The kicked off the the Thanksgiving weekend with a seven game Monday. The two primary attractions were Clippers vs. Spurs and Grizzlies vs. Denver.
- Indiana 96 Washington 89: Bradley Beal had himself a pseudo-breakout game with 18 points. While he did shoot 4-12 from the field, he converted 3-6 from deep and 7-9 from the charity stripe. Definitely a improvement considering his other recent performances. David West is quietly having himself an All-Pro caliber season and he continued it against the Wizards with 30 points on an ultra-efficient 10-14 shooting.
- Atlanta 81 Orlando 72: Al Horford looks to be back to his dominant self as he keyed a massive 3rd quarter explosion where the Hawks outscored Orlando by 12 points. Lou Williams chipped in 14 points in the winning effort. The stumbling Magic had only one player in double figures (Glen Davis) and were lead by Nik Vucevic with 13 boards.
- Golden State 105 Dallas 101: Steph Curry and the Warriors came back in overtime to take the win away from Dallas. Curry lead the way with 31 points and 9 assists. Meanwhile, forwards Harrison Barnes (20 points and 12 rebounds) and David Lee (17 points and 19 rebounds) helped pave the way for GSW. O.J. Mayo is starting to look like a consistent volume scorer for the Mavs as he finished with 27 points, almost all of which came in the second half.
- Utah 102 Houston 91: Utah took advantage of James Harden’s sick day and ran away with the victory on the shoulder’s of backup Gordon Hayward’s 15 points and Al Jefferson’s double-double (14 and 16). Patrick Patterson was the only competent offensive Rocket player as he lead with 19 points while doing virtually nothing else.
- Charlotte 102 Milwaukee 98: Looks like Michael Jordan’s big speech and Mike Dunlap’s coaching is finally paying dividends. Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker are starting to form a lethal guard combo while Byron Mullens is showcasing his undervalued talents. Sessions led his team with 23 points while Walker and Mullens were right behind with 19. Monta Ellis was his usually high scoring self with 31 points on 14-28 shooting. With all of these improving teams, it makes one wonder who the new bottom feeders are.
- Denver 97 Memphis 92: One of the night’s two biggest attractions certainly didn’t disappoint. The typically balanced Nuggets were led by Danilo Gallinari with 26 points. One of the primary causes of Denver’s struggles, Gallo really stepped up big to stop the surging Grizzlies. Rudy Gay helped the Memphis cause with 8-13 shooting for 22 points.
- Los Angeles 92 San Antonio 87: The Clippers are finally looking like the “Lob City” that people had expected last year. Chris Paul led a balanced attack (5 players in double figures) with 19 points and 8 assists. Meanwhile, Tim Duncan continues his interpretation of Benjamin Button with a 20 point, 14 rebound performance. Of course, going against Blake Griffin will make most offensive players look like stars.