Post Up: Ice In His Veins

Lakers 111 (8-7), Thunder 109 (8-7)

In what will likely be remembered as “the Nick Young game,” Swaggy P sunk an impressive buzzer-beater leading into halftime before icing the game-winning shot with five seconds left in regulation.

Sure, Brandon Ingram’s pass may have been intended for Lou Williams, but Young has always played an “eccentric” brand of basketball. Nick’s shooting percentage is up to 48.7 in the month of November…let him shoot his shot!

Russell Westbrook will be saddled with the tough-luck loss after dropping 34 points, 13 dimes and eight boards on the Lakers. OKC will look to regroup against the Kings tomorrow night.

Knicks 107 (7-7), Trail Blazers 103 (8-8)

Kristaps Porzingis was a man on a mission Tuesday night, scoring 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting, including this posterizing dunk of Mason Plumlee:

Derrick Rose compiled a nice stat line (18 points, five dimes, two steals) along with a clutch step-back shot to seal the victory. It wasn’t exactly a banner night for C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, tallying a combined 38 points on 14-for-35 shooting.

Pelicans 112 (5-10), Hawks 94 (9-5)

Sure, the Pelicans’ 5-10 mark is unimpressive at first glance, but this is a team that lost each of their first eight games this year. Alvin Gentry appears to have fit Tim Frazier into his regular rotation alongside Anthony Davis (13 points) and Jrue Holiday (15 points). Frazier stuffed his stat sheet in this road match-up, going off for 21 points, 14 assists and five rebounds.

Aside from Gucci Mane’s engagement, there wasn’t much to cheer about for Hawks fans. For what it’s worth, Kent Bazemore didn’t seem too fazed by his off-night (one point, one rebound, one assist on 0-6 shooting).

Nuggets 110 (6-8), Bulls 107 (9-6)

It’s early in the season, but Jamal Murray is already looking like one of the better values of the 2016 NBA Draft. Selected at #7, Murray has now exceeded 18 in three of his last five games, becoming a featured cog of Mike Malone’s rotation. In addition to Murray’s 24-point showing off the bench, Jusuf Nurkic compiled a double-double and Wilson Chandler added 16 off the bench. For Fred Hoiberg’s Bulls, Jimmy Butler’s 35-point showing wasn’t enough.