In a fun matchup between the players who finished 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting last season, award-winner Karl-Anthony Towns (47 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and three blocks) eclipsed Kristaps Porzingis (29 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks).
But Porzingis had help from Carmelo Anthony, whose late jumper gave the Knicks a 106-104 win over the Timberwolves tonight.
Still, this was a special night from Towns. Only Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Karl Malone have posted a 47-18 game since 1984 (as far as Basketball-Reference.com records go back).
It’ll be a treat to watch Towns in the years to come, especially when he’s battling Porzingis.
Russell Westbrook already had his triple-double, but his 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter gave him a chance to build on his numbers — and get the Thunder a win.
Westbrook scored 14 points in the extra period to help Oklahoma City to a 126-115 win over the Wizards tonight. He finished with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
This Isaiah Thomas shot didn’t count on the scoreboard, but it counts in my heart.
It’s not ideal when you have to start Dion Waiters.
It’s even worse when you don’t have that option available.
The Miami HEAT announced today that an MRI revealed guard Dion Waiters has suffered a Pectineus tear and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Waiters sat out his first game of the season on Nov. 28 vs. Boston due to the right groin strain.
At some point during the next couple weeks, the Heat will rely more on Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson. But they’re dealing with their own injuries. That puts more of an onus on Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington for the time being.
Miami is 5-12, and six of its next seven games are on the road. This might not be pretty.
Kings star DeMarcus Cousins tried his best, helping to mop the 76ers’ home floor.
But, after a delay, the court remained too slippery. So, Sacramento will have to play at Philadelphia another day.
Marshall Harris of CSN Philly:
Neither team plays tomorrow, but the arena is hosting a Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown concert. There isn’t another shared open date during Sacramento’s road trip.
That means it’ll likely be a while until this game gets played, as Kings general manager Vlade Divac noted: