Thursday night featured many several surprising NBA debuts that gave a lot to talk about. Players now come to their new teams with a winning mentality in order to take home a positive result, and last night was no exception at all. The action gets hot every time and even though there are many stars still not playing, there is no excuse that the games have excelled in a big way.
Cavs Fall To The Embiid-less Sixers
Joel Embiid’s last wish after learning he couldn’t be with his team for a while due to a knee injury was that they would win no matter what. It looks like his wish has come true and his teammates haven’t let him down. Shake Milton was one of them who gave his best effort to score a total of 27 points in helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-94 on Thursday night.
Dwight Howard also contributed in a big way after scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers, who remain at the top of the Eastern Conference. As for the Cavs, Collin Sexton led his team in scoring with 24 points. This team welcomed back forward Kevin Love. The five-time All-Star finished with 13 points in 20 minutes. The Sixers now return home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Cavs fly to Miami to take on the Heat. Both games will be played tomorrow night.
Nets Blow Away The Hornets
LaMarcus Aldridge finally made his debut with the Brooklyn Nets and found out that it was very easy to be able to score when you have the backing of a great team. The Nets got a strong first outing from Aldridge, managing to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-89 on Thursday night. Aldridge started at center and had 11 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, making it seem like it didn’t take him long to adjust to the type of game the Nets usually impart. The Nets don’t seem to be resenting the absence of James Harden and Kevin Durant yet, as they managed to win for the 20th time in 23 games.
Gordon Hayward and Devonte Graham scored 13 points apiece for Charlotte, while teammate Terry Rozier finished with 12. The Nets will now get some rest before resuming action Sunday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls, while the Hornets are set to visit the Indiana Pacers tonight.
Heat Blast Past The Warriors
Victor Oladipo finally got to wear the Miami Heat jersey, and it was a great night for him as he got off on the right foot and took home a win. Teammate Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, while Duncan Robinson scored 21 to help the Heat hold off the Golden State Warriors 116-109 on Thursday night. Oladipo started and managed to fill multiple roles in his first game with the Heat, which meant he was able to finish with six points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry finished with a total of 36 points and 11 rebounds while 23 more points were added by Andrew Wiggins and a 16-point, 10-rebound, eight-assist night from Draymond Green. Coming up next, the Warriors will now visit the Toronto Raptors tonight, while the Heat prepare to host the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night.
Clippers Continue Ups And Downs
It seems that the Denver Nuggets found no stones on the road all night and were able to beat the LA Clippers 101-94 on Thursday night without a hitch. Part of this victory was thanks to the 23 points scored by Jamal Murray, which made the team win for the fourth consecutive time. According to Nuggets coach Michael Malone, the performance shown by Nikola Jokic was not bad, but neither was the one he usually gave during the last 15 games. The player did not reach double numbers until he scored a triple with 5:20 for playing.
On the other hand, Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with a total of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Paul George managed to return from a couple of absences to score 17 points and eight rebounds for the team, as well, and the Clippers currently lead the NBA in three-point shots, and last night they hit 10 of 34 from a long distance. The Nuggets will now rest a bit to welcome the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, while the Clippers are going to face the other big LA, the Lakers, on the same night.