NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Celtics bounce back to stay on top of the League

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

NBA results, December 1, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers 121 – Atlanta Hawks 114

Boston Celtics 108 – Philadelphia 76ers 97

Denver Nuggets 111 – Chicago Bulls 110

Milwaukee Bucks 103 – Portland Trail Blazers 91

Utah Jazz 126 – LA Clippers 107

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. Celtics bounce back

The Boston Celtics’ winning streak was recently snapped by the Miami Heat. They bounced back from that loss with back-to-back wins over the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. It seemed as if the Celtics were going to build another long winning streak. But in their next game, they lost to the second best team in the East, the Detroit Pistons.

The Celtics weren’t about to start a losing streak the way they did to start the season. They also weren’t going to allow a young threat like the Philadelphia 76ers to gain momentum in their conference. So they hit two birds with one stone with a win over Philly.

Kyrie Irving put on a show in the first half of their game against the Sixers. The Celtics overcame an early deficit and pulled away in the second half. Irving was masterful with 36 points and five treys in the game.

The Celtics continue to reign over the Eastern Conference with a 19-4 record. The closest team to them is still 3.5 games behind in the standings. The Celtics have faced some tough teams to start the season and they’ve come out of it with only four losses. This bodes well for them moving forward in the season when their opponents get a bit easier.

2. Cavs with 10 straight

Technically, the Cavaliers can also be considered the second best team in the East. They have the second most wins in the conference with 15. The Pistons have a better win percentage because they have fewer losses than the Cavs. Both are 3.5 games behind the Celtics.

Cleveland continues their winning streak which is now up to 10 games after their win over the Atlanta Hawks. LeBron James and Kevin Love have become a the dynamic duo for the Cavs during this winning streak. James hit a dagger three-pointer in the fourth quarter while Love led the team in scoring.

James finished with 24 points and 12 assists while Love had 25 points and 16 boards.

Compared to the Celtics, the Cavaliers have had an easier schedule to start the season. But this is good for a Cleveland team that struggled to find their rhythm in the first few games this year. They’re now racking up wins to cushion their tougher schedule in the next few months.

3. Will delivers the Thrill’

Nikola Jokic left the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Chicago Bulls due to a sprained ankle and was unable to return. With their star gone, the Nuggets turned to their sixth man to make things happen.

Will Barton scored 37 points and hit the game-winning layup to lead Denver to a win over Chicago. Kris Dunn got a tough floater to go with less than 10 seconds left in the game. Barton took the inbound pass and drove straight to the hoop on the other end for the go-ahead reverse layup.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

No and thankfully there was nothing seriously damaged as well with Iman Shumpert and Terrence Ross. Both players are out for an extended period due to injuries to their knees.

Shumpert will miss six to eight weeks according to reports because of effusion in his left knee that will require surgery. The back-up guard has missed the last four games due to his bothersome knee.

It was also reported that Ross will miss a significant amount of time because of a sprained MCL and a fracture in his right tibial plateu. Ross suffered his injury when he landed awkwardly in their game against the OKC Thunder.

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