Kyle Lowry and Dennis Schroder named NBA Players of the Week

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder have been named the NBA Players of the Week. Lowry averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors won all four of their Week 9 games. Toronto followed victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards with an astonishing 30-point comeback to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 on Sunday night. Lowry scored 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to inspire the Raptors to the franchise’s biggest comeback win. Overall,…

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The future is here, and it is Luka Doncic

1. Luka Doncic is the game’s next great innovator You are supposed to pick a highlight here and describe it, typically — a play so exquisite that it encapsulates and puts a bow on all the others. You can’t put a bow on Luka Doncic, though, and that’s precisely the point: Every new play is a stepping stone to something newer. Doncic himself, who walks in the footsteps of creative giants, is proof of that. The 3-and-rim-centric shot chart that James Harden built with focus and vision — and through…

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Carmelo Anthony better, but Portland can’t compete with monster Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-double

Carmelo Anthony’s second game with the Portland Trail Blazers was better than his first. But it wasn’t enough for the shorthanded Trail Blazers to compete with a massive triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo in a 137-129 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Antetokounmpo struggled from the field but filled up the box score with 24 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists. That he hit just 9-of-27 shots from the field mattered little as he contributed elsewhere. Eric Bledsoe continued to thrive in Khris Middleton’s absence, posting 30 points, six assists…

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Luka Doncic torches Warriors with 33-point first-half points en route to 7th triple-double in 14 games

Luka Doncic exceeded his lofty expectations last season with a breakout Rookie of the Year campaign that announced a new era of Dallas Mavericks basketball. Somehow he’s found an even higher gear in his second season that has the 20-year-old looking like a prime MVP candidate as he lights basketball courts and box scores on fire. Doncic nearly outscores Warriors in 1st half The Golden State Warriors got a heavy dose of Doncic in the first half of their Wednesday matchup that saw the Slovenian point guard set an NBA season high…

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Clippers win OT thriller over Celtics in Kawhi Leonard-Paul George debut

After 14 games, the long-awaited Kawhi Leonard-Paul George tandem made its debut for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. It wasn’t always pretty. But it was effective as the Clippers won a 107-104 overtime thriller over the Boston Celtics. On a night that saw the Clippers struggle on offense and players not named Leonard or George star down the stretch, the Clippers won a tightly contested game against one of the best teams in the league. It was the exact kind of game that should strike fear into the rest of the…

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LeBron James becomes 1st player in NBA history to post triple-double against every team

The “LeBron James Isn’t Done” Tour played on Tuesday night. This time, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell victim as the Los Angeles Lakers recorded a 112-107 victory in Staples Center. They also fell victim to a James triple-double for the first time ever. James recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers improved to an NBA-best 12-2. With that triple-double, James added to his growing list of career accomplishments. He’s now recorded a triple-double against every team in the NBA. LeBron averaging a career high in assists James…

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Kobe Bryant daps up LeBron James, reconnects with Dwight Howard in rare Staples Center appearance

Kobe Bryant picked a good Los Angeles Lakers game for his first visit to Staples Center in a while. Making a rare post-retirement appearance at the arena in which he played the vast majority of his NBA career, Bryant was on hand to watch the Lakers dominate the Atlanta Hawks 122-101 and have some fun with the team in the process. Sitting courtside, Bryant had a quick moment with LeBron James in the first quarter, which immediately preceded a 3-pointer from the superstar to put the Lakers up 24-5. James…

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Russell Westbrook slams Patrick Beverley’s defense: ‘He’s just running around, doing nothing’

Russell Westbrook sprinkled some extra spice on an already-heated game Wednesday night after the Houston Rockets’ 102-93 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, insulting Clippers guard Patrick Beverley’s defensive play. “Pat Bev trick y’all, man,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. He just running around doing nothing.” Westbrook looked to James Harden’s 47-point performance in the win as proof. The game also saw the Rockets’ Austin Rivers egg on the ejection of his dad, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Westbrook had 17 points on the night, and four fouls in…

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Clippers battle back in 4th quarter to take 98-88 win in Kawhi Leonard’s Raptors reunion

After trading leads for the first three quarters of the game, the Los Angeles Clippers buckled down in the fourth quarter to defeat the defending champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 Monday night in Kawhi Leonard’s first matchup with his former team. The Clippers held the Raptors to just 10 fourth-quarter points, outscoring them by 15 to seal the deal. Before the game began, all the talk was about the reunion. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke on the subject, saying Leonard “has a different bond” with the Toronto squad. It wasn’t…

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