As we enter Week 9 of the 2017-18 NBA season, We at Essentially Sports take a look back at NBA Week 8 and analyse the key happenings from this week’s games.

News and major occurrences in NBA Week 8

DeMarcus Cousins is the first person in 27 years to post a 40 point, 20 rebound, 4 assist and 4 block performance since Patrick Ewing.

Cavaliers hit a franchise record 13 game win streak. Led by LeBron James, Kevin Love and Dwayne Wade, the wine and gold now sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference after a rough start to the season.

Stephen Curry became the fastest player to hit 2,000 3-point field goals made. He sits 8th in the NBA charts. He crossed 2,000 at 597 games, 225 games fewer than the previous record holder, Ray Allen.

Select Matches from Week 8

Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Nuggets 114 – 123 Pelicans

A high scoring game saw the Pelicans win without Anthony Davis. DeMarcus Cousins had a monstrous 40p-22r-4a-4b performance. Jrue Holiday contributed a valuable 27p-7a, with 2 others scoring double digits. The Nuggets had a more team performance, with 5 players in double digit scoring. Gary Harris led the team with 24p.  The Pelicans shot 53% from the field vs 41% for the Nuggets, which was the real difference between the sides.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers
Lakers 107 – 104 76ers

The two young teams met, and it was a Brandon Ingram 3-pointer that won the game for the purple and gold. 7 Lakers, including all 5 starters scored in double digits, with Ingram having a team high 21p-7r-6a for a  good all-round performance. Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple double with 10p-8r-8a. 6 76ers were in the double digit scoring including the starting 5. Joel Embiid led the team with 33p-7r-6a-5b, while Ben Simmons had a triple double with 12p-12r-15a. Both teams flirted with foul trouble in the 4th quarter.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers
Cavaliers 102 – 106 Pacers

The Pacers ended the Cavaliers winning streak. A team without their star player has been taking the NBA by storm.  Victor Oladipio had 33p-8r-5a, with 5 others in double digit scoring. The Pacers recorded just 8 turn overs in the game.  LeBron James had a 29p-10r-8a performance, Kevin Love added 20p-7r, and J.R. Smith had 15p. No other Cavalier player scored over 10

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Philadelphia 76ers
Cavaliers 105 – 98 76ers

Cleveland have maintained their momentum well after a bad start to the season, going 14-1 with a victory over the 76ers in their last 15 games. The Cavaliers brushed aside a talented but ultimately inexperienced 76ers team. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 30p-13r-13a-3s, while the Cavaliers bench added 48 points.  Despite a collective team effort, the 76ers without Embiid fell short. Robert Covington and JJ Reddick had team high scores of 19 points.

Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs
Celitcs 102 – 105 Spurs

The Celtics had a 4 game win streak stopped by a resolute San Antonio side. A tightly contested match was decided by Manu Ginobli, who got a crucial rebound and scored a 3-pointer in the dying seconds of the match. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27p-10r, Pau Gasol had 14p-11r, with 3 others scoring double digit points. Kyrie Irving had a 36p night and Jayson Tatum added 20p-8r.

Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail blazers
Rockets 124 – 117 Trail Blazers

A high scoring match up featuring two talented back courts was won by Houston. James Harden scored 48p-8r-3a-3s, while Chris Paul added 26p-7a. Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza all added over 10 each. Damian Lillard had a team high 35p, while CJ McCollum added 28. Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard scored in double digits.

NBA Week 8
James Harden had a monstrous 48 point perfromance in Week 8.

Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks
Jazz 100 – 117 Bucks

A dominating performance saw the Bucks win over a defensive oriented Jazz. Giannis had another strong performance with 37p-13r-7a-2s.  Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe each added in another 20 points. The Bucks shot 54% to Jazz’s 44%, but attempted more shots than their opponents. The Jazz had 6 players scoring in double digits. Rudy Gobert and Alec Burks had team high 20points, but the inability to match the Bucks in accuracy cost them the game.

Upset of NBA week 8:

Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans
Kings 116 – 109 Pelicans (OT)

A struggling Sacramento side once again haunted DeMarcus Cousins. Zach Randolph proved age is just a number with 35p-13r. The Kings got a lot of production off their bench with 53 points. Cousins led the Pelicans with 38p-11r,  with Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark all contributing, but there was little on offer from the other members of the Pelicans. The Pelicans leave NBA Week 8 on the backfoot after this loss to Sacramento.

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