The LA Lakers had a 17-point fourth-quarter lead over the Indiana Pacers and were poised to earn their eighth victory of the 2022–23 NBA season when they squandered it. To give the Pacers the victory, Andrew Nembhard made the game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-point jumper against LeBron James.
DeAndre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks were named NBA Players of the Week, respectively. In four games last week, Antetokounmpo appeared unstoppable, while Ayton averaged a double-double in a 3-0 week.
Karl-Anthony Towns suffers injury
The NBA season has gotten off to a rough start for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota’s season may get even harder after Monday night’s defeat to the Washington Wizards. During the third quarter of the game against the Wizards, Karl-Anthony Towns seemed to have a right leg injury. There was concern that Towns may have torn his Achilles because it was a non-contact injury. He grabbed his lower leg as he ran across the floor and collapsed to the ground.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are hopeful that Towns will avoid a serious injury. Towns has been diagnosed with a strained calf, according to the team, but additional testing is scheduled for Tuesday.
LA Lakers blow 17-point lead
With a 17-point advantage over the Indiana Pacers, the LA Lakers were cruising at the opening of the fourth quarter. With only a few seconds left, the Pacers staged a ferocious comeback to tie the game. With 20.9 seconds left, LeBron James gave the Lakers a two-point advantage.
In the last seconds, the Pacers hustled, and Tyrese Haliburton found an unguarded Andrew Nembhard. The rookie guard made the game-winning 3-pointer over “The King” at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 116-115 victory. Darvin Ham, the head coach of the Lakers, admitted responsibility for the outcome.
“I wish we would have been a lot more aggressive, continued playing with pace, and also being organized and continuing to move the ball. And that falls on me,” Ham said.
Dallas Mavericks signs Kemba Walker
The Dallas Mavericks have dropped seven of their previous ten games and four in a row. By signing Kemba Walker, the Mavericks are bolstering their roster. The Detroit Pistons released the four-time NBA All-Star at the beginning of the season, and he was searching for a new team.
Walker played with the New York Knicks in the previous season, appearing in 37 games while averaging 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Along with rookie Jalen Duren, he was traded to the Pistons for a future first-round pick. Owner of the Mavericks Mark Cuban gave Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News an explanation of why Walker was signed. Dallas released guard Facundo Campazzo to make room for the 32-year-old player.
“We wanted to add some flexibility to our offense. Like last year at this point, we have great shot quality, particularly from the three, but we have struggled to make enough of them. Kemba will give J-Kidd more offensive flexibility,” Cuban said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeAndre Ayton named NBA Players of the Week
Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeAndre Ayton were named the Week 6 Players of the Week by the NBA on Monday. This is Ayton’s first Player of the Week award in his career, compared to Antetokounmpo’s second this year.
NBA Players of the Week for Week 6.
— NBA (@NBA) November 28, 2022
Complete NBA scores for Nov. 28
- Philadelphia 76ers def. Atlanta Hawks 104-101
- Washington Wizards def. Karl-Anthony Towns 142-127
- Brooklyn Nets def. Orlando Magic 109-102
- Boston Celtics def. Charlotte Hornets 140-105
- Toronto Raptors def. Cleveland Cavaliers 100-88
- New Orleans Pelicans def. OKC Thunder 105-101
- Chicago Bulls def. Utah Jazz 114-107
- Denver Nuggets def. Houston Rockets 129-113
- Phoenix Suns def. Sacramento Kings 122-117
- Indiana Pacers def. LA Lakers 116-115