Press conference by Spencer Dinwiddie, referee Tony Brothers, buzzer drummer Jerami Grant, ankle breaker Kevin Durant on Daniel Gafford
A star opened his post-game press conference with a strong message to a referee and the NBA.
Plus, Jerami Grant nailed a huge buzzer beater to sink the Suns … but should that have counted?
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Sat 05 Nov
saturday november 5
GRANT BEAT THE BUZZER… BUT WILL HE HAVE TO COUNT?
Jerami Grant buried a controversial buzzer beater to lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Phoenix Suns on Saturday (all-time AEDT).
Grant grabbed the ball from an inbound play with a second left and backed off – potentially looking like it was traveling – before nailing the fade shot.
The basketball world has widely debated whether, firstly, Grant traveled and, secondly, whether the timekeeper took too long to count a second.
The shot was immediately reviewed but given the go-ahead to seal a big road win for Chauncey Billups’ side.
This marked 200 days since Jayson Tatum’s last NBA game-winning buzzer beater on April 27, 2022, according to NBA reporter Steve Helwick.
With Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons sidelined, Grant stepped up with 30 points to help improve the team to 6-2 this season and climb back to first place in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Suns fell 6-2 to slip to second in the West.
DINWIDDIE REVEALS REF’S SHOCK SLEDGE
Dallas Mavericks’ Spencer Dinwiddie claims referee Tony Brothers called him a “bitch a**motherf***er” to a teammate in the team’s win over Toronto.
Brothers called Dinwiddie for a foul late in the second quarter, then very quickly gave him a technical after the guard disputed the call.
Shortly after, Brothers was seen talking to Maverick Reggie Bullock as Gary Trent Jr. walked towards the foul line.
Dinwiddie opened his postgame press conference with a message to Brothers and the NBA about his technical foul during the contest.
“What seemed to keep him (Brothers) angry, which was a clap, I think he thought he was being disrespectful,” Dinwiddie told reporters.
“If you watched the games – and I know that’s what referees are supposed to do – you’d see me clapping to get my teammates’ attention…so it was nothing personal.
“As a man I would like first and foremost to apologize, secondly I would like to say not only that I would like my money back, but I would like not to be called ‘bitch a** fuckin’ shit to my teammates.
“If there is anyone who feels this way for me – without naming names – they can speak to me personally face to face.
“I would really like my money back, and I wouldn’t appreciate any fines in this monologue.”
Brothers was not made available to the media after the game, the NBA said.
Dinwiddie finished with 21 points, seven assists and two steals, while Luka Doncic continued his strong start to the season with 35 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Doncic notched his eighth straight game and joined NBA great Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to score 30 or more in eight or more consecutive games to start a season. Chamberlain did it twice – including his 23-game streak with 30 or more to start the 1962-63 season.
Meanwhile, Scottie Barnes recorded his first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and OG Anunoby added 27 points and five steals.
The result saw Dallas improve to 5-3 and Toronto fall to 5-4.
WARRIORS LEAVE RIGHT FIFTH AS THE BEGINNING OF THE HORROR CONTINUES
The Golden State Warriors suffered their fifth straight loss, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans on the road 105-114.
With him, the Warriors became the first defending champions to start an 0-6 road season in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all sat down as Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed his claim he was ‘ready to play anyone’ in a bid to turn the tide .
Youngsters Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Anthony Lamb and Ty Jerome remained close but couldn’t get over the bump against a much improved Pelicans squad boosted by the return of Brandon Ingram.
Ingram played in his return with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists and CJ McCollum added 20 points as they improved to 5-3.
The return of Ingram and Herb Jones meant the Aussie Dyson Daniels was ousted from New Orleans’ deep rotation.
For the Warriors, Jordan Poole led the way with 20 points and nine assists, but Steve Kerr’s team fell to 3-7 this season.
LAKERS TAKE ‘HUGE STEP BACK’
The Los Angeles Lakers also lost again as Lauri Markkanen scored 27 points to lead the surprising Utah Jazz to a 130-116 victory.
Jordan Clarkson added 20 points and Kelly Olynyk scored 18 for the Jazz, which improved to 7-3.
Russell Westbrook had 28 points and six assists off the bench for Los Angeles, which fell to 2-6.
LeBron James, who battled the flu and a sore left foot, had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
James is shooting 20.7% from three-point range, the worst in the NBA (minimum 50 attempts), and has missed 13 consecutive triples, according to StatMuse.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham called the game “a big step backwards”, pointing to a lackluster defense that saw the Jazz score 75 points in the first half.
KD MOVE GOES VIRAL AMID HUGE RELEASE
Kevin Durant delivered for Brooklyn just when he needed it.
Amid a tumultuous week at the Nets, including the firing of coach Steve Nash and the suspension of Kyrie Irving, Durant – playing in his hometown of Washington – put the team on their backs in a 128- 86 of the Wizards.
The star forward had 28 points, two triples, nine rebounds and 11 assists in 33 minutes to lead the Nets to a big win and move to 3-6 on the season.
Durant was on fire from the first tip, scoring 12 points in the first quarter, including performing an epic ankle dribble move on Daniel Gafford late in the period, which prompted a surprise blowout from fans of the Wizards – and a big reaction from the NBA world on social media. media.
“I really thought he slipped some sweat there… I was glad we were able to gain some momentum, I was able to have space to do my thing and I’m happy to ‘to have finished shooting too,’ Durant said post-game of the game, per ClutchPoints.
Durant admitted after Saturday’s shooting that the fallout from Irving’s social media post about an anti-Semitic book and film — for which Irving initially refused to apologize before eventually doing so — is an “unfortunate situation “It sucks everyone and I hope we can get past it”.
“I’m not here to judge anyone or disparage anyone for how they feel or their views or anything,” Durant said, per ESPN.
“I just didn’t like anything that was going on. I feel like it was all unnecessary. I felt like we could have kept playing basketball and stayed silent as an organization. I don’t like any of that.
Durant then clarified his comments on social media that he “does not endorse hate speech or anti-Semitism.”
“Let’s put the joy back in basketball,” Nets owner Joe Tsai said in a tweet after the win.
Elsewhere for Brooklyn, Nic Claxton had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while Bradley Beal’s 20 points led the Wizards,
Ben Simmons missed a fourth straight game for the Nets with a knee problem and did not travel for the team with his current road trip to Washington and Charlotte.
SOMEWHERE ELSE …
Cleveland veteran Kevin Love scored 21 points, had eight rebounds and dished out 10 assists to help the Cavaliers to a seventh straight win, a 112-88 blowout from the Pistons.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers both picked up narrow wins, with the Knicks beating the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers 106-104 and the Pacers holding off the Miami Heat 101-99.
Despite missing an ailing Joel Embiid and injured James Harden, the Sixers led by 12 heading into the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden, but they couldn’t resist the Knicks’ rally.
Obi Toppin scored 13 of his 17 fourth quarter points for the Knicks, scoring with dunks and long-range bombs as New York fought back.
Jalen Brunson converted a three-point play that put the Knicks up 100-96 with just over a minute left, finishing with 23 points as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Tyrese Maxey scored 31 points for Philadelphia and Tobias Harris added 23, but the Sixers lost their second straight.
In Indianapolis, Buddy Hield scored 25 points, Bennedict Mathurin had 23 off the bench and Tyrese Haliburton added 22 as the Pacers held off the Heat, which played its second straight game without leading scorer Jimmy Butler.
Tyler Herro led the Heat with 29 points, but missed a potentially game-winning three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks kept rolling, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-102 to improve to 8-0, the best start in franchise history.
Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo had his 30th career triple-double with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists and Jrue Holiday scored 29 points for the Bucks, the only remaining undefeated team.
RIDERS 112 PISTONS 88
HEAT 99 PACERS 101
KNICKS 106 SIXERS 104
NETS 128 WIZARDS 86
BULLS 119 CELTIC 123
HORNETS 99 GRIZZLY 130
MOWERS 113 SPURS 106
RAPTORS 110 MAVERICKS 111
WARRIORS 105 PELICANS 114
DOLLARS 115 TIMBER WOLF 102
TRAIL JACKETS 108 SUNS 106
JAZZ 130 LAKERS 116