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When the boxing job came open at the NY Daily News many years ago, Kriegel tried to get me installed as the boxing writer. His attempt failed, which was lucky for me because #Newsday has proven more viable and profitable in long run. But I always appreciated that gesture by him.
There are a lot of mitigating factors to go along with this, to be sure. But: Giannis has 31 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and is plus-25. Regardless of what is said postgame, pretty strong response to Embiid declaring he is the best player in the world the other night.
This got out of hand quickly.
Just because, s/o my dog Joey Buckets! pic.twitter.com/O9kSq8lacx
Shake Milton is once again proving he is a rotation-level guard. Eight points in 11 minutes, including hitting a couple of 3-pointers. Even when Sixers are healthy, Brett Brown should find consistent minutes for him.
Bucks 56, Sixers 50 at half. Sixers managing to hang around. Joel Embiid with a big second quarter to help drag Philly back into it. Giannis Antetokounmpo already with 14-7-4 for Milwaukee.
Big swing - Brook Lopez tries to throw down a massive dunk, and then Furkan Korkmaz buries a 3. Sixers have done a good job of hanging around in this game after their slow start - thanks to a huge second quarter by Joel Embiid (12 points)
Now Tobias Harris is limping after that last drive. Looked like he was grabbing his right knee. Harris has been the one constant for Philly all season long, and has gotten off to a good start tonight. Looks like he’s staying in the game, though.
After going scoreless in the first quarter, Joel Embiid already has seven in the first 2:15 of the second. Especially with Ben Simmons now out, Philly is gonna need another massive performance from Embiid to win this game.
Dominant victory for Brooklyn: 115-86.
They had 8 players in double figures, led by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (21 points). Caris LeVert dropped 17 points and grabbed a career-high 6 steals.
- 17 3-pointers
- 10 steals
- 6 blocks
... 2nd-most lopsided win of the season.
I'd say this is Brooklyn's most complete game of the year.
Ben Simmons doesn’t look right. He appeared to maybe tweak his back after going into the cameras following the layup he made a minute ago. Something to monitor.
Caris LeVert with a career-high 6 steals.
End of 3: Nets 88, Hornets 63.
Nets outscored the Hornets 33-18 in the quarter. Defense has been the key for BK tonight and the balanced attack continues: 5 players in double figures, LeVert leading with 15 (+ 5 steals).
This shot put the fro down pic.twitter.com/X0qwBDaXL6
LeVert now up to six for a new career high. #Nets
Let’s just say that the Sixers going down 12-2 in the opening three minutes is not exactly how they wanted - or needed - to start this game. Bucks are hitting everything, and Sixers look shell shocked.
Caris LeVert has 15 points, but his impact has been on the other end. His five steals are a #Nets season-high, and matches his career-high.
End of 3rd Q: Nets 88, #Hornets 63
Half: Nets 55, Hornets 45.
Balanced attack with gritty defense. Zero players in double figures, but 8 players with 5+ points. Hit a few more 3-pointers and Kenny Atkinson will tell you this is exactly how they want to play.
Dinwiddie: 9 points, 3 rebounds & 3 assists.
Halftime: Nets 55, #Hornets 45
Ian Eagle is on a roll tonight
Currently frustrated with @Sarah Kustok because she’s never seen Breakfast Club 😂
Six straight points by DeAndre Jordan give #Nets biggest lead at 36-26.
Brooklyn's ball movement looks great thus far.
The Nets lead 30-25 after the 1st quarter. They shot 53% from the field and nailed six 3-pointers. Zero players in double figures, but 7 players with at least 1 FGM.
(Very important: Mr. Whammy is in Charlotte and has forced 3-of-4 misses at the line.)
#Nets shot 10-of-19 in the first quarter, albeit with five turnovers. If they do a better job holding onto the ball, they could expand their 30-25 lead. But turnovers are and have been an issue.
End of first Q: Nets 30, #Hornets 25
The Celtics say Kemba Walker is out for tomorrow’s game against the Lakers with a sore knee.
First player(s) off the bench: Malik Monk and Cody Martin.
#Nets first 8 shots all were threes before a Jarrett Allen dunk for a 14-8 lead over Hornets that now is down to 14-12.
Beware those that crave power.
Happy 70th, Dr. J.
🟥 3x Champion
⬜️ 4 MVP’s
🟦 8th highest scorer in ABA/NBA history
"It's as sweet as it ever was...Hopefully, we started something & we can win more championships, but we're going to enjoy this one right now. Have a little champagne.”
- Erving, 1976 🏆 pic.twitter.com/CEpH1At3Dr