Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while… if you missed Wednesday night in the NBA you missed a lot.
LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron tried to say this wasn’t a measuring stick game for the Cavaliers… we all knew it was. No game in November means anything if they meet in June, but it tells you where the teams are now. What we learned is that the Spurs still know how to execute when everything is on the line and the Cavaliers, well, it’s still a work in progress.
Kyle Lowry/Toronto Raptors. We The North handed Memphis just its second loss of the season, and they did it taking over late in the fourth quarter — Memphis was 4-of-14 shooting in the final quarter while Toronto had a lot of Terrence Ross late. Then, with the game tied late, it was Kyle Lowry with the final for points for the Raptors, including a wicked step back jumper for the dagger (Mike Conley defended as well as you can, but good offense beats good defense).
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns. At the end of a tight game in Detroit, the Suns Eric Bledsoe was the guy who was making plays, showing why he got paid this summer.
The Pistons had a couple of chances late to tie or take the lead, but Markieff Morris blocked a Brandon Jennings layup, then with two seconds left Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got a look at a three to get the win and… Morris wasn’t worried.
Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks. It was almost a night he was a loser here after this:
But in the second OT the Bucks were down three late and it was Knight who knocked down the three to send it to the third overtime. Then the Bucks won it in the third frame, 122-118. So Knight gets to be a winner for the night.
Wesley Johnson/Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers played smart late — with Dwight Howard out they doubled James Harden with Jordan Hill in fourth quarter, Hill was free to push out because there was no threat of scoring behind him. Still, the Lakers were down one with less than 50 seconds left in the game and Harden was trying to isolate on Wesley Johnson when…
The Lakers have two nice wins in a row, both since Nick Young came back. Coincidence?
Solomon Hill/Indiana Pacers. Rodney Stuckey took the shot to win it all and… wow that was bad. An airball. But then there was Solomon Hill.