December 18, 2016, 11:08 pm
I’m @Radiomunoz here for another edition of Monday’s Dish. Sunday’s action started early with an afternoon nail biter between the Clippers and the Wizards. The night game was an emotional one as the Spurs retired Tim Duncan’s jersey en route to a victory over the Pelicans. Sandwiched in between were five other games which provided their own moments of excitement. With a full recap of Sunday’s action here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.
WIZARDS 117, CLIPPERS 110
Led by Bradley Beal, the Wizards were able to pull off their third straight victory moving them one game out of eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 41 points (one shy of his career high) shooting 13-of-23 (6-of-10 from 3-point land) with three rebounds, three assists and one steal. This marked the sixth consecutive game in which Beal has scored at least 20 points. He is currently flirting with top 50 value and should be played with confidence while he’s healthy and hot.
Markieff Morris was able to chip in with a fat stat line as well. Kieff shot 10-of-17 for 23 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, one triple and one block. This marks the first 20 point game for Morris since November 12th, but his ninth consecutive game with at least 10 points.
John Wall double-doubled with 18 points and 11 assists. He added five rebounds, one assist and one block but also committed five turnovers on the night.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points on 10-of-21 from the field. He added seven boards, seven dimes and one steal in 38 minutes of action.
DeAndre Jordan shot 5-of-6 and also collected his 10th double-double of the season scoring 13 points and adding a game-high 17 rebounds. He also connected on 3-of 6 from the line to mark his continued improvement from the charity stripe.
Chris Paul chipped in with a double-double of his own in the loss. CP3 scored 13 points and added 12 dimes to go with his two steals in 37 minutes of action.
Most of the starters and bench players made solid contributions in this game. Jamal Crawford may have been the only player to underachieve slightly as he was limited to six points off the bench in 29 minutes of action. He added two rebounds and three assists to round out his line.
A solid win here for the Wizards as they are playing their best basketball of the season during this three-game win streak. They now head on the road for a tough three-game stretch against the Pacers, Bulls and Bucks respectively. The Clippers meanwhile return home to face the Nuggets, Spurs and Mavs before a Christmas evening showdown with the Lakers.
MAVS 99, KINGS 79
Rudy Gay sat out his third consecutive game here and DeMarcus Cousins did not receive any offensive support from his teammates as the Mavs easily routed the undermanned Kings.
The Mavs were led in scoring by rookie Dorian Finney-Smith. DFS scored 17 points on 5-of-9 from the field. He added two rebounds, three assists, three triples and one steal in 29 minutes of action. The rookie has been trusted with heavy minutes over the last two weeks and has scored in double figures in four of his last six games. He’s someone to keep an eye on in standard leagues.
Harrison Barnes scored 15 points and added nine boards in 30 minutes of action. He added two rebounds, one assist, three steals, one triple and one block. Barnes is currently returning top 60 value.
Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews both chipped in with 15 points of their own in Sunday’s easy win. Williams added seven dimes while Matthews connected on three more from downtown to move into the top five in 3-pointers made in the NBA with 83.
For the Kings DeMarcus Cousins was the only that showed up on Sunday scoring 33 points with six rebounds and one block in 35 minutes of action. It was a rough week for DC, especially off the court, but hopefully he is able to put all that behind him.
Salah Mehri started at the five spot for the Mavs but went scoreless with seven rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes of action.
Garrett Temple played a team-high 36 minutes but shot a horrible 1-of-10 from the field. His overall line of 5-5-7-2-1 was not as ugly as the shooting performance, but still disappointing for a player who has played well over the last couple of games.
Darren Collison only scored two points on 1-of-8 from the field. He added one rebound and three assists in 25 minutes of action.
The Mavs won their seventh game of the season and will look to make it two in a row as they head to Denver for a Monday night showdown with a rejuvenated Nuggets team. The Kings meanwhile lost for the seventh time in their last 10 games and will look to get back on the winning track when the Blazers come into town on Tuesday night.
CELTICS 105, HEAT 95
A 22 point Celtics lead was cut to four with just over a two minutes to play in regulation, but the Heat could get no closer and lost for the 19th time this season.
Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics attack with 23 points in 28 minutes of action. He probably would have scored more if not for his ejection which resulted from a flagrant-2 foul (elbow to the face of Justice Winslow). It was not a dirty play and there should not be any subsequent suspension here for IT2.
Al Horford scored 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block. He did shoot 0-4 from downtown but owners have to be happy with the full line here.
Avery Bradley chipped in 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He added five rebounds, two triples and one steal in 34 minutes of action.
Jae Crowder scored 15 points of his own to go with his six boards and game-high five steals. He also shot 3-of-6 from 3-point land.
Goran Dragic led the Heat with 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting. He added five rebounds, five triples and seven assists in 37 minutes of action. He did turn the ball over five times, but owners should still be happy with tonight’s line.
Hassan Whiteside turned in another monster double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds. He shot 9-of-13 from the field and added three blocks in 38 minutes on the court.
Josh Richardson was quiet on Sunday starting for the injured Wayne Ellington (strained hamstring). Richardson shot 3-of-10 from the field for six points to go with three rebounds and one steal.
John McRoberts also made another start at the four spot for the Heat but only chipped in eight points with four dimes in 16 minutes of action.
The Celtics improved to 15-12 on the season, good for third in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have a four-game week upcoming (three on the road) culminating with a an afternoon Christmas matchup in New York against the Knicks. The Heat dropped to 9-19 and will look to bounce back on Tuesday night when the Magic come to town.