The NBA Roundup: November 11, 2013

The Spurs leaned on Danny Green’s hot shooting, OKC rallied past the Wiz, the Suns beat the Pelicans, and the Wolves snapped a losing streak to the Lakers in today’s NBA action.

Gerald Green spiked this one through the rim as
the Suns rose past the Pelicans.
(screencap from the NBA YouTube account)

The Best:
  • The Wizards played really well against the Thunder, but Kevin Durant was just too much in the end. KD dropped 33 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and had 6 assists as OKC rallied to beat the upstart Wizards, 106-105 in OT. Washington leaned on young gun Bradley Beal, who finally broke out with 34 points behind 6/8 three-point shooting.
  • Ricky Rubio registered the season’s second triple-double as Minnesota beat the Lakers at the Staples Center, 113-90. Rubio scored 12 points, handed out 14 assists, and collared 10 rebounds while also getting 5 steals in a superb quarterbacking effort. The T-Wolves finally beat the Purple & Gold after losing to them in their last 22 meetings.

The Worst:
  • JR Smith was horrendous against San Antonio. Smith missed all but one of his shots to end up with just 5 points in 21 minutes. Not enough misery? How about adding 4 turnovers, too?
  • Wesley Johnson seems to have cooled off after stroking the nylon against Houston last week. Johnson hit just 2 of 10 shots against the Wolves today, and his overall FG% has now dipped to under 33% for the season. For a guy who launches nearly 10 field goals per game, that is NOT good.

Final Score: San Antonio 120, New York 89
New York, NY ( - Danny Green exemplified San Antonio's hot shooting, making 6-of-9 3-pointers en route to 24 points and had 10 rebounds as the Spurs beat the New York Knicks 120-89 in a Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden. Kawhi Leonard contributed 18 points off the bench on 7- of-10 shooting and fellow reserve Patty Mills added 15 points for the Spurs, who have won six of their first seven games this season. Tim Duncan finished with 11 points -- nine on free throws -- and 10 boards in limited minutes in the one-sided game. Tony Parker missed only four of the 12 field goals he attempted and totaled 17 points with six assists, also in limited minutes. Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani both scored 16 points for New York, which is off to a sluggish 2-4 start. J.R. Smith, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, had five points on 1-of-9 shooting in his season debut. He was suspended for the first five games for violating the league's anti-drug program.

Final Score: Oklahoma City 106, Washington 105 (OT)
Oklahoma City, OK ( - The Oklahoma City Thunder took the Washington Wizards' best shot and rallied to win in overtime Sunday, 106-105. The Thunder trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter and came back to win despite the loss of Russell Westbrook, who was ejected with 3:19 left in regulation after picking up his second technical. Kevin Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and hit the tying and go-ahead free throws in the final minute of overtime to send Oklahoma City to its fourth straight win. The Wizards wasted a terrific effort from Bradley Beal, whose six 3- pointers and career-high 34 points went for naught. John Wall was limited to 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and missed a potential go-ahead layup at the overtime buzzer.

Kevin Durant showcased his complete arsenal against a very game Washington five.
(image by Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Final Score: Phoenix 101, New Orleans 94
Phoenix, AZ ( - Markieff Morris exploded for 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting off the bench as the Phoenix Suns downed the New Orleans Pelicans, 101-94, to keep their surprising start going. Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points, handed out six assists and even recorded a big block of 6-foot-10 Anthony Davis in the closing seconds of Phoenix's fifth victory on the young season. The win made Jeff Hornacek the first coach in Suns history to win his first four home games. Jason Smith had a team-high 22 points while Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow added 16 apiece for the Pelicans, who had won two in a row since losing on their home floor to these Suns last week.

Final Score: Minnesota 113, LA Lakers 90
Los Angeles, CA ( - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves can breathe a sigh of relief after Sunday's 113-90 dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers. Love totaled 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Timberwolves ended their ghastly 22-game losing streak to the Lakers in convincing fashion. They had not beaten LA since Mar. 6, 2007 and recorded their first win over the Lakers at Staples Center in nearly eight years. Kevin Martin led all scorers with 27 points while Ricky Rubio finished with 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his second career triple-double for Minnesota, which improved to 5-2 on the young season. Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, to pace the Lakers, losers in three of their last four.


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