Jaren Jackson Jr. drops 26 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a franchise-tying record 8th straight win as they took down the LA Clippers, 123-108. Memphis entered this game without both their head coach Taylor Jenkins (healthy and safety protocols) and star point guard Ja Morant (thigh soreness). Nonetheless, the Grizzlies’ depth prevailed again. Alongside Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane added 23 points and Tyus Jones chipped in 18 points. We also got an uncharacteristic performance from Brandon Clarke who finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Memphis continues to solidify themselves within the Top-4 of the West as they now sit five games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks who are 5th in the standings.

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DeMar DeRozan does it again as he hits yet another game-winner to steal the victory for the Chicago Bulls over the Washington Wizards, 120-119. With this game winner, DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to make back-to-back game winners in back-to-back days.

This was a game that the Wizards led for 90% of the time, but Chicago clawed to within two points on multiple occasions in the final minutes of the game.

Zach LaVine finished with a game-high 35 points and knocked down 7-of-12 threes. Nikola Vucevic had a solid night with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Then there’s Coby White who stepped up big time in the absence of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso as he finished with 20 points of his own with four big threes.

This win makes seven straight wins for Chicago and propels them to the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 24-10.

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New York kicks off the holiday with a big win in MSG as the Knicks take down the Atlanta Hawks, 101-87. Julius Randle led the charge with 25 points and 12 rebounds as he had a hot shooting night from beyond the arc to put New York on his back. Alongside him, rookie guard Quentin Grimes and Evan Fournier each scored 15 apiece while Obi Toppin added 13 points off the bench in 13 minutes. But the man of the hour was none other than Kemba Walker. Finishing the game with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, Walker became the first Knick in franchise history to record a triple-double on Christmas Day. This also makes him the 7th player in league history to accomplish such a feat alongside notable guys like Draymond Green, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Oscar Robertson.

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Following a heartbreaking buzzer-beater loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Oklahoma City Thunder respond with a last-second bucket of their own to take down the LA Clippers, 104-103. The big basket came from none other than Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who finished the night with 18 points and six assists. Lugentz Dort led the team with 29 points, but the guy to watch in this one was Josh Giddey. Although the rookie finished with only eight points, he also grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out ten assists. He may not be getting the same Rookie of the Year buzz as guys like Evan Mobley and Scottie Barnes, but statistically, he should definitely be in the discussion.

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It was a close game until the end, but the LA Clippers were just too much for the Orlando Magic as Reggie Jackson sunk a step-back jumper in the closing seconds to steal the victory, 106-104. Alongside Jackson’s game-high 25 points, Luke Kennard had a big game adding 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting from three. Sophomore sensation Terance Mann also nearly secured a double-double, finishing the game with 16 points and nine rebounds while going a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Solid win for the Clippers and bonus points for doing so without star forward Paul George.

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As NBA fans, we all know that on any given night someone can go off for a monster game. But in today’s NBA with all the injuries, the impact of role players has never been so crucial. In only a month and a half through the season the league is already down half its stars, and it seems like more are dropping like flies every other night. So, although a handful of the league’s best are still in the mix, there are nights like yesterday when some teams were forced to turn to an unexpected source to carry the squad. With that being said, between surviving superstars and rising role players alike let’s take a look at some of last night’s top performers.

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There is nothing better than a night full of down-to-the-wire games to get the blood rushing for NBA fans. Palms sweaty and backsides tight with every shot potentially being the game-changer. Last night, we had six games decided by ten or fewer points. One game went into overtime and another went to double-overtime with the outcome decided in the final seconds. That’s what the NBA is all about right? A make-or-miss league where every possession could be the difference between winning and losing. Well, let’s take a look at some of the top performers from last night’s games as these guys put on a show in a few of these nail-biters.

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Last night’s matchups featured a handful of interesting storylines manifesting in the early going of this NBA season. The resurgence of teams like the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks who struggled to start the season. Continued domination by teams like the Utah Jazz. But we also witnessed a few unprecedented stat lines across the board ranging from multi-time All-Stars to potential rising stars and even a few rookies/second-years in the mix. Let’s take a look at some of last night’s primetime performers.

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Over the course of a single off-season, the talent level of the young guys in the NBA has skyrocketed. When looking across the league, one could argue that every team has at least one budding star on the verge of a potential breakout season. But of course, “breaking out” can mean different things depending on the players.

There are rookies looking to make an impact from Day 1 and carve out a role for themselves in the league. Some guys are trying to build off of their rookie/sophomore campaigns. Some are playing for a potential contract or max extension. Then there are those who are trying to take that leap from star-level prospect to becoming a legit NBA All-Star.

On this week’s edition of the Hoopers of the Week, we have two young up-and-coming guards who are both making strong early-season cases to be first-time All-Stars: Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball.

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There is no such thing as a dull Saturday night in the NBA. Even with a handful of injuries already plaguing the league, the talent continues to carry the torch for some exciting games. With guys like Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Fred VanVleet, and a few other big-time players out, we still managed to get a few down-to-the-wire games, and some players put together some unexpected clutch performances. So, from last night’s games, we’re going to celebrate the unsung heroes of the NBA who held down the fort and gave us a fun slate of Saturday night games even in spite of the lack of star power.

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The NBA season is underway and after a crazy first two days in the NBA, NBA Opening Weekend is looking like a movie. All the superstars are out and everyone is working to get an early jump in the standings as nobody wants to be caught in the Play-In tournament.

Saturday night was the beginning of many eventful, star-studded weekends in the NBA to come and we got more than our fair share of outstanding performances.

With that being said, let’s recap all eight games from last night and shout out some of the league’s top performers from last night’s matchups.

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The NBA is officially back! This means it’s the return of the Hoopers of the Week series.

For those who are not familiar with the series, the rules are simple. Each week, I select one player from each conference who balled out and put their team on their back. Some weeks they could be All-Stars and MVPs. Other weeks it could be role players and rookies on the rise. Every week is another chance for players across the NBA to put the rest of the league on notice. But enough with the introductions, let’s get into these standout players from Week 1 of the 2021-22 of the 75th Anniversary NBA season. 

My first picks of the season for Hoopers of the Week are Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Let’s recap the clinic these two guys have put on so far!

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