Wizards defeat Pistons 107-103 in DC
Greg Monroe had 18 points and 9 rebounds for the Pistons while Otto Porter was held to only 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals, but the Wizards beat the Pistons 107-103 at Verizon Center on Wednesday night. The Wizards were led by John Wall's 27 points and 11 points and Rasual Butler's 18 points off the bench to overcome an early deficit that reached as many as 13 in the 2nd quarter. Brandon Jennings had 32 for the Pistons.
Greg looked absolutely dominant at times on the offensive ends and his rebounding and passing were everything that we came to know in his two excellent years on the Hilltop. He only ended with 3 assists, but had a couple of other passes that turned into free throws, including an especially sweet backdoor pass to Brandon Jennings that led to a foul and two free throws.
Otto had a quiet offensive game, but again looked very comfortable in the flow of the game and had an impact on the defensive end. I am obviously biased, but I think Otto should be starting over Garrett Temple at this point in the season. Temple had a few nice games to start the season and absolutely belongs as a rotation player for the Wizards, but some of the shine has worn off from some of his early performances and he's struggled the past few games. Otto has a higher true shooting percentage and PER than Temple and his defense has at least been on par with Temple's so far. Otto has even been a defensive substitution for Paul Pierce late in games this season and can handle the load of playing starter's minutes with Bradley Beal injured.
Celtics blow early lead, lose to Thunder 109-94
Jeff Green had 14 points and 5 rebounds and Rajon Rondo came close to another triple-double, but the Celtics fell to the Thunder thanks to a second half that saw the Thunder outscore the Celtics 67-43, after the Celtics were up 9 at halftime. Jeff was only 4-14 from the field and struggled to get going throughout the game. This tied for his lowest point total on the season and was by far his worst shooting performance so far.
Pacers ride strong defense, big night from Roy Hibbert to down heat 81-75
Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 81-75 win over the Heat in a rematch of the last two Eastern Conference Finals. Roy also had 3 blocks in the defensive battle. It was the second straight win for the Pacers, who had started the season 1-6. It was also the second straight strong game from Roy, after leaving the game against the Wizards on Saturday with a bruised knee.
8:30 PM ET: 76ers at Mavericks - November 13, 2014 - NBA.com
Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson, and the winless 76ers travel to Dallas to take on the new-look Mavericks, who have started 5-3. The 76ers will welcome back Michael Carter-Williams, who missed the first seven games of the season because of
a shoplifting suspension offseason shoulder surgery.