Robert Covington and Lou Williams got into a shootout at Staples Center, but it was the former who checked his team into the win column.
Robert Covington – 31 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals
After starting the season as the league’s most lethal shooter, Robert Covington has sustained that over the first three-plus weeks of the season. The Los Angeles Clippers surrendered 31 to him, which marked a new career-high. Covington was 5-of-8 from three, including one that gave the Philadelphia 76ers a 103-101 lead with 32.4 seconds left. Philly went on to win, and Covington has quickly evolved into someone who’s arguably the best three-and-D guy. Against Los Angeles, his impact got felt across the board and trusting the process has worked out well for him.
Lou Williams – 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists, five steals
While Covington had his shootout, Lou Williams was right there to rival it. The Clippers’ sixth man went shot-for-shot, rebound-for-rebound and damn-near assist-for-assist with the Sixers’ 26-year-old. Unfortunately, Sweet Lou couldn’t power his team to victory. Blake had 29 points, but the rest of the roster was mostly unimpactful. Regardless, it was thrilling to watch Williams chuck up threes from all over the court and see them barely tickle the wine as they came crashing down to Earth.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists
The New York Knicks were this close to blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tim Hardaway was huge. He just pounded a dreadful Cavs’ defense, scoring at will around the basket, and he looked like a complete player. There were a few instances where Hardaway hit his streaking big with an outlet pass after they got behind the defense, which turned into an easy bucket. He also ate up rebounds, finishing with the second-highest total on the team (Enes Kanter had 16). It was an emotional game for both sides, and it got quite chippy. Unfortunately, the Knicks couldn’t hold on. However, they learned that they could compete with almost anybody.
- Jimmy Butler – 21 points, 10 assists, four rebounds
- Giannis Antetokounmpo – 27 points, nine rebounds, seven assists
- LeBron James – 23 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds
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