Stephen Curry (GSW) 38.7
Stephen Curry was far and away (as in up, up, and away) the best player on the court last night, in Miami or elsewhere. He scored an NBA high 40 points by hitting 12-of-19 field goals, including an 8-for-11 clinic from outside and another eight points on nine foul shots. He dished out seven helpers, six rebounds, three steals and a block while posting a plus-28 on the night. He was whistled for two fouls and lost the ball twice in 37:05. He scored at least eight points in each quarter.
You just feel a rhythm. I had guys set some great screens early to kind of get me going. You start finding shots and it feels good. Even the ones I missed terribly felt good, which is pretty funny. - Curry
Chris Bosh (MIA) 18.8
Bosh was Miami's best player on the floor, despite racking up a gamescore less than half that of Curry. His mark of 18.8 was actually good for the fifth best in the NBA. He led Miami with 26 points scored over 33:44 on 10-of-19 shooting, sinking two-of-three from deep and four-of-five from the stripe. Bosh also led Miami with nine rebounds, giving out one assist and blocking one shot. He would finish minus-15 on the night, which believe it or not was best amongst Miami's starting five.
I don't really get what we think or what we do down the stretch against good teams, the elite teams.For some reason we just forget everything - offense and defense execution. - Bosh
Klay Thompson (GSW) 13.7
Thompson led all players with 37:58 on the court, scoring 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting. He made one-of-two from the foul line and three-of-seven three-pointers. He posted a plus-22 rating, collected four rebounds, made three assists, and blocked a shot. He also was called for five fouls and turned the ball over three times.
Andrew Bogut (GSW) 12.2
Golden State's starting center didn't have such a bad go of it either, collecting 10 rebounds (all defensive) and scoring eight points on four-of-five shooting. He also had five assists on some pretty nifty passing, with a steal and two blocks. He finished at plus-1 on the night, with two turnovers and two fouls in 31:32.
Luol Deng (MIA) 11.9
Deng earned Miami's second star by hitting half of his eight two-point shots and two of his three from deeper. He also made two free throws out of three attempts, making three rebounds, an assist and a steal on his way to 16 points. He also somehow finished the night at minus-25 with a foul and a turnover in 31:45.
Harrison Barnes (GSW) 11.1
James Ennis (MIA) 10.4
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 9.6
Draymond Green (GSW) 8.1
Marreese Speights (GSW) 6.9
Shawne Williams (MIA) 6.5
Josh McRoberts (MIA) 3.7
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 3.7
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 2.4
Shaun Livingston (GSW) 2.3
Leandro Barbosa (GSW) 1.8
Brandon Rush (GSW) 1.7
Norris Cole (MIA) 1.0
Andre Igoudala (GSW) 0.9
Justin Hamilton (MIA) 0.0
Justin Holiday (GSW) 0.0
Around the NBA
Stephen Curry (GSW) 38.7
Jimmy Butler (CHI) 27.3
Butler earned the league-wide second star on the night despite seeing his Bulls lose to the Denver Nuggets, 114-109. He scored a game high 32 on seven-of-13 shooting, with one missed three-point attempt. He went to the line an incredible 20 times, making 18 of them in 40:03 on the floor. He also grabbed nine rebounds (including three offensive) with an assist and a steal. He coughed up the ball twice and made three fouls, finishing his evening at minus-7.
Brandon Knight (MIL) 20.1
Knight helped the Bucks put down the Detroit Pistons, 98-86. The Bucks are now over halfway (8-7) to their win total last season (15-67). Knight scored 20 points, making three-from-five from outside and seven-of-12 overall. He made three-of-four foul shots with eight assists, three rebounds, two steals, and a plus-10 rating. In 31:49, he had two turnovers and a foul.
Ty Lawson (DEN) 19.4
The flip side of the Jimmy Butler performance belonged to Ty Lawson of the Nuggets. In Denver's five-point home win over the Bulls, Lawson spent a team-high 35:20 on the floor, and led six different Nuggets in double-figures with 20. He shot seven-of-16, including his only three point shot, and made five-of-seven from the charity stripe. He added 12 assists, three steals, three rebounds, and a blocked shot. He finished the night with a plus-6 rating, along with four turnovers and two fouls.
Nobody likes to lose. I feel like we had a late start ... but it feels good to get back in the mix and be playing for something. - Lawson
Chris Bosh (MIA) 18.8
Andre Drummond (DET) 18.8
Drummond earned a double-double in the Pistons 12-point loss to the Bucks, with 23 points and 10 boards in 32:23. He made 11-of-15 shots and one-of-two free throws, also making two blocks, a steal and an assist. He was best amongst Detroit's starters with a minus-3 rating, and turned the ball over three times with four fouls.
Jeff Teague (ATL) 18.7
Teague played 32:13, making eight-of-19 shots and 12-of-14 from the line. He missed both of his three-point attempts on his way to a game-high 28 points, with three rebounds, three helpers, three steals (a triple-triple!!!!), and a blocked shot. He earned an even rating on the night, with two turnovers and two fouls. He helped lead the Hawks to a 106-102 victory.
John Wall (WAS) 18.1
Wall led the NBA with 13 assists on the night, to go along with 21 points and seven rebounds. Big numbers, but he's not the most efficient point guard in the league. He made six-of-15 overall and two-of-five from outside, along with a perfect seven-of-seven foul shots. He was called for three fouls and committed seven turnovers to finish the night at minus-1 as his team lost by four.
DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 18.0
The Kings earned a 99-89 win over the Pelicans last night in New Orleans. Cousins tied for a game-high 22 points (with Omri Casspi, below, and Tyreke Evans), leading the NBA with 12 rebounds. He also made five assists with three steals and a blocked shot in 34:55. He earned a game-high plus-21 rating while making eight-of-18 from the field and all six of his free throw attempts. Cousins turned the ball over five times and was whistled for four personal fouls.
We had a little adversity at halftime with the whole coach situation, got a couple of calls that didn't go our way. It would have easily went their way with the momentum. So I just tried to come out and be aggressive, hit them in the mouth early and get our team rolling. - Cousins, speaking afterward about coach Michael Malone getting ejected in the second quarter.
Omri Casspi (SAC) 17.5
Casspi equalled Cousins' 22 points on the night, shooting nine-of-14 along with one-of-two from deep. He made three-of-four from the line, earned four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a plus-7 rating. He was also called for two fouls, but did not turn the ball over.
I'm not trying to be someone that I'm not. We played good offensively. We ran the floor. - Casspi
Thanks for reading. The Heat have a nice little five-day weekend going here, returning to work the day before most of America against the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow!