Good afternoon, folks. The Pelicans visited Sacramento in a showdown of former Kentucky players. Let’s talk NBA.
Pelicans – 117 @ Kings – 122
- This is the BBNBA match made in heaven. The New Orleans Pelicans feature four former Kentucky players while the Kings feature three. While two of them did not receive any playing time in Sunday night’s affair (Andrew Harrison for NOLA and Skal Labissiere for SAC), it was still one of the most exciting games of the night.
- Let’s start with the Pelicans, who have now dropped four straight games and are losers of 12 of their previous 17 to put them at a record of 15-19 – ahead of only the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference standings. New Orleans completely fumbled this game away, too. At one point, the Pellies were up 32-13 in the first quarter, they also held a double-digit halftime lead, and were up by 11 with under eight minutes left. And still lost. Anthony Davis may have led the BBNBA in scoring with 26 points, but his 7-20 shooting was not what his team needed to pull out the win. Davis did stuff the stat sheet, however, recording 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and four blocks.
- Julius Randle got the start again alongside Davis, scoring 18 points on 8-16 shooting and pulling down nine rebounds. Darius Miller also got the nod in the starting rotation – only his second start of the season – shooting 1-7 from three for eight points. The Pelicans best shooter, Nikola Mirotic, has missed five straight games with an ankle injury and is severely missed on the court. They need him back as soon as possible or things might continue to sink.
- For the Kings, they are on the exact opposite trajectory as the Pelicans. With the win, Sacramento are guaranteed to head into the new year with a winning record for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Kings are also the first team since the 2010 Indiana Pacers to win consecutive games after trailing by at least 19 points.
- De’Aaron Fox recorded a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists including one nasty chase down block, while Willie Cauley-Stein went off for 22 points on 10-19 shooting including a career-high 17 rebounds.
Timberwolves – 114 @ Thunder – 112
- The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to cool off the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder in a close road win. OKC were winners of their previous four games and Paul George was playing like an MVP candidate. George still went for 31 points in this matchup, but thanks to 18 points, five rebounds, and six assists from Karl-Anthony Towns and a season-high 30 points from Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves were able to pull out the big dub.
- For OKC, Hamidou Diallo added seven points and three rebounds while Patrick Patterson hit two threes for six points. Nerlens Noel did not register a point but still made an impact elsewhere, recording five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 17 minutes.
- Devin Booker scored 25 points against the Brooklyn Nets in the follow-up game to their triple-overtime loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday, but the team didn’t seem happy with how the scheduling worked out. The Suns didn’t even get to their hotel in New York until 1:30 a.m. and then had an earlier than usual tip off the next day at 6 p.m.
- ”It’s the NBA. We understand that,” Booker said. ”I’d say a late game going into an early game I don’t quite understand. I think the other way around would make more sense, but I don’t make the schedule. They say computers do, so we’ll just go with that.”
- The Wizards also played in a back-to-back following the triple-overtime game, although John Wall sat out the first game due to flu-like symptoms. In the game on Sunday in which Wall did play, he still didn’t look right. Wall had as many points as turnovers (seven) and showed minimal – if any – motivation to play. The Wizards shot a season-low 36.8 percent from the field in a losing effort to the Pacers.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||117-122 L @ SAC||26||7-20 (1-5)||17||4||2||4||1||-3||39|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||103-111 L @ BKN||25||10-23 (1-4)||2||9||0||0||4||-4||30|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||122-117 W vs. NOP||22||10-19 (0-0)||17||2||3||1||1||+14||35|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||122-117 W vs. NOP||19||5-15 (1-1)||1||11||2||1||1||+10||33|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||117-122 L @ SAC||18||8-16 (0-1)||9||2||0||0||4||-3||30|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||114-112 W @ OKC||18||5-9 (2-2)||5||6||0||1||5||-6||27|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||103-119 L @ BOS||13||4-8 (2-6)||1||1||1||0||1||+15||15|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||117-122 L @ SAC||8||2-9 (1-7)||3||2||0||3||0||-14||35|
|John Wall (WAS)||89-105 L @ IND||7||1-7 (1-4)||5||5||1||0||7||-12||27|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||103-119 L @ BOS||7||3-7 (0-0)||2||0||0||1||2||-12||18|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||112-114 L vs. MIN||7||2-3 (0-1)||3||0||0||2||1||-2||9|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||112-114 L vs. MIN||6||2-4 (2-2)||1||0||0||2||0||+1||17|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||115-91 W @ ORL||3||1-6 (0-1)||6||5||1||0||2||-3||20|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||127-129 L @ GSW||3||1-3 (1-1)||0||2||0||1||2||-15||27|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||91-115 L vs. MIA||2||1-1 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||1||-4||3|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||99-107 L vs. MEM||2||1-2 (0-0)||3||4||1||0||3||-6||18|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||98-95 W @ DET||0||0-1 (0-0)||1||0||0||1||0||-5||3|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||112-114 L vs. MIN||0||0-1 (0-0)||5||2||0||2||0||+3||17|
|Andrew Harrison (NOP)||117-122 L @ SAC||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||122-117 W vs. NOP||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||129-127 W vs. LAC||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
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