This mid-January NBA Wednesday night didn’t feature many games but quite a few interesting things happened through the course of the NBA schedule for the 11th of January.
It was a 6 game night that featured a few upsets, a scuffle, and a broken streak.
The 3rd seeded Boston Celtics hosted the 8th seeded Washington Wizards who cling to a half game lead over the Chicago Bulls for that 8th spot. Simply put the Wizards had no answer for the hot streaking Isaiah Thomas who tallied 20 points in the 4th quarter en route to a 38 point game.
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The Celtics gained separation late in this game as Bradley Beal did the best he can in trying to keep the Wizards afloat with his 35 point performance. An underwhelming John Wall shot 4-for-21 for 9 points while racking 10 assists and 7 rebounds, uncharacteristic of him seeing how he had been playing at an elite clip over the past couple of weeks.
Meanwhile the Celtics claimed their fifth win in 6 games and continue to hold strongly to the 3rd spot in the east. After the game, words were being exchanged by The Celtics Jae Crowder and Washingtons John Wall, Crowder pressed his finger against Walls nose and wall gently slapped him, reminiscent of a scene from “The Godfather”. There isnt much to be made of this altercation, but it made for decent entertainment:
John Wall and Jae Crowder have themselves a tiff following final buzzer of Wizards/Celtics pic.twitter.com/euPaOewW1e
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 12, 2017
The next game featured the young Minnesota Timberwolves and the streaking Houston Rockets. Despite yet another massive game from James Harden (33 6 and 12) The young Wolves were too much for Houston tonight, as they snapped The Rockets 9 game winning streak and tallying up a victory in the win column.
Karl Anthony Towns poured in a big time performance with 23 points 18 rebounds and 5 assist and Andrew Wiggins put together a major scoring output with 28 points. These young Wolves are constantly searching for identity and trying to rebuild the culture of Timberwolves Basketball. Perhaps a win like this can help them establish some solidarity g in that area.
Isaiah Thomas had another great game as the Celtics beat the Wizards 117-108:
The New York Knicks continued their reign as the longest running joke in the NBA right now as they dropped a game to Joel Embiid and the 76ers. Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose both had very good showings with Anthony tallying 28 points and Rose tallying 25. But Porzingis struggled from the field as he shot 3-for-10 with 7 points. New York lost on a last second buzzard beater by…….. wait for it ….. CJ McConnel…..yup, that guy.
Here’s whats hilarious though, Carmelo Anthony shot 25 times and Derrick Rose 16 times, these two fleeting stars reluctant to let go of their ego’s are putting Kristaps Porzingis’s growth spurt on hold to try and live the glory days. Its painful watching a talent like Porzingis be shackled by two ball dominant has-been’s that cant see the sun setting on their careers.
But on the other hand credit is due to the 76ers who have now exceeded their win total from last year already. Joel Embiid has sparked life into this team and they are enjoying the process of growing and learning. Embiid poured in 21 points and 14 rebounds as he lead the 76er charge and did it all in less than 30 minutes as they beat the Knicks 98-97.
If I’m a New York Knicks Fan, I’m Panicking. They stink….. Bad.
Joel Embiid a fool. 😂 #NBAVote
Next , First Name triple Last Name double aka Russell Westbrook hosted the gritty Memphis Grizzlies, scoring his 18th triple double of the season Russell Westbrook yet again lead an entertaining Oklahoma City team to a 103-95 win over the Grizzlies.
Westbrook punched in 24 points 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the Thunder Rolled to a victory. Despite a very consistent balanced attack from Memphis (5 players in double figures) the star power of Russell Westbrook was simply too much for the Grizzles to bear (pun intended).
As far as headlines go that pretty much covers it all. But other things that happened tonight include the following:
• The Clippers beat The Orlando Magic in a snoozer.
• And the Portland Trailblazers spanked the Cleveland Cavaliers wire to wire.
CJ McCollum had another impressive scoring night as the Blazers beat the Cavs 102-86:
That’s your Busted Recap for the NBA on January 11th.