A LeBron James triple-double led a Los Angeles Lakers' late rally for his first home victory at Staples Center, 128-111, over the previously unbeaten Denver Nuggets.
A key reason for those rough numbers is how badly Cleveland is losing on the three-point line, as they are last in three-pointers made per game and have given up the second-most per game. Boston led by as many as 26 points in the second quarter, after a 12-point run from the Boston bench. "We just hope he can get healthy soon".
Love missed the game with a sore left foot, and Detroit lost Luke Kennard to a right shoulder injury after a Cleveland player set a screen on him in the second quarter.
Drummond has been an elite rebounder with 17.8 points per game (ranks first in the league) and has been particularly impactful on the offensive glass (6.0 offensive rebounds per game).
Detroit's next two games are against the Celtics.
Sabonis made another layup and Oladipo's 3-pointer with 3:58 left pushed the lead to 113-98. The guards combined to score 22 of Portland's final 26 points to seal the win. Equally surprising was Boston's first-half dominance on the glass, where it outrebounded Detroit 30-19 despite the presences of Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.
The Celtics (3-2) have struggled offensively, but finally found a rhythm during the second half against Oklahoma City on Thursday. Oladipo and Bogdanovic hit 3-pointers, and Collison knocked down a jumper from the corner and scored in the lane, to lead 81-66.
Tatum leads the Celtics in scoring (18.8 points per game) and rebounding (9.6).
James dominated with 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in his 74th career triple-double - the first with his new team. Cleveland is being outscored by 12.8 points per 100 possessions (which is the worst in the NBA), and they are in the bottom six in effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage and assist-to-turnover margin, per NBA.com.