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BBNBA: Davis drops 44 and Rondo gets a triple-double


Anthony Davis leads his New Orleans Pelicans team to a much-needed victory over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Recap

Saturday night actually did bring some good news regarding Kentucky basketball with a few former Wildcats putting on some high-level performances. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo led a struggling Pelicans squad in Brooklyn, capturing a desperately needed double-overtime win. Davis dropped 44 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and it’s amazing how much those type of numbers from him don’t surprise me anymore. He’s become so lethal, so absolutely unstoppable, that 44 and 17 seem like something he would hit before the game even got to overtime. However, not to be outdone, Rondo recorded his second triple-double of the season with an impressive stat line of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Pelicans.

Julius Randle also had himself a big night for the Los Angeles Lakers, putting up 26 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Randle’s outstanding night was overshadowed by coverage of Isaiah Thomas’ first game as a Laker after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team could not get the win against the now 18-38 Dallas Mavericks. Over his last 14 games, Randle is averaging 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds on 58.2 percent shooting from the field. He’s becoming really, really good.

Check out the rest of the stats below.

Stats

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN4416-35 (3-5)172633+949
Julius Randle (LAL)123-130 L vs. DAL2610-14 (0-0)87005-837
Rajon Rondo (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN2511-16 (0-1)1012013+1841
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)111-104 W @ ORL186-10 (2-3)38103+333
Jamal Murray (DEN)123-113 W @ PHX124-9 (1-4)12003-827
Jodie Meeks (WAS)101-90 W @ CHI104-6 (1-2)42001+118
Trey Lyles (DEN)123-113 W @ PHX63-11 (0-3)61221+1221
Darius Miller (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN31-4 (1-3)21001-223
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN00-1 (0-0)00001-82
Nerlens Noel (DAL)130-123 W @ LALDNP-Thumb----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKNDNP-Achilles----------------
Tyler Ulis (PHX)113-123 L vs. DENDNP-Back Spams----------------
Devin Booker (PHX)
113-123 L vs. DENDNP-Hip----------------
John Wall (WAS)138-128 2OT w @ BKNDNP-Knee----------------
James Young (PHI)112-98 W vs. LACDNP-CD----------------

Highlights

Today in the NBA

1:00: Raptors @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

3:30: Hawks @ Pistons

3:30 (ABC): Cavaliers @ Celtics

5:00: Knicks (Kanter) @ Pacers (Poythress)

7:00 (NBATV): Mavericks @ Rockets

7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Timberwolves (Towns)

7:00: Grizzlies (An. Harrison) @ Thunder (Patterson, Johnson)

9:00: Jazz @ Trail Blazers

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Willie Cauley-Stein from the Sacramento Kings. Cauley-Stein has arguably been the Kings best player this season and he’ll face a tough (yet familiar) matchup going against Karl-Anthony Towns. Since the new year began, WCS has recorded at least 10 or more points in 11 of his 16 played games, including four games of at least 20. He’s a candidate to be on the Top Plays list any given night with ferocious dunks and embarrassing rejections. Which sets up Sunday night’s game for some potential “Cat on Cat” crime.

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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