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Detroit Pistons  at  Indiana Pacers
Final  – November 17, 2017
107

Pacers Upend Pistons, 107-100

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Indiana Pacers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 107-100, at Little Caesars Arena on Friday night. The Pacers (8-8) had suffered a 17-point loss at the hands of the Pistons (10-5) in the one prior meeting between the teams this season, a game in which they'd been dominated on the glass and had seen Detroit center Andre Drummond post a 17-point, 21-rebound double-double. They apparently were intent on turning the tables in the rematch in front of their home crowd, but that didn't become apparent until the final period. The visitors jumped out to a 32-23 lead through the first 12 minutes and were able to maintain their advantage through the first three quarters. However, a furious fourth-quarter rally changed the complexion of the contest, as Indiana nearly erased an 84-71 deficit in just over three minutes at the beginning of the period with a 12-0 run. They would go on to outscore their guests by a 36-19 margin to close out the game, and this time around, they were the victors down low. The Pacers won the rebounding battle, 51-43, and also drained 53.6 percent of their 28 three-point attempts. The Pistons were led by matching 16-point efforts on the part of Avery Bradley and Reggie Jackson. The former added six rebounds, while the latter supplied seven assists and two rebounds. Tobias Harris registered 15 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and one block. Drummond contributed an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double that also included five assists, three blocks and one steal. Ish Smith led the bench with his own 15-point effort, while Luke Kennard was productive on the second unit as well with 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. Victor Oladipo paced Indiana with a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double. He also pitched in four assists, one steal and one block. Thaddeus Young was right behind him with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Darren Collison tallied 16 points, six assists, one rebound, one steal and one block. Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 15 points and added three assists and one rebound. Lance Stephenson led the bench with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Domantas Sabonis supplied 12 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench. The Pistons continue on the road and next head to Minnesota for a Sunday evening date with the Timberwolves, while the Pacers visit the Heat on Sunday afternoon in South Florida.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 9:44 PM ET      Updated on November 17, 2017 at 9:46 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The visitors jumped out to a 32-23 lead through the first 12 minutes and maintained their advantage through the first three quarters. However, a furious fourth-quarter rally changed the complexion of the contest, with Indiana nearly erasing an 84-71 deficit in just over three minutes with a 12-0 run at the beginning of the period. They outscored their guests by a 36-19 margin to close out the game, won the rebounding battle, 51-43, and also drained 53.6 percent of their 28 three-point attempts. Avery Bradley's and Reggie Jackson's matching 16-point efforts paced the Pistons. Tobias Harris registered 15 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and one block. Andre Drummond contributed an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double that also included five assists, three blocks and one steal. Ish Smith led the bench with his own 15-point effort, while Luke Kennard was productive off the bench with 13 points. Victor Oladipo's 21-point, 15-rebound double-double led Indiana. Thaddeus Young was right behind him with 18 points, while Darren Collison tallied 16 of his own. Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 15 points. Lance Stephenson led the bench with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Domantas Sabonis supplied a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in 24 minutes off the bench.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:17 PM ET

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Miami Heat  at  Washington Wizards
Final  – November 17, 2017
88

Heat Defeat Wizards, 91-88

By Joel Bartilotta

The Miami Heat defeated the host Washington Wizards, 91-88, at Verizon Center on Friday. This was a defensive struggle throughout, as neither team surpassed 41 percent shooting. Defense is what carried Miami to victory, as they held Washington to just 38 percent from the field. They also dominated the paint, winning the rebounding differential, 52-46, and the points in the paint battle, 46-28. The Heat also took advantage of poor transition defense, winning the fastbreak differential, 21-7. Washington did fight back hard though, as they overcame a 25-point third quarter deficit to get the game within one possession in the final minute. The Heat (7-8) got another double-double out of Hassan Whiteside, as he totaled 22 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks on 10-of-12 shooting. Dion Waiters finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists, Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson combined for just nine points on 4-of-21 from the field. James Johnson was huge off the bench, providing 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Wizards (9-6) were led by Bradley Beal, as he accrued 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Marcin Gortat recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double. John Wall collected just eight points, three rebounds and eight assists on 3-of-12 shooting. Both teams return to action on Sunday, with Washington traveling to play the Toronto Raptors and Miami playing host to the Indiana Pacers.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 9:51 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Despite the fact that Miami were in control for the majority of this game, Washington were able to cut a 25-point third quarter deficit all the way down to a three-point final margin. Defense was key for the Heat, as they held the Wizards to 38 percent shooting. In addition, they won the rebounding differential, 52-46, and the points in the paint battle, 46-28. Miami's bench were also dominant, outscoring Washington's bench, 37-24. Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 22 points and 16 rebounds. James Johnson was huge off the bench, providing 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. The backcourt of Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson combined for just nine points on 4-of-21 shooting. Bradley Beal carried Washington, as he led the team with 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Marcin Gortat recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:01 PM ET

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Utah Jazz  at  Brooklyn Nets
Final  – November 17, 2017
118

Nets Topple Short-Handed Jazz, 118-107

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Utah Jazz, 118-107, at Barclays Center on Friday night. The Jazz (6-10) came into the contest with the odds stacked against them, despite a matchup against the defensively challenged Nets (6-9). Ricky Rubio (Achilles) was ruled out for the game earlier in the day, while standout center Rudy Gobert (knee) also remained sidelined. Brooklyn took advantage of their short-handed guests early on, jumping out to a 39-25 lead after one quarter. To their credit, Utah did their best to keep pace, battling back to cut the deficit to 89-80 by the start of the final period. However, the Nets had enough to close out the victory, utilizing a strong 50.6 percent team shooting effort and a career-high 25 points from Spencer Dinwiddie to seal the deal. With Rubio sidelined, Raul Neto led the way for the visitors with 22 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes off the bench. Rodney Hood followed with 17 points, two assists and one rebound. Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell turned in a trio of 15-point efforts. Ingles added four rebounds, four assists and one block, Favors hauled in seven boards, dished out one rebound and recorded a block, and Mitchell also supplied eight assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block. Alec Burks registered 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes off the bench. Dinwiddie added eight assists, five rebounds and two steals to his aforementioned scoring total. Allen Crabbe totaled 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. DeMarre Carroll followed with 17 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Trevor Booker posted 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a relatively quiet night with seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Caris LeVert paced the second unit with 10 points, four boards and two assists. The Jazz continue on the road to Central Florida, where they tangle with the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. The Nets remain home and await the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday evening.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:08 PM ET      Updated on November 17, 2017 at 10:24 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

Brooklyn took advantage of a short-handed Utah squad early on, jumping out to a 39-25 lead after one quarter. While the Jazz cut the deficit to 89-80 by the start of the final period, the Nets had enough to close out the victory, utilizing a strong 50.6 percent team shooting effort and a career-high 25 points from Spencer Dinwiddie to seal the deal. With Ricky Rubio (Achilles) sidelined, Raul Neto's 22 points in 20 minutes off the bench led the Jazz. Rodney Hood followed with 17 points, two assists and one rebound. Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell turned in a trio of 15-point efforts. Ingles added four rebounds, four assists and one block, Favors hauled in seven boards, dished out one rebound and recorded a block, and Mitchell also supplied eight assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block. Alec Burks' contributions in 28 minutes off the bench included 10 points and six rebounds. Dinwiddie added eight assists, five rebounds and two steals to his aforementioned scoring total. Allen Crabbe totaled 18 points, while DeMarre Carroll followed with 17. Trevor Booker posted 14 points, while Caris LeVert paced the second unit with 10 points, four boards and two assists.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:24 PM ET

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Los Angeles Clippers  at  Cleveland Cavaliers
Final  – November 17, 2017
118

Cavs Comeback to Beat Clippers in Overtime, 118-113

By Joel Bartilotta

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime, 118-113, at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday. Despite the fact that the Clippers either led or tied for the entirety of regulation, it took an extra session to determine a winner. In fact, the Cavaliers first lead came in overtime, as they led for the entirety of the overtime session. Cleveland actually started the overtime on a 9-2 run, as Los Angeles couldn't recover from that. Free-throw shooting was a huge factor for the Cavs, as they went 23-of-29, while holding the Clippers to just 11-of-14. The Clippers (5-9) were led by Blake Griffin, as he accumulated 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, but missed seven of his final eight shots. DeAndre Jordan totaled 20 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks. Austin Rivers collected 16 points and six assists, while Wesley Johnson provided 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks in a rare start. The Cavaliers (9-7) were led by their big-three, as LeBron James, Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade were the only Cleveland players in double figures. James led the way, as he tallied 39 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while scoring 15 of the Cavaliers' last 25 points. Love amassed 25 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Wade accrued 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists off the bench. Los Angeles will stay on the road, as they play the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday for their next game. As for Cleveland, they return to action on Monday against the Detroit Pistons.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:16 PM ET      Updated on November 17, 2017 at 10:24 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

It's rare to see a team win after never leading in regulation, but that's just what Cleveland did here. In fact, the Cavaliers grabbed their first and only lead in overtime, as they started that session on a 9-2 run. Free-throw shooting was the key for Cleveland, as they more than doubled up Los Angeles in both attempts and makes. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. DeAndre Jordan amassed 20 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks. Wesley Johnson had a gem in a rare start, collecting 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks. LeBron James scored 15 of Cleveland's last 25 points, as he finished with 39 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Kevin Love accrued 25 points and eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade was the only other Cavalier in double figures, as he provided 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists off the bench.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:28 PM ET

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New York Knicks  at  Toronto Raptors
Final  – November 17, 2017
107

Raptors Push Winning Streak To Three Games, Dismantle Knicks

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting New York Knicks, 107-84, at Air Canada Centre on Friday evening. The Raptors (10-5) reached double-digit wins thanks to a solid effort on both ends of the court, and in reality their win was never in doubt. Toronto jumped to a 30-18 lead in the first quarter, and managed to build an 18-point advantage at the break. The Knicks (8-7) showed signs of life in the third and discounted Toronto's lead to 14 after three, but the Raptors closed it out with a strong effort in the fourth quarter. Toronto always looked in control of the game, and ended cruising their way to a relatively easy win at home. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points for Toronto, but Lowry was far more efficient from the field and came close to a triple-double since he also added 10 assists and eight rebounds. DeRozan chipped in with six boards and seven assists aside from his 22 points, so both players produced stellar efforts in leading the Raptors to the win. C.J. Miles added 14 points off the bench, and Pascal Siakam scored 13. On the other end, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks as each scored 13 points, but both players struggle from the field since they only hit eight of their 24 shot attempts combined. Enes Kanter contributed with 12 points and six rebounds, while Michael Beasley chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds in only 12 minutes of action.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 9:41 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points for Toronto, but Lowry was far more efficient from the field and came close to a triple-double since he also added 10 assists and eight rebounds. DeRozan chipped in with six boards and seven assists aside from his 22 points, so both players produced stellar efforts in leading the Raptors to the win. C.J. Miles added 14 points off the bench, and Pascal Siakam scored 13. On the other end, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks as each scored 13 points, but both players struggle from the field since they only hit eight of their 24 shot attempts combined. Enes Kanter contributed with 12 points and six rebounds, while Michael Beasley chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds in 12 minutes of action.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 9:42 PM ET

120
Charlotte Hornets  at  Chicago Bulls
Final  – November 17, 2017
123

Bulls Rally In Fourth To Secure Home Win

By Dan Bruno  

The Chicago Bulls defeated the visiting Charlotte Hornets, 123-120, at United Center on Friday evening. It was a close game for most of the way, with the Hornets (5-9) pulling ahead towards the end of the third quarter. The Bulls (3-10) trailed 92-83 entering the fourth, but fought back, outscoring the Hornets 40-28 to pull ahead and earn the win. The marks the sixth straight loss for Charlotte, while the Bulls snapped a five-game losing streak. Kris Dunn posted a career-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals, in 26 minutes. Justin Holiday was the high-point man for the Bulls, with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, in 24 minutes. Denzel Valentine chipped in 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, in 32 minutes. The Bulls shot 52 percent from the field, including 17-of-34 from long range, and assisted on 25 of their 47 field goals. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker exploded for 47 points on 17-of-27 shooting, but it was not enough to get the Hornets out of Chicago with a win. Dwight Howard tallied 11 points and nine rebounds, in 28 minutes, while Marvin Williams finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Nicolas Batum made his return to the lineup and contributed nine points, three rebounds and three assists, in 27 minutes. The Hornets shot 52 percent from the field, including 48 percent from long range. The Hornets will look to get back on track as they play host to the Clippers on Sunday. The Bulls take on the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:45 PM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Kris Dunn tallied a career-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals, in 26 minutes. Justin Holiday was the high-point man for the Bulls, with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, in 24 minutes. Denzel Valentine chipped in 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, in 32 minutes. Lauri Markkanen added 16 points and seven rebounds, in 31 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker was the high-point man in the contest, with 47 points on 17-of-27 shooting, along with six rebounds and five assists, in 38 minutes. Dwight Howard tallied 11 points and nine rebounds, in 28 minutes, while Marvin Williams finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Nicolas Batum made his return to the lineup and contributed nine points, three rebounds and three assists, in 27 minutes. Jeremy Lamb chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists, in 24 minutes off the bench.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:48 PM ET

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Oklahoma City Thunder  at  San Antonio Spurs
Final  – November 17, 2017
104

Spurs Mount Furious Comeback, Defeat Thunder At AT&T Center

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-101, at AT&T Center on Friday night. This comeback win will surely go down as one of the best wins for San Antonio (10-6) not only during the current season, but of the past few years as well. The Spurs lost the first quarter by 17 points and were down by 23 at one point in the second, but they never backed down. They reduced the difference to seven points at the half, evened things up after three, and pulled away late in the fourth despite a few sloppy defensive mistakes. The win allowed the Spurs to reach double-digit wins, while the Thunder (7-8) once again fell below the .500 mark. LaMarcus Aldridge was the star of the game for the Spurs, as the power forward carried the team offensively and finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. Danny Green added 17 points with six boards and four assists, while Pau Gasol contributed with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists of his own. Kyle Anderson did a good job as well since he contributed with 10 points, six assists, and three boards. On the other hand, Carmelo Anthony led the Thunder with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Russell Westbrook came quite close from reaching another triple-double since he ended the game with 15 points, nine boards, and nine assists. Paul George left his mark as well after adding 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Steven Adams had 16 points and seven boards.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:41 PM ET      Updated on November 17, 2017 at 10:43 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

LaMarcus Aldridge was the star of the game for the Spurs, as the power forward carried the team offensively and finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. Danny Green added 17 points with six boards and four assists, while Pau Gasol contributed with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists of his own. Kyle Anderson did a good job as well since he contributed with 10 points, six assists, and three boards. On the other hand, Carmelo Anthony led the Thunder with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Russell Westbrook came quite close from reaching another triple-double since he ended the game with 15 points, nine boards, and nine assists. Paul George left his mark as well after adding 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Steven Adams had 16 points and seven boards.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 10:43 PM ET

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Minnesota Timberwolves  at  Dallas Mavericks
Final  – November 17, 2017
87

Timberwolves Come Back To Top Mavericks

By Nick Brazzoni  

The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Dallas Mavericks 111-87 on Friday at American Airlines Center. Things looked to be going smoothly for the Mavericks (2-14) early on, as they managed to build a solid 12-point lead over their opposition in the first half. The next 24 minutes, however, ended up being nothing like the second. The Timberwolves (10-5) went on to outscore Dallas 68-32 in the second half, as they managed to take advantage of a miserable shooting performance from the Mavericks on Friday night. Dallas shot just 21.2 percent from three and 37.2 percent from the field overall, and the worst of it came from the team's starting backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews, as the pairing combined to shoot just 6-of-23 from the field Friday and score only 16 points. Harrison Barnes led the way scoring for the Mavericks, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds in 34 minutes, while Dirk Nowitzki stayed close behind, shooting 6-of-12 from the field en route to scoring 15 points of his own. For the Timberwolves, all five starters scored in double figures with Jimmy Butler's 21 leading the way. Andrew Wiggins wasn't too far behind with 19 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague each dropped 15 points of their own. As a team, Minnesota had much better success than its opponent shooting the ball, as they hit a scorching 43.3 percent from behind the arc and 46.4 percent from the field overall. Up next, the Timberwolves will look to extend their winning streak to four games at home Sunday against the Pistons, while the Mavericks will attempt to end their four-game losing skid Saturday against the Bucks.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 11:17 PM ET

By Nick Brazzoni  

Dallas' rookie sensation Dennis Smith Jr. had been off to an unbelievable start to November, scoring at least 15 points in seven straight games on his way to averaging 19.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists over that stretch. Despite the fact that he was coming off a career-high 27 points in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs, Smith Jr.'s hot streak came to a screeching halt in Friday's loss. Smith Jr. shot just 3-of-12 from the field and 0-of-4 from behind the arc en route to scoring just eight points in 27 minutes. It was Smith Jr.'s worst performance since Oct. 30 against the Jazz, when he posted just two points in 17 points. Poor performances have been hard to come by for the point guard in his rookie season, however, as it was just the third time this season the rookie failed to score at least 10 points.

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 11:34 PM ET

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Portland Trail Blazers  at  Sacramento Kings
Final  – November 17, 2017
86

Kings Take Down Trail Blazers, 86-82

By Oscar Heanue

The Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, 86-82, at Golden 1 Center. Sacramento (4-11) bounced back from a tough 46-point loss at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks with Friday's win. The Kings benefited from a sub-par night from Portland, as the Blazers hit just 37 percent of their shots from the field on the night. However, the young Sacramento squad also demonstrated plenty of promise en route to the win. Center Willie Cauley-Stein led the team with a double-double, scoring 22 points to go along with ten rebounds. The big man, who came off the bench, also had a block and a steal. Overall, the Kings relied heavily on their bench in the victory. Sacramento's second unit contributed 46 points, accounting for more than half of the team's points on the night. Portland (8-7) took the loss despite strong play from star point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard was one of only two Blazers players to score in double figures in the win. He led the team with 29 points and also contributed four assists. However, the All-Star shot just 9-of-25 on the night, contributing to an overall poor shooting night for Portland. The other Blazer to contribute double figure scoring was C.J. McCollum, who added 19 points and knocked down 8-of-15 shots from the field. Despite the backcourt's efforts, the team shot only 37 percent from the field and hit just seven shots from behind the arc. Portland will host Sacramento in a rematch on Saturday night.

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 12:52 AM ET

By Oscar Heanue

The Sacramento Kings saw more than half their points come from the bench in Friday's win. The team's scoring leader was Kentucky alum Willie Cauley-Stein, who came off the bench for 22 points to go along with ten rebounds. The young big man added a steal and a block on the defensive end. The Kings started a three-guard lineup that included George Hill, Garrett Temple, and rookie De'Aaron Fox. Hill and Temple led the starting five in scoring, posting 14 points each. Portland, meanwhile, saw virtually no contribution from the bench. 38 of the team's 82 points came from the star backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who combined to go 17-of-40 from the field. Lillard led the team with 29 points and added four assists. As a whole, though, Portland struggled to find offense. The Blazers hit just 37 percent of their shots on the night.

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 1:00 AM ET

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Phoenix Suns  at  Los Angeles Lakers
Final  – November 17, 2017
113

Suns Defeat Lakers, 122-113

By Oscar Heanue

The Phoenix Suns edged out the Los Angeles Lakers, 122-113, at Staples Center on Friday. Phoenix (6-11) is now 6-8 on the season since parting ways with head coach Earl Watson. On Friday, the team saw strong offensive output, with six players scoring in double figures. Third-year guard Devin Booker delivered a game-high 33 points, knocking down six three-pointers along the way to the win. Three-point shooting proved key to the victory for the Suns, as the team hit 13 shots from beyond the arc on over 40 percent from the field. Off the bench, Phoenix enjoyed strong play headed up by young big man Alex Len. Len delivered a season-high 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points, which led the team's second unit. The Lakers (6-10), meanwhile, took the loss but still saw plenty of positives in the win. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma continued his impressive campaign, scoring a career-high 30 points to lead the team and go along with ten rebounds. Recently-acquired center Brook Lopez, meanwhile, scored 19 points and blocked four shots .LA saw four starters score at least 13 points, with rookie Lonzo Ball being the sole exception. Ball's struggles continued, as he scored just six points despite playing 38 minutes. The rookie shot 3-of-7 from the field and committed three turnovers along with just six assists. On Sunday, Phoenix will host the Bulls while the Lakers will host the Nuggets.

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 1:45 AM ET      Updated on November 18, 2017 at 1:59 AM ET

By Oscar Heanue

The Phoenix Suns relied on a balanced offensive approach to earn the win on Friday night. Six players scored in double digits for the Suns, including third-year guard Devin Booker, who scored a team-high 33 points. The team enjoyed ridiculous efficiency from beyond the arc. Booker shot 6-of-8 from three-point territory, and the team as a whole went 13-of-19 from deep in the win. Off the bench, big man Alex Len delivered an impressive output. Len delivered a season-high 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points. For the Lakers, rookie forward Kyle Kuzma impressed, scoring 30 points to go along with ten rebounds. The Lakers saw at least 13 points from four of their five starters, with the lone exception being rookie Lonzo Ball. Ball disappointed once again, posting six points and six assists in 38 minutes of play. He committed three turnovers on the night.

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 2:03 AM ET

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New Orleans Pelicans  at  Denver Nuggets
Final  – November 17, 2017
146

Nuggets Demolish Pelicans, 146-114

By Oscar Heanue

The host Denver Nuggets recorded a season-best scoring output as they blew out the New Orleans Pelicans, 146-114, at Pepsi Center on Friday. Denver (9-6) has now won four of its last five games after Friday's monstrous scoring night. The Nuggets scored a new season high, recording 146 points in the win. Sophomore guard Jamal Murray recorded a team-high 31 points in his second 30-point outing of the season. Murray was one of three Nuggets to score in double digits and six to score in double figures. Denver shot a whopping 62.9 percent from the field on the night, also marking a new season high for the squad. Denver splashed in 18 three-pointers on the night, shooting 51.6 percent from beyond the arc. The team finished the game on a high note, scoring 82 second-half points and 40 in the fourth quarter. New Orleans (8-8) delivered a surprisingly balanced performance in the loss. The Pelicans saw six players score in double digits, with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins combining for only 31 points in the game. Cousins shot just 6-of-16 en route to 14 points, weighing down the Pelicans' offense which shot a solid 52.6 percent from the field. Davis wound up leading the team with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Point guard Rajon Rondo, who recently returned from injury, shot 6-of-8 en route to 13 points in what proved to be an ultimately futile effort against Denver. The Nuggets will visit LA and the Lakers on Sunday, while New Orleans will host the Thunder on Monday.

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 1:25 AM ET

By Oscar Heanue

It was a monstrous offensive night for the Denver Nuggets, as the team scored a season-high 146 points against New Orleans on Friday. Three Nuggets topped 20 points and six scored in double figures en route to the win. Sophomore guard Jamal Murray delivered his second 30-point performance of the season to lead the team, chipping in 31 points in the winning effort. The team shot 62.9 percent from the field in the win and hit a whopping 18 three-pointers on the night. For New Orleans, the approach on offense was surprisingly balanced. The Pelicans shot 52.9 percent from the field and saw six players score in double digits as well. However, the star big man duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins had a well below-average night, combining for just 31 points in the losing effort. Cousins in particular struggled, shooting just 6-of-16 from the field and scoring 14 points.

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 2:07 AM ET