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The Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime last night, 98-94, in Auburn Hills. After winning their first two against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, the Bulls really had an off night against Detroit. They committed 19 total turnovers, including five from Derrick Rose — who was 4-for-13 from the field with eight points — and they had just 18 assists as a team. The Pistons, on the other hand, didn’t perform all that well either. They probably should’ve been able to put this game away earlier, but they shot poorly as a team — just 37.5 percent overall and 21.4 percent on threes (6-for-28). Andre Drummond showed what a beast he can be, as he usually does against the Bulls, posting his first 20-20 game of the season.
The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers played a late game last night with the Kings winning a laugher, evening their record at 1-1 while the Lakers dropped to 0-2. The Kings could be a surprise playoff contender this season, with quality additions such as Rajon Rondo and rookie Willie Cauley-Stein. In this game, both of those players performed well, with Rondo putting up 21 points and eight assists in just 23 minutes and Cauley-Stein scoring 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting. The Lakers were never really in this game, as the Kings held a 15 to 20 point advantage most of the way.
The Knicks’ young prospect, Kristaps Porzingis, has only been in the NBA for a few games but is already showing off his amazing potential. Scott Davis of Yahoo! explains what a special talent the 7’3” forward is, breaking down a play in which Porzingis steals the ball at mid-court, takes it down the floor on his own, spins to avoid Paul Millsap and dunks with his right hand. Porzingis is clearly not a finished product, as he’s only 20 years old. But he’s looked as though he’s ready for the competition level of the NBA so far, averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over his first two games.
It didn’t take long for Karl-Anthony Towns to assert himself in the NBA. Towns become just the second teenager in NBA history to post at least 28 points and 14 rebounds in a game (LeBron James was the other, of course), and he did it in just his second professional game. He added four blocks for good measure, and he pretty much carried the Timberwolves to their win over the Denver Nuggets, as Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio had off nights. To further express what a rare performance it was, Kevin Garnett didn’t have his first 28-point, 14-rebound, four-block game until his sixth season with the T-Wolves. It’s early, but Towns is the obvious front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award.
There isn’t much written on this blog post by Royce Young of Daily Thunder, as it’s just two highlight videos of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant pounding the Orlando Magic. The Thunder pulled out a 139-136, double-overtime victory and the star duo combined for 91 total points. If that doesn’t sound amazing enough, consider the fact that on the same night the Philadelphia 76ers scored just 71 total points as a team. Westbrook and Durant combined for 66 of their team’s total 110 field goal attempts (60 percent) and 27 of their total 38 free throw attempts (71 percent). Overall, they finished the victory with 91 points, 23 rebounds and 10 assists. If you have some time, give the highlights a watch.