NBA Scores November 7: There’s a New Wizard In Boston
Utah 103, Cleveland 101
(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
We might not play D, but we can score with anybody
Coast to coast game winning drive by Williams thwarts King monster triple double
There aren’t many guards that enter the league with the ability to do whatever on the court. Coming out of Illinois, Deron Williams languished on the pine his rookie year–waiting his turn to make an early NBA impression. He now has total command of the floor and Jerry Sloan is looking like a genius. Williams could score 25 a game. He could be named defensive player of the year. He could lead the league in assists.
He might accomplish all three during what should be a standout career.
For now, just call him game winner.
Williams’ Cav killer drive after an off balance, LeBron James top of the key three, proves this kid will not be taken for granted. Anyone who has played the game knows teams defensively are most vulnerable in the waning seconds after an offensive score. For some reason, teams are caught out of position.
Williams took full advantage of this common basketball trait.
Williams had 8 turnovers and shot 4-12, as Utah faced yet another playoff contender from the previous season. The Jazz will be something to watch as the season progresses knowing they have faced the equivalent of a vicious early season John Chaney schedule.
The Jazz shot 85% from the charity stripe compared to 66% for the Cavs. This Cavalier weakness will assuredly be Cleveland’s undoing–sapping emotional strength late in games on crucial misses.
This team is loaded with young talent but must acquire a back up point guard to spell Williams in important stretches during the season.. Paul Milsap was a beast down low in the first half and ended up with 24 points on 7-8 shooting before fouling out. Swingman Ronnie Brewer added 16 and 5 steals and Williams dropped 12 assists to go along with his 15 points. Carlos Boozer paced the Jazz with his usual Karl Malone like 23 and 12.
LeBron James accumulated a triple double (32 points, 15 boards, 13 assists) with 5:50 in the third and looks to help dispel the premature rumors of Cleveland’s demise. Snow, Marshall and Hughes continue to sit out with injuries. Illgauskas had 18 points, 14 rips and 4 blocks to continue a fantastic early season run. Daniel Gibson, who shot 3-4 from beyond the arc for a total of 12, fouled out late in what most likely contributed to Cleveland’s Salt Lake City loss.
Boston 119, Denver 93
Kevin McHale’s emerald wizard of oz gift. This picture says it all doesn’t it?
Early season once in a dream team ferociously powers to 77-38 halftime lead.
The ring three:
Paul Pierce: 10-15 shooting, 26 points, 5 boards, 5 steals, 5 assists.
Kevin Garnett: 10-14 shooting, 23 points, 13 boards, 7 assists, 4 steals.
Ray Allen: 8-12 shooting (63% on the season), 3-7 from 3, 22 points, 6 assists.
Doc Rivers returned from his father’s death to witness his team put the league and the sports world on notice.
You mean this team now has extra incentive? Doc Rivers has had his problems in Boston. Trust that Kevin Garnett is huddling this team together and do this for Doc. This team is scary and as a Philadelphia fan, I can just forget any hopes and desires of looking forward to any Sixer seasonal success. I have to admit I actually want to see this team do the damn thing (Did I say that?) The Big Ticket can not be hated. His fire could inspire anyone to greatness. Is there any doubt–besides a 40 point average by Kobe or a triple double season by Le Bron–KG will win MVP? Yeah, it’s early in the season, but how is anyone going to stop this team? Potential injuries might be the only roadblock for a squad that might set all kinds of statistical and team records.
What the heck is going on in New England?
Did you see that sick turnaround by KG? Reminded you of Dream didn’t it?
KG is an underrated passer and his happiness on the court has melted into the collective awareness of his much accomplished teammates. You could make the case both Allen and Pierce are in uncharted waters personality wise on the floor. It’s a direct affect of Kevin Garnett, who at a young age learned to brush his shoulders off and live life every day with a breath last. Don’t hate people. Enjoy this team early on some level because you’ll hate them royally if you don’t.
Carmello Anthony was held to 3-13 shooting for a paltry total of 11 points. Allen Iverson who thrives in big games, scored 22 in 33 minutes. I wonder what is going through his mind knowing his former team will have night terrors every night before facing the Boston juggernaut?
J.R. Smith: Where are you? What’s going on bruh? 4 points and 6 turnovers?
San Antonio 88, Miami 78. Ginobili 25, 7 and 7.
Portland 93, New Orleans 90. Jack, Roy and Webster combine for 57 to get first win and give Hornets first loss.
ATL 105, Phoenix 96. Josh Smith 22 pts., 10 rips, 4 dimes, 4 steals, 5 blocks. Lil Stevie 34 points, 11 assists and 5 boards in loss.
Memphis 105, Seattle 98. Rudy Gay 25 and 10 to lead 3 Grizzlies in double rebound figures. Smooth Jazz: 3-17, 17 points, 10-10 from the line. Seattle 0-5 on the season.
Los Angeles Clippers 104, Indiana 89. Sam Cassell 35 and 8 dimes. Chris Kaman 15 and 22 boards. L.A. remains undefeated, Pacers suffer first loss.
Orlando 105, Toronto 96. Turkoglu 24, 15 boards, 6 assists. Rashard Lewis 24. Keith Bogans 17 points, 11 rebounds. All Orlando starters in double figures. Bosh 26 and 10. Orlando 50% shooting, Toronto 38%.
Philadelphia 94, Charlotte 63. Andre Igodala leads with 19. Sixers amass 17 steals. Felton out with knee. Bobcats shoot 31%. Hatboro Horsham’s Matt Carroll scores 16 in Philly return.