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NBA Scores: Kings drop 153 on Nets, what’s up with Sacramento

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Increasingly more over the previous couple of years, I’ve grown uninterested in NBA on TNT’s slates. Not as a result of I am anti-basketball — howdy? — however as a result of the identical few groups are greater than prone to make their method onto the nationwide airwaves if TV executives have something to say about it (spoiler alert: they do). This season, the opening night time video games on TNT featured the Boston Celtics taking part in the Philadelphia 76ers, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors taking over the Los Angeles Lakers. If I gave you three guesses as to what the opening night time video games can be earlier than they had been introduced, you’d have nailed each no drawback.

Now, do not get me mistaken, these are tremendous matchups, and so they make excellent sense to open the season. However the video games that got here later — Clippers-Lakers, Warriors-Suns, Bucks-Sixers, and so on. — felt all too acquainted. With the NBA transferring within the route of mass imparity, my grasping, nerdy thoughts hoped for one thing a bit extra distinctive.

Which is why I now mark Tuesday, Nov. 15 the night time when all of it modified. Pelicans-Grizzlies? KINGS-Nets? Positive, a number of of those groups are contenders, however blue-bloods they most actually aren’t. They’re groups which have constructed from the bottom as much as develop into feisty, grind-it-out squads whose stars weren’t purchased, however drafted.

This Tuesday slate may function an awakening for the NBA and its followers. Let’s recap it.


Kings demolish Nets, 153-121, for the world (effectively, all TNT viewers) to see

Final night time was the primary time because the 2018-19 season that the Sacramento Kings had a nationally televised recreation. How’d they deal with it? By thrashing the Nets to the tune of a close to wire-to-wire blowout for his or her fourth-straight win.

Terence Davis led the way in which for Sacramento with 31 on 12-of-16 taking pictures (seven-for-10 from three) in a recreation the place six different Kings scored in double figures and everybody on the energetic roster noticed a couple of minutes of motion. Brooklyn’s largest lead was two; the Kings sprung forward by 39 at one level. Watching all of it unfold was additional proof that the NBA is a greater place when the Kings are aggressive. They’re 7-6 and have gained 5 of their final six video games. Are the Kings….good?

Possibly it is only a higher place when each staff has an opportunity to beat any opponent each night time. Case and level: Davis outplayed Kevin freakin’ Durant, and made it look simple.

Luka, Mavs survive Clippers 25-point comeback, win 103-101

This was a bizarre one. Dallas spent a lot of the sport in entrance—it led 54-32 at halftime, and the Clippers seemed lifeless within the water. However Paul George performed your complete second half, scoring 17 of his 23 factors within the remaining two quarters to deliver Los Angeles again to life. The Clippers fought all the way in which again to take a 5 level lead down the stretch, however within the remaining minutes, an errant cross from Reggie Bullock discovered its approach to Luka Doncic, who did Luka issues to complete off the Clippers.

Pelicans maintain off Ja, Grizzlies in comeback win, 113-102

In case you were not conscious, Ja Morant is not human.

His staff, however? Filled with people, within the sense that not each night time generally is a excellent one. An enormous third quarter surge from the Pelicans — particularly CJ McCollum, who scored 14 of his 30 factors within the third — made it shut, and a 15-4 run to start the fourth helped put away the Grizzlies for good.

Knicks high Jazz, 118-111, hand Utah its third-straight loss

This is a sentence I by no means thought I might kind and not using a trace of sarcasm: Is it time to begin worrying in regards to the Utah Jazz? They’ve misplaced three in a row, all shut video games towards the Wizards, Sixers, and Knicks, however after a scalding begin to the yr, what are we to make of this hunch?

It might be drained legs, or perhaps, their team-wide incapacity to overlook a shot was by no means meant to final. As a staff final night time, the Jazz shot simply 32 p.c from three and 43 p.c from the sphere because the Knicks had their quantity from the leap. Regardless of Tom Thibodeau’s baffling teaching selections down the stretch — he benched Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin late within the fourth, which fueled a Jazz comeback — New York had executed sufficient within the early going to eke out the win. Jalen Brunson led the cost with 25 factors, as he continues to look price each penny of his gargantuan contract.

Blazers maintain off Spurs behind massive night time from Jerami Grant, 117-110

Enable me to be the primary to controversially say sure to the costume (aka, these new Portland unis).

White. Sizzling. Very like the Blazers, who enhance to 10-4 on the yr behind 29 from Jerami Grant.

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