NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Raptors survive a defensive battle against the Spurs

San Antonio Spurs v Toronto Raptors

NBA results, January 20, 2018

Toronto Raptors 86 – San Antonio Spurs 83

Brooklyn Nets 101 – Miami Heat 95

Washington Wizards 122 – Detroit Pistons 112

Memphis Grizzlies 106 – Sacramento Kings 88

Phoenix Suns 108 – Denver Nuggets 100

New York Knicks 117 – Utah Jazz 115

LA Lakers 99 – Indiana Pacers

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan come up big against the undermanned Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs were missing Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Rudy Gay. Their back court was missing a lot of firepower so they relied on the defense to stay in the game. They turned the game into a grind-it-out affair and focused on running their offense through the post.

The Raptors were able to play at the Spurs’ pace. But instead of playing in the post, they ran their offense through their two All-Stars, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeRozan added 21 points.

The two scored back-to-back baskets to push the Raptors lead up to five points. Lowry led another run to increase the lead to nine points and hold on to the win.

2. Trade rumors!

It’s been a meh day for the NBA. But things were spiced up with NBA trade rumors!

First up, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Charlotte Hornets are making their All-Star, Kemba Walker available for trades.

Based on the report, the Hornets are looking for a young player and a draft pick in return for Walker. The Hornets have also made Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard and Marvin Williams available for trades.

The Cavaliers are looking to get back to the top of the East. In order to do that, they’re looking at DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams, as reported by Marc Stein.

They’re making Tristan Thompson and JR Smith available for the key players they’re going after.

Besides the two Clippers, the Cavaliers are also going after the Kings’ George Hill.

Shams Charania reported that the Cavaliers are looking to bolster their back court with the two-way guard.

3. Young guards balling

Tim Hardaway came up big in a close win against the Utah Jazz. He scored 31 points with six three-pointers to lead the New York Knicks. He scored six straight points to extend the Knicks lead to nine points with less than four minutes left in the game. Hardaway hit two clutch freebies to seal the win.

Jordan Clarkson led the undermanned Lakers to a big win over the Indiana Pacers. He scored 33 points, grabbed seven boards and dished seven assists to lead the Lakers who were missing Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers made history being the first team to win a game with a free throw percentage below 20%. They shot a Shaq-esque 2/14 combined.

Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?

No. But two young Kentucky alums had quite a shooting duel today.

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