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NBA Game Notes (Dec. 6, 2022)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on December 6, 2022.
Here Comes the Spida-Man
Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 43 points and added six rebounds, five assists, and four steals to lead the Cavaliers to a 116-102 win over the Lakers. Mitchell shot 17-27 from the field (63.0%) — including 4-8 from 3-point range — and made all five of his free throws.
Mitchell recorded a career-high Game Score of 38.6. It’s the highest such figure by a Cavalier since LeBron James left the franchise following the 2017-18 season.
Speaking of James, he scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds in the loss. The 17 boards are tied for his third-highest total in any regular-season game:
19 — Jan. 11, 2008
18 — April 14, 2005
17 — March 17, 2007
17 — March 6, 2017
17 — Dec. 6, 2022
The first four games came as a member of the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and shot 11-14 from the field (78.6%) in his return from a five-game absence. It’s the 47th time Allen has recorded a double-double with a field goal percentage of at least 75%. The only player in NBA history to record more such games before his 25th birthday is Dwight Howard (52).
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Mavericks Edge Nuggets
The Mavericks’ Luka Doncic recorded his 52nd career triple-double, compiling 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 116-115 victory over the Nuggets. Doncic has recorded at least 20 points and five assists in each of his 23 games this season, snapping a tie with James Harden (2017-18) for the longest such streak to start a season in NBA history.
Dating back to last season, Donic has recorded 32 straight 20-point, 5-assist games. The only players in NBA history with a longer such streak are Oscar Robertson and Nate Archibald.
It wasn’t all good news for Doncic, who shot just 5-17 from the field (29.4%). It’s the second time Doncic has recorded a 20-point triple-double while shooting less than 30% from the field. The only other active players with multiple such games are Russell Westbrook and James Harden, each of whom has three.
Teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 29 points, making seven of his 12 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers. Coming off an extended slump, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 24.4 PPG over his last five games, shooting 51.9% from the field and 54.5% from 3-point range.
Bogey Burns Heat
Bojan Bogdanovic tallied 31 points, five assists, and three steals as the Pistons cruised past the Heat 116-96. Bogdanovic shot 12-16 from the field with seven 3-pointers made, an effective field goal percentage of 96.9%. Only two players in franchise history have recorded a higher such figure in a 30-point game:
122.7% — Tobias Harris (Dec. 26, 2017)
112.5% — Saddiq Bey (Feb. 12, 2021)
96.9% — Bojan Bogdanovic (Dec. 6, 2022)
96.9% — Jodie Meeks (Dec. 30, 2014)
Bogdanovic is averaging a career-high 21.0 PPG this season, shooting 51.9% from the field, 44.1% from 3-point range, and 87.7% from the free throw line. His true shooting percentage is 66.5%, the second-highest figure in the NBA this season among players averaging at least 20 PPG (Nikola Jokic, 70.2%).
The Heat’s Tyler Herro scored a game-high 34 points in the loss, making 12 of his 17 shots from the field (70.6%) and hitting all eight of his free throws. Herro is averaging 20.0 PPG this season with career highs in rebounds per game (6.6), assists per game (4.2), field goal percentage (45.4%), and free throw percentage (90.6%).