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NBA Game Notes (Nov. 26, 2022)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on November 26, 2022.
Lakers Win Shootout
LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers to a high-scoring 143-138 win over the Spurs. James shot 11-21 from the field — including 7-12 from 3-point range — and made all 10 of his free throws.
It’s the 21st time James has scored at least 35 points in a game since turning 35 years old, the most such games in NBA history:
21 — LeBron James
19 — Michael Jordan
13 — Karl Malone
11 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
7 — Alex English
After a 5-2 start, the Spurs have dropped 13 of their last 14 games. They’ve lost each of their last eight games, matching the longest losing streak of the Gregg Popovich era.
The Spurs have allowed at least 120 points an NBA-high 12 times this season. The last team to record at least 12 such games through their first 21 games of a season was the 1990-91 Nuggets (18 games).
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Season Highs for Ayton
DeAndre Ayton had 29 points and 21 rebounds — both season highs — as the Suns beat the slumping Jazz 113-112. Ayton is the fourth player to record a 20-point, 20-rebound game this season, joining Rudy Gobert, Domantas Sabonis, and Anthony Davis (each with one such game).
Teammate Devin Booker overcame a poor shooting night (8-27 from the field) to contribute 27 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. It’s the 71st time Booker has recorded at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a game, 14 more such games than any other player in franchise history.
The Suns lead the Western Conference with a 13-6 record and own the best home record in the NBA (11-1). Meanwhile, the Jazz have dropped seven of their last nine games — including the last four in a row — after a surprising 10-3 start.
Rocket Sophomores Shine
Jalen Green scored 28 points and dished out a career-high nine assists to lead the Rockets past the Thunder 118-105. It’s the first time this season the Rockets have won consecutive games.
Green made 11 of his 19 shots from the field, including 6-9 from 3-point range. His Game Score* was 21.6, the fifth time this season he’s recorded a figure of 20.0 or higher. No other second-year player has recorded more than three such games this season.
* John Hollinger’s estimate of a player’s total production in a game.
Fellow sophomore Alperen Sengun tallied 21 points, a career-high 19 rebounds, and a season-high seven assists. At 20 years and 124 days old, he’s the youngest player in franchise history to record at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a game.
The Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points on 12-21 shooting from the field in the loss. It’s the 11th time this season he’s scored at least 30 points while shooting 50% from the field. The only players in NBA history to record more such games through their first 19 games of a season are:
13 — Michael Jordan, 1988-89
12 — Wilt Chamberlain, 1962-63
12 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1971-72
Gilgeous-Alexander has 14 30-point games this season. Only two players over the last 50 NBA seasons have recorded more such games through their first 19 games of a season:
17 — Michael Jordan, 1986-87
15 — James Harden, 2019-20