Most guys, in the afterglow of a championship season, missing three key players including the team’s superstar, down 30 at Raptors with three minutes left in the third three days before Christmas ... most guys would just let it happen, get some extra rest, and look ahead to the next. Not Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors trailed the Mavericks by 30 with three minutes left in the third on Sunday ... and got the lead back with five minutes left in the fourth, and won the game. From the moment Dallas went up by 30, Lowry shot 8-11 (5-7 from three) for 23 points. Future All-NBA forward Chris Boucher added 15 points, three blocks, and two steals in that span. Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, and Norm Powell are all out. Serge Ibaka didn’t play during any of the comeback. Fred VanVleet only appeared for two minutes of it. Lowry and Boucher rode with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Terence Davis, and Malcolm Miller.
There is no reason whatsoever for Kyle Lowry to be playing this hard in these circumstances given the context. And he does it anyway. That’s what makes him Kyle Lowry.
Mavericks 107, Raptors 110
Hornets 93, Celtics 119
Pacers 89, Bucks 117
Clippers 112, Thunder 118
Nuggets 128, Lakers 104
All times Eastern. Games on League Pass unless otherwise noted.
Hawks at Cavaliers, 7
Sixers at Pistons, 7
Raptors at Pacers, 7, NBA TV
Wizards at Knicks, 7
Bulls at Magic, 7
Jazz at Heat, 7:30
Spurs at Grizzlies, 8
Nuggets at Suns, 9
Pelicans at Blazers, 10, NBA TV
Rockets at Kings, 10
Wolves at Warriors, 10:30
From Victory Journal, the story behind the 1987 film AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK, a movie in which Alex English stars as a Boston Celtic who joins a minor league pitcher in an anti-proliferation crusade. Why isn’t NBA TV playng this on loop?
Isaiah Thomas is suspended two games for addressing some hecklers in Philadelphia. The hecklers have been banned from Sixers games. All over some Wendy’s Frosties?!
Ricky O’Donnell on why James Wiseman is the most divisive prospect in the draft.
The case for Aaron Gordon as the league’s most frustrating player.
Dan Woike on how the G League is truly becoming a minor league.
Ja Morant tried to dunk over Kevin Love. Literally.
Rob Mahoney on where or whether Kyle Kuzma fits in Lakerland.
Jayson Tatum might have had the best game of his career on Sunday.
Michael Porter, Jr. lives with two siblings in Denver and has dishes duty.
Paul George got cheered in OKC after two first-round losses and a trade demand?! I thought I knew you, Oklahoma City.
I love the new wave of reggaeton, and there’s really no one in the world who traces historical paths of Latino music than Eduardo Cepeda. Important stuff that like every American music genre could learn from on respecting and acknowledging the black roots of the music.
Happy Hanukah. Be excellent to each other.