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[November 30, 2017]  The Sports Xchange

11/30/2017 NBA Note - Detroit Pistons Bradley, Avery

G Avery Bradley scored 20 points in Wednesday's win over Phoenix. It was his ninth game with at least 20 points.

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NBA Note - Phoenix Suns Booker, Devin

G Devin Booker scored 22 points in Wednesday's loss at Detroit. He has 55 points in his last two games after missing Sunday's game at Minnesota with a toe injury.

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NBA Note - Phoenix Suns Jackson, Josh

F Josh Jackson scored a career-high 20 points. The rookie's previous career best was 18 on Nov. 10 in a loss to Orlando.

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NBA Note - Phoenix Suns Monroe, Greg

C Greg Monroe replaced Tyson Chandler in the starting lineup and scored 14 points in Wednesday's loss at Detroit.

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NBA Note - Orlando Magic Ross, Terrence

G Terrence Ross left the Wednesday's win over Oklahoma City game midway in the second quarter after hyperextending his right knee while trying to block a shot by G Russell Westbrook.

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NBA Note - Orlando Magic Issac, Jonathan

F Jonathan Isaac missed his ninth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle on Wednesday

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NBA Note - Orlando Magic Gordon, Aaron

F Aaron Gordon scored 40 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to carry the Orlando Magic to a 121-108 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder that snapped a nine-game losing streak. "We were tired of the losing that kills your spirit," Gordon said, "so we went out and played like we wanted this one." Gordon hit 13 of 23 shots, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. He produced his second career 40-point game, falling one point short of his career high, set Oct. 24 against the Brooklyn Nets. He added four assists and four steals as Orlando won for the first time since beating the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 10.

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NBA Note - Orlando Magic Payton, Elfrid

G Elfrid Payton had 19 points and made eight of his 10 shots Wednesday. He also had six assists. He set the tone early by beating Oklahoma City G Russell Westbrook with a pullup jumper, then quickly stole the ball from Thunder superstar on the next possession. In his last five games, he is averaging 15.6 points on 59.6 percent shooting with 5.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists.

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NBA Note - Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook, Russell

G Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss at Orlando. He scored at least 30 for the third time, produced his 10th double-double by getting 11 rebounds and had a season-high five steals.

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NBA Note - Oklahoma City Thunder George, Paul

F Paul George scored 22 points Wednesday in Orlando after missing 11 of 12 shots Saturday in Dallas.

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NBA Note - Oklahoma City Thunder Anthony, Carmelo

F Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points in Wednesday's loss at Orlando. In the last five games, he is shooting 39.8 percent (35 of 88).

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NBA Note - Philadelphia 76ers McConnell, T.J.

G T.J. McConnell left Wednesday's win vs. Washington in the third quarter with a bruised left shoulder and did not return. When asked whether he expects McConnell to play Thursday night in Boston, Sixers coach Brett Brown said, "My gut says no."

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NBA Note - Philadelphia 76ers Embiid, Joel

C Joel Embiid will not play against the Celtics, as he has not yet been cleared to appear in back-to-back games.

Embiid totaled 25 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Philadelphia.

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NBA Note - Philadelphia 76ers Stauskas, Nik

G/F Nik Stauskas was available Wednesday after missing the previous five games with a sprained right ankle. He did not play, however.

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NBA Note - Philadelphia 76ers Simmons, Ben

G Ben Simmons shot 15 of 29 from the foul line as Washington intentionally fouled him on numerous occasions in the fourth quarter. The Wizards trailed by 24 and sent Simmons to the line 24 times in the fourth and the rookie missed 12. Simmons also totaled 31 points and 18 rebounds after being questionable for the game with a sprained right ankle. The Sixers said Simmons is the second rookie to get at least 30 points and 15 rebounds. The other was Billy Cunningham on Jan. 9, 1966. Simmons also is the first Philadelphia rookie with at least 18 rebounds since Charles Barkley on Feb. 22, 1985 vs. Detroit.

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NBA Note - Washington Wizards Beal, Bradley

G Bradley Beal scored 21 points in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia. He also sat out the last 15 minutes of the first half with a facial contusion before returning after halftime.

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NBA Note - Washington Wizards Oubre, Kelly

F Kelly Oubre scored a season-high 22 points in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia. It was his second 20-point game of the season.

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NBA Note - Washington Wizards Meeks, Jodie

G Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 21 points in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.

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NBA Note - Miami Heat Whiteside, Hassan

C Hassan Whiteside, who missed Wednesday's game at New York, indicated to reporters before the game that his knee injury may be more serious than initially thought.

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NBA Note - New York Knicks Porzingis, Kristaps

F Kristaps Porzingis suffered an ankle sprain mere minutes into New York's 115-86 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Scrambling for a loose ball with Miami's Justice Winslow, Porzingis had his right foot stepped on by Winslow and he crumpled to the floor, remaining down for several minutes before being taken to the locker room by Knicks trainers. New York later announced that X-rays on Porzingis' ankle were negative and that he was able to return. By then, the Knicks were already up big, and with one of their premier post presences already playing so well, they saw no need to put him back in the game. "After it happened, I was warming up," Porzingis said after New York stopped a three-game losing streak. "My adrenaline was high, I wasn't feeling it as much. I was actually pretty close to coming back in. We were going to re-evaluate at halftime and at halftime, the doctor recommended to stay out and we made the decision that I should not go back out there."

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NBA Note - New York Knicks Kanter, Enes

C Enes Kanter, who missed the previous three games with back spasms, had 22 points and 14 rebounds Wednesday against Miami.

"His energy was great," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He runs the floor so that opens things up. A lot of times, it gets guys screwed up in transition because they have to hold them up a bit and that opens up the wings."

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NBA Note - Miami Heat Adebayo, Bam

C Bam Adebayo started for Hassan Whiteside (knee) Wednesday and scored nine points.

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NBA Note - Miami Heat Olynyk, Kelly

C Kelly Olynyk scored 18 points in Wednesday's loss at New York. It was his second-most productive showing of the season.

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NBA Note - Miami Heat Dragic, Goran

G Goran Dragic was limited to six points in Wednesday's 115-86 loss at New York. It was the fourth time this season Dragic did not score at least 10 points.

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NBA Note - New York Knicks Lee, Courtney

G/F Courtney Lee scored 17 points in Wednesday's 115-86 win over Miami.

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NBA Note - Charlotte Hornets Walker, Kemba

G Kemba Walker (left shoulder AC contusion) missed his first game of the season in Wednesday's loss at Toronto.

Walker was injured during the second half of the loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. He returned to that game but did not practice Monday and Tuesday

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NBA Note - Charlotte Hornets Carter-Williams, Michael

G Michael Carter-Williams made his first start of the season Wednesday in Toronto and scored nine points.

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NBA Note - Toronto Raptors Lowry, Kyle

G Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 36 points as Toronto beat Charlotte 126-113 Wednesday. Lowry was 12 of 18 from the field and made eight 3-pointers.

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NBA Note - Toronto Raptors DeRozan, DeMar

G DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points in Wednesday's win over Charlotte. He scored two points in a win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday to end his streak of 113 straight games with 10 or more points, which was one shy of G Kyle Lowry's team record.

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NBA Note - Charlotte Hornets Howard, Dwight

C Dwight Howard totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Toronto. It was his sixth straight double-double and 13th overall.

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NBA Note - Toronto Raptors Valanciunas, Jonas

C Jonas Valanciunas produced 12 points Wednesday after getting 16 Saturday in Atlanta. It was the second time this season he scored in double digits in consecutive games.

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NBA Note - New Orleans Pelicans Davis, Anthony

C Anthony Davis was ejected for the first time in his career Wednesday when he was tossed in the second quarter of a loss vs. Minnesota.

Davis scored nine consecutive New Orleans points and was the game's high scorer when he was called for an offensive foul midway through the second quarter. He was called for a technical after arguing the call, and Cousins stepped in to pull Davis away from the officials.

On the ensuing possession, Davis was called for a defensive foul as Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Towns attempted a shot. Davis immediately started arguing again and was called for another technical. NBA crew chief Ken Mauer said Davis was disciplined for running at an official and "cursing, swearing, using foul language."

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NBA Note - New Orleans Pelicans Cousins, DeMarcus

C DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points Wednesday but also spoke about Anthony Davis getting ejected in the second quarter against Minnesota. "It's a complete joke," said Cousins, who has been ejected 12 times in his eight-year career, including once this season. "What I don't understand is that players are punished for playing off of emotions, but other people are allowed to and it is totally fine. It's OK to coach off of emotion, judge a game off of emotions, and it's bogus. I don't understand why players aren't allowed to play off of emotions. It's a game of emotions."

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NBA Note - New Orleans Pelicans Holiday, Jrue

G Jrue Holiday scored 27 points in Wednesday's loss vs. Minnesota.

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NBA Note - Minnesota Timberwolves Wiggins, Andrew

G Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points in Wednesday's win at New Orleans. He shot 10 of 18 and added eight rebounds to go along with five assists. "That may have been (Wiggins') best game as a pro in all-around play, not just the scoring, but the rebounding and the playmaking to go along with it." Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.

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NBA Note - Minnesota Timberwolves Jones, Tyus

G Tyus Jones started for the fourth consecutive game in place of injured Timberwolves PG Jeff Teague (Achilles) Wednesday. He is averaging 11.2 points in those games after getting 16 points against New Orleans.

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NBA Note - Minnesota Timberwolves Teague, Jeff

PG Jeff Teague (sore right Achilles) missed his fourth straight game Wednesday as Minnesota beat New Orleans

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NBA Note - Houston Rockets Nene, -

C Nene (right shoulder sprain) returned following a one-game absence and scored one point in 10 minutes.

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NBA Note - Houston Rockets Harden, James

G James Harden scored 29 points Wednesday as Houston beat Indiana. The Rockets won 12 of 13 games in November and Harden finished with averages of 34.9 points, 10.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 43.2 percent (67 of 155) from beyond the arc in those games

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NBA Note - Houston Rockets Capela, Clint

C Clint Capela also posted a double-double with 22 points and 13 boards in Wednesday's win over Indiana. He has seven double-doubles in his last seven games.

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NBA Note - Houston Rockets Anderson, Ryan

F Ryan Anderson scored 19 points in Wednesday's win over Indiana. In his last five games, Anderson is averaging 17.2 points and shooting 55.3 percent (21 of 38) on 3-pointers.

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NBA Note - Indiana Pacers Young, Thaddeus

F Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 23 points and shot 11 of 15 in Wednesday's loss at Houston.

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NBA Note - Indiana Pacers Oladipo, Victor

G Victor Oladipo scored 19 points Wednesday in his second back after missing Saturday's game with a knee injury. He has played 67 minutes and scored 48 points in those games, though he was 1 of 8 from 3-point range Wednesday.

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NBA Note - Indiana Pacers Turner, Myles

C Myles Turner collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Houston. It was only Turner's second double-double in the last 14 games.

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NBA Note - Brooklyn Nets Crabbe, Allen

G Allen Crabbe (sore lower back) missed his third straight game as Brooklyn beat Dallas Wednesday.

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NBA Note - Brooklyn Nets Hollis-Jefferson, Rondae

F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (sprained right ankle) missed his second straight game Wednesday. He was injured in the first half of Sunday's win at Memphis.

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NBA Note - Dallas Mavericks Mejri, Salah

C Salah Mejri left the game after banging his left knee in the first period of Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn. He returned in the second half. .

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NBA Note - Brooklyn Nets Carroll, DeMarre

F DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points Wednesday in a win at Dallas. He returned after missing Monday's loss at Houston with an upper respiratory illness.

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NBA Note - Brooklyn Nets Booker, Trevor

F Trevor Booker totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Dallas. It was his fourth double-double of the season.

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NBA Note - Dallas Mavericks Barnes, Harrison

F Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn.

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NBA Note - Dallas Mavericks Kleber, Maxi

F Maxi Kleber came out firing and hit his season high before the first quarter was done with 12 points. The power forward from the same German hometown as Nowitzki (Wurzburg) finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, to better his previous scoring high of 11. He also grabbed a season-best seven rebounds in 23 minutes during his seventh start.

"He played well, especially in the first half," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's got a lot of points.

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NBA Note - San Antonio Spurs Aldridge, LaMarcus

F LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 41 points in Wednesday's 104-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies His performance was his best in the regular season in the three years he has played for the Spurs and his fourth 30-plus point game of the season. Aldridge had 41 points in a playoff game in 2016 against Oklahoma City in his first year in San Antonio His career regular-season high is 44 points in 2014 against Denver when he was with Portland.Aldridge shot 17 of 24 from the floor Wednesday. "It feels good -- I'm taking my time and finding my shots and trying to make the other guys better," Aldridge said. "I just ended up having a good night. Everyone was looking for me and I was just trying to stay aggressive out there. When I hit an early 3-pointer from the top of the key that was kind of a fluke shot, I kinda figured this was going to be my night."

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NBA Note - Memphis Grizzlies Gasol, Marc

C Marc Gasol scored 10 points in 36 minutes Wednesday after being benched in the fourth quarter Sunday in David Fizdale's last game as coach.

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NBA Note - Memphis Grizzlies Evans, Tyreke

G Tyreke Evans scored 22 points in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio. He scored at least 15 points for the 12th time in 13 games and is averaging 20.2 points in that span.

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NBA Note - San Antonio Spurs Parker, Tony

G Tony Parker scored 10 points in 17:54 Wednesday in his second game back from a quad injury that sidelined him for the first 19 games of this season.

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NBA Note - San Antonio Spurs Anderson, Kyle

G Kyle Anderson scored 10 points in Wednesday's win over Memphis. It was his sixth straight game in double figures.

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NBA Note - Memphis Grizzlies Harrison, Andrew

G Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 13 points in 24 minutes Wednesday in a loss at San Antonio.

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NBA Note - Los Angeles Lakers Kuzma, Kyle

F Kyle Kuzma, was ruled out of Wednesday's loss to Golden State after experiencing back spasms during warmups. The rookie out of Utah, is averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 50.4 percent from the floor.

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NBA Note - Golden State Warriors Curry, Stephen

G Stephen Curry returned from a bruised right hand and scored 13 of his 28 points in overtime as Golden State beat the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday. Curry missed six of his first seven 3-pointers before hitting conscutive 3-pointers in overtime. "He had a horrible start to the game, but what makes Steph Steph, on a night like tonight, he still can make huge plays, which he did down the stretch," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "It takes a special player to bounce back within the same game and be able to reverse things, and that's what he did."

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NBA Note - Golden State Warriors Durant, Kevin

F Kevin Durant scored 29 points in Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He played a season-high 42 minutes after missing four of the last five games with a sprained left ankle.

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NBA Note - Detroit Pistons Leuer, Jon

F Jon Leuer missed Wednesday's win over Phoenix with a sprained left ankle. Leuer missed his 12th straight game.

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NBA Note - Detroit Pistons Jackson, Reggie

G Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 23 points in Wednesday's rout of Phoenix. Jackson shot 9 of 13 and scored at least 20 points in consecutive games for the first time this season.

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NBA Note - Detroit Pistons Drummond, Andre

C Andre Drummond supplied 13 points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists in Wednesday's win over Phoenix. He also hit all three free throws and is shooting 63 percent from the line this season.

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NBA Note - Los Angeles Lakers Ingram, Brandon

F Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 32 points in Wednesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. He made 12 of 21 shots.

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NBA Note - Golden State Warriors Thompson, Klay

G Klay Thompson scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the fourth straight game Thompson made at least four 3-pointers. In that span, he's averaging 23.5 points and gone 18 of 37 from beyond the arc.

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NBA Note - Los Angeles Lakers Randle, Julius

F Julius Randle scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Golden State. It was his second 20-point game of the season.

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