NBA Results: Heavyweights Luka, SGA square off in Wild West duel

Between some low-scoring wars of attrition, some off-kilter blowouts, and some S-Tier matchups, Monday in the NBA had it all.

As the Top 10 begins to separate in the West, the regular season can bring strange moments as the 14th team in the West leads the 3rd team in the East, like in the Spurs’ win over the Cavs.

Or there’s Monday’s first matchup between the Mavs and Thunder, where Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s big night was almost enough for the 13th team in the West to earn a win of their own.

We start the reactions with an excitement that’s definitely still weird to think of as excitement:

Heat wins ugly over Pacers, 87-82

Neither team shot 40% from the field or 30% from deep, but Miami’s stars showed up where Indys didn’t. Jimmy Butler extended the Heat’s lead from 77-75 to 84-75 with a 7-0 run with just minutes left, which was enough to seal it.

Complemented by 22 points and 17 rebounds from Bam Adebayo, the two combined for 42 points and 24 rebounds, roughly half the team’s total in both categories (87 and 48, respectively).

Meanwhile, every Pacers starter finished in double digits except for the most promising Tyrese Haliburton, who finished with a point on 0-6 shooting. It is the first time this season that he has been left off the floor; The previous low in field goals scored was 3-14 on November 12 against Toronto.

Durant’s well-rounded night pushes Nets past undermanned Wizards, 112-100

Brooklyn turned a 6-point halftime lead into a 16-point lead within nine minutes of the third quarter, and Washington could never make it from there. With 30 points on 10-17 shooting, Kevin Durant was the game’s top scorer while nabbing nine boards and dishing out six assists.

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Without the starting field of Monte Morris and Brad Beal, the Wizards didn’t have the first-unit firepower to compete with Brooklyn’s star duo of Durant and Kyrie Irving, who themselves added 24 points, more than either Wizard scored.

Three All-Star guards MIA while Grizzlies blow out Hawks, 128-103

Injuries are plentiful in this case as Trae Young is struggling with lower back strains, Dejounte Murray is nursing a left ankle sprain and Ja Morant is recovering from right thigh pain. And that’s it before We come to absences of key players like John Collins (left ankle sprain) and Desmond Bane (right big toe sprain).

Still, Memphis will be Memphis, meaning the next men will rise and come off a season of 20-5 balls when Morant wasn’t playing in 2021-22. Six Grizzlies hit double digits, led by Tyus Jones with 22 points, while shooting more than 60% off the floor as a team.

Luka Doncic without duels against SGA while Mavs beats OKC 121-114

Dallas caught absolute fire in the second quarter, scoring on 10 of 16 three-point attempts, with three Mavs hitting double-digits in the lone frame, with 12 from Tim Hardaway Jr., 11 from Luka Doncic (who has 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists) and 10 by Reggie Bullock.

The 14-point halftime deficit proved too much for OKC, even after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander responded with 17 of his 42 points in the third in the evening. According to StatMuse, SGA now has two 40-point games in the season after coming into the season with just one in its first four seasons.

The Cavs’ street fights continue with a 112-111 loss to Spurs

Over a 4:30 span in the second quarter, San Antonio put on a 16-0 run and created enough buffers for a -15 second half as five different Cavs scored 9+s in the second half where their rally fell short . Cleveland is moving 5-9 on the road compared to a near-league-best mark of 12-2 at home.

All-time shooting queen as Blazers beat Wolves, 133-112

In the National Basketball Association, you win many games when you shoot 46-93 (49.5%) off the floor with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 25-10. However, you won’t win many games if you lose the rebound fight 17, the three-point fight 21-10, and the Dame Lillard fight 1-0.

In just 29 minutes, Lillard shot from long range 11-17 and equaled his own franchise record for three-pointers made to finish with 38 points and a game-best +24 in a 21-point win. When presented with a question about padding stats at the end of the blowout to set a new record, Dame had the perfect answer:

Clippers give Celtics their worst loss of the season, 113-93

Showing vintage style, Kawhi Leonard needed just 12 shots to score 25 points and added nine rebounds and six assists on just two turnovers in his 29 minutes. His big night was too much for Boston on a night they shot 9-39 (23.1%) from deep. Boston falls back to an NBA-leading 21-7 after its first 20-point loss.

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