NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: The future of the NBA is bright

Philadelphia 76ers v Utah Jazz

NBA results, November 8, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers 124 – Milwaukee Bucks 119

New Orleans Pelicans 117 – Indiana Pacers 112

Dallas Mavericks 113 – Washington Wizards 99

New York Knicks 118 – Charlotte Hornets 113

Toronto Raptors 119 – Chicago Bulls 114

San Antonio Spurs 120 – LA Clippers 107

Denver Nuggets 112 – Brooklyn Nets 104

Philadelphia 76ers 104 – Utah Jazz 97

Memphis Grizzlies 98 – Portland Trail Blazers 97

Sacramento Kings 94 – OKC Thunder 86

Five things that happened in the NBA today

Let’s open with this:

Take a look at the names above, you may see them throughout this article.

1. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are a scary combo

It’s getting ridiculous what these two big man can do together. The rest of the team is meh. But Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are insanely good together.

Davis had 37 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, a steal, two blocks and four three-pointers. Cousins wasn’t far behind with 32 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four treys as well.

That’s a lot of numbers.

The funny thing is that the Pelicans didn’t blow out the Pacers with those two racking up digits. They needed a clutch tip-in by Cousins to secure the win.

Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that the rest of the Pelican’s aren’t that good. That means Cousins and Davis both need to continue to put up crazy numbers to win.

2. Kristaps Porzingis is clutch

The Daily Dribble has featured Kristaps Porzingis a lot. A LOT.

But it’s hard to ignore what he’s doing out in New York. He’s got the Madison Square Garden rocking like it was the 90s. His latest conquest were the Charlotte Hornets.

Down double-digits, he led the Knicks to a comeback and hit clutch baskets to seal the win. Porzingis drilled a tie-breaking three-pointer over Dwight Howard and scored on a dagger drive to seal the win.

Porzingis has scored 300 points throughout the past 10 games. He outscored Knick legends Bernard King and Patrick Ewing in their first 10 games.

3. Nikola Jokic outscored the Brooklyn Starting Five

Another young big who shine brightly today was Nikola Jokic. He shone so bright that he overshadowed the entire starting five of his opponent.

Jokic scored 41 points, outscoring the entire Brooklyn Nets starting five 41-40.

The Nets starting five isn’t anything to call home about, but single-handedly outscoring five players is always a good thing.

4. Giannis duels with LeBron

For the second time in the last two weeks, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James went head-to-head. This is the classic narrative of the young Buck trying to beat the grizzled veteran.

The Milwaukee Bucks still fell short over a reinvigorated Cleveland Cavaliers team. But for the second time in a row, Antetokounmpo outplayed James.

The Greek Freak put up 40 points, nine rebounds and three assists in the win. James had a near triple-double with 30 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Antetokounmpo shot a ridiculous 76% and looked every bit as dominant as James.

It says a lot that Giannis has now either matched or outplayed LeBron in their past match-ups. The young Buck is catching up

5. Ben Simmons continues to make history

Another player racking up digits is Ben Simmons. After collecting two triple-doubles in the first nine games of the season, the Australian rook adds another feat to his resume.

Against the Jazz, Simmons led the way with a 3×5. He scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out six assists, stole the ball thrice and had three blocks. He’s the first rookie since 1993 to have numbers like that.

But more importantly, the Sixers won the game. That makes five in a row for Philly and two without Joel Embiid. They’re now at 6-4 and tied for third in the East.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

No. All jerseys stayed intact today.

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