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The Rundown – 12/4/19: James, Davis Showing No Signs of Wear, Pistons Winning by 33+, Harden’s 50 for Naught

LeBron James and Anthony Davis show no signs of slowing down, James Harden's 50 goes for naught, and Detroit has won two in a row by 33+ points.

Fatigue doesn’t seem to be a factor for the Lakers’ Big Two

Through a rough and tumble game with the Dallas Mavericks, which resulted in their third loss of the season, and playing a tough defensive minded team like the Denver Nuggets in the Pepsi Center last night – an L.A. win – the dynamic duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James seem to show no signs of wear and tear, and no signs of slowing down this locomotive on a mission.

In other words, no such thing as ‘load management.’

The again, we’re approaching the time of year that LeBron usually does take time off, as he has with every team every season during the Christmas, New Years, and NCAA Bowl Championship series … and Ohio State is ranked No. 1 in the country, so I fully expect to see an ‘injury’ in which LeBron heals and rehabilitates by visiting the Buckeyes’ locker room for a little champagne aromatherapy and the aura of championship mentality in the room.

Perhaps he brings that back to the Lakers’ locker room for the second half of the season.

But for all those who knock and mock James’ off-season workout regimen, perhaps that is why he is still killing it at almost 35 years old (birthday is December 30, maybe another reason why he had a pinched groin at this time last year) and that mentality is rubbing off on Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, the ageless Rajon Rondo, and honestly, it’s showing in the play of New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram, who spent a season alongside James a year ago.  

The Lakers have the Jazz in Salt Lake City tonight, Portland in Portland on Friday, Minnesota in L.A. on Sunday, then a five game roadie with five games in eight days in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Indiana, and Milwaukee. They come back to Staples for rematches against the Nuggets and Clippers, head back to Portland on the 28th, and then finish 2019 against the Mavericks at Staples on the 29th.

It’s a December that could put a couple of dents in the Lakers, especially if that groin pitch, elbow hitch, 35th birthday celebration or BCS Championship comes back around for LeBron James this time of year again.

You don’t get what you wish for – you get what you work for. Even if that is simply piling up enough points or wins that you can take your birthday week off to celebrate with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Work ethic – it’s something this generation might want to look into, if they want to play basketball at the highest level into their mid- and late-30s.

Detroit Pistons  127
Cleveland Cavaliers  94

Not only have the Detroit Pistons won consecutive games for the first time this season, they’ve won consecutive games by walloping their second consecutive team by 33+ points at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Blake Griffin
24 points – four rebounds – one assist
Collin Sexton
22 points – four rebounds – three assists – two steals
Andre Drummond
17 points – 14 rebounds – four assists – five steals – four blocks
Kevin Porter, Jr.
12 points – seven rebounds – one assist
Svi Mykhailiuk
15 points – two rebounds – four assists – one steal
Tristan Thompson
10 points – 14 rebounds – one block

Bucks at Pistons – Tonight
Magic at Cavaliers – Friday


Orlando Magic  127
Washington Wizards  120

Markelle Fultz continues his evolutionary comeback, scoring a career high 20 points, netting three rebounds, dishing six assists and grabbing two steals while shooting 52.9 percent to help the Orlando Magic win their third of their last four games.

MAGIC (9-11)WIZARDS (6-13)
Evan Fournier
31 points – two rebounds – three assists
Bradley Beal
42 points – six rebounds – four assists – one steal
D.J. Augustin
24 points – six rebounds – one assist
Davis Bertans
21 points – five steals – one steal – two blocks
Markelle Fultz
20 points – three rebounds – six assists – two steals
Isaiah Thomas
20 points – five rebounds – seven assists – one steal – one block

Suns at Magic – Tonight
Sixers at Wizards – Thursday


Dallas Mavericks  118
New Orleans Pelicans  97

The Dallas Mavericks used a 34-22 fourth quarter to put the New Orleans Pelicans to rest before leaving The Big Easy last night, behind Luka Doncic’s 50 percent shooting night.

Luka Doncic
33 points – 18 rebounds – five assists
Brandon Ingram
24 points – five rebounds – six assists – three steals – one block
Seth Curry
19 points – four rebounds – one assist
Jrue Holiday
18 points – four rebounds – four assists – two blocks
Maxi Kleber
12 points – four rebounds – one block
J.J. Redick
12 points – six rebounds – four assists

Timberwolves at Mavericks – Tonight
Suns at Pelicans – Thursday


Miami Heat  121
Toronto Raptors 110 (OT)

After playing to a 108-108 tie, the Miami Heat iced the Toronto Raptors 13-2 in overtime to steal a win on the reigning champs’ home floor last night, holding the Raps to 38 percent shooting, and leaving both teams at 15-5, second and third in the Eastern Conference.

HEAT (15-5)RAPTORS (15-5)
Jimmy Butler
22 points – 13 rebounds – 12 assists – one steal
Norman Powell
23 points – eight rebounds – one assist – one steal
Duncan Robinson
22 points – two rebounds – one assist – one block
Fred VanVleet
19 points – one rebound – six assists – three steals
Bam Adebayo
18 points – seven rebounds – one assist – one block
Pascal Siakam
15 points – 12 rebounds – one assist

Heat at Celtics – Tonight
Rockets at Raptors – Thursday


Houston Rockets  133
San Antonio Spurs  135 (2OT)

The San Antonio Spurs have come alive after 14 games of ‘load management,’ rope-a-doping the rest of the league into thinking head coach Gregg Popovich was off to his worst start ever. The well-earned, double overtime win will come amid a circle of complaints and confusion since a waved-off James Harden dunk has now been said “should have counted.”

ROCKETS (13-7)SPURS (8-14)
James Harden
50 points – nine rebounds – six assists – four steals
Lonnie Walker IV
28 points – four rebounds – three steals – one block
Clint Capela
22 points – 21 rebounds – two assists – one steal – two blocks
Bryn Forbes
25 points – two rebounds – four assists
Russell Westbrook
19 points – 10 rebounds – 10 assists – two steals – one block
DeMar DeRozan
23 points – five rebounds – nine assists

Rockets at Raptors – Thursday
Kings at Spurs – Friday


Los Angeles Lakers  105
Denver Nuggets  96

The Los Angeles Lakers went up against one of the toughest defending teams in the Western Conference and proved their mettle with a nine point win on the road in a tough environment to put a little more distance between themselves and the Denver Nuggets in the Western standings.

LAKERS (18-3)NUGGETS (13-5)
Anthony Davis
25 points – 10 rebounds – one assist – one block
Jamal Murray
22 points – five rebounds – five assists – two steals – one block
LeBron James
25 points – six rebounds – nine assists
Paul Millsap
21 points – eight rebounds – two assists – one steal – one block
Dwight Howard
13 points – six rebounds – two blocks
Nikola Jokic
13 points – five rebounds – eight assists – three steals

Lakers at Jazz – Tonight
Nuggets at Knicks – Thursday


Portland Trailblazers  97
Los Angeles Clippers 117

Paul George and Montrezl Harrell took advantage of a 22.2 percent shooting night from Carmelo Anthony last night to post a 20 point win on the wobbly Portland Trailblazers in L.A.

C.J. McCollum
20 points – three rebounds – three assists – one block
Montrezl Harrell
26 points – nine rebounds – one assist – one steal
Hassan Whiteside
18 points – 13 rebounds – one block
Paul George
25 points – four rebounds – three assists
Damian Lillard
16 points – two rebounds – seven assists – one steal
Patrick Patterson
19 points – eight rebounds – two assists – one steal

Kings at Blazers – Tonight
Clippers at Bucks – Friday


Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons – 7 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Detroit
Phoenix Suns at Orlando Magic – 7 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Arizona
Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets – 7 p.m. EST – NBC Sports Bay Area
Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks – 7:30 p.m. EST – YES
MIami Heat at Boston Celtics – 7:30 p.m. EST – NBC Sports Boston
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls – 7:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Southeast
Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder – 8 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Midwest Indiana
Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks – 8:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Southwest
Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz – 9 p.m. EST – NBATV
Sacramento Kings at Portland Trailblazers – 10 p.m. EST – NBC Sports California


The Rundown w/T-Money is a daily column “all things NBA” that will run through the entirety of the season, and the playoffs through the NBA Finals
Tracy Graven is a Senior Analyst for
He has written the NBA for the last two decades and is also tackling the NFL, NCAA, and pinch-hitting on some Major League Baseball coverage for BackSportsPage.
He’s spent 20 years in locker rooms in Orlando, Boise (G League), San Antonio, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City.
He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and five children.
Reach him on Twitter at @RealTMoneyMedia 

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