led by a 3/3 effort from Jason Terry and Patrick Beverley who hit five of his 8 three-point attempts. Beverley and Trevor Ariza paced the offense with 19 points each, Beverley’s coming in 27 minutes off the bench. Donatas Motiejunas posted 16 points and 11 rebounds, and James Harden also secured a double-double, scoring 15 points and reeling in 12 boards, 11 on the defensive end.
Eric Bledsoe put up 23 points for the Suns in the loss, adding three blocked shots in defense. Gerald Green added 16 points off the bench.
HOU: Donatas Motiejunas – 16 points/11 rebounds; James Harden – 15 points/12 rebounds
|San Antonio Spurs||123|
Every member of the San Antonio starting five scored double-digit points on Saturday night as the Spurs sailed to an easy 22-point win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-101.
The scoring, led by Marco Belinelli’s team-high 20 points, came at a high volume for the Spurs, as they owned a 17-point lead by halftime. Belinelli’s 20 points, which included him shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, came in 28 minutes off the bench. Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph chipped in 18 points a-piece.
The Timberwolves, who fall to 4-15 on the season, received strong play from Zach LaVine who led all scorers with 22 points while dishing out 10 assists. Shabazz Muhammad poured in 20 points of his own in 21 minutes of playing time.
MIN: Zach LaVine – 22 points/10 assists; Anthony Bennett – 14 points/10 rebounds
SA: Tim Duncan – 13 points/10 rebounds
Five players on each team registered double-digit point games, with the Orlando Magic taking the victory, defeating the Sacramento Kings 105-96 Saturday, to knock the Kings back to a .500 record.
Tobias Harris continued his strong play this season, leading the Magic offense with 27 points, while Victor Oladipo contributed 16 points and 7 assists in the winning effort. Harris, who has been making the most of his full-time starter this season, finished the night 10-of-17 shooting, including an impressive 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
Darren Collison helmed the Kings offensive attack in the loss, dropping in 22 points. Jason Thompson tallied 18 points in the game to go along with 9 rebounds. The Kings will look to get back above .500 Monday against the Utah Jazz.
|New Orleans Pelicans||100|
|Los Angeles Clippers||120|
Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Chris Paul accrued a double-double to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 120-100 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Griffin shot 10-of-15 from the field, and Paul added 18 points and 16 assists to helm the Pelicans offense. DeAndre Jordan proved to be a major defensive weapon in the game, collecting 18 rebounds, 14 on the defensive end, and pitching in with 5 blocks.
Anthony Davis scored a team-high 26 points for the Pelicans in the loss. Omer Asik put up 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke Babbitt added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
NO: Omer Asik – 10 points/10 rebounds
LAC: Chris Paul – 18 points/16 assists