NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Kyrie Irving is the most clutch player in the NBA


NBA results, November 21, 2017

Charlotte Hornets 118 – Minnesota Timberwolves 102

Cleveland Cavaliers 116 – Detroit Pistons 88

Indiana Pacers 105 – Orlando Magic 97

Philadelphia 76ers 107 – Utah Jazz 86

New York Knicks 107 – LA Clippers 85

Portland Trail Blazers 100 – Memphis Grizzlies 92

Washington Wizards 99 – Milwaukee Bucks 88

New Orleans Pelicans 114 – OKC Thunder 107

Boston Celtics 110 – Dallas Mavericks 102

San Antonio Spurs 96 – Atlanta Hawks 85

Denver Nuggets 114 – Sacramento Kings 98

Five things that happened in the NBA today

1. Kyrie saves the Celtics’ winning streak

A masked man saved the day for the Boston Celtics once again. Kyrie Irving donned his mask and put on a show in the end game as the Boston Celtics came back from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks in overtime.

He scored five straight points to get the Celtics to within one. Then near the end of regulation, Irving got a steal and an alley-oop to Jayson Tatum to tie the game. In OT, Irving scored six straight points to pull even with the Mavericks at 102. He then scored on a dagger and-one basket to seal the deal. Irving finished with 47 points and five three pointers.

Irving is the most clutch player in the league right now. He passes the eye test, easily. But the numbers also back him up.

2. Pels survive Cousins’ ejection

Midway through the third quarter in a tight game, DeMarcus Cousins collared a rebound off a miss by Russell Westbrook. As he was clearing space around him, Cousins elbowed Westbrook who attempted to reach in for the steal.

After checking the tape, the officials called for a flagran foul penalty 2 on Cousins and he was ejected from the game.

The Pelicans didn’t pack it up though. They still had one of the two Twin Towers in the game. Anthony Davis powered New Orleans to a win over the Thunder with an all-around effort on both ends of the floor.

3. Young Sixers do what they do best

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons continue to do what they do best.

Simmons scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in their bounce back win against the Utah Jazz. He continues to impress everyone in the league with how advanced he’s playing for his age. Simmons is well on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Joel Embiid added 15 points and 11 rebounds. But what Embiid does best is get people to react to his trolling on the court. After he erases Donovan Mitchell’s layup, Embiid gives him a stare down. Mitchell bounced back up, pushed Embiid to the floor and got T’d up in the process.

If the two continue with their great performances, the Sixers might be known for winning again.

4. Dwight Howard shows his old Superman self

At the peak of his game, Dwight Howard annointed himself as Superman. No one could blame him. He had broad shoulds, a wide chest and he could leap up and grab double-doubles with ease. But that Howard is long gone. In his place is a player trying to fit in after being shunned out of several NBA teams.

Today, Howard flashed back to his old self. He finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks, looking like the Orlando Magic big man everyone loved.

Howard is the active leader in 20-20 games with 49.

5. Clippers now own the panic button

When the season started, the LA Clippers looked like they were going to be just fine without Chris Paul. Blake Griffin was leading the team and looked like an MVP contender. They jumped out to an early 4-0 record to lead the West.

That seems like an eternity ago. The Clippers have now lost nine straight games and have continued to tumble down the standings at 5-11. Their latest loss cam against the New York Knicks who got a total team effort, led by Kristaps Porzingis.

The Clips now own the panic button after the Thunder, Cavaliers and Lonzo Ball have righted their ships.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

No. But the Cavaliers have been ripping off wins since LeBron James’ “Arthur” post.

Make that six wins in their last seven games after their domination of the young Pistons. Guess the Cavs are back.

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