Trail Blazers 103, Cavaliers 95
Knicks 118, Pistons 112
Heat 142, Pacers 132
Hornets 129, Nets 128
Hawks 137, Spurs 135
Thunder 133, Lakers 110
Timberwolves 101, Jazz 90
Bulls 120, Bucks 113
Warriors 120, Clippers 114
What went down
The Caru-show was in its full glory in Chicago.
The GOAT sent a back-and-forth game against Milwaukee Bucks to overtime and eventually helped the Bulls escape with the win.
Caruso only had 11 points and five assists, but he got support from former All-Star Nikola Vucevic, who had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. The Bulls are still struggling out East with a 6-14 record.
The Bucks, on the other hand, had their mini hot streak stopped. They still have a 13-6 record and are getting better every game under new head coach Adrian Griffin and new star Damian Lillard.
In Miami, the Heat beat the Indiana Pacers at their own game, winning a fast-paced duel.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. ELEVATES for the alley-oop SLAM 😤— NBA (@NBA) December 1, 2023
The rookie ties his career-high with 22 PTS 💪
📺 Heat-Pacers | Live on the NBA TV pic.twitter.com/NUmrx57O0O
The Heat seem to have their season around after a slow start, winning six of their last nine games. Today, several Heat stars put up big numbers, led by Jimmy Butler’s 36 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton had another big game, dropping 44 points with 11 assists. The Pacers have built their team around Haliburton’s superpowers and are bent on setting new records with their break-neck pace.
Out West, the Minnesota Timberwolves continued to dominate early in the season. They stifled the Utah Jazz in a gritty defensive matchup.
It took them a season, but the Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns frontcourt has developed into a nightmare for opponents as the Wolves currently lead the league in defensive rating and points allowed. Towns also had another monster night, hanging 32 points and 11 rebounds on the Jazz.
Minnesota leads the West standings early with a 14-4 record and they’ve low-key made it look easy.
Trae Young saw Victor Wembanyama and thought target practice.
Young finished with 45 points and 14 assists. He had 20 points in the third quarter alone, when he shot 8-for-10 from the field. He even drew a game-clinching offensive foul.
Young and the Hawks have thrived in shootouts like this. Now, only if they can consistently get stops.
What he said
LeBron James stole headlines today. Yesterday, the James family announced that Bronny James was cleared for all basketball activities following his cardiac arrest last July.
Today, LeBron made it clear that he wasn’t going to miss Bronny’s first game, even if it fell on the same day as a Lakers game.
“I definitely gotta see Bronny’s first college game whenever he’s cleared and ready to go.” LeBron James let #Lakers fans know he'll be out of the office for Bronny's debut. pic.twitter.com/kCBf9Ut0TJ— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) December 1, 2023
Did you see that?
The New York Knicks broadcast showed Mitchell Robinson’s old high school coach, who told a heart-warming story about his relationship with Robinson.
"My wife passed away in September…in the hospital Mitchell came each day to visit her…After the funeral…Mitchell said 'Coach…you come to New York with me'"— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) December 1, 2023
— Louisiana Basketball Coaches Hall of Famer Butch Stockton, Mitchell Robinson's HS coach, to Rebecca Harlow pic.twitter.com/uZsbgOSZMk
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics face off for a third time this season tomorrow, live on NBA TV Philippines at 8:30 AM.
This rivalry goes back to the 80s, but bad blood has festered recently, thanks to a couple of postseason matchups. Philly took the first game this season then Boston took the second game. Both games were close. Both had plenty of extracurricular activities. This should be fun.