Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about on Friday:
The LeBron James block. Nobody does chase-down blocks better than LeBron and he put his afterburners to the test again against the Knicks on Thursday. Poor Courtney Lee thought he had a dunk. Instead he got nothing. The Cavs went on to win 119-104 and James finished with a triple-double, with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists.
The DeMarcus Cousins debut. There is certainly going to be an adjustment period for the Pelicans, and it didn’t help that they were playing a good Rockets team. In the first game of the Boogie Cousins era, we saw the good and the bad. Cousins had 27 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and even 4 blocks in his debut. He and Anthony Davis combined for 56 points. But the Rockets won 129-99 as the rest of the Pelicans roster combined to score just 43 points and no other Pelicans starter had more than 6 points. Here is Cousins’ first basket, the first basket of the game.
The Stephen Curry three-point heave. The Warriors scored just 18 points in the second quarter against the Clippers and trailed 61-49 at the half. To make matters worse, Draymond Green picked up his fourth foul and a technical early in the second half and had to sit most of the third quarter. But then Kevin Durant and Curry took over. The Warriors went on to score 50 points in the third quarter, with the final three points coming when Curry just heaved up a three at the buzzer. When things are going well, things go really well for the Warriors (post-game comments via ESPN).
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