The NBA Roundup: November 15, 2013

A pair of down-the-wire games was on offer in yesterday’s NBA action, with the Rockets winning at the Madison Square Garden and the Warriors pulling the rug from under the Thunder at home.

The Best:
  • The night’s best moment did not come from its best performer, but, still, seeing Andre Iguodala drain a buzzer-beating corner fadeaway jumper over Thabo Sefolosha to push the Warriors past the Thunder was pretty awesome. Iggy finished with just 14 points, but he was very efficient, shooting 5/6 from the field and handing out 9 dimes.
  • The night’s best performer came from one of the losing teams. Carmelo Anthony drained 45 points on 17/30 FG shooting on top of 10 rebounds and 4 assists, but his Knicks still came up short (albeit a little on the controversial side) against Houston. Melo hit a three to tie the game in the dying seconds, but referee Scott Foster nullified it as Anthony was fouled by James Harden on the floor.
Andre Iguodala hit the marginal basket to lift
GSW past OKC.
(image by Kyle Terada/USA Today)

The Worst:
  • NYK’s Raymond Felton continued to struggle in the young season. Against the Rockets, Felton registered just 8 points on 3/9 FG shooting while also turning the ball over 5 times. Yikes.
  • I loved every point, every assist, and every rebound from Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Dwight Howard yesterday, BUT I hated the turnovers – all TWENTY of them. That’s right. Twenty turnovers between those four guys. Just not good enough be champs just yet.

Final Score: Houston 109, New York 106
New York, NY ( - After being immediately hacked by James Harden from beyond the arc along the right wing, Carmelo Anthony flipped up an off-balanced 3-pointer off his back foot in the final seconds. It somehow went in. Referee Scott Foster, though, immediately whistled it a no shot. Harden had 36 points and nine rebounds as the Houston Rockets held off the New York Knicks, 109-106, on Thursday. New York trailed 107-104 with 5.8 seconds left when Anthony, who had an NBA season-high 45 points, got the ball along the right wing. Houston elected to foul right away instead of playing out the possession defensively. Anthony, however, didn't get the continuation call. Anthony made both foul shots before Harden sunk a pair at the other end with 2.9 ticks to go. J.R. Smith's desperation heave from midcourt then ricocheted sharply off the backboard as time expired. Jeremy Lin finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists in his second return to the Big Apple. During the 2011-12 season, "Linsanity" became an overnight sensation when Lin averaged 18.2 points and hit several game- winning shots for the Knicks.

Melo and the Knicks found themselves wanting after dropping a home game to Houston.
(image by Maddy Meyer/Getty Images)

Final Score: Golden State 116, Oklahoma City 115
Oakland, CA ( - Russell Westbrook's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left gave the Oklahoma City Thunder their first lead in over 23 minutes. That advantage was short-lived. Andre Iguodala's fadeaway right baseline jumper at the buzzer lifted the Golden State Warriors to a 116-115 win over the Thunder. Reggie Jackson's driving layup with 36.2 seconds remaining pulled OKC within 114-112 and the Thunder regained possession when Stephen Curry misfired on a deep step-back jumper at the other end. Kevin Durant snatched the rebound and dribbled to the top of the arc. He was forced to give the ball away to Westbrook along the right wing several feet beyond the arc. With Klay Thompson playing back on him, Westbrook pulled up and rose above him for the Thunder's first lead since the 11:35 mark of the third. Following a timeout, Iguodala received the inbounds pass along the right baseline and knocked down the tough fadeaway over the outstretched arms of Thabo Sefolosha.

Russell Westbrook thought he hit the game-winner till Andre Iguodala hit his own:

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