NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Thunder blow out Warriors in Oracle

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

NBA results, February 7, 2018

Orlando Magic 116 – Cleveland Cavaliers 98

Toronto Raptors 111 – Boston Celtics 91

Atlanta Hawks 108 – Memphis Grizzlies 82

Houston Rockets 123 – Brooklyn Nets 113

Milwaukee Bucks 103 – New York Knicks 89

Philadelphia 76ers 115 – Washington Wizards 102

OKC Thunder 125 – Golden State Warriors 105

LA Lakers 112 – Phoenix Suns 93

Five thing that happened in the NBA today

1. Russ and PG played with some anger today

Russell Westbrook and Paul George looked like they were on a mission today. The two combined for 72 points as they routed the Warriors in Oracle Arena. This was a big win for the Thunder who were coming off four straight losses.

Westbrook erupted for half of the Thunder’s first quarter output. He scored 21 points in the opening period to lead OKC. The Thunder scored 42 points and pulled away by double digits to open the game. He finished with a near triple-double with 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Russ, who always plays angry threw down a monster dunk in the first period to set the tone for the game.

George had his share of highlights in today’s game. He took over in the third period to help the Thunder pull away for good.

He crossed up Kevin Durant and hit a three-pointer in his face to extend the lead to 21.

In the next possession he got the pass off an offensive rebounds and dunked right on Zaza Pachulia’s head.

George finished with a game high 38 points and continued to show off his defensive prowess with six steals.

2. Cavs with another embarrassing collapse

The drama never ends.

Let’s break down the Cleveland Cavaliers’ latest collapse against the Orlando Magic:

The Cavaliers explode for 43 points in the first quarter and lead by 21 points with nearly five minutes left in the first half.

Tyronn Lue leaves the game due to an undisclosed illness.

Jonathon Simmons scores 22 points in the third quarter as the Magic took a three-point lead heading into the fourth period.

The Cavs go scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter as the Magic pull away for the win. Cleveland only scores nine points in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Isaiah Thomas, who’s put everyone on the spotlight during the downward spiral had this to say:

LeBron James on the other hand won’t waive the “No Trade Clause” on his contract. He’s staying in Cleveland until the end of what has been a rollercoaster season so far.

3. Giannis jumped over a full-grown man

Giannis Antetokounmpo jumped over a Tim Hardaway Jr. who was on the move trying to stop a two-on-one fast break.

Hardaway Jr. is a 6’6″, fully grown, NBA player. And Antetokounmpo just hurdled over him like he was a traffic cone.

Just look at how gross this is.

Giannis - Hardaway

That’s not right.

4. The North continues to rise

Kyrie Irving returned to the line-up tonight after missing the last three games. The Celtics were riding a four-game win streak heading into Canada for a match-up against the Toronto Raptors.

Irving’s return meant nothing to the Raptors as they continued their march up the Easter Conference rankings. They blew out the Celtics by 21 points behind Kyle Lowry’s 23 points.

Lowry got a lot of help from CJ Miles who scored 20 points. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 to add to the output. Irving scored 17 points in his return.

The Raptors are now two wins away from the top-seeded Celtics. Toronto is at 37-16 while Boston is at 39-16.

5. Embiid shoots down the Wizards win streak

Joel Embiid showcased his range as the Philadelphia 76ers ended the Washington Wizards’ five-game win streak. He started off the game with a three-pointer, his first after missing 12 straight coming into this game. He followed that shot up with several jumpers sprinkled throughout the game.

The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles were in attendance in today’s game and Embiid joined in on singing when the crowd broke out into the Eagles Fight Song during the game.

Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?

Early in the fourth quarter of the blowout win by the Thunder, Draymond Green got whistled for an offensive foul. He disagreed with the call and threw the ball in the direction of the ref who called the foul. He got called for a technical foul for that move, his second of the game and was sent packing for the night.

That was Green’s third ejection of the season. He has a total of 13 technical fouls for the year.

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