Good afternoon, folks. Julius Randle scored a career-high 37 points against the Clippers. Then immediately fouled out of the game. Let’s talk NBA.
Wizards – 110 @ Knicks – 107
- John Wall dished out a season-high 15 assists in addition to his 18 points in the Wizards third road win of the season against the New York Knicks. With a 16-point lead and under five minutes remaining, the Wizards almost blew the whole game, allowing the Knicks to rip into that lead and pull it within three points with 35 seconds left. Washington would ultimately hold on, but blowing a monster lead late in a game against one of the worst teams in the NBA isn’t exactly something to be optimistic about. Wall did hit a big three with 12 seconds left to put the game away, however.
- I’d also like to point out Wall’s complete lack of attention on this defensive possession.
Guess John Wall forgot about Emmanuel Mudiay ???? pic.twitter.com/e7oeu33AGe
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) December 4, 2018
- For the Knicks, Enes Kanter got the start, contributing 13 points and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes.
- Following his 26-point outburst on Saturday, Kevin Knox couldn’t match that total, scoring only eight points on 3-11 shooting. His shot was off, but that didn’t stop him from being effective elsewhere. He also added nine rebounds and four assists, one of them coming off this beautiful pick-and-roll play with Mitchell Robinson.
Ok, this was a nice finish by Mitchell Robinson, especially since it’s with his left hand. Good job by Kevin Knox running the pick-and-roll too and making decisions. pic.twitter.com/I1tvI6tVbU
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) December 4, 2018
Nuggets – 106 @ Raptors – 103
- Jamal Murray committed seven turnovers – most of them unnecessary – against an incredibly stingy Raptors defense, but still managed to help guide his team to a big win over the Eastern Conference’s top team. Murray scored 21 points on 9-21 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and eight assists. With starting two-guard Gary Harris leaving the game early with a hip injury, Murray helped fill the void quite nicely and did enough to get his team the win.
- Trey Lyles played 12 minutes – his lowest total of the season – and scored only three points on 1-3 shooting. I wish I could say that Lyles dip in minutes won’t be a trend going forward, but it’s beginning to feel that way. Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley are too good right now to not have them in the game, which means someone has to be the odd man out and in this case, it’s been Lyles. It’ll only take a couple good shooting games for Lyles to thrust himself back into the rotation, though, but that needs to happen sooner rather than later. Luckily, there is still a lot of season left.
Clippers – 129 @ Pelicans – 126
- The Los Angeles Clippers nearly blew an 18-point lead in this one, but it made for some thrilling basketball down the stretch. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started his 14th straight game and scored seven points on 3-5 shooting, he also added two rebounds and two assists.
- For the Pelicans, it was Jrue Holiday – a legit All-Star candidate – who led the comeback effort in the third quarter after trailing by double-digits at halftime. However, Holiday couldn’t have done it without Julius Randle, who scored a career-high 37 points before fouling out of the game with about four minutes remaining. Despite his early trip to the bench, Randle was unguardable. If he wasn’t banking in threes (he was 3-4 overall from deep), he was bullying his way into the post and flinging up shot after shot as he watched them drip right into the basket. There were times where the Pelicans offense was clearly running solely through Randle and the Clippers didn’t have anyone who could even remotely attempt to slow him down. It was exciting, but a shame that he couldn’t build on his career-high and try to finish out the game for a win. Alas, we can still bask in the glory of his highlights.
- It’s not often I get this far into the recap of a Pellies game without mentioning Anthony Davis, but Randle was that good on Monday night. Even still, Davis was impressive as ever. He scored 23 points on 10-18 shooting while also grabbing 13 rebounds and tacking on five assists, three steals, and three blocks because he’s Anthony freaking Davis.
- Darius Miller also had one of his best overall performances of the season. He was active on defense and hit three triples (3-7) for 15 points. Here’s a fun Miller stat, too: he’s attempted 78 percent of his total shots this season from beyond the arc, which ranks him in the 98th percentile among all wing players, according to Cleaning the Glass. He’s converting on 36.6 percent of his threes this season, a considerable drop from last year (41.1), but still a respectable number. Miller doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a true shooter and he’s still effective regardless.
- I missed this over the weekend, but Andrew Harrison was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. He was on a two-way contract and with the addition of veteran Alec Burks as a result of the Cavs-Jazz trade that sent Kyle Korver to Utah, there was no longer a need for another backcourt ball handler like Harrison. Burks scoring the game-winning basket for Cleveland to beat the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night justified that. Harrison is now back to being a free agent.
- Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up a nice win at home against the Houston Rockets. Towns scored 24 points on 10-24 shooting plus 13 rebounds. After being outscored 38-24 in the second quarter, Towns and the Wolves made some halftime adjustments on defense that resulted in a major second-half swing. The Wolves won the third-quarter 38-20 and never looked back on their lead, putting a stranglehold on the Rockets offense and limiting them to only nine fourth-quarter points.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Julius Randle (NOP)||126-129 L vs. LAC||37||15-24 (3-4)||8||4||0||0||0||+7||39|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||103-91 W vs. HOU||24||10-24 (1-3)||11||3||3||1||3||+17||32|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||126-129 L vs. LAC||23||10-18 (0-4)||13||5||3||3||2||+5||38|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||106-103 W @ TOR||21||9-21 (2-7)||7||8||0||0||7||+1||40|
|John Wall (WAS)||110-107 W @ NYK||18||7-20 (1-5)||0||15||0||1||5||-5||37|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||126-129 L vs. LAC||15||4-8 (3-7)||1||2||1||0||0||-8||24|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||107-110 L vs. WAS||13||6-10 (0-0)||16||2||1||0||2||-9||25|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||110-83 W @ DET||12||6-9 (0-0)||8||0||2||2||0||+6||20|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||107-110 L vs. WAS||8||3-11 (0-3)||9||4||1||0||2||-3||27|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||129-126 W @ NOP||7||3-5 (1-2)||2||2||0||0||1||-1||23|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||110-83 W @ DET||4||2-4 (0-1)||2||1||1||1||1||+10||18|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||106-103 W @ TOR||3||1-3 (1-1)||2||2||1||0||1||-10||12|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||91-103 L @ MIN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||111-128 L vs. GSW||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||110-83 W @ DET||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||128-111 W @ ATL||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||106-103 W @ TOR||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Bulls @ Pacers
7:30: Magic (Briscoe) @ Heat (Adebayo)
8:30: Trail Blazers @ Mavericks
9:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Suns (Booker-out)
9:00 (NBATV): Spurs @ Jazz
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