The Rundown: Nuggets handle Mavs, Thompson scores 41

Published November 21, 2022, 10:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

The Nuggets got a win over the Mavericks minus Nikola Jokic and Klay Thompson went for 41 in the Warriors’ first road win.



Suns 116, Knicks 95

Wizards 106, Hornets 102

Kings 137, Pistons 129

Nets 127, Grizzlies 115

Cavaliers 113, Heat 87

Warriors 127, Rockets 120

Nuggets 98, Mavericks 97

Lakers 123, Spurs 92

What went down

The Denver Nuggets have been trying to survive this little stretch of games without their MVP Nikola Jokic, but what they did was thrive.

Against the Dallas Mavericks, the Nuggets matched the scoring firepower of Luka Doncic with their own Bones Hyland, who scored a career-high 29 points off the bench.

Hyland got help from Michael Porter Jr. (14 points) and Bruce Brown (12 points). Biggest help came from the most unexpected places in the form of Vlatko Cancar, who hit a halfcourt shot to end the first half, but he scored it at the start of the second half. It was a quite confusing few minutes as Luka Doncic’s own buzzer-beater at the half was nullified after a review, opening the door for Cancar to hit the halfcourt heave.

Doncic scored 22 points for the Mavericks but the other Slovenian got the win.

Big-time ballers

De’Aaron Fox exploded for another 30-point game for another Kings win. Fox has been so good this season because it’s just not about getting the buckets—he’s getting them at a highly efficient rate.

Against the Pistons, Fox scored 33 points at 61-percent clip. He also shot perfect from the line and added seven assists. This big-time baller has led the Kings to six straight wins, their longest win streak ever since 2005.

The Warriors, on the other hand, haven’t been winning a lot of games, and Klay Thompson shot as if he wanted to change that ASAP. Thompson splashed 10 3s against the Rockets, missing only three of his 3-point attempts. He finished with a season-high 41 points in the win.

Anthony Davis continues to carry the Lakers scoring load with LeBron James sidelined, dropping 30 points and grabbing 18 rebounds on the San Antonio Spurs. AD will need to have more than a functioning back to lift his team to a decent win-loss record without James.

What he said 

The Nets got Kyrie Irving back and got a W in the process. Here’s what Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn had this to say after the victory:

"It was great to have him get some minutes out there and for us to get a win while he's doing it. At the end of the day, now it's about hoopin'. I used that word. From this day on that's what we're going to be about. Basketball is factual. You get the rebound, that's a fact. You box out, that's a fact. You make the shot, that's a fact. So we're going to make this thing factual. It's about basketball and we're going to live in that space."

Did you see that?

Weirder things have happened in the league, sure, but this should definitely be on the list.

What hurts is that the Nuggets won by a point.