The NBA Roundup: November 1, 2013

Two of the top point guards in the Association came up big yesterday as Derrick Rose’s late floater lifted Chicago over New York, while CP3’s sensational performance propelled the Clippers past the Warriors.

The Best:
  • D-Rose is off to a slow start in his return to regular season play, and this night was no exception. Rose hit just 7/23 FGs to finish with 18 points, but he was able to hit the one that mattered the most. Rose hit a high-arcing floater from the right baseline over both Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler for the huge 82-81 win. Now that’s what you call #WhenItCounts.
  • Chris Paul’s line when the dust settled – 42 points, 15 assists, 6 steals, 12/120 FGs, and 16/17 FTs. His ESPN efficiency rating? 76.6 EFF. That’s the highest so far this season. Oh, and did you see those THRE STRAIGHT lob city jams between CP3 and Blake Griff? WHUUUT.
This was Derrick Rose's huge game-winner.
(image by David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated)
The Worst:
  • Maybe someday Tim Hardaway, Jr. will approximate the level of awesomeness his father reached, but that day might not come anytime soon. In this game, Hardaway hit just 4/13 field goals and had 0 assists in 27 minutes. Yikes.
  • I loved Steph Curry’s shootout with CP3. Curry held his own by scoring 38 points and hitting 9 triples. That’s good and all, but I HATE seeing him turn the ball over ELEVEN times. ELEVEN.

Final Score: Chicago 82, New York 81
Chicago, IL ( - Derrick Rose struggled for most of the contest but stepped up when it mattered most, sinking a difficult floater with 5.7 seconds left in the game to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 82-81 win over the New York Knicks from the United Center. After Tyson Chandler sank 1-of-2 at the foul line to spot New York a one-point advantage, Chicago called timeout to draw up a play for its superstar point guard. Rose, who had shot 6-of-22 from the field to that point, drove baseline and lofted a runner over Chandler's outstretched arms to the delight of his home crowd. Carmelo Anthony missed a contested triple at the other end as time ran out on the Knicks, who fell to 3-21 in their last 24 trips to the United Center. The win marked Rose's first in the regular season since Apr. 25, 2011. Rose netted 18 points for the Bulls and Joakim Noah added 15 rebounds and five assists. Luol Deng also had 17 points in the victory. Anthony filled the stat sheet with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals for New York, while Chandler corralled a game-high 19 rebounds. Raymond Felton netted 13 points and handed out six assists.

Final Score: LA Clippers 126, Golden State 115
Los Angeles, CA ( - Behind a sensational 42-point, 15-assist effort from Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers notched their first win of the Doc Rivers era with a 126-115 decision over the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Paul added six steals while making good on 12-of-20 field goal attempts in the Clippers' official home opener -- they dropped a 116-103 verdict to the crosstown Lakers as the visiting team on Tuesday -- with Blake Griffin contributing 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting in addition to grabbing 10 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan pulled down 17 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end, and J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford tallied 17 points each as the Clippers overcame a 38-point barrage from Stephen Curry in Rivers' second game behind the bench. Curry drained a lethal 9-of-14 tries from 3-point range, but was charged with 11 of Golden State's 25 turnovers. Backcourt mate Klay Thompson managed just 10 points, one night after hitting 5-of-7 treys in a career-high 38-point performance in the Warriors' 125-94 rout of the Lakers on Wednesday. David Lee scored 22 points for Golden State before fouling out late, with Andre Iguodala recording 14 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Chris Paul got the better of his match-up with Steph Curry.
(image by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today)


CP3 + Blake Griff = Lob City x 3

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