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Sport Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, Lakers, Blazers among early winners in NBA bubble; Grizzlies taking a beating

12:30  05 august  2020
12:30  05 august  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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 NBA: Doncic strong again - Mavs beat Philly after extra time The Dallas Mavericks won their last prep game before the restart. An extension was needed against the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas won 118: 115. The best man was once again Luka Doncic with 23 points. © Provided by SPOX Luka Doncic scored 23 points against the Sixers. Philadelphia 76ers (1-2) - Dallas Mavericks (2-1) 115: 118 OT ( BOXSCORE ) The Slovenian did it in 26 minutes, adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

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Devin Booker beat two of the best defenders in basketball to secure the Suns' third straight win in the bubble . Devin Booker sunk the Clippers and their best defenders at the buzzer. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via His game- winner connected as two of the NBA ’s best perimeter defenders challenged him.

We're just about one week into the NBA bubble and let's not mince words: This has been nothing short of amazing. I'll be the first to admit, I was highly skeptical these games would look anything like normal NBA action. Honestly, there's almost no difference on TV. I thought the pumped-in noise would be a gimmick, but it's a perfect touch. Nothing about these games feel like they're being played in a dead arena. And the virus is still at bay. Incredible job, Adam Silver.

Devin Booker hit a ridiculous game-winner to upset the Clippers, as the Suns become the NBA bubble's biggest surprise

  Devin Booker hit a ridiculous game-winner to upset the Clippers, as the Suns become the NBA bubble's biggest surprise Devin Booker hit the game-winner over Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to move the Suns to 3-0 in the NBA bubble.With the game tied at 115, Suns guard Ricky Rubio missed a go-ahead floater, but the Clippers threw away the ball after getting a defensive rebound. Booker then reset the possession, drove to his left with Paul George guarding him, spun away from help from Kawhi Leonard, and nailed the fade-away jumper as time expired.

Doncic creates history; Nets shock Bucks; Booker helps Suns beat Clippers. Luka Doncic became the youngest player in NBA history at 21 years, 158 days old to put up 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the game as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Sacramento Kings in a 114-110 victory on

Luka Doncic capped a 34-point, 20-rebound, 12-assist triple-double with an inside basket to break a tie with 1:57 remaining in overtime Tuesday afternoon as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Sacramento Kings for a 114-110 victory at HP (NYSE:HPQ) Field House inside the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Paul George with a football ball © Provided by CBS Sports

And this is to say nothing of the level of play. After almost five months off, again, I figured the product would suffer. But it hasn't. Guys are playing out of their minds. Making shots. Playing with energy and rhythm. These are still technically regular-season games and yet they have a March Madness feel like every game seriously matters. And for the most part, they do. Playoff seeds are still up in the air. Matchups are yet to be determined. The race for No. 9 in the West, which will likely come with the right to play No. 8 in a play-in series for the final playoff spot, is going to be a photo finish.

Here's a look at the early winners and losers from Orlando.

Los Angeles Lakers: Winner

Anthony Davis laid an egg in the Lakers' loss to Toronto, but in their two wins against the Clippers and Jazz he's combined for 76 points. The Lakers have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and LeBron James isn't even averaging 20 points in the bubble. Dion Waiters has looked terrific. Kyle Kuzma is playing great defense and making shots. A lot to be optimistic about for the purple and gold.

Luka Doncic puts up triple-double, seals win over Bucks with ridiculous between-the-legs assist

  Luka Doncic puts up triple-double, seals win over Bucks with ridiculous between-the-legs assist The Bucks and Mavericks played a very entertaining overtime game Saturday night on ESPN, with the Mavs overcoming a seven-point deficit with two minutes left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. In the extra period, the Bucks took a five-point lead with two minutes left, only to see Dallas come back again, thanks to Read more The post Luka Doncic puts up triple-double, seals win over Bucks with ridiculous between-the-legs assist appeared first on The Comeback.

Daily NBA bubble primer: Dame vs. Russ, Vlade Divac's nightmare and the East hierarchy. Depending on how the Kings and Blazers perform, Devin Booker and Co. could draw within a The Lakers clinched the West’s No. 1 seed on Monday. A loss to the Suns would loosen the Clippers’ grip

Luka Doncic piles up a triple-double with 34 points and 20 rebounds in Mavericks' OT win over Kings. Doncic scored 34 points, pulled down 20 boards and also had 12 assists for his second triple-double in three games since the NBA resumed action inside the Orlando bubble .

Portland Trail Blazers: Winner

The Blazers are 2-1 in the bubble and are fresh off a huge win over Houston on Tuesday night. If the seeding games were to send right now, Portland would get its shot at the postseason with a play-in series vs. Memphis. They have three tough games coming up against Denver, the Clippers and Philly, but they control their own destiny. That's all they can ask for.

And they're healthy. Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins are back and play terrific, particularly Nurkic. Carmelo Anthony has been lights out making gigantic shots in monster situations. And, of course, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are cooking people. This is a dangerous team. Far too dangerous for the Lakers to feel entirely comfortable in a potential first-round series.

Phoenix Suns: Winner

When the action started in the bubble, the Suns were considered a total non-factor in the playoff race. People were questioning why they were even invited. Now they've gone 3-0 in Orlando and are just three games back of No. 8 Memphis. More importantly, they're only one game back of No. 9 Portland in the loss column. They would've loved for Houston to beat Portland Tuesday night, but not everything can go your way.

Warren and Pacers hand Lakers another loss as NBA playoffs loom

  Warren and Pacers hand Lakers another loss as NBA playoffs loom T.J. Warren scored 39 points as the in-form Indiana Pacers inflicted a 116-111 defeat on LeBron James and his stuttering Los Angeles Lakers, who have lost three in a row as the NBA playoffs approach. Indiana's win ensured the NBA's top regular-season record will belong to the Milwaukee, despite the Bucks losing 136-132 to Dallas in over-time. "I just feel like I'm in a groove," Warren said. "As a team, we're in a groove, good rhythm, high energy, we come out with a lot of effort."We're just together. We've just got to keep the chemistry hot. We just have to keep it up heading to the playoffs.

Doncic is a magician with the ball in his hands, already showing advanced skill at making plays off ball screens. Brunson’s a high IQ point guard who can hit threes, bully smaller defenders in the post and take care of the basketball . He might not be an elite athlete, but this is one of the most accomplished

The Suns’ Devin Booker scored a franchise-record and NBA season-high 70 points as the Celtics defeated the Suns 130-120. Booker ’s 70 points is the most ever

San Antonio and New Orleans are still in front of the Suns, too, but that No. 9 seed and the potential of a play-in series for the final playoff spot is actually within reach. From where Phoenix started, that's big, and the way they're playing obviously bodes well for next year and beyond.

And the Suns aren't beating slouches. After knocking off the Wizards, they've defeated the Mavericks and Clippers, the latter of which came on Tuesday courtesy of a Kobe-like game-winner from Devin Booker.

Booker has gone for 27, 30 and 35 points in Phoenix's three bubble games.

Memphis Grizzlies: Loser

The Grizzlies have started 0-3 in the bubble and, even worse, they've now lost Jaren Jackson Jr. to a torn meniscus -- just crushing news for a budding star and a franchise that has as much to be optimistic about as any young team in the league. The good news is Memphis is still in possession of the No. 8 seed, but their margin for error has shrunk to almost zero if they want to get into the postseason.

Are we properly appreciating what trajectory Luka Doncic is on?

  Are we properly appreciating what trajectory Luka Doncic is on? Two years ago, Luka Doncic entered the NBA and immediately started making everyone who doubted his ceiling look foolish. By next June, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year and by the February after, he was his team’s all-time leader in triple-doubles. Entering Saturday, he had averaged 24.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in his short career. It should not be controversial to say those are the numbers of a superstar, and that Doncic is already one of the 10 (maybe 5?) best basketball players on Earth.And yet, watching Doncic, it’s beginning to feel like we are only watching the first phase of a multistage rocket hurtling toward inner-circle Hall of Fame status.

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Toronto Raptors: Winner

Did someone say the Raptors were dead when Kawhi Leonard left? I know I did. Silly me. Silly pretty much everyone. The Raptors came into the bubble with the third-best record in the league and they've gone 2-0 in Orlando, dominating the Lakers before taking down the Heat.

There's been a lot of talk about the Heat and Celtics both wanting the No. 3 seed because it would keep them on the opposite side of the bracket from Milwaukee, but at what point do we start talking about a potential second-round matchup with the Raptors being equally daunting?

Philadelphia 76ers: Loser

The Sixers squeaked out a win over San Antonio on a last-second Shake Milton 3-pointer off a somewhat broken play, but what does it say that the Sixers needed a last-second Shake Milton 3-pointer to beat the Spurs? That's not a knock on the Spurs, but we continue to want to elevate the Sixers, based on talent, into the company of the true contenders, and they just don't play at that level consistently.

Philly lost its bubble opener to the Pacers despite Joel Embiid putting up 41 points and 21 boards. The Sixers were plus-21 when he was on the court, but they were minus-27 when he was off. Bringing in Al Horford was supposed to keep the Sixers afloat when Embiid goes to the bench, but the same old stories continue to play out with this team.

Devin Booker’s three from half court was so perfect, the net barely moved

  Devin Booker’s three from half court was so perfect, the net barely moved Devin Booker has been a beast since the NBA restarted their season. The Phoenix Suns shooting guard has been averaging 26 points per game and exceeded that total in four of their past five games in the bubble, including two games where he scored 35. As a result, the Suns won all five of their Read more The post Devin Booker’s three from half court was so perfect, the net barely moved appeared first on The Comeback.

The most positive development for Philly in the bubble is that they are stuck in the No. 6 seed, which right now would pit them against the Celtics in round one. The Sixers are 3-1 vs. Boston this season. But when the best thing to happen to you in Orlando is that you haven't improved your seed, you're a bubble loser.

T.J. Warren: Winner

What in the world is going on with T.J. Warren? Dude went for 53 points in Indiana's bubble opener vs. Philly, and he followed that up with 34 against the Wizards and 32 against the Magic. The Pacers are 3-0 in the bubble, and Warren is averaging ... crunches numbers ... 39.6 points on 65 percent shooting, including 61 percent from 3-point range.

Warren can really score. He's averaging 19.5 points per game this season on 39 percent 3-point shooting, which makes him one of the league's real bargains at less than $11 million this season. So it's not like this is coming completely out of nowhere. Well, OK, yes it is. This is out of this world.

Orlando Magic: Loser

They lost Jonathan Isaac to a torn ACL. Enough said. This is awful news. The Magic are going to get into the playoffs and with Isaac, I think they actually could've taken a few games off Toronto. The Magic are 2-1 in the bubble, but the loss of Isaac is just a blow to the gut. He could very well miss most of, if not all of, next season, too. He was developing into one of the best defensive players in the league, and this puts the brakes on everything.

Miami Heat: Winner

The Heat defeated Boston on Tuesday, without Jimmy Butler, and are now within 1.5 games of the Celtics for the No. 3 seed. Nobody wants to see Miami in the playoffs. Butler is still avoiding jump shots like they're a crowd full of people without masks, but he's doing his thing getting to the free-throw line, scoring at the rim and getting everyone involved. With Bam Adebayo potentially being the most important defender in the Eastern Conference, Miami continues to look like a legit sleeper to do some real damage.

Damian Lillard Reveals Personal Call With Skip Bayless Where 'He Backpedaled the Whole Time'

  Damian Lillard Reveals Personal Call With Skip Bayless Where 'He Backpedaled the Whole Time' Damian Lillard told Carmelo Anthony about a personal call with Skip Bayless where Bayless backpedaled on everything. Here's the whole section about the phone call: Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_9183c3c0-ddb6-4740-834a-3f1335bead5d").all(); }); So it sounds like Bayless sought out Lillard to explain himself a while back and then basically wouldn't stand by what he said, while also claiming he was depressed.

Houston Rockets: Winner

I know the Rockets lost to Portland on Tuesday, but they have looked legitimately dangerous in Orlando. They beat the Mavericks and the Bucks and James harden and Russell Westbrook look perfectly in rhythm. Harden went for 49 points on 14-of-20 shooting vs. the Mavs, and when he was doubled and tripled Westbrook used the open space to attack the rim. Dallas put up 149 points on Houston, but the defense has really settled in the last two games. Houston would play Utah in the first round if the playoffs were to start today, and they would definitely be favored in that matchup.

Utah Jazz: Loser

Utah is 1-2 in the bubble and struggling to create any kind of consistent offense without Bojan Bogdanovic, who is out for the season after having wrist surgery. Donovan Mitchell is shooting under 40 percent from the field in Orlando, and Utah's defense hasn't looked nearly dominant enough to make up for their offensive limitations with really only one legit shot creator.

Luka Doncic: Winner

With 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists, Doncic became the youngest player in NBA history, by almost two years, to post a 30-20-10 line. The Mavericks have gone 1-2 in the bubble, but Doncic continues to be the hope that they can pull a shocker in the playoffs. They're pretty much locked into the No. 7 seed, which will likely mean a first-round matchup with either the Clippers or the Nuggets. If it's Denver, the Mavs will definitely feel like they can win that series.

Lakers' Frank Vogel bracing for first-round matchup with Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers .
Frank Vogel says Portland isn't "your typical eighth seed," with Damian Lillard on such a run andPortland, No. 8 in the Western Conference seedings, secured a date against LeBron James and the top-seeded Lakers with a play-in victory Saturday over the Grizzlies inside the Orlando bubble. Lillard was instrumental in the Trail Blazers' remarkable run to the postseason.

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