Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for November 2, 2012:
The Thunder have been under the microscope during the last week after their surprising trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets and Thursday’s loss to the Spurs certainly didn’t help their cause.
Tony Parker drained a jump shot as time expired to give San Antonio an 86-84 win over Oklahoma City to improve to 2-0 on the season. Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder by scoring 23 points to go along with 14 rebounds, but it was clear Harden’s absence had an impact on the end of this game.
In a game between two teams in desperate need of a win, the Chargers managed to come out on top as they went on to beat the Chiefs 31-13 to stay in the hunt of the AFC West with the Denver Broncos. Philip Rivers led the way for San Diego by completing 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns while the defense stepped it up by forcing four turnovers on Kansas City.
Now, if the Chargers could figure out a way to play at this high level on a consistent basis.
Miami and Virginia Tech entered Thursday’s game realizing how important it was to win as both teams are looking to earn a spot in the ACC Championship game in a few weeks. Unfortunately for the Hokies, they had no answers when it came to stopping the Hurricanes as they fell to their rivals 30-12.
Stephen Morris led the way for Miami by completing 13 of 28 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns to help the Hurricanes improve to 4-2 in the conference so far this season.
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