Breakfast Special: 50 Points to Griffin-dor

Blake Griffin might just be worth all that money Detroit’s paying him after all.

In a weird NBA night in which three undefeated teams entered and three undefeated teams left, Griffin stood out, dropping 50 on the Philadelphia 76ers, as the Pistons improved to 3-0 with a 133-132 win.

Andre Drummond got ejected, and Joel Embiid, taunt-master extraordinaire, claimed to “own a lot of real estate in his head.”

Drummond’s response was a real winner:

Speaking of Embiid and Drummond…

The Sixers are 2-2 and haven’t looked much like the team that won their last 16 regular-season games last year.

The Pistons shot 51-of-108 from the field, pulled down 12 offensive rebounds, got great guard play from both Reggie Jackson (23 points) and Ish Smith (21), and made up for lack of ball movement (only 22 assists) by making their shots.

And the game was played at a 101 pace because that’s the NBA world we live in now—league-wide pace is the highest it’s been since 1985-86—and it’s awesome.

Griffin, of course, is the man of the match:

The Pelicans, Brief

Anthony Davis is good. That’s the Pelicans in brief.

Davis had 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting, grabbed 13 rebounds, and led the Pellies to a 116-109 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers to go to 4-0 on the season.

Meanwhile, Elfrid Payton, who already owns a triple-double so far this season, put up a 20/6/6 stat line on 7-of-11 shooting, showing himself more than an equal to Rajon Rondo taking over the point guard spot.

And if Jrue Holiday hadn’t had such a terrible game (8 points, 2-of-15), this might’ve been another high-scoring blowout.

Marcin Gortat, meanwhile, continues to show himself as being a terrible acquisition for the Clips. He started, played 12 minutes, and scored zero points.

And HERO OF SERBIA Boban Marjanovic? One minute, one foul, one turnover, no points. C’mon, Doc Rivers. Don’t be a Van Gundy. FREE THE BOBAN!

Oh, and did we mention that Julius Randle, one of this column’s favorite players, had 18 points off the bench on a Borg-like 7-of-9 shooting? Because he did!

See, I told you so.

But Davis, with his 13 rebounds and five blocks to go with all those points, is your man of the match:

Mile High Gold

The Nuggets won 126-112. They were up 24 after three quarters and cruised. The Kings looked grotesquely outmatched throughout.

And Denver’s the only team to beat a Golden State team that’s sitting on a +7.5 Net Rating through four games.

Can we, like, not sleep on the Nuggets anymore?

Nikola Jokic had 14 points, 12 boards, and six assists. Jamal Murray had 19 points in 19 minutes on 6-of-10 shooting. Eight (!) Nuggets scored in double figures.

And even though the Kings shot 52.3 percent from the field, they still got their asses kicked.

Denver won the free throw battle (13-of-15 against 9-of-20), the turnover battle (16-12), and the rebounding battle (49-39). That’s putting the fun in fundamentals.

But of course Jokic is the man of the match:

Only three games on the docket, so those of you who are used to seeing this posted late (I try for 8:00 Pacific. I usually miss by 5-10 minutes because I am terrible) get to see this early! MIRACLES! Magnets, how do they work?

But seriously, thanks for reading and please do enjoy our other great content here at Pace and Space!