NBA results: December 27, 2018
Washington Wizards (95) – Detroit Pistons (106)
Phoenix Suns (122) – Orlando Magic (120)
Indiana Pacers (129) – Atlanta Hawks (121)
Charlotte Hornets (132) – Brooklyn Nets (134)
Toronto Raptors (106) – Miami Heat (104)
Minnesota Timberwolves (119) – Chicago Bulls (94)
Cleveland Cavaliers (87) – Memphis Grizzlies (95)
New Orleans Pelicans (119) – Dallas Mavericks (122)
Denver Nuggets (103) – San Antonio Spurs (111)
Sacramento Kings (118) – LA Clippers (127)
Five Things that happened in the NBA today:
1. Rose blooms in Chicago
Derrick Rose’s first basket in his return to Chicago was jaw-dropping.
D. Rose hangs and hits it in Chicago! pic.twitter.com/q6nFZW8DdQ
— NBA (@NBA) December 27, 2018
That’s something the people of Chicago have gotten used to, Rose doing amazing things. But he’s doing it wearing a different uniform. Now a full-time member of the Timberwolves, Rose is having a resurgence this season.
In previous seasons since his knee injuries, Rose looked like a shell of his old self. He lost his explosiveness and athleticism after the injury. But the bigger loss was Rose’s confidence. He was hesitant to attack, his best quality as a young point guard in Chicago.
This year, Rose looks more confident. He’s not as athletic as he once was. But he looks comfortable playing a new role with Minnesota. He’s stepped into the starting role after an injury to point guard Jeff Teague and has looked ready to lead the young Wolves.
That’s exactly what he did against Chicago. Rose played his best game in Chicago as an opposing player. He dropped 24 points and eight assists in Minnesota’s blowout win.
Near the end of the game, Rose was rewarded by the Chicago faithful with a familiar chant during his time with the Bulls.
2. Leonard and Green sink Heat
Throwback night continued in Miami. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Dwyane Wade all traded baskets near the end of the game, just like it was 2014 and the Spurs were in town. The big difference this time around is that Leonard and Green were part of the league-leading Raptors visiting the Heat.
Wade got the end-game started with a step-back jumper at the 1:04 mark of the final period. That gave the Heat a one-point lead. Leonard quickly answered back in the next possession with a pull-up jumper from the right wing, giving the lead back to the Raptors.
Wade was double-teamed in the next possession so he had to give it up to Justise Winslow who drove to the hoop for a layup to give the lead back to the Heat with 35.2 seconds left. The Raptors went back to Leonard, trusting him to make a play. Leonard couldn’t make a move and was forced to give up the ball to Ibaka on the right wing. Ibaka found Green wide open on the right corner for the go-ahead three-pointer with 22.7 seconds left.
The Heat had several chances to tie or win the game. Wade missed a step-back three-pointer, Winslow missed a three-pointer on the offensive board and Wade missed the tip-in of Winslow’s miss in the final seconds.
3. It was a wild finish in Brooklyn
Let’s recap the wild finish in Brooklyn.
Here’s what went down in the final seconds of the fourth quarter:
– Kemba Walker finds Marvin Williams on the left corner for a three-pointer with 18.5 seconds left in the fourth
– Spencer Dinwiddie misses a three-pointer but Rondae Hollis-Jefferson forces a jump ball with 8.4 seconds
– Dinwiddie recovers the jump ball and gets fouled taking a three-pointer
– Dinwiddie nails all three free-throws to tie the game with 6.5 seconds left
– Walker was fouled by Hollis-Jefferson
– Walker splits his charities with 3.6 seconds left giving the Hornets a one-point lead
– Walker fouls Demarre Carroll 70 feet away from the basket, sending Caroll to the line with 1.2 seconds left
– Caroll sinks the first to tie the game
– Caroll misses the second but Nicola Batum committed a lane violation
– Caroll misses the re-do of the second attempt
The first overtime period was pretty normal. Dinwiddie hit a free throw to tie the game and Tony Parker missed a midrange jumper to send the game to a second OT. The second extra period was also just as wild as the regulation finish:
– Malik Monk was isolated on the top of the key against Rodion Kurucs with 16 seconds left in the game
– He made his move with 10 seconds left but Kurucs got a hand on the ball
– Joe Harris recovered the loose ball and drove all the way to their basket for the go-ahead layup with 3.4 seconds left
– Walker tried to get to his side for the potential game-winner but the buzzer went off too early with 1.7seconds still left on the clock
– Reset of the Hornets possession at half court with 1.7 seconds left
– Clock changed to 1.6 before the inbound
– Batum inbounds to Monk who misses the half court heave
– Nets finally win
4. Spurs take down the top-seeded Nuggets
The Spurs started off and ended the game strong. They scored 34 points in the first and fourth quarters to knock the Nuggets out of first place.
Leading the way was DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. The two combined for 57 points with 30 coming from DeRozan and 27 from Aldridge.
The Spurs have now won eight of their last 10 games and are back in the Playoff picture in the eighth spot.
5. Luka continues to impress
Luka Doncic nearly had a triple-double. He scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists in the Mavericks’ win over the Pelicans.
More impressive than the numbers was his play in the clutch. Doncic dribbled his way around the court in the final moments of the game and finally got into the lane for an and-one basket to break a 119 tie.
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