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BBNBA: Julius Randle steps up with Anthony Davis out to guide Pels to a win

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Recap:

  • If you’re an optimist, or even a realist, one positive that you can take from the chaos that has been the Anthony Davis-New Orleans Pelicans relationship over the last month or so, is that Julius Randle has been given the opportunity to step up on a nightly basis and put up larger numbers. Last night was no different, as the lefty finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block. The Pelicans were able to earn the victory over one of the best team’s in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets. Darius Miller played 27 minutes off the bench and hit two 3s on his way to 10 points and 3 assists.
  • On the flip side, the Nuggets didn’t get the best shooting night from former Cat Jamal Murray. Murray finished with 20 points, partly because he was a perfect 9 of 9 at the free throw line, but he was just 5 of 15 from the floor and 1 of 7 from three. Trey Lyles continues to miss time for Denver, nursing a hamstring issue that has kept him sidelined since before the All-Star break.
  • Two of the best teams in the NBA faced off in Philadelphia last night, as the 76ers hosted the Golden State Warriors. With no Klay Thompson, the Warriors relied heavily on Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and DeMarcus Cousins to pull out the win. Cousins had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals in what is now his third straight game of putting up All-Star Boogie Cousins numbers.
  • The mighty are falling quickly in Los Angeles, as the Lebron-led Lakers dropped yet another game to bring their record to 30-33 on the season. This time, the Lakers fell to one of the worst teams in the NBA, giving the Phoenix Suns just their 13th win of the season. Devin Booker led the charge for the Suns, scoring 25 points, dishing out 4 assists, and grabbing 4 rebounds. Rajon Rondo was quiet for the Lakers, finishing with just 4 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals on 1 of 10 shooting from the field.

Stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle120-112 win over Nuggets2810-20 (3-6) 104112+1038
Darius Miller120-112 win over Nuggets102-5 (2-4)13101+1627
Jamal Murray120-112 loss to Pelicans205-15 (1-7)34101-132
DeMarcus Cousins120-117 win over 76ers259-15 (1-2)80211-229
Devin Booker118-109 win over Lakers258-18 (0-5)44104+1340
Rajon Rondo118-109 loss to Suns41-10 (0-3)44202-1326
Bam Adebayo117-88 win over Nets93-8 (0-0)166020+2328
Brandon Knight129-83 loss to Pistons103-8 (3-4)12100-1820
Isaiah Briscoe117-112 win over Pacers42-4 (0-1)10102-418
Nerlens Noel116-102 loss to Spurs20-1 (0-0)20110-29
Hamidou Diallo116-102 loss to Spurs00-1 (0-0)10000+32

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Portland Trail Blazers (Skal Labissiere, Enes Kanter) at Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk), 1pm ET
  • Houston Rockets (Terrence Jones) at Boston Celtics, 3:30pm ET on ABC
  • Atlanta Hawks (Alex Poythress) at Chicago Bulls, 3:30pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Kevin Knox) at Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander), 3:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Washington Wizards, 6pm ET
  • Orlando Magic (Isaiah Briscoe) at Cleveland Cavaliers (Brandon Knight), 6pm ET
  • Toronto Raptors (Jodie Meeks) at Detroit Pistons, 6pm ET
  • Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (Nerlens Noel, Patrick Patterson, Hamidou Diallo), 7pm ET on NBATV

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