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In The Daily Swish today: The Los Angeles Lakers win their second straight game, while Golden State remain unbeaten. Some injury scares to keep us on our toes.
The Lakers played without an injured LeBron James (ankle), but still beat San Antonio in overtime. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook both scored more than 30 points, helping the Lakers rally from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Golden State used a second-half rally and 23 Stephen Curry points to top Oklahoma City. The Warriors were behind through the third quarter, kiboshing Coach Steve Kerr’s plans to rest Curry. They’re now 4-0 to lead the Western Conference standings.
Some injury concerns, ominous sign perhaps, considering how early it is in the season. LeBron sat out last night, while his running mate Anthony Davis had a knee scare (he managed to play the rest of the game, including the overtime period). Denver’s Nikola Jokic exited the Nuggets’ tussle with Utah early with a knee contusion.
|Game result (home team in bold)||Top performers|
|Knicks 112 def 76ers 99||Julius Randle (NY) 16 pts, 11 reb|
Tobias Harris (76ers) 23 pts, 9 ast
|Warriors 106 def Thunder 98||Stephen Curry (GS) 23 pts, 6 reb|
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 30 pts, 4 ast
|Mavericks 116 def Rockets 106||Luka Doncic (DAL) 26 pts, 14 reb|
Eric Gordon (HOU) 22 pts, 2 ast
|Lakers 125 def Spurs 121||Anthony Davis (LAL) 35 pts, 17 reb|
Dejounte Murray (SA) 21 pts, 15 ast
|Jazz 122 def Nuggets 110||Rudy Gobert (UTAH) 23 pts, 16 reb|
Nikola Jokic (DEN) 24 pts, 6 reb
What’s On Tonight
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|Game (home team in bold)||Time (US EST)|
|Hornets at Magic||7 pm|
|Wizards at Celtics||7:30 pm|
|Heat at Nets||7:30 pm|
|Pacers at Raptors||7:30 pm|
|Hawks at Pelicans||7:30 pm|
|Timberwolves at Bucks||8 pm|
|Lakers at Thunder||8 pm|
|Kings at Suns||10 pm|
|Grizzlies at Trail Blazers||10 pm|
|Cavaliers at Clippers||10:30 pm|
The Twitter spotlight shone brightly on the Lakers’ overtime win.
One tweet in particular from the guy who sat out the game got quite a bit of attention. Uh-oh, feud developing?!
NBA history time! Yesterday was the anniversary of three legendary NBA debuts.
Best of r/NBA
In Reddit land, locker room ruminations featured among the most upvoted posts. Anthony Edwards talks about the need to be more vocal:
And the Bucks seem to be one big happy family. Great for their repeat prospects!
Performance of the Night
Russell Westbrook responded firmly to questions over his contribution to the Lakers so far.
Play of the Day
We had a monster dunk yesterday. Today we have a sweet cross over from New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley. This scribe has always been partial to ankle breakers – especially if the ankle’s owner ends up on his cheeks.