NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Harden triple-double beats out James and the Cavs


Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

NBA results, November 10, 2017

Washington Wizards 111 – LA Lakers 95

Toronto Raptors 122 – New Orleans Pelicans 118

Houston Rockets 117 – Cleveland Cavaliers 113

Sacramento Kings 109 – Philadelphia 76ers 108

Denver Nuggets 102 – OKC Thunder 94

Three things that happened in the NBA today

It was duel day in the NBA today. There were several games where in one player from each team excelled and it came down to a good old fashioned duel between both players. Here were the three compelling match-ups for today:

1. James Harden vs. LeBron James

This was an epic match-up between two MVP level superstars in the NBA. Both players are multi-skilled and versatile which made their duel even more interesting because it didn’t come down to just scoring. They exchanged baskets, assists and rebounds with each other.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 33 points, four rebounds and and seven assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also had one block and one steal in the losing effort. James Harden outplayed the king today. He tallied a triple-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists and five steals. It was a great match-up between two superstars as both coaches tried to find the best defensive weapon to throw at them.

Harden did the heavy lifting for most of the game. But in the clutch, his teammates came through to help their superstar.

With the Cavs threatening, the Rockets needed a basket to ice the game with less than a minute left on the clock. Harden missed on his first attempt, a step back three-pointer. But he was saved by PJ Tucker who grabbed his miss as the Rockets got it back to Harden.
The Beard was short again on his second step back jumper but Clint Capela got the miss and scored on the put back to five the Rox a four-point lead. Capela also came up huge on the defensive end, blocking the final shot by the Cavs.

2. Jrue Holiday vs. DeMar DeRozan

This was one of those duels that was unexpected but ended up being a pleasant surprise. The logical choice for this game would have been a tag team battle. Toronto’s back court with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry taking on the Pelicans’ front court with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

But for this game, Holiday stepped up and tried to tow the Pelicans to a win for a change. He scored 34 points, grabbed five boards and dished out 11 assists. He shredded the Toronto defense by attacking the basket and finding open teammates inside.

DeRozan was just as good. He finished with 33 points and eight assists. He found his range from beyond the arc early, hitting two three-pointers. That opened up the modrange area where he was more comfortable operating from.

In this duel up north, DeRozan gets the win as he came up with two huge baskets in the final two minutes to keep the Pels at bay.

3. Rookie PG battle in Sacramento

It was a battle between rookie PGs out in Cow Town. De’Aaron Fox repped the Sacramento Kings while the Philadelphia 76ers trotted out their “point guard” Ben Simmons.

Simmons once again led the Sixers with his playmaking and scoring. He netted 18 points and six assists feeding Joel Embiid (22-15) and Robert Covington (24, six treys). Fox came off the bench to energize the Kings. He scored 11 points and dished out seven assists as Zach Randolph and Willy Cauley-Stein dominated inside.

Simmons may have played better but Fox hit the biggest shot. With 18 seconds left in the game, the Kings had trouble inbounding the ball and found Fox out beyond the three-point line. With their set play in shambles, Fox dribbled to inside the three-point line, found space and buried a go-ahead midrange jumper. Embiid missed on the other end as Sacramento won again at home.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

No, all jerseys stayed intact.

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