Darius Garland wowed with a 51-point burst…
Then Joel Embiid surpassed him in a later game with an absurd performance of 59 points in one of the biggest stat rows you’ll ever see.
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Monday, November 14th
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GIRLAND DROPS RECORD 51 POINTS
Darius Garland exploded for a career-best 51 points, but the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fierce rally against the Minnesota Timberwolves came up just short, 129-124.
Garland’s epic line included shooting 16 of 31 from the field with 10 triples, six assists and two steals.
It was the NBA’s highest individual performance that season and the first player to drop 50 points, while the 22-year-old became the youngest player in league history with 50 points and 10 three-pointers.
Playing without Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen, the Cavaliers went down early and faced a tremendous deficit all game, including being as much as 22 points behind with 10 minutes remaining in game four.
As with all games, everything was set for a major blowout…enter Garland.
Cleveland rushed home with a rush behind the dominant play of Garland, who added a whopping 27 points in the final nine minutes of the game alone to slash the Timberwolves’ lead to 126-124 with eight seconds left.
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D’Angelo Russell then went to the line and missed a free throw to give Cleveland a chance to level the score with a three-pointer, but Rudy Gobert made a timely steal and Taurean Prince made two free throws to seal the win for Minnesota seal.
Russell led the Timberwolves with 30 points and 12 assists and Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 13 rebounds.
Minnesota broke a three-game losing streak (6-8) while the Cavaliers (8-5) lost their fourth straight loss.
… BUT EMBIID GOES UP ON 55-POINT BREAKOUT
On the same day that Darius Garland lost the most points in a game this season, Joel Embiid picked it up in a monster game with 59 points – also a career high.
Embiid led the Philadelphia 76ers to a narrow 103-98 win over the Utah Jazz, adding 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocks and scoring 20 of 24 from the free throw line in a dominant master class.
It’s fair to say that fantasy owners would have enjoyed this one like a line straight out of an NBA2K video game.
It was a tough and hard fought battle that went to the end as the Sixers and Jazz, both eliminated back-to-back, traded the lead all game.
When Embiid came back into play five minutes from time, he didn’t want to let the Sixers lose.
The Star-Center was unstoppable all the way, scoring 13 points (including 26 of Philly’s 27 points in the fourth quarter) in the final five minutes to carry his team home.
Embiid even attempted a bold fadeaway three with two defenders that could have taken him to 60 points.
It came a day after his 42-point dominance over Atlanta – he scored an unimaginable 101 points in 27 hours.
Perhaps most notably, the big man came into the game under uncertainty with an ankle problem – a problem that clearly didn’t bother him.
It was the Sixers’ third win of their last four to improve to 7-7, while Utah dropped its second straight win to fall to 10-5.
SGA TORCHES KNICKS
The Knicks have looked like an average league team this season, with every shred of momentum followed by a slam on the brakes.
So an afternoon that started with a literal high ended with another low.
The Knicks set a franchise record for points in the first quarter, but gave up their most points in a game in more than two seasons under Tom Thibodeau. An electric start gave way to a defensive collapse in a 145-135 loss to the Thunder ahead of 19,812 on Monday in a sold-out Garden.
The Knicks (6-7) slipped back below .500 with another loss following a win. They have alternated wins and losses for seven straight games, generally beating teams they should beat and losing to teams they should lose to.
The Thunder (6-7) don’t fall into either category, but they have a rising star that the Knicks don’t have.
After a slow start, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — a potential trade target should the mediocre Thunder decide to tank for a lottery win — sliced through the Knicks’ defense at will to 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting with eight assists To achieve three steals and two blocks.
SGA easily passed RJ Barrett and looked like the more promising two-way wing while producing any shot he wanted – often against Barrett, who wasn’t a factor and had to be benched after being early in the third quarter committed a fourth foul.
“There was no resistance,” Thibodeau said after the Knicks dropped their most points since Dec. 27, 2006 — when a team coached by Isiah Thomas also conceded 145 in a triple overtime win over the Pistons.
They had not conceded 145 since a 145-129 loss to the Kansas City Kings on December 8, 1979. The Knicks have been in double overtime since March 24, 1979, when they went 148-143 for the Bulls.
Even amid OKC’s offensive tide, a strong offensive start — including the franchise’s best 48 points in the first quarter — put the Knicks within 96:93 at 6:08 of the third quarter before a game-changing run in Oklahoma City put the game on hold .
The Thunder amassed 26 points in the last six minutes of the quarter, running their offense through Gilgeous-Alexander. In the third quarter alone, Gilgeous-Alexander went 7-for-10 from beyond the arc with just one try (a swish). Whoever the Knicks threw at the 24-year-old with Barrett on the bench, from Cam Reddish to Derrick Rose, the long, lightning-fast Gilgeous-Alexander bet on his hip.
“They were ready to play,” said Jalen Brunson, who was benched with Barrett late in the game. “We’ve played a few more games than we have and we should come out of here with a win and score that many points.
“Just defensively, we were just – including myself – we were just not right and unacceptable.”
The Knicks, who led by 13 in the first quarter, could still hear boos two periods later. They were down by as much as 19 points in fourth place, in which a strong bench performance – including 24 points from Immanuel Quickley – helped them fight their way back, but they only came within nine points.
Gilgeous-Alexander was so strong he overshadowed his own teammate’s triple-double as Josh Giddey finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds while Lu Dort added 24 points. The Knicks allowed the Thunder to shoot 17 of 31 from beyond the arc.
“You can’t just let people get what they want,” said Barrett, who scored a four-pointer with a 2 out of 10. “Can’t let one guy be a little over 30, another guy a little over 20, another guy get a triple-double.
“We can’t allow things like that. It was too easy for her.”
In the first quarter, it was too easy for the Knicks to ride a balanced attack — nine different Knicks scored during that period, and Jericho Sims and Obi Toppin appeared to have alternate possessions to end alley-oops — while going 64.5 percent shot and turned the ball over once.
But as was the story of the season, the good feelings quickly went sour. The Thunder combined for 86 points over the following two quarters.
“We have to take a good look at (the defence) and then assess everything,” said Thibodeau. “And how can we best have a chance to succeed.”
Things are only getting harder for the Knicks, who embark on a five-game-in-seven-day journey that begins Wednesday in Utah and heads to Denver on Thursday for a back-to-back duel that Evan Fournier called “probably the toughest.” of the world” designated league” due to the level and travel conditions.
“When you go west it’s always a difficult time, whatever your momentum,” said Fournier, who went 0-5 and remained goalless. “It’s about how you react.”
This season, the Knicks have not.
– Originally published by Mark W. Sanchez in the New York Post
thunder 145 CUTS 135
WOODWOLVES 129 CAVALIERS 124
Grizzlies 92 WIZARD 102
jazz 98 76ERS 105
Lump 126 TAURUS 103
WARRIOR 115 KINGS 122
NETWORKS 103 Lakers 116