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NBA Game Notes (Nov. 22, 2022)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on November 22, 2022.
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The Lakers’ Anthony Davis had another huge game, albeit in a losing effort versus the Suns:
Since the NBA began tracking steals and blocks in 1973-74, Davis is the only player to record at least 35 points, 20 rebounds, five steals, and five blocks in a game.
Davis has tallied at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in each of his last four games. He’s one of only six players since the ABA-NBA merger to record at least four such games in a row:
5 — Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2019-20
4 — Bob McAdoo, 1977-78
4 — Bob Lanier, 1977-78
4 — Shaquille O’Neal, 1999-00
4 — Nikola Jokic, 2021-22
4 — Anthony Davis, 2022-23
Davis has recorded a field goal percentage of at least 60% in each of those games. He’s the first NBA player to record four straight 30-point, 15-rebound games in which he shot at least 60% from the field since Bob McAdoo in March 1975.
Davis has produced 142 points and 73 rebounds over his last four games. The last NBA player to match or exceed both of those totals over a four-game span was Moses Malone in February 1982.
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Kings Team Grizzlies
The Kings held off the Grizzlies 113-109 for their seventh straight victory and 10th in their last 12 games. The last time the franchise recorded seven consecutive wins was Nov. 13-26, 2004, and the last time they recorded at least 10 wins in an 12-game span was Dec. 31, 2004—Jan. 20, 2005.
The Kings are just the third team in NBA history to go 10-2 or better in their next 12 games following an 0-4 start:
Dallas Mavericks, 2006-07
Oklahoma City Thunder, 2018-19
Sacramento Kings, 2022-23
De’Aaron Fox scored a team-high 32 points and added eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals for the Kings. He shot 11-21 from the field and made five 3-pointers, an effective field goal percentage of 64.3%. It’s the eighth time Fox has scored at least 25 points with an effective field goal percentage of 60% this season, tying Stephen Curry for the most such games in the NBA.
Fox is averaging 25.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 6.4 APG this season. The only other player in franchise history to average at least 25 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG through his first 15 games of a season is Oscar Robertson, who did so eight times.
Welcome Back, Ben
Playing without their three leading scorers — Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey — the undermanned Sixers spoiled Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia with a 115-106 win over the Nets.
Tobias Harris scored a game-high 24 points for the Sixers. It’s the first time this season a player other than Embiid, Harden, or Maxey has led the team in scoring.
Sixers forward P.J. Tucker played 37 minutes but did not score. It’s the fourth straight game Tucker has played at least 25 minutes without scoring, the longest such streak in NBA history.
The Nets’ Kevin Durant scored 20 points in the loss, the first time this season he’s been held to fewer than 25 points. Simmons was solid in his homecoming, tallying 11 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.
Nikola Jokic returned from a three-game absence, but it wasn’t enough as the Pistons beat the Nuggets 110-108 to pick up their first road win of the season. Jokic seemed to be his normal self, tallying 31 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists while shooting 12-16 (75.0%) from the field.
Jokic led the Nuggets in points, rebounds, and assists. It’s the 87th time he’s been his team’s outright leader in all three categories, tying Giannis Antetokounmpo for the third-most such games in NBA history.
It’s the 40th time Jokic has made and assisted on at least 10 field goals in a game, the most such games in NBA history by a center.
Jokic increased his season totals to 301 points, 132 rebounds, and 126 assists, the second time he’s recorded at least 300 points, 125 rebounds, and 125 assists through his first 14 games of a season. He’s one of four player in NBA history to achieve this feat twice:
Oscar Robertson (1961-62, 1962-63)
Russell Westbrook (2016-17, 2018-19)
Luka Doncic (2019-20, 2020-21)
Nikola Jokic (2020-21, 2022-23)
Jokic is the only non-guard in this group.