Tuesday's NBA slate was headlined by a night for the ages in the Bay Area, along with a 40-point night by a rejuvenated superstar. Let's recap the day that was in the Association and give you a peek at the biggest news and headlines going forward into Wednesday's games.
Recapping Tuesday's Action:
Just your run-of-the-mill night for the history books. Golden State moved to 16-0 with an absolute thrashing of the Lakers, moving into sole possession of the NBA record for most wins to start a regular season. Stephen Curry was usual brilliant self, scoring 24 points and dishing out nine assists. On the flip side of the coin, Kobe Bryant matched the worst shooting performance of his NBA career, going 1 of 14 for just four points on the night.
Derrick Rose returned after missing two games with an ankle injury, scoring 17 points to complement Jimmy Butler's 22-point outburst. It was Rose's first game in Portland since tearing his meniscus against the Blazers in November of 2013. The Blazers have dropped eight of ten.
Los Angeles Clippers 111, Denver Nuggets 94
Wesley Johnson's entrance into the starting lineup gave the Clippers a massive boost, with Johnson's 3-for-4 night and scrappy energy plays serving to pace the Clippers in a road rout of the Nuggets. The Nuggets tried to turn the tide with a hack-a-Deandre Jordan strategy in the fourth, but they couldn't make enough shots to take advantage of Jordan's 7-of-16 mark from the foul line in the final 12 minutes.
Memphis Grizzlies 110, Dallas Mavericks 96
The Grizzlies have won five of their last six games, and they're 6-0 in games that Jeff Green scores at least 10 points. Green scored 19 against the Mavs -- one of seven Memphis players to crack double digits. Dallas turned the ball over 19 times while shooting under 40% from the field in their second straight loss after a six-game winning streak.
Atlanta Hawks 121, Boston Celtics 97
Coming into this game, Atlanta had lost four of five and was shrouded in controversy after coach Mike Budenholzer was fined $25,000 for making contact with an official. The Hawks chased the bad vibes away, however, shooting 56.3% for the field and 50% from three in a home romp over a Celtics team that's now lost three of four.
Indiana Pacers 123, Washington Wizards 106
Have yourself a night, Paul George. The Pacers superstar scored a season-high 40 points and drained seven of Indiana's franchise-record 19 triples to help run the Wizards out of their old building. CJ Miles added 32 for Indiana in the win.
News & Rumors
Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles says he will bench Victor Oladipo in favor of Channing Frye for tonight's game against the New York Knicks, per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green told the Dan Patrick Show that "16 wins is nothing to celebrate" the day after the team set the all-time record for most wins to start a season.
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been medically cleared to play in both games of an upcoming back-to-back, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Speaking of the Rockets, head coach JB Bickerstaff took the team's recent three-day break to emphasize fundamentals in a "mini training camp," he told the Houston Chronicle.
Denver Nuggets rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay apologized for his part in a verbal confrontation with head coach Mike Malone on Tuesday night, via Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.Back to the NBA Newsfeed