What an entertaining way to begin the weekend!
The NBA's 11-game slate on Saturday included almost everything - game-winners, 50-point games, career-highs, and an overtime contest.
Here's a quick short recap of the best from this morning:
Bogi & Joker sink game-winners
In his eight games for his new team, Bojan Bogdanovic has been impressive for the Jazz with a scoring average of 21.8 on a near 50-40-90 shooting.
He proved his worth once again, sinking a corner three to ice the game for the Jazz against the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks
Not very far from Salt Lake City, Nikola Jokic capped off a crazy comeback by the young Nuggets with a game-winner of his own:
Watch the BEST of the @nuggets' franchise-record 19-point 4th quarter comeback victory over Philly! #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/rOYprZgEMT- NBA (@NBA) November 9, 2019
It's not that often that you see 50-point games in the league, let alone two on a single gameday.
D'Angelo Russell scored 52 PTS while Damian Lillard poured in 60 PTS in tonight's action. This is the first time two players scored 50+ points on the same night since Vince Carter and Allen Iverson on Dec. 23, 2005. pic.twitter.com/IV9IO8Di7S- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) November 9, 2019
What's more even more unique about the 50+ point games on Saturday is that both came in a loss.
Today is the 2nd day in NBA history in which there have been multiple 50-point scorers and both lost. (D'Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard).- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 9, 2019
The other was April 9, 1978: David Thompson (73) & George Gervin (63) in their famous last-day duel for the scoring title. pic.twitter.com/ATbePWwnop
Note: 52 for Russell and 60 for Lillard were both career-highs.
Reigning MIP keeps improving
With the departure of Kawhi Leonard, there was plenty of room for Pascal Siakam, the reigning Most Improved Player of the year, to take yet another leap and so far this season, he's on track to do exactly that.
🌶️ @pskills43 puts up 44 PTS, 10 REB, helping the @Raptors improve to 6-2 with the win over NOP! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/pG8s3UuZu1- NBA (@NBA) November 9, 2019
His 44 points, a career-high, helped a wounded Raptors ride their 44-point second quarter to an 18-point win. His double-double of 44 points and 10 rebounds put him alongside the franchise's greats:
Pascal Siakam reached 44 points and 10 rebounds for the second time with the @Raptors. All other players in Raptors' franchise history have combined for two such games - Vince Carter in Nov. 2000 and Chris Bosh in Jan. 2010. pic.twitter.com/K6iF7BBo2f- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) November 9, 2019
Records keep tumbling for the King
In a low-scoring affair against the Miami Heat, LeBron James couldn't extend his streak of triple-doubles to four but that didn't stop from the King from reaching yet another milestone.
Congrats to @KingJames of the @Lakers for becoming the 3rd player in @NBAHistory to record 1,000 20+ point games! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/5qaHVcH7JV- NBA (@NBA) November 9, 2019
Knicks stun Mavs despite Luka heroics
The Knicks stunned the Mavericks, in the first of two contests against their former player Kristaps Porzingis, despite yet another 30-point triple-double from the reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic.
Luka Doncic is the youngest player in @NBAHistory to record 4 triple-doubles in the first 8 games of a season. He also joins Maurice Stokes (1957-58), Oscar Robertson (1960-61,1961-62) and Russell Westbrook (2016-17) as the only players to do so. pic.twitter.com/W3eOHUiM5J- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) November 9, 2019
Doncic scored a career-high 38 while grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in the loss:
Kings prevail but Young shines
After starting the season 0-5, the Sacramento Kings have won three of their last four games including their most recent contest in Atlanta.
Despite the loss, Trae Young's great game was one for the franchise's history books:
Trae Young is the first @ATLHawks player to produce at least 30 points and 5 steals in a game since Mike Bibby in January 2009, and the first to do that with 10+ assists since Pete Maravich in March 1974. pic.twitter.com/tHFcOQY8Vd- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) November 9, 2019