Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles set a new career-high with 24 points Sunday on 8-for-12 shooting, to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals over 30 minutes of a 115-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
"It's nice that there's a streak because it means we won, but as far as tallying things, no one is taking chalk and putting anything on the board, or carving something on a tree", Snyder said. "It's just getting the win, playing as a team, keep it moving".
James shook off a first-quarter leg injury, sustained when he collided with Australian centre Aron Baynes, to score 13 points in the second quarter and give the Cavs a sizeable lead which the Celtics never got within 10 again. Crowder's dad, Corey, played for the Jazz in the 1991-92 season.
With Rubio out, the Jazz started rookie Royce O'Neale in his place, and though he only scored four points, O'Neale grabbed 11 rebounds and played an overall strong floor game and finished with a plus-28, highest on the floor in the plus-minus category. "He's a smart player, he he's going to fit in prey well".
Rubio left Friday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets in the third quarter with left hip soreness. Rubio, who averages 12.3 points and 5.2 assists, was replaced by rookie Royce O'Neale, who made his first National Basketball Association start. Portland stretched the lead to 30-19.
Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic went to the locker room in the third quarter.
"I'm disappointed with the loss", Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "I was a little nervous at the first, starting my first National Basketball Association game, but once the ball went up it went out the window".
"You wouldn't look at his line and say 'great game, ' but defensively he was solid and we executed a game plan", Snyder said.
Cavaliers 121, Celtics 99: LeBron James quieted a Celtics crowd that came to celebrate Paul Pierce's jersey retirement, finishing with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to give new-look Cleveland a rout over Boston in an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday.
But this time, Pierce was sitting court side in street clothes, unable to do anything about it.
Pacers 121, Knicks 113: Victor Oladipo had 30 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to help IN beat NY.
LeBron James silenced a Boston Celtics crowd that came to celebrate Paul Pierce, scoring 24 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds to give the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers a 121-99 National Basketball Association victory. De'Aaron Fox had 23 points for the Kings. Yogi Ferrell scored 20 points for the Mavericks. Jonas Valanciunas added 21 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, sparking the Raptors' pivotal run in the third quarter.
Hawks 118, Pistons 115: Dewayne Dedmon gave Atlanta the lead with a three-point play and then padded the margin with a three-pointer, lifting the Hawks past Detroit.