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NBA Game Notes (Nov. 28, 2022)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on November 28, 2022.
Pacers Stun Lakers
Rookie Andrew Nembhard hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as the Pacers overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Lakers 116-115. Tyrese Haliburton led the winners with 24 points and also dished out a game-high 14 assists.
Over his last three games, Haliburton has recorded 40 assists and zero turnovers. Since the NBA began tracking individual turnovers in 1977-78, Haliburton is the only player to record at least 40 assists without committing a turnover over a three-game span.
Haliburton has recorded at least 10 assists in each of his last six games, tying Don Buse (1976-77) for the longest such streak in franchise history. Haliburton has dished out 10 or more assists 15 times this season, five more such games than any other player.
Teammate Bennedict Mathurin came off the bench to score 23 points. It’s the 10th time he’s recorded a 20-point game coming off the bench, the most such games in the NBA this season. Since the NBA began tracking starters in 1970-71, no other rookie has recorded 10 such games in the first 20 games of their career.
The Lakers’ Anthony Davis had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks in the loss, shooting 9-15 (60%) from the field. Davis has recorded at least 25 points and 10 rebounds with a field goal percentage of 60% in each of his last six games. The only player in NBA history with a longer such streak is Charles Barkley, who recorded seven such games in a row in January 1990.
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The Joker’s Wild
Nikola Jokic tallied 32 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists in just 27 minutes of action as the Nuggets beat the Rockets 129-113. Since the ABA-NBA merger, only one player has recorded at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists while playing fewer minutes: Luka Doncic on Nov,. 20, 2019 (26 minutes).
It’s the 119th time Jokic has led his team — either outright or tied — in points, rebounds, and assists. That breaks a tie with Kevin Garnett for the fifth-most such games in NBA history.
Jamal Murray scored a season-high 31 points in just 25 minutes for the Nuggets. Murray and Jokic are the only duo since the ABA-NBA merger to each score at least 30 points in 27 or fewer minutes played in the same game.
The Suns’ Devin Booker had 44 points, eight rebounds, and six steals in a 122-117 victory over the Kings. The Suns have won five straight games, the longest active winning streak in the NBA.
Since the NBA began tracking steals in 1973-74, Booker is just the third Sun to record at least 40 points, five rebounds, and five steals in a game:
Amar’e Stoudemire (Nov. 5, 2008)
Leandro Barbosa (Feb. 20, 2009)
Devin Booker (Nov. 28, 2022)
Booker now has 20 career 40-point games, five more such games than any other player in franchise history:
20 — Devin Booker
15 — Amar’e Stoudemire
9 — Walter Davis
9 — Tom Chambers
7 — Charlie Scott
Teammate Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, making eight of his 10 shots from the field. Ayton has recorded a double-double in each of his last six games, the longest such streak of his career. He’s shot at least 55% from the field in each of those games, the longest such double-double streak in franchise history.
Durant Carries Nets
The Nets’ Kevin Durant did it all in a 109-102 win over the Magic:
45 PTS (season high)
Durant became the second-oldest player in NBA history to score at least 45 points on 75% shooting from the field in a game (age in years-days):
36-358 — Shaquille O’Neal (Feb. 27, 2009)
34-060 — Kevin Durant (Nov. 28, 2022)
33-019 — Alex English (Jan. 24, 1987)
33-019 — Michael Jordan (March 7, 1996)
32-338 — Larry Bird (Nov. 10, 1989)
Durant has recorded at least 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists in each of his last three games. He’s just the third player in NBA history to record three such games in a row after turning 34 years old, joining Elgin Baylor and LeBron James.
Paolo Banchero scored 24 points for the Magic. He’s just the seventh rookie in NBA history to score at least 15 points in each of the first 14 games of his career (NBL and ABA veterans excluded):
Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-60
Elvin Hayes, 1968-69
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1969-70
Terry Cummings, 1982-83
Ralph Sampson, 1983-84
Michael Jordan, 1984-85
Paolo Banchero, 2022-23
At 20 years and 16 days old, Banchero is the youngest player in this group by more than 600 days.
Zion’s 100th Game
Zion Williamson appeared in his 100th NBA game last night, producing 23 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists as the Pelicans defeated the Thunder 105-101. Williamson is one of 12 players in NBA history to score at least 2,500 points through his first 100 games:
Williamson is the only player in NBA history to score at least 2,500 points with a field goal percentage of 60% through his first 100 games.
The Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points in the loss. He’s just the seventh player in NBA history to record at least 15 30-point games through his first 20 games of a season (a total of 12 instances):
Wilt Chamberlain (four times)
Rick Barry (two times)
Michael Jordan (two times)
Tatum, Smart Lead Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 35 points as the Celtics crushed the Hornets 140-105. Tatum was +45 in 30 minutes played, the highest plus-minus in a game this season.
Tatum increased his season point total to 615. He’s the first player in franchise history to score at least 600 points through his first 20 games of a season.
Teammate Marcus Smart scored 22 points and dished out 15 assists. He made eight of his 11 shots from the field, which included six 3-pointers.
Smart is the first player in franchise history to record a 20-point, 15-assist game with an effective field goal percentage of 100%. He’s just the fifth player in the NBA’s 3-point era to record such a game:
John Stockton (March 3, 1990)
Chauncey Billups (Dec. 1, 2006)
Chris Duhon (April 14, 2008)
Steve Nash (Dec. 5, 2010)
Marcus Smart (Nov. 28, 2022)
Embiid Matches Wilt
The Sixers’ Joel Embiid returned from a four-game absence to produce 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 104-101 win over the Hawks. Embiid has recorded at least 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists in each of his last five games, tying Wilt Chamberlain (December 1965) for the longest such streak in franchise history.
Teammate Shake Milton tallied 21 points, five rebounds, and seven assists and did not commit a turnover. Milton has recorded at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in each of his last four games. Prior to this stretch, he had never recorded even two such games in a row.
The Hawks’ Trae Young scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists in the loss. It’s the 139th time Young has recorded at least 10 assists in a game, breaking a tie with Doc Rivers for the most such games in franchise history.
Career High for Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points as the Wizards rolled over the Timberwolves 142-127. Porzingis shot 12-18 from the field — including 6-10 from 3-point range — and made all 11 of his free throws. He scored 29 of his points and made all six of his 3-pointers in the first half.
Porzingis also blocked three shots. It’s the 34th time he’s recorded at least three 3-pointers made and three blocks in the same game. The only player in NBA history with more such games is Kevin Durant with 36.