Golden State Warriors take down the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Golden State Warriors have posted one of the boldest headlines of the first one-third season of the N.B.A. with them taking the Christmas Day match against the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-92. Albeit the win has come on the back of a lot of controversy with the main being Lebron James being denied two fouls and consecutively two free throws. Kevin Durant’s body block in the first foul was a questionable one indeed, but on replays, it seemed that James had lost control of the ball beforehand. The second was a very questionable block by Durant on one of James’s dunk attempt. Now the referees making wrong calls were not the reason why the Cavaliers fell short against the Warriors. It is because even without Stephen Curry the Warriors are still the better team especially when Lebron is not attacking as a scorer and other than Dwayne Wade the Cleveland bench is a collective no-show.
Purdue continues its climb up the ranking charts
Purdue continued its climb up the college men’s basketball ranking charts which was released on Christmas Day. The Associated Press Top 25 College basketball teams ranking saw the Boilermakers move up two spots to no. 14. The Top 4 Associated Press teams remained the same as last week with No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Arizona State and No. 4 Duke. Texas A&M replaced North Carolina State as the No. 5 team.Coaches Poll have not yet been released as of 26th December. The NCAA’s Rating Percentage Index (RPI) which calculates ratings based on win percentages and the win percentages of their opponents had a similar story to tell with Purdue coming in at no. 12 in their rankings. The RPI ranks all the existing 351 Division 1 Teams. The lesser-known College Basketball Power Index used by ESPN though had a vastly different story to tell with Purdue coming in at position no. 2 only behind no. 1 Villanova.
Oklahoma City Thunders down Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook starred in the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup as they geared up to take down the Houston Rockets on NBA’s Christmas Day schedule. OKC defeated the Rockets 112-107 in a game well suited for prime time with a lot of high quality plays up for showing. The match was billed as a rematch of last years 1st round playoffs and also a head to head battle between last year’s top two MVP candidates, but Russell Westbrook outshone his counterpart James Harden in every possible way to deliver the Thunders their biggest win of the season. Westbrook started slow, but the enigmatic point guard finished the game with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. The win was all the more sweeter because of him passing former teammate Kevin Durant as the most points scored by a player in an OKC jersey.