HOOP HANGOUT • NBA GAMEDAY POST • Oct. 29th 2019

Recap

Davis scores 40, hitting 26 FTs, as Lakers rout Grizzlies

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis scored 40 points — including a franchise record 26 made free throws — and had 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Tuesday night.

It’s the fourth 40-20 game of Davis’ career and his first since 2016. The last Lakers player to accomplish it was Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.

Not a bad night for someone whose status was questionable two hours before the game due to a right shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s win over Charlotte. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said 90 minutes before tipoff that he wasn’t sure of Davis’ status. But the seventh-year forward did some shooting drills and was in the starting lineup.

LeBron James added 23 points for the Lakers, who are off to their first 3-1 start since winning their first eight in 2010.

The Grizzlies (1-3) led 65-59 with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 27-2 run to close out the quarter. Davis scored 16 during the rally, with all but two of the points coming at the line. The final 10 Lakers’ points in the quarter came via Davis free throws.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 11 boards.

HEAT 112, HAWKS 97

MIAMI — Jimmy Butler made his first four shots and scored 21 in his Miami debut, rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 and the Heat defeated Atlanta in a game where Hawks star Trae Young left early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.

The 19-year-old Herro had a 19-point second quarter for Miami, while fellow reserve Goran Dragic scored 21. Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Miami and Kendrick Nunn finished with 17..

Young left with 9:56 remaining in the first half, turning his ankle when he landed on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week — who had 102 points in Atlanta’s first three games — finished with five points in 11 minutes.

John Collins scored 30 for Atlanta, including a career-best five 3-pointers, and Jabari Parker finished with 12 for the Hawks.

Butler missed the first three games of the season while celebrating the birth of his daughter Rylee. He was 5 for 11 from the floor, and went 10 for 15 from the line. As a team, Miami was 33 for 45 from the line — compared with 16 for 24 by Atlanta at the stripe.

Herro set a Heat record for points off the bench by a rookie, topping the mark of 28 set by Michael Beasley on March 4, 2009. And Herro and Dragic became the ninth Heat duo all-time to have 20-point games off the Miami bench on the same night.

MAVERICKS 106, NUGGETS 106

DENVER — Maxi Kleber had 14 points, seven rebounds and a key block late to help the Mavericks beat the Nuggets.

Nine Mavericks players scored in double figures on a night their two top scorers were held in check. Luca Doncic scored 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Nikola Jokic had his second triple-double of the season, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Paul Millsap had 23 points and eight rebounds. 

Will Barton scored 19 but it wasn’t enough to prevent Denver from losing its first game of the season.

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Raptors bling: The biggest NBA championship ring ever — and a superfan gets honored with his very own

CBC Kids News

Unique design sets championship ring records but its value is confidential

Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia got the gift of a lifetime.

The Toronto NBA champions honoured him with his own championship ring.

A real one.

And we’re talking some serious bling here.

It’s the “most expensive championship ring ever made,” says Peter Kanis, president of Baron Championship Rings, the Ontario company that created it.

But they have not said how much it’s actually worth.

The 640-plus diamond and gold rock broke several records, including the most diamonds ever used and the heaviest in total carat weight, making it the biggest championship ring in NBA history.

The design, which features 74 diamonds on its face, one for each of the Raptors’ 2018-19 wins, was inspired by star player Kyle Lowry.

Because it’s the first time a Canadian team has won a league championship, the Raptors point guard and five-time NBA all-star really wanted it to be unique.

“Important to him was highlighting Toronto, highlighting the country and highlighting the players,” Kanis said in an interview with CBC. 

“And he wanted that on the top, which … [we’ve] never seen on a championship ring.”

The ring also features the Toronto skyline, which includes the CN Tower and the team’s “NORTH” slogan.

Each player’s jersey number is imprinted in gold around the circumference as well.

The 1.25 carat diamond at the centre represents the Larry O’Brien Trophy and the Raptors’ first NBA title in franchise history.

What makes this giant bling uniquely Canadian is a maple leaf at the centre and the 16 red rubies set between the jersey numbers that pay homage to one of Canada’s national colours.

Personalized rings were made for each of the players who led the team to the championship.

“My hand hurt. It’s a little heavy,” Raptor Fred VanVleet said in an interview courtside after putting the ring on for the first time. 

“I have to start lifting some more weights to carry it around,” he said.

And yes…. Raptors ambassador Drake, who was also involved with the design, got his own ring, too.

Drizzy had a one-off ring made featuring the Raptors’ old dinosaur logo and the Larry O’Brien Trophy by celebrity jewelry designer Jason Arasheben.

He was presented with the ring along with the players and coaches before the tip-off at the Raptors’ opening game last Tuesday.