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91
Washington Wizards  at  Toronto Raptors
Final  – November 19, 2017
100

Raptors Best Wizards, 100-91

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards, 100-91, at Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon. The Raptors (11-5) have enjoyed an excellent start to their season, and they've been especially effective at home. Toronto came into Sunday having won five of their last six, with their only loss during that stretch having come by a single point. They were at it again Sunday against the short-handed Wizards (9-7), who were missing All-Star point guard John Wall (knee). It certainly wasn't easy, however, as the two teams battled to a 28-28 deadlock after one quarter. The Raptors had a tight 60-55 lead at the half, but DeMar DeRozan ultimately proved to be too much for Washington to handle. The All-Star two-guard went 15-for-26 from the field on the way to 33 points, and he added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. The home team was able to overcome a strong shooting effort from the Wizards, which posted a 57.9 percent success rate from three-point range. The Raptors' excellent ball security was also key to the win, as they only turned the ball over on seven occasions. In Wall's absence, Bradley Beal led the way for the visitors with 27 points, a total he supplemented with four boards and one assist. Otto Porter, Jr. was a distant second with 15 points, six boards and one steal. Marcin Gortat contributed a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double that also included seven assists and one steal. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the bench with 10 points, two rebounds and one block, while Tim Frazier, drawing the start at point guard in Wall's stead, pitched in six points, eight rebounds and eight assists. C.J. Miles followed DeRozan with a bench-leading 12 points. Kyle Lowry mustered 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Fred VanVleet matched Lowry's point total off the bench over 24 minutes and also provided five assists and three rebounds. Serge Ibaka overcame a knee injury to post nine points, eight rebounds and one block. Jonas Valanciunas had a quiet afternoon with four points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks. The Wizards remain on the road and next land in Milwaukee, where they'll face the Bucks on Monday night. Meanwhile, the Raptors are off until Wednesday, when they'll take on the New York Knicks in the Big Apple.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 6:11 PM ET      Updated on November 19, 2017 at 6:32 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The two teams battled to a 28-28 deadlock after one quarter, despite the Wizards playing at a significant disadvantage without John Wall (knee). The Raptors had a tight 60-55 lead at the half, but DeMar DeRozan ultimately proved to be too much to handle, as he poured in 33 points and added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. The home team was able to overcome a strong shooting effort from the Wizards, which posted a 57.9 percent success rate from three-point range. Bradley Beal paced the Wizards in Wall's absence, posting 27 points, four boards and one assist. Otto Porter, Jr. followed with 15 points. Marcin Gortat contributed a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double that also included seven assists and one steal. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a bench-leading 10 points, while Tim Frazier, drawing the start at point guard in Wall's stead, pitched in six points, eight rebounds and eight assists. C.J. Miles followed DeRozan with a bench-leading 12 points. Kyle Lowry mustered 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Fred VanVleet matched Lowry's point total off the bench over 24 minutes. Serge Ibaka overcame a knee injury to post nine points, eight rebounds and one block.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 6:20 PM ET      Updated on November 19, 2017 at 6:34 PM ET

120
Indiana Pacers  at  Miami Heat
Final  – November 19, 2017
95

Pacers Use Strong Second Half To Secure Win

By Dan Bruno  

The Indiana Pacers defeated the host Miami Heat, 120-95, at American Airlines Arena on Sunday evening. It was a back and forth first half, with Indiana leading 58-55 at halftime. However the tide turned in the third quarter, where the Pacers kicked things off with a 19-4 run, and ultimately outscored Miami 32-13 in the quarter to take a 90-68 lead into the final frame. The Pacers were able to cruise to the finish, grabbing their third straight win. Six players scored in double digits for the Pacers (9-8), led by Bojan Bogdanovic, who poured in 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, in 34 minutes. Myles Turner was huge on both ends of the floor for Indiana, and finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal, in 31 minutes. Victor Oladipo chipped in 15 points, while Domantas Sabonis hauled in 10 rebounds, in 18 minutes off the bench. The Pacers shot 59 percent from the field, including 48 percent from long range. Meanwhile, Wayne Ellington was on fire for the Heat (7-9), as he tied his career-high with seven three-pointers, on his way to a team-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, in 24 minutes off the bench. On the other hand, Dion Waiters went 0-of-10 from the field, as he struggled to find his groove. Hassan Whiteside tallied 15 points and seven rebounds, while Josh Richardson also tallied 15 points. Richardson left the game after being poked in the eye and did not return. The Heat will look to bounce back as they play host to the Celtics on Wednesday. The Pacers will be looking for their fourth straight win, as they take on the Magic in Orlando on Monday.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM ET      Updated on November 20, 2017 at 1:26 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Bojan Bogdanovic was the high-point man for the Pacers, with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal, in 34 minutes. Myles Turner finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal, in 31 minutes. Victor Oladipo chipped in 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks, in 34 minutes. Domantas Sabonis tallied eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 18 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Wayne Ellington tied his career-high with seven three-pointers, on his way to a team-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, in 24 minutes off the bench. Hassan Whiteside tallied 15 points and seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Josh Richardson also tallied 15 points, to go along with two assists, two steals and one rebound, in 29 minutes.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:33 PM ET

118
Golden State Warriors  at  Brooklyn Nets
Final  – November 19, 2017
111

Warriors Hold Off Nets, 118-111

By Joel Bartilotta

The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Brooklyn Nets, 118-111, at Barclay's Center on Sunday. Despite the fact that Golden State led by 28 at times in the second half, Brooklyn did a fantastic job of making this a game. In fact, the Nets outscored the Warriors, 69-54, in the second half, despite trailing by 22 at the half. The shooting disparity was vast, with Golden State hitting 51 percent of their shots, while holding Brooklyn to just 36 percent from the field. Defensive rebounding was also a huge factor, with the Warriors outrebounding the Nets, 51-39. They also recorded 14 blocks, as the Nets could only muster up two blocks on their end. The Warriors (13-4) had to play without Kevin Durant (ankle), as Stephen Curry led the team with 39 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals before fouling out. Klay Thompson recorded a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double. Draymond Green collected five points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. The Nets (6-10) were led by Allen Crabbe, who tallied 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Spencer Dinwiddie got another start and provided 21 points, two rebounds and eight assists. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson accumulated 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. DeMarre Carroll amassed 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Brooklyn will be off until Wednesday, when they travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for Golden State, they travel to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday as well.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:51 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Despite the fact that Golden State led for all but a few minutes of this game, Brooklyn fought back to make it close. In fact, the Nets trailed by 26 at times in the second half, but got the margin all the way down to four before falling just short. Defense was key for Golden State, as they won the defensive rebounding differential, 51-39, while holding Brooklyn to just 35 percent shooting. In addition, the Warriors recorded seven times as many blocks as the Nets, winning that battle, 14-2. Stephen Curry was the player of the game, as he collected 39 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Klay Thompson totaled 23 points and 10 rebounds. Those two combined to go 24-of-41 from the field. Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 25 points and seven rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and DeMarre Carroll both recorded double-doubles, combining for 31 points, 23 rebounds and eight assists.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:57 PM ET

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Detroit Pistons  at  Minnesota Timberwolves
Final  – November 19, 2017
97

Pistons Defeat T'Wolves, 100-97

By Joel Bartilotta

The Detroit Pistons defeated the host Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-97, at Target Center on Sunday. In a battle between two surprise teams, both of these clubs left it all on the floor. In fact, there were six ties and seven lead changes in total, as neither team ever led by more than 11 points. Detroit really turned it on late, as they scored on all of their final 10 possessions. In addition, Detroit overcame a nine-point deficit headed into the fourth quarter, by outscoring the T'Wolves, 29-17. Jimmy Butler had a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer at the buzzer, but barely missed the bank as it rolled in-and-out. Shooting really hurt the T'Wolves, as they hit just 23 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the free-throw line. The Pistons (11-5) got another double-double out of Andre Drummond, as he led Detroit with 20 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Avery Bradley amassed 18 points and three steals. Tobias Harris totaled 18 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Jackson accrued 16 points, two rebounds and eight assists, as he hit numerous late shots to cap the win. The Timberwolves (10-6) were led by Jimmy Butler, as he tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals on 10-of-15 shooting. Andrew Wiggins collected 24 points, two rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Karl-Anthony Towns provided 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Both teams will return to action on Monday, with Detroit hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota traveling to play the Charlotte Hornets.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 9:35 PM ET      Updated on November 19, 2017 at 9:56 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Despite the fact that there were just six ties and seven lead changes in this competitive game, neither team ever led by more than 11 points. Detroit was able to pull off the comeback win by scoring on all of their final 10 possessions. That led them to outscore the T'Wolves, 29-17, in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler had a chance to tie the game twice in the final 10 seconds, as he missed a free-throw to tie the game with six seconds left, in addition to missing a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime. Andre Drummond led the way for Detroit, as he tallied 20 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Reggie Jackson totaled 16 points, two rebounds and eight assists, while hitting the final three shots for Detroit. Butler still led Minnesota with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals on 10-of-15 shooting. Andrew Wiggins collected 24 points, two rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 9:41 PM ET      Updated on November 19, 2017 at 9:57 PM ET

105
Chicago Bulls  at  Phoenix Suns
Final  – November 19, 2017
113

Suns Come From Behind, Defeat Bulls To Start Winning Streak

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Phoenix Suns defeated the visiting Chicago Bulls, 113-105, at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Sunday evening. It seemed as if the Bulls (3-11) were set to come away with a win considering how good they looked during the first quarter, but the Suns (7-11) didn't rattle and managed to pull away thanks to a huge second quarter in which they won 31-19. Knowing they had a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter, Phoenix decided to close things out and limited Chicago to just 21 points in the final 12 minutes. The Suns now started a two-game winning streak thanks to this victory, while the Bulls' bad season continues with their 11th defeat of the campaign. T.J. Warren led the way for Phoenix with a stellar 27-point, seven-rebound effort that saw him score 13 of his 20 shot attempts during the game. Devin Booker contributed with 15 points despite the fact he only shot 5-for-15 from the field, and Greg Monroe added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists across 21 minutes of action. Phoenix's bench also joined the party and the second unit as a whole provided 50 points. Mike James (15 points) and Alex Len (10 points, eight rebounds) led the scoring off the bench. Chicago's undisputed star in this game was no other than Lauri Markkanen. The rookie once again looked sensational and even though his efforts were not enough for the Bulls, he still finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Robin Lopez contributed with a double-double of his own since he finished with 16 points and 10 boards, while Kris Dunn (17 points, six rebounds, six assists) provided quite a spark off the bench.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 10:37 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

T.J. Warren led the way for Phoenix with a stellar 27-point, seven-rebound effort that saw him score 13 of his 20 shot attempts during the game. Devin Booker contributed with 15 points despite the fact he only shot 5-for-15 from the field, and Greg Monroe added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists across 21 minutes of action. Mike James (15 points) and Alex Len (10 points, eight rebounds) did a good job off the bench, too. Chicago's undisputed star in this game was Lauri Markkanen. The rookie once again looked sensational and finished the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Robin Lopez contributed with a double-double of his own since he finished with 16 points and 10 boards, while Kris Dunn (17 points, six rebounds, six assists) provided quite a spark off the bench.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 10:38 PM ET

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Denver Nuggets  at  Los Angeles Lakers
Final  – November 19, 2017
127

Lakers Blow Out Nuggets, 127-109

By Oscar Heanue

The host Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets, 127-109, at Staples Center on Sunday. Los Angeles (7-10) bounced back from a two-game losing streak with Sunday's promising win. Though they faced tough competition in the Nuggets, the Lakers delivered one of their strongest showings of the season, winning by 18 points. Key to the team's success was the play of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. While Ball has largely struggled this season, ranking last in the league in true shooting percentage, he impressed on Sunday. The UCLA alum had his second career triple-double, finishing the night with 11 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. Off the bench, meanwhile, fourth-year forward Julius Randle delivered a huge performance. Randle scored 24 points, had seven rebounds, and dished out five assists. Denver (9-7), meanwhile, saw a worst-case scenario occur, as the team was only able to see 25 combined minutes from its star big man duo of Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap. Jokic, along with Nuggets head coach Mike Malone, was ejected early in the game after an exchange with a referee. Millsap, meanwhile, exited the game with a sprained left wrist. As a result, the Nuggets were forced to play shorthanded for over half the game. Backup center Mason Plumlee filled the void with 29 disappointing minutes off the bench. The big man went just 2-of-10 at the free-throw line en route to eight points. The Nuggets' duo of young point guards, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay, also delivered sub-par outings. The two combined to shoot just 4-of-20 from the field. Murray, who had delivered three straight games of at least 18 points, scored only ten while shooting 2-of-11 from the field. The Nuggets will visit Sacramento on Monday, while the Lakers will host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET

By Oscar Heanue

The Lakers relied heavily on young talent in Sunday's win. Rookie Lonzo Ball recorded his second career triple-double, finishing the night with 11 points, 11 assists, and a team-high 16 rebounds. The performance made Ball the second rookie to record two triple-doubles this season, joining Philadelphia's Ben Simmons. Ball also delivered a decent shooting night - he went 5-of-13 from the field, despite entering the game ranked dead last in the league in true shooting percentage. Off the bench, the Lakers saw a big night from Kentucky alum Julius Randle. Randle scored 24 points, a team high, and added seven rebounds and five assists. The Nuggets, meanwhile, saw only 25 combined minutes from star big men Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap. Jokic was ejected for arguing with a referee, while Millsap left due to a sprained wrist. The team was led by shooting guard Gary Harris, who had 20 points.

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 12:08 AM ET