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BBNBA: Anthony Davis puts up 30 before leaving with ankle injury


Anthony Davis drives against Andre Drummond.
(Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Recap

Anthony Davis was having himself a game Monday night. He posted 30 points on 12-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds in only 26 minutes. Unfortunately, he left the game in the third quarter after suffering a right ankle sprain and did not return. Luckily, the New Orleans Pelicans said the X-rays came back negative. With Davis out, DeMarcus Cousins dropped 15 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Pelicans over the Detroit Pistons 112-109.

The breakout duo in Denver of Trey Lyles and Jamal Murray put up 21 points apiece for the Nuggets in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. The two continue to put up consistent and valuable numbers for a Nuggets team that needs all the scoring they can get to make up for their deficiencies on the other side of the court. Not to be outdone, Willie Cauley-Stein continued his reign of terror, scoring 22 points on 8-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds for the Sacramento Kings. De’Aaron Fox recorded his first double-double of the season in only his third game back from injury. The Kings may not be very good, but they sure do have some exciting players to watch. Check out the rest of the stats below, including Karl-Anthony Towns’ efficient night in a dominating win for the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stats

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)112-109 W vs. DET3012-14 (1-1)101010+1926
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)100-107 L vs. SAS228-12 (0-0)90003-1130
Trey Lyles (DEN)114-124 L @ GSW219-15 (1-5)53301-426
Jamal Murray (DEN)114-124 L @ GSW218-22 (2-6)26102-641
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)112-109 W vs. DET207-14 (1-6)104225+1240
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)127-99 W vs. CLE198-11 (1-2)124012+3130
Rajon Rondo (NOP)112-109 W vs. DET126-10 (0-1)415201+1132
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)96-109 L @ IND115-13 (1-6)22414-727
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)100-107 L vs. SAS115-9 (1-3)410004-1330
Skal Labissiere (SAC)100-107 L vs. SAS63-4 (0-0)82101-121
Darius Miller (NOP)112-109 W vs. DET31-3 (0-2)13001-1316
Alex Poythress (IND)109-96 W vs. MILDNP-CD----------------

Highlights

 

Tonight in the NBA

7:30: Heat (Adebayo) @ Raptors

8:00 (NBATV): Blazers @ Thunder (Johnson, Patterson)

8:30: Magic @ Mavericks (Noel)

10:30 (NBATV): Kings (Fox, Cauley-Stein, Labissiere) @ Lakers (Randle)

Player Game to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is actually going to be the game to watch. The Sacramento Kings will make the cross-state trip to Los Angeles as they take on the Lakers Tuesday night on NBATV. Four Wildcats will be in action, and while their team records may not do them the justice they deserve, this game should be a fun watch. Willie Cauley-Stein is playing like a beast over the last month or so and De’Aaron Fox is back to full health. Julius Randle has been playing exceptionally well since being inserted into the starting lineup and will go head-to-head with his fellow alumni. The Kings and Lakers are two of the worst (yet youngest) teams in the Western Conference, but the number of potential talent oozes off the floor. It should be a fun game to watch for Kentucky fans, that is, if you’re willing to stay up for it.

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan