Post Up: Days With Dre

Andre Drummond has career night in Boston, Warriors fall to Kings, Cavs win eighth straight and more!
by November 28, 2017
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Magic 109 (8-13), Pacers 121 (12-9)

Victor Oladipo continued his revelatory play, hitting his first 11 shots and finishing with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

He’s really coming into his own and could be an All-Star this year.

Over the past two weeks, the Pacers are 6-1 with a top-5 net rating and true shooting percentage.

Chemistry-wise, they look great.

Orlando—now sole proprietor of the League’s longest losing streak with nine straight Ls—is trending in the exact opposite direction.

Cavs 113 (13-7), Sixers 91 (11-8)

LeBron James jumped out the gate running, hitting his first five shots and getting 15 early points.

The Cavs outmatched Philly—especially with their superb bench play—and were able to build a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The win was the seventh straight for the Cavs. And over the past two weeks, they have a net rating of 10.9, which is good for third in the League during that span.

The Sixers shot just 3-28 from three, and Ben Simmons went down with an ankle injury late in the game.

Pistons 118 (13-6), Celtics 108 (18-4)

Coming off a win in OKC, Detroit managed to pull off another quality W in Boston.

Detroit, despite a solid record, was struggling of late: Ranking in the bottom half of the League in net rating, rebounding and true shooting over the past two weeks.

But then Andre Drummond had the game of his life (26 points, 22 boards, 6 dimes, 4 steals) and Avery Bradley gave Kyrie Irving problems—and the Pistons earned one of their most impressive wins of the season.

Blazers 103 (13-8), Knicks 91 (10-10)

Three straight losses for the Knicks. Three straight wins for the Blazers.

Remarkably, the Blazers are continuing to lock teams down with their defense, something that’s helping to make up for their bottom-10 offense.

Dame Lillard had a game-high 32 points and 5 assists in the win.

Nets 103 (7-13), Rockets 117 (16-4)

Houston has won their last five games, and in each of those games, the Rockets have hit at least 20 threes. That’s the longest such streak in NBA history by a long shot.

The addition of Chris Paul can’t be understated. He finished with 14 assists and 0 turnovers. James Harden had 37 points, 10 boards and 8 assists.

Over the past two weeks, the Rockets have been first in net rating and true shooting percentage.

Mavs 108 (5-16), Spurs 115 (13-7)

The Spurs haven’t been much more than league-average on offense recently, but their defense and rebounding (both top-5 over the past two weeks) has kept them in games.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points. Tony Parker (6 points, 4 assists, 14 minutes) made his season debut after missing the first 19 games.

Kings 110 (6-14), Warriors 106 (15-6)

Over the past two weeks, the Kings have been bottom-five in the League in net rating, rebounding and true shooting percentage.

They really had no business being in this game. But then Golden State rested Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and suddenly the defending champs could be beaten.

Sacramento had an answer for every Warriors run, and rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic came up clutch when the team needed it the most.

Lakers 115 (8-12), Clippers 120 (8-11)

The Clippers have won three straight games, but the game ended on an ominous note.

After dropping 26 points with 11 rebounds and 6 dimes, Blake Griffin went down with a left knee injury in the fourth quarter.

No word on the severity of the injury yet.