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Sim Life with ‘NBA LIVE 18’: Thunder at Spurs, Pelicans at Nuggets

The game before the game … San Antonio has no answer for OKC, and Davis dominates in Denver

Fresh off a strong showing during Wednesday’s doubleheader, EA Sports’ NBA LIVE 18 has started a new streak after going 2-0, and it now sports a mark of 8-2 on the season for correctly picking winners.

Friday night’s games feature Oklahoma City at San Antonio (8 p.m. EST) and, making their first appearances, New Orleans at Denver (10:30 p.m. EST). Let’s get to why you’re here.


Top things to 👀

  • Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double in each of his past two games against San Antonio. According to Elias Sports Bureau, no player has ever recorded a triple-double in three straight games against the Spurs.
  • The Thunder’s star trio of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Westbrook is starting to figure it out.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge got his swag back. He has posted five 20-point, 10-rebound efforts in 15 games this season. Last season, he had only three in 72 games.

Despite Aldridge producing a team-high 39 points, the Spurs fell at home 109-92 behind 40 points from Westbrook.

The reigning MVP did nasty things to San Antonio all night and even caught a body. Poor Patty Mills.

Just too much firepower from OK3.

The play of the night also went to Mr. Why Not.

Box score

Pelicans at nuggets

Top things to 👀

  • DeMarcus Cousins continues to be a problem.

  • Cousins is averaging better than 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The last player to average those thresholds in a single season was Wilt Chamberlain in 1965-66.

Thanks to Anthony Davis’ defensive dominance, the Pelicans were able to get out of Denver with a close win, as the Nuggets fell 92-87.

Boogie also made things difficult for the Nuggets.

Just way too much AD.

Liner Notes

Make sure you catch both of these games on ESPN, or if you are out and about, lock in with the ESPN App.

Marcus Matthews is the senior manager over social content for Andscape, tasked with developing strategy, overseeing special projects and establishing synergy opportunities in the social lane for the site. He’s a PG County, Maryland, native and a fan of the Washington Commanders, Georgetown Hoyas and Los Angeles Lakers.