NBA results, November 9, 2017
Detroit Pistons 114 – Indiana Pacers 97
Orlando Magic 112 – New York Knicks 99
Boston Celtics 107 – LA Lakers 96
Miami Heat 126 – Phoenix Suns 115
Golden State Warriors 125 – Minnesota Timberwolves 101
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Kyrie leads Celtics to 10th straight win
Both teams have been playing well coming into this rivalry game. The Lakers have won back-to-back games and were ate .500. The Celtics were playing way better though. They’ve won nine straight games after opening the season with two straight losses. This was supposed to be a test for the young Lakers going up against an Easter Conference powerhouse on the road. But it ended up being a test as well for the new-look Celtics.
Al Horford, a key cog in the Celtics system was out with a concussion. Then in the middle of the game, rookie Jayson Tatum had to leave the game due to a sore ankle. Boston then faced fightback from LA in the second half of the game. After leading by as much as 20 points in the second period, the Lakers went on a 22-11 run to cut the lead down to single digits. They continued to chip away at the lead and got to within three-points in the third period.
Thankfully for the Celtics, Kyrie Irving came alive in the fourth period. He led the Celtics back to a comfortable margin and scored on razzle-dazzle plays cooking several Lakers in the process. His reverse layup midway through the fourth quarter gave the Celtics an eight-point lead as they pulled away from the Lakers late in the game.
The Celtics passed their test with flying colors are have separated from the rest of the East with their 10th straight win.
2. Warriors drop 44 points on the Timberwolves in the third quarter
Next to the Celtics, the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves have been two of the hottest teams in the league. Minnesota has quietly won five straight while Golden State has racked up four straight heading into this game.
The T-Wolves were hanging with the defending champions who were playing without Kevin Durant. Minnesota was within one point heading into the third quarter.
Then Golden State did their thing. They flipped the switch. The scored only 51 points the entire first half. They proceeded scored 44 points in one quarter as their one-point lead ballooned to 19. Golden State’s defense locked on, they forced turnovers and got out to running. It was a total team effort as the starters and the bench all pitched in during that stretch.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 9, 2017
Even without Durant, the Warriors are still a formidable force in the league. At one point, this fan taking on his takeout noodles was more of an exciting battle than the actual game.
Unbothered at Oracle Arena… pic.twitter.com/2xx5SV5EoI
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 9, 2017
3. Hassan Whiteside is back. So is his swagger.
Why you gotta be so mean to Mike James, Hassan?
Yooo Whiteside just pinned Mike James on the glass and didnt even run down the court to play offense he just stayed and stared him down ???? pic.twitter.com/OaCbwq40wQ
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 9, 2017
Whiteside finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as the Heat beat the Suns.
Did an NBA jersey rip today?
No. All jerseys stayed intact today.
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