Good afternoon, folks. Jamal Murray set a new personal high for assists in a game – in the first half. Let’s talk NBA.
Mavericks – 118 @ Nuggets – 126
- Jamal Murray recorded 11 assists in the first half against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, breaking his career-high on his way to 15 total assists. He technically set his new personal best with roughly five minutes remaining in the first half. Murray was channeling his inner Canadian and showcasing his passing wizardry with the same flare as Steve Nash. In the second half, he returned to form and Jamal ‘Curry’ Murray lit the Mavericks up. Murray ended the night with 22 points on 10-18 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds and one spectacular block. It was his best statistical night all season long but an even bigger win for Denver.
- Trey Lyles had his first productive outing since the injury to Paul Millsap saw him placed into a higher usage role. Lyles scored 16 points on 5-7 shooting (3-4 from three) and also pulled down three rebounds. In his first on-court action of the night, Lyles immediately scored eight points in about 65 seconds – hitting two threes and slamming home a beautifully timed fastbreak alley-oop.
- The Nuggets have now won four straight games – all at home – and have sole possession of the top spot in the Western Conference. Their 21-9 record matches their best start in franchise history from way back in the 1976-77 season.
- Trevor Ariza played in his first game with John Wall and the Wizards since being traded from Phoenix. Ariza scored 19 points while adding eight rebounds and four assists on 6-17 shooting (4-11 from three). Unfortunately, the Wizards lost another game, this time to the now 7-23 Atlanta Hawks – who are only a half game above the Knicks for the worst record in the NBA. Wall scored 15 points on 6-18 shooting (3-11 from three) and dished out six assists. He was held scoreless in the first half before scoring 10 in the third quarter. But, as with most Wizards losses this season, the team showed minimal effort and lost to a severely inferior opponent.
- Alex Poythress (ATL), who has been dealing with an ankle injury that has sidelined him for the previous 13 games, has been sent to the Hawks G League affiliate – the Erie BayHawks – as a part of his rehab. There is still no official date for his return, but getting back into game action means we should expect to see him back sooner rather than later.
- Rajon Rondo (LAL), who has already been rehabbing in the G League following hand surgery, was recalled by the Lakers on Tuesday. If everything continues according to plan, Rondo should practice with the team on Thursday.
- Check out the full stat lines below.
- Also, NBA League Pass is still running a free preview through Thursday. If you have the chance, tune into the Pelicans-Bucks game at 8 p.m. Five former Wildcats will be featured in that one.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||126-118 W vs. DAL||22||10-18 (1-4)||7||15||1||1||5||-6||39|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||126-118 W vs. DAL||16||5-7 (3-4)||3||0||0||0||0||+7||21|
|John Wall (WAS)||110-118 L @ ATL||15||6-18 (3-11)||0||6||0||0||3||-12||26|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||118-110 W vs. WAS||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||110-115 L @ BKN||DNP-Hand||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||126-118 W vs. DAL||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Cavaliers @ Hornets (Monk, Kidd-Gilchrist)
7:00: Spurs @ Magic (Briscoe)
7:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ 76ers
7:30 (NBATV): Suns (Booker) @ Celtics
7:30: Pacers @ Raptors
8:00: Nets @ Bulls (Ulis)
8:00: Wizards (Wall) @ Rockets (Knight)
8:00: Pelicans (Davis, An. Harrison, Miller, Randle) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
8:00: Pistons @ Timberwolves (Towns)
9:00: Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Jazz
10:00: Grizzlies @ Trail Blazers
10:00 (NBATV): Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere)
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