The NBA Roundup: November 22-23, 2013

A slew of injuries dotted today’s lineup of games, as D-Rose, Marc Gasol, and Iggy will all undergo MRIs tomorrow. Meanwhile, KD continued to impress for OKC, while SAS and POR extended their respective winning runs.

D-Rose leaves the Moda Center in crutches.
(image by Steve Dykes/USA Today)
The Best:
  • Kevin Durant continued to showcase his sublime shooting, dropping 28 points on 10/19 FG shooting as the Thunder beat the Clippers. KD also grabbed 6 boards and handed out 8 assists in a superb offensive assault. Durant currently leads the league with 29.5 points per game.
  • A few days ago, Pau Gasol promised to donate $1,000 for every point he would score against the Warriors. As it turns out, the Spaniard will be donating $24,000 to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort after scoring 24 points in the Lakers’ huge win over Golden State. Gasol also filled the sheet with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in an inspired effort.
  • Spencer Hawes continued his own strong start to the season, hitting 3 triples and shooting 11/16 overall as his Sixers defeated the Bucks. Hawes had great numbers from last season, but a slew of injuries converted a lot of believers in to doubters, but, so far, he has been nothing short of great for Philly. Hawes is norming a 16-10 double-double through 14 games, making about 2 treys per outing, and converting on nearly 50% of his threes.

The Worst:
  • The shooting duo of Jared Dudley and JJ Redick sputtered big time as the Clips fell short against OKC. As a pair, Dudley and Redick shot 6/20 from the field and combined for just 15 points in 61 minutes. They connected on a total of 2 triples after attempting a combined 10. Can you say ice cold?
  • Injuries galore. Derrick Rose came down with another knee injury. Ditto with Marc Gasol. Both are possible ACL tears. Andre Iguosala, meanwhile, strained his hamstring in GSW’s loss to the Lakers. All three are due for MRIs to determine the extent of their conditions.

November 22, 2013
Final Score: Oklahoma City 105, LA Clippers 91
Oklahoma City, OK ( - Kevin Durant posted 28 points and dished out eight assists to guide the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and Russell Westbrook scored 12 for Oklahoma City, which remained unbeaten at home after five games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder, winners of three in a row, also got revenge for a 111-103 loss at Staples Center last Wednesday. They never trailed Thursday. Chris Paul extended his NBA-record streak with at least 10 points and 10 assists to start a season to 13 games. Paul had 17 points and 12 helpers, and the Clippers got 27 points and 10 rebounds from Blake Griffin. Jamal Crawford scored 18 for the Clippers, who have dropped two of their last three since a four-game winning streak.

Final Score: Denver 97, Chicago 87
Denver, CO ( - Jordan Hamilton had 17 points off the bench to lead six Denver scorers in double figures and the Nuggets defeated the Chicago Bulls 97-87 on Thursday. J.J. Hickson scored 14 with nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried netted 12 points with 11 boards and Randy Foye and Ty Lawson finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Denver, which hasn't lost to Chicago at home since Feb. 8, 2006. Derrick Rose led Chicago, which had a five-game winning streak snapped, with 19 points and four assists in 33 minutes and Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy both chipped in with 15 points.

November 23, 2013
Final Score: Phoenix 98, Charlotte 91
Charlotte, NC ( - Channing Frye made 5-of-7 from behind the arc en route to 20 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 98-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. P.J. Tucker made all six of his shots for 17 points for Phoenix, which gained the lead late in the first quarter and never relinquished it despite a late push by the home team. The Bobcats trailed by as many as 21 points early in the fourth quarter but a late 12-1 surge made it 96-91 before time ran out on the comeback effort. Goran Dragic and Gerald Green scored 14 points apiece and Markieff Morris tallied 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench as the Suns climbed back to .500 after dropping four in a row. Gerald Henderson's 17 points paced Charlotte in the losing effort. Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions netted 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Final Score: Philadelphia 115, Milwaukee 107 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA ( - Spencer Hawes took an inbounds pass in the left corner, pirouetted to his left and let go of a desperation one-footed fallaway with 1.7 seconds left in regulation. Hawes' third 3-pointer in the final 1:21 of regulation sent the game into overtime before the 76ers topped the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-107. Hawes had 11 of his 25 points during the Sixers' fourth-quarter surge, Evan Turner netted 23 of his 27 points after halftime, and Michael Carter-Williams filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals for the Sixers, who snapped a four- game losing streak. Ersan Ilyasova logged 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which has dropped seven straight tilts.

Final Score: Toronto 96, Washington 88
Toronto, ON ( - Rudy Gay provided the difference in crunch time as the Toronto Raptors fended off John Wall and the Washington Wizards, 96-88, to win back-to-back games in November for the first time since 2010. Gay scored nine of his 17 points in the final 2:33, DeMar DeRozan netted 17 points as well and Jonas Valanciunas provided a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win. The Raptors somehow lead the Atlantic Division while still being under .500 at 6-7. They will try to even their record next Tuesday when they host the Nets in the second of a four-game homestand. Washington had its two-game winning streak snapped despite a tremendous showing from Wall, who was an efficient 15-of-20 from the floor for 37 points. Bradley Beal checked in with 17 points, while Nene had 10 points and 10 boards in the setback.

Final Score: Indiana 97, Boston 82
Boston, MA ( - Paul George scored a game-high 27 points and Lance Stephenson recorded a triple-double to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday. Stephenson, who also notched a triple-double on Nov. 11, poured in 10 points to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He is the only player in the NBA this season with multiple triple- doubles. David West and Luis Scola added 17 points apiece for the Pacers, who improved to an Eastern Conference-best 11-1. Jordan Crawford scored 24 points and Jeff Green added 20 for the Celtics, who have dropped six straight.

Final Score: Atlanta 96, Detroit 89
Auburn Hills, MI ( - Jeff Teague led all five Atlanta starters in double figures with 18 points, while Al Horford netted 17 with 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons, 96-89, on Friday night. Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each chipped in 14 points and DeMarre Carroll tallied 12 points in the win. Teague scored 14 points in the third quarter and made a clutch block on Detroit's Brandon Jennings with the Hawks holding a 92-89 lead with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter, as Atlanta swept its home-and-home with Detroit. Kyle Singler scored 22 points starting in place of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond recorded his seventh straight double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Greg Monroe added 11 points and 11 boards in the setback.

Final Score: San Antonio 102, Memphis 86
Memphis, TN ( - Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-86, on Friday night. Tiago Splitter added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who have won nine straight games. Manu Ginobili netted 15 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds in the triumph. Mike Conley tallied 28 points and four steals, while Zach Randolph registered 16 points and 10 boards for Memphis, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Marc Gasol left the tilt early in the second quarter with an apparent left knee injury in a non- contact situation.

Final Score: Minnesota 111, Brooklyn 81
Minneapolis, MN ( - Kevin Love tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds in just 28 minutes as the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 111-81 win over the struggling Brooklyn Nets at Target Center. Kevin Martin scored 17 points for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game losing skid. Corey Brewer and Nikola Pekovic dropped in 15 points apiece, while Ricky Rubio went for 12 points and eight assists. Andray Blatche paced the shorthanded Nets with 16 points off the bench. Joe Johnson netted 15 points as the lone starter in double figures for Brooklyn, which has lost four in a row and seven of eight. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez both missed the contest for Brooklyn with ankle injuries.

Kevin Garnett loses to the Wolves for the first time in his career.
(image by David Sherman/Getty Images)

Final Score: New Orleans 104, Cleveland 100
New Orleans, LA ( - Eric Gordon drained a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied for a 104-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Gordon and Tyreke Evans both provided 19 points for the Pelicans, who trailed by a dozen with under five minutes remaining before pulling out their third straight win. Evans pulled down 10 rebounds as well, while Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis also posted double- doubles in the comeback. Holiday chipped in with 15 points and 11 assists and Davis totaled 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kyrie Irving paced Cleveland with 22 points, Jarrett Jack netted 19 and Dion Waiters had 14 in the club's fifth loss in six games.

Final Score: Dallas 103, Utah 93
Dallas, TX ( - Monta Ellis scored a game-high 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks used a huge first half to beat the Utah Jazz, 103-93, at American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki and Samuel Dalembert each netted 18 points in the win. Dalembert was 8-for-8 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds. Dallas led 58-34 at halftime and led by as many as 28 in the first half before the Jazz chipped away at the lead in the second half, cutting the deficit to 90-85 with 4:42 left in the game after a Derrick Favors dunk. Jose Calderon answered 19 seconds later with a 3-pointer as Dallas held on. Marvin Williams scored a team-high 19 points off the bench for Utah, and Jeremy Evans scored 14 points off the pine on 7-of-7 shooting.

Monta Ellis continued to wax hot for the Mavs.
(image by Glenn James/Getty Images)

Final Score: Portland 98, Chicago 95
Portland, OR ( - Friday's loss in Portland may prove twice as costly for the Bulls. Chicago squandered a 21-point lead and watched former MVP Derrick Rose exit with another knee injury as the Trail Blazers pulled out a 98-95 comeback victory at Moda Center. Rose changed direction to get back on defense late in the third quarter and immediately grimaced before limping to the sideline favoring his right knee. It was in his left knee that Rose tore his ACL, costing him the entire 2012-13 season, but he was still in obvious pain as team trainers helped him back to the locker room for further examination. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was concerned about Rose's health after the game and said he would undergo an MRI on Saturday. Rose had tied a season high with 20 points before exiting, and his teammates couldn't prevent the Blazers from rallying for their ninth straight win. Wesley Matthews netted 28 points and hit the go-ahead jumper down the stretch, Damian Lillard added 20 points and Robin Lopez finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Luol Deng donated 15 points and 14 boards for the Bulls, who dropped their second straight after shooting just 31 percent from the field in the second half.

Final Score: LA Lakers 102, Golden State 95
Los Angeles, CA ( - Pau Gasol scored a game-high 24 points with 10 rebounds, Nick Young netted 21 points off the bench and the Los Angeles Lakers maintained their home dominance over the Golden State Warriors with a 102-95 win on Friday night. Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake each scored 14 points and the backcourt mates had a combined 13 assists for Los Angeles, which won its 11th straight home game against Golden State. Golden State played without point guard Stephen Curry, who missed his second straight game with a concussion he suffered against Utah on Monday. David Lee tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson chipped in with 20 and 19 points, respectively, in the loss.

Derrick Rose injures his OTHER knee:

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