Post Up: Election Night

Atlanta handed Cleveland their first defeat, the Grizzlies and Nuggets came down to the wire, and more from a slate of Election Night hoops.
by November 09, 2016

Hawks 110 (5-2), Cavaliers 106 (6-1)

Atlanta handed the defending NBA champions their first defeat of the season. Dennis Schroder went off for 28 points, Kent Bazemore added 25 and Dwight Howard grabbed 17 boards.

Mike Muscala set the tone early on, elevating for this impressive one-handed putback:

Grizzlies 108 (4-4), Nuggets 107 (3-4)

Despite 21 and 23 points from Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay, respectively, the Grizzlies emerged victorious in a one-possession game. Vince Carter- who scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting off the bench- lobbed an in-bound pass to Marc Gasol, who tipped in the game-deciding bucket.

Nets 119 (3-4), Timberwolves 110 (1-5)

Brooklyn would come away with the W, but the T’Wolves can take solace in this impressive poster from Karl-Anthony Towns.

What’s more, Andrew Wiggins dropped a career-best 36 points; his 15th 30+ point game in the league.

Trail Blazers 124 (5-3), Suns 121 (2-6)

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 71 points in a narrow W over Eric Bledsoe (31 points) and the Suns. Dame’s 2016-17 campaign has gotten off to a torrid start.

Mavericks 109 (2-5), Lakers 97 (4-4)

Harrison Barnes has now dropped 30+ points over his last two games, helping Dallas emerge from an early season funk with 61.1% shooting from the field. Seth Curry looks to have cemented his role in an NBA rotation, scoring a season-high 23 points on Tuesday while logging 20+ minutes for the third consecutive game.

Kings 102 (4-5), Pelicans 94 (0-8)

Anthony Davis has now averaged 30.4 points and 11.9 boards per game in the early season, and only has an 0-8 record to show for it. Buddy Hield and E’Twaun Moore’s combined 27 points weren’t enough to stave off the Kings, who enjoyed banner nights from DeMarcus Cousins (28 points, two steals, two blocks) and Rudy Gay (21 points, six dimes with six boards). If it’s of any consolation for New Orleans, they have plenty of time to avoid matching the 76ers’ 0-18 mark to open the 2015-16 season.