Aka the Election Day special.
Blue vs Red for control of Chicago. Well, not really because Illinois turned blue in a hurry but the Orlando Magic did come into the CHI undefeated.
As with the battle of blue vs red, it took the loser a little while to concede, fighting to stay in it as long as possible. It was a 4 point game with 4 minutes left to go in the 4th.
Joakim Noah had 20 points on 7-13 shooting, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 28 points (10-17), 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds but had an awful night, getting 5 of his shot blocks and many altered, going just 7-22 from the field. Joakim accounted for 4 of those 5 blocks, here are a pair of those:
It probably didn’t help Big Baby that this happened either (with Booz’ offhand mind you)
Well, the bickering and the egos gone wild seem to have stopped, at least for one game. Oklahoma City had 6 players in double-digit scoring. Eric Maynor fell just short with 9.
Speaking of Eric Maynor, he only had 2 assists and while most people won’t appreciate the laser he fired to Nick Collison, I trust people here will.
Russell Westbrook has outshot Kevin Durant in every game this season. To clarify, I mean in each and every game played, Russ has taken more shots than the 3x scoring champ. 19 points on 5-12 shooting, 2-4 from 3, with 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover and 1 block.
Serge Ibaka, who only missed one shot (8-9) for 17 points, actually accounted for 6 of Westbrook’s 8 dimes. The other two? You guessed it, Kevin Durant.
KD had 15 points (4-11 from the field, 1-4 from deep), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals but did turn the ball over 4 times. Then again, when you baptize a rook like he did, you can go 4-11.
Lost in the shuffle is how well Thabo Sefolosha played. 3 for 3 from long range in the first quarter to finish with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block & 2 assists, including a criminally underrated no look pass to Ibaka, makes for a VERY good night.
Greg Monroe had the game we’ve been waiting on this young season: 27 points on 10-20 shooting, 7-7 from the foul line, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
6 players scored in double-digits tonight for the Nuggets. Andre Miller & Danilo Gallinari each fell just short with 8.
Speaking of Gallo, he continues to struggle mightily from the field. He came into this game shooting just 8-31 from the field. A plus, as Rob Mahoney states, has been that he seems to recognize his poor shooting and has gotten to the charity stripe 25 times (making 17) to compensate. He picked up right where he left off, going 3-11 but failing to get to the line this game. Luckily for him, the Nuggets didn’t need to lean on him this game. The Nuggets need him to take better care of the ball though (4 turnovers this game vs just once through the first two games).
JaVale McGee (a player who is not starting even though he’s KILLING his competition in Kosta Koufos) had 16 points, 3 rebounds (surprise, surprise, all offensive boards) & 3 blocks in just 18 minutes of play. If you’re wondering where he’s getting his points: putbacks (4 points) & basically lobs from the PGs (Miller had 4 dimes to him, Lawson had 1 for 10). Here’s two plays that boil down his night:and whatever this is
Brandon Knight has continued to be turnover plagued. In his last two games, he’s generated just 4 points but coughed up the rock 9 times. He’s saved by the fact that he’s been penetrating and dishing though, racking up 15 assists in those two games.
Andre Iguodala led the way with 17 points (6-15 FG, 3-6 from outside), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
BONUS: Laphonso Ellis was in the building last night to present the game ball. Here’s hoping he reenacted this right before he handed it off