Off to a career-high pace of 23.4 points per game entering Saturday, Walker further padded his scoring numbers by sinking a season-high six three-pointers against the Clippers. In addition, the Charlotte guard surpassed the 20 point mark for the fifth consecutive game. This level of consistent scoring has led Walker to become the focal point of the Hornets' offense at this early stage of the season. Also, the return of Nicolas Batum has not affected Walker as the guard has scored 20, 47, and 26 points in the three games since Batum's return.
Beverley sat out his fifth consecutive game Saturday due to a sore right knee.
Following up his stellar performance against the Lakers on Wednesday, Embiid turned in a solid performance, collecting at least 20 points for the ninth time this season. The center's Saturday stat line pales in comparison to his one of a kind stat line of 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks. However, Embiid is a consistent scorer (22.8 points) and rebounder (10.29 rebounds) who is on the verge of breaking out on any given night.
For the seventh consecutive game, Durant scored at least 21 points. In fact, the Golden State forward has only dipped below 20 points once in 15 games this season. Durant, averaging 24.0 points in his six games prior to Saturday, is as consistent of a scorer as they come.
Collecting his tenth double-double in his 15th career game, Simmons did the majority of his damage to the Warriors' defense in the first half. Early on in the contest, the guard drove to the hoop at will. However, he was kept largely at bay for most of the second half from an offensive perspective, scoring 8 of his 23 points. In addition, Simmons turned in a dynamic, overall performance, collecting a career-high 12 assists.
Initially, Curry struggled mightily with his shot, going 5-of-14 from the floor and 0-of-4 from three-point range for a total of 15 points in the first half. However, the Golden State guard made six out of his next seven shots to run his point total up to 35 by the end of the third quarter. Curry's resiliency was the key factor in turning around what was shaping up to an uncharacteristically poor three-point shooting night, making 4-of-6 three-pointers in the second half.
Covington's four three-pointers in the first quarter kickstarted Philadelphia's 74 point first half. The forward, who shot 49.5 percent from beyond the arc entering Saturday, has drastically improved from his 33.3 percent average from 2016-17. However, Covington's early long range success did not carry over against Golden State, making 1-of-8 attempts after the first quarter. However, Covington has long term, added value as a legitimate, long range shooting threat.
Once again, Griffin struggled from the floor, hitting 35.2 percent from the floor on Saturday. This marks the fifth time in the last six games in which the forward shot 35 percent or below. Through 15 games, Griffin is shooting a career-low 42.3 percent. Griffin will look to turn his shooting woes against New York on Monday.
One night removed from a 20 point, 22 rebound performance, Jordan turned in another strong rebounding performance against Charlotte. For the Clippers center, a double-digit rebound night has become the routine this season, tallying 12 games of at least 10 rebounds this season. Collecting his eighth double-double, Jordan is a remarkably consistent performer on the boards. Rebounds will always supplement his lack of high-scoring prowess.
The veteran point guard has been a breath of fresh air from the bench for the Clippers. Including Saturday night's action, Williams has scored at least 20 points in three of his last five games. Outside of Blake Griffin, he has been the driving force behind the Clippers' offense, averaging 17.2 points entering Saturday. With little to no offense surrounding Williams and Griffin, expect Williams to play a substantial role going forward.