NBA results: November 26, 2018
Orlando Magic (108) – LA Lakers (104)
Phoenix Suns (107) – Detroit Pistons (118)
Charlotte Hornets (123) – Atlanta Hawks (124)
Philadelphia 76ers (127) – Brooklyn Nets (125)
Miami Heat (115) – Toronto Raptors (125)
New York Knicks (103) – Memphis Grizzlies (98)
Utah Jazz (133) – Sacramento Kings (112)
LA Clippers (104) – Portland Trail Blazers (100)
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Jimmy G. Buckets, the “G” stands for “Gets”
A little over a week ago, Jimmy Butler cooked some Bacon before beating the Hornets with a step back three-pointer.
That shot overcame a 60-point explosion by Kemba Walker and was the highlight of a four-game winning streak.
The Sixers were looking to bounce back after a tough loss that snapped their winning streak. Unfortunately, it seemed as if their horrible performance against the Cavaliers carried over to their game against the Nets.
The Sixers were down by as much as 20 points in the game and 13 points midway through the fourth quarter. Butler led a comeback as he dropped 18 of his team-high 34 in the final period. he played a key role in the 16-2 run that helped Philly get back in the game.
Even with that run, the Nets still found ways to take the lead. A growing name in the clutch circles, Spencer Dinwiddie put the Nets up with less than 30 seconds to go. That left enough time for Butler to get the win.
Just like he did against Charlotte, Butler popped out to get the inbound with nine seconds left on the clock. He killed time and made his move with around four seconds left. Butler dribbled to the right side of the court, pulled back and then side-stepped almost to the exact same spot where he nailed the jumper over the Hornets.
Butler launched a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The ball hit back iron and fell through the net with 0.4 seconds left, giving Philly the lead.
Just look at the Hornets and Nets game-winner side-by-side. It’s like deja vu. Even the ball fell through the hoop the same way.
It doesn’t need to be mentioned but it’s still worth mentioning, this is why the Sixers made the move to get Jimmy G. Buckets.
2. Charlotte’s clutch woes continue
Jimmy Butler isn’t the only one hitting game-winners over the Hornets. Even role players like Kent Bazemore have made their mark in the endgame against Charlotte.
With 10 seconds left in the game, Bazemore drove past (surprise, surprise) Dwayne Bacon for the go-ahead layup.
On the other end of the floor, John Collins completed a strong performance with a game-saving block on Kemba Walker.
Finishing games has been a problem for the Hornets. Not just this season but in past seasons as well.
The Hornets are now 2-7 this year in games inside 3 points in the final minute.
Since 2016-17: 23-40.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 24, 2018
It’s gotten so bad, there’s a compilation of the Hornets’ struggle in the past few seasons.
Maybe the Hornets need Jimmy Butler?
3. Dwyane Wade puts on a show in Toronto
Remember when Kobe Bryant had his farewell tour? Not every game was great. But when he did put on a show, the city he was visiting got something special.
That’s the same kind of feeling with Dwyane Wade’s farewell tour. Wade has only played 12 games this season and is averaging 13.1 points per game. But in his visit to an old stomping ground in Toronto, Wade put on a show up north.
He exploded for 35 points five rebounds and six assists, reminiscent of his 2009 peak numbers. He didn’t have the same explosiveness as his Flash days. But he used his veteran moves to get his totals.
Unfortunately, the Raptors had enough firepower to overpower the Heat. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 29 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks.
The Raptors continued to have the best record in the league with 17 wins and only four losses.
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