In the game of the night, Gary Neal scored a career-high 27 points to lead a furious Spurs comeback. Manu Ginobili (17) had his best game yet, and even without Tony Parker (illness) they scored 39 fourth-quarter points to prevail. For the Blazers, Nicolas Batum (33) and LaMarcus Aldridge (29) were terrific in defeat and rookie Damian Lillard added 20 points, but the Portland bench is really, really bad — they were outscored 63-4 by the San Antonio reserves.
Other November 10 Games
WAS @ IND: This was closer than expected, as A.J. Price (12 PTS, 14 AST) was very good and Emeka Okafor (17 PTS, 8 REB) had his second straight big game since we wrote him off. The Pacers made a lineup change, with Lance Stephenson (12 PTS, 4 AST) starting at SG and Paul George (20 PTS, 7 REB) taking over at SF, while Sam Young was a DNP-CD. The shooting woes of Roy Hibbert continued; he missed 12 of 15 attempts.
PHI@ TOR: In the first quarter, my prediction of a Sixers letdown looked good. Then they took over with a 32-7 run in the second quarter and did just enough to stay comfortably ahead. Toronto gave Alan Anderson (7 PTS) the start at SF with Landry Fields (hand) unavailable; Linas Kleiza returned from a personal leave and was a non-factor, somehow racking up a -20 in 12 minutes.
DAL @ CHA: Ouch! The Mavericks lost their second game in 24 hours, blowing a 7-point fourth-quarter lead. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had by far his best game (25 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Kemba Walker was terrific — 26 PTS, 7 AST, 6 REB and a whopping 8 STL. It’s becoming clear how much Dallas misses Shawn Marion (knee) as the Jae Crowder experiment isn’t working. Troy Murphy, undrafted in almost every fantasy league, played 30 minutes (8 PTS, 7 REB) as the starters may have been tired. Credit the Bobcats for their improvement this year, and Ramon Sessions for being clutch in the fourth and the overtime frame.