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BBNBA: A Busy NBA Weekend Recap

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Good afternoon, folks. Friday and Saturday saw three former Wildcats drop at least 30 points. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP (11/22/19)

AD and Lakers escape OKC with a close win, 130-127

  • The Los Angeles Lakers needed 24 second-half points from Anthony Davis in order to secure the team’s sixth straight win. The former ‘Cat posted 33 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists on 9-17 shooting for the Lake Show and hit a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch to ice the game. Rajon Rondo registered eight points and four assists before he was ejected in the fourth quarter for a reverse kick to Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s nether regions. Rondo had some choice words for the referee that threw him out, too.

  • For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went for 24 points on 10-18 shooting (2-2 from deep) to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.
  • Early in the fourth quarter, Hamidou Diallo sprinted back to the locker room after he appeared to bump his elbow into LeBron James while defending the Laker forward who was driving to the basket. Diallo did not return to the game, either, but managed eight points and two steals in the 14 minutes before the injury. To make matters worse, it was the same elbow that caused Diallo to miss four weeks back in April after undergoing surgery. He is currently considered day-to-day.

  • Nerlens Noel did not play in this game as he was dealing with what the Thunder listed as an “illness”.

Scorching Wizards offense downs Hornets

  • Even without starting point guard John Wall, the Washington Wizards have oddly produced one of the NBA’s most dangerous offenses. In fact, they lead the entire league in scoring per game and rank second in offensive rating beyond only Luke Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. The Wiz are averaging over 120 points per game through 13 outings, but the reason they boast only five wins is because of what happens on the other end. Washington also leads the league in points allowed per game at 120.8 and post the second-worst defensive rating beyond just the Golden State Warriors. Against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night, the offense went supernova once again.
  • Scoring 125 points while shooting over 52 percent from the field and 41 percent from long range, the Wiz were able to take down the Hornets behind 30 points from Bradley Beal.
  • P.J. Washington scored a mere seven points on 3-9 shooting in addition to seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Malik Monk popped off for 19 points in just 21 minutes on 7-10 shooting from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist received a DNP-Coaches Decision for the 15th time in 17 games this year. Go ahead and fire up the trade machine for MKG, it’s coming.

Nuggets narrowly beat Celtics after nasty injury to Kemba Walker

  • Jamal Murray dropped in 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a 96-92 win over the Boston Celtics. The headline from this game, however, wasn’t about the final score, but what happened to Celtics guard Kemba Walker during the second quarter.
  • Walker collided headfirst into teammate Semi Ojeleye and immediately crumbled to the ground. Walker remained lifeless on the court for about 15 minutes before a stretcher had to carry him off. Miraculously, initial reports have stated that Walker only suffered a concussion and that he is listed as day-to-day with a neck sprain. If you watched it happen live (as I did), there wasn’t a single person that imagined he would come out of that with just a neck sprain. I think everyone quickly imagined the worst. Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case. Walker is off to a career year, too, and the Celtics are playing excellent basketball; his status going forward is critical to the team’s success.
  • The Nuggets controlled this game up to the very end until a late rally from Boston made it a tight contest. Murray drilled a couple of free throws with under two seconds left to seal Denver’s 11th win of the season.

Other notes

  • Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo recorded his eighth double-double of the season in a 116-108 win over the Chicago Bulls, finishing with a stat line of 16 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block. Tyler Herro added nine points and six assists for the Heat.

RECAP (11/23/19)

KAT and Book battle in Minny

  • In the game of the night on Saturday, Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns were able to squeak out of Minnesota with a 100-98 win over Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves. And the two former Kentucky teammates did not disappoint in putting on an exhilarating performance.
  • Booker posted a BBNBA-high of 35 points on 12-26 shooting (he even shot an uncharacteristic 0-5 from deep) to go along with 12 rebounds and nine assists as the Suns were without starters Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes for the second straight game. The win for Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak. 17 of Booker’s points came during a hot third quarter.
  • Towns did his best to keep the Wolves in it, going for 31 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists on 11-19 shooting (including an insane 6-12 mark from three). With Minnesota down three and roughly 10 seconds left in the game, Towns fired a triple from damn-near halfcourt that was just a hair too strong. The Suns would recover the ball and Booker hit two free throws to put the finishing touches on the much-needed win for Phoenix.
  • Like the Suns, Minny is dealing with a series of injuries to key players, as well. Robert Covington, Josh Okogie, Jake Layman, and Shabazz Napier all sat out the game on Saturday.

Lakers win second of back-to-back

  • After a close win over OKC the night before, the Los Angeles Lakers faced another test in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Behind Anthony Davis’ 22 points, the Lakers held off the Grizz to steal another road win, 109-108, for the team’s seventh consecutive victory. Rondo contributed 14 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals for the Lakers.

Other notes

  • Despite being blown out by the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-86, Tyler Herro still went for 20 points while connecting on four of his nine attempts from long range for the Miami Heat. Adebayo posted 12 points and five rebounds but was a minus-26 in 25 minutes.
  • The Charlotte Hornets lost an absolute heartbreaker to the Chicago Bulls thanks to Zach LaVine’s 13th (yes, THIRTEENTH) three-pointer of the night at the buzzer. Charlotte controlled a five-point lead with time running out before Tomas Satoransky drilled a three which led to the Hornets losing the ball after the inbounds pass. LaVine scooped up the ball, sprinted to the perimeter, and nailed a dagger into the hearts of Charlotte fans with less than a second remaining that gave the Bulls a 116-115 win. Malik Monk *did* do this, though.

  • Check out the full stat sheet from both Friday and Saturday below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
11/22/19--------------------
Anthony Davis (LAL)130-127 W @ OKC339-19 (3-7)117101+735
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)127-130 L vs. LAL2410-18 (2-2)74112-336
Jamal Murray (DEN)96-92 W vs. BOS229-18 (2-6)65203+838
Malik Monk (CHA)118-125 L @ WAS197-10 (3-5)22101021
Bam Adebayo (MIA)116-108 W @ CHI166-10 (0-0)146314+833
Tyler Herro (MIA)116-108 W @ CHI93-11 (2-8)36102-127
Rajon Rondo (LAL)130-127 W @ OKC83-6 (2-3)14202-318
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)127-130 L vs. LAL84-8 (0-0)21200+514
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)118-125 L @ WAS73-9 (1-1)72022-429
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)97-116 L @ BKN52-3 (0-1)10110-47
Enes Kanter (BOS)92-96 L @ DEN42-5 (0-0)52110-113
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)109-113 L @ UTA21-4 (0-0)44113+128
Brandon Knight (CLE)101-143 L @ DAL10-2 (0-2)01001-116
Trey Lyles (SAS)104-115 L @ PHI00-01000002
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)96-92 W vs. BOSDNP-G League----------------
Nerlens Noel (OKC)127-130 L vs. LALDNP-Illness----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)118-125 L @ WASDNP-CD----------------
Patrick Patterson (LAC)122-119 W vs. HOUDNP-CD----------------
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)97-116 L @ BKNDNP-Ankle----------------
John Wall (WAS)125-118 W vs. CHADNP-Foot----------------
11/23/19--------------------
Devin Booker (PHX)100-98 W @ MIN3512-26 (0-5)129014-438
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)98-100 L vs. PHX3111-19 (6-12)174015+1138
Anthony Davis (LAL)109-108 W @ MEM227-14 (3-6)43353+134
Tyler Herro (MIA)86-113 L @ PHI207-17 (4-9)21112+136
Julius Randle (NYK)104-111 L vs. SAS146-17 (1-5)83004-1231
Rajon Rondo (LAL)109-108 W @ MEM146-15 (1-5)56201+425
Bam Adebayo (MIA)86-113 L @ PHI125-9 (0-0)50103-2625
Trey Lyles (SAS)111-104 W @ NYK124-5 (3-4)20000-215
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)104-90 W vs. DET115-12 (1-1)45203+2628
Skal Labissiere (POR)104-110 L @ CLE84-5 (0-0)22001-1018
Malik Monk (CHA)115-116 L vs. CHI63-6 (0-2)00001+318
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)115-116 L vs. CHI31-7 (1-3)33211-522
Kevin Knox (NYK)104-111 L vs. SAS21-4 (0-2)31001-18
Brandon Knight (CLE)110-104 W vs. PORDNP-Rest----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)115-116 L vs. CHIDNP-CD----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)120-128 L @ UTADNP-Achilles----------------

TODAY IN THE NBA

3:30: Mavericks @ Rockets

6:00: Nets @ Knicks (Knox, Randle) 

6:00: Kings (Fox, Gabriel) @ Wizards (Wall-out)

8:00: Suns (Booker) @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)

9:00: Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Clippers (Patterson)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan