There was a lot of outstanding basketball played on Friday, and Kemba Walker and LeBron James led the charge.
Kemba Walker – 47 points, six rebounds, five assists
The Charlotte Hornets‘ 27-year-old guard has one of the best first names in the league. Kemba’s awesome name must attribute to his prowess on the basketball court because he’s in the midst of his best year as a pro. Thursday marked a new season-high in points for the UConn product, and it was one of those outings where everything fell for him; he somehow managed to just release the shot over the outstretched arms of much taller and longer defenders. Walked zipped into the lane and dropped in a variety of teardrops and floaters, showing all the best ways for smaller guards to get their buckets. Unfortunately, the Hornets couldn’t pull out the victory.
LeBron James – 39 points, 14 rebounds, six assists
It’s November, and LeBron James is already in midseason form. In prior years, he wouldn’t have to carry a team like this so early, but injuries have forced him to do otherwise. Friday was his third-straight suffocating performance, and LeBron had the whole arsenal working. He powered his way into the lane, hit contested turnaround jumpers like it practice and even shook Austin Rivers, who nearly collapsed after getting hit with a spin, crossover combination. The most bizarre part was James’ five free throw attempts. He took 26 shots. Regardless, he powered the Cleveland Cavaliers comeback, and they’ve quickly extended their winning streak to four.
Spencer Dinwiddie – 25 points, eight assists, five rebounds
In the last 30 seasons, no Brooklyn Nets player has posted the line that Spencer Dinwiddie posted last night. In addition to the points, boards and assists, he didn’t have a turnover and connected on six threes. During that same amount of time, only five other guys in NBA history have equaled that. The Utah Jazz, as weird as it sounds, just couldn’t slow down Dinwiddie, who — pardon my comparison — threw in triples with Stephen Curry-like ease. He wriggled his way into the paint and dropped off pinpoint passes that forced the defense to react whenever he put the ball on the deck. Dinwiddie, who’s filling in for D’Angelo Russell is slowly becoming a name that’s known around the league (and yet the NBA’s official account still won’t “@” him in any of their tweets).
- Jamal Murray – 31 points, four assists, 13-of-18 shooting
- Kyle Lowry – 22 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds
- DeAndre Jordan – 20 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks
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