Post Up: Locked In Lakers

The Lakers continued their winning ways, Cleveland won an E.C.Finals rematch, and more from Tuesday.
by November 16, 2016

Lakers 125 (7-5), Nets 118 (4-7)

Sure, they haven’t had the most difficult schedule of late- facing the Mavericks, Kings, Pelicans, Timberwolves and Nets- but the Lakers sure are performing above expectations. Playing with a renewed vigor under coach Luke Walton, the Lakers could be in the running for a 7-or-8 seed in the Western Conference (if Nick Young’s prediction holds up).

Cavaliers 121 (9-1), Raptors 117 (7-3)

In a rematch of the 2015-16 Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James came one rebound shy of a triple-double to keep Cleveland’s league-best record intact. The game may have already been out of reach, but a suspect technical foul called on Kyle Lowry (28 points, nine dimes) will make this one sting for Toronto fans.

Hawks 93 (8-2), Heat 90 (2-8)

Hassan Whiteside may have won the battle of big men in Tuesday’s match-up, but Atlanta would emerge with their fifth straight victory thanks to a double-double from Dwight Howard and a team-high 18 points from Dennis Schroder.

Hornets 115 (7-3), Timberwolves 108 (3-7)

It’s tough to think of a more underrated player in the league than Kemba Walker. Having now rattled off nine consecutive games scoring 20+ points, Walker eclipsed 2,000 career assists in Charlotte’s W on Tuesday. Helped by a 20-point effort from Frank Kaminsky off the bench, the Hornets were able to stave off Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns (29 and 21 points, respectively).

Bulls 113 (7-4), Trail Blazers 88 (7-5)

The tandem of Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler was in full force Tuesday, combining for 46 points in a rout of the Trail Blazers. Portland’s success often hinges on Damian Lillard, who shot just 7-of-22 in an off-night.