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BBNBA: A Trio of Point Guards Steal the Show

(Jesse Garrabrant | NBAE via Getty Images)

(Jesse Garrabrant | NBAE via Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. This John Calipari fella sure does know how to pump out quality NBA point guards, doesn’t he? Let’s talk NBA.

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The wildcat point guard trio

While there were no 30-point outbursts or triple-double watches on Monday night, a trio of former Kentucky point guards guided the way for their respective teams.

De’Aaron Fox led the BBNBA in scoring with 21 points in a 111-98 win over the Golden State Warriors. The Sacramento Kings point guard added four rebounds and seven assists to his stat line on 7-14 shooting from the floor. Fox did turn the ball over six times – his most since returning from injury a few weeks ago – but the Kings held the Warriors to just a 5-26 clip from deep to win its second game over the last three outings. While the final score doesn’t indicate how bad of a blowout this game truly was, maybe this will give you a better idea. Wenyen Gabriel appeared on the court in eight minutes (his most since Oct. 26) for the Kings but failed to register a point while grabbing two rebounds.

Stuffing the stat sheet was Willie Cauley-Stein, who posted eight points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block for the Warriors.

In Atlanta, Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets faced off against Trae Young and the Hawks. Murray posted 16 points, five rebounds, and eight assists on 6-13 shooting for the Nugs, but it was Nikola Jokic’s career-high of 47 points that propelled Denver to victory. Coming off an odd, 14-point loss to the Washington Wizards in the previous game, Denver came out ready to go and pushed its overall record to 25-11 on the year. Murray suffered a minor injury in the third quarter that caused him to head to the bench briefly, but he would later return and is expected to be fine going forward. Also in this game, Murray missed his first free-throw after making 37 in a row.

The third guard of the trifecta is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his Oklahoma City Thunder, who were actually the only team out of the Kentucky trio to loss on Monday. OKC lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 120-113. However, SGA still managed 14 points, nine rebounds, and two assists on 6-13 shooting from the field. Shai’s 36 minutes were the most he’s played this season without recording at least one turnover. Hamidou Diallo recorded six points on 3-8 shooting in just his fourth game back from injury. He also did both of these things.

Other notes

Outside of the players mentioned above, not much happened in the BBNBA world on Monday night.

  • Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks were surprisingly blown out by the San Antonio Spurs, 126-104. Bledsoe added eight points and five rebounds but the Spurs shot 19-35 from beyond the arc to secure a massive win. Trey Lyles received another start at center for SAS, hauling in 12 boards to go along with his six points. This marks the second consecutive game that Lyles has pulled in double-digit rebounds and his seventh of the season.
  • My one-time favorite stat of all-time is no longer accurate. Despite 11 rebounds from Enes Kanter, the Boston Celtics fell to the Washington Wizards, 99-94. Coming into the matchup, the Celtics were 8-0 when the former Wildcat big man recorded at least 10 boards before losing to the Wiz. There goes Kanter’s Hall of Fame bid…
  • We’ll end the recap in Charlotte, where the Hornets fell to the Indiana Pacers 115-104. P.J Washington went for six points on a poor 3-12 shooting mark from the floor (and an even worse 0-5 clip from deep) in addition to nine rebounds. Malik Monk added just three points in 17 minutes for Charlotte.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)111-98 W vs. GSW217-14 (0-1)47116+1730
Jamal Murray (DEN)123-115 W @ ATL166-13 (1-2)58111+934
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)113-120 L @ PHI146-13 (0-3)92000-1336
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)126-104 L vs. SAS82-7 (2-5)15011-1126
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)98-111 L @ SAC84-8 (0-0)95210-1026
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)104-115 L vs. IND63-12 (0-5)92111-531
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)113-120 L @ PHI63-8 (0-0)11012-117
Trey Lyles (SAS)104-126 L @ SAS62-11 (2-6)121101+419
Enes Kanter (BOS)94-99 L @ WAS42-3 (0-0)112013-519
Malik Monk (CHA)104-115 L vs. IND31-4 (1-3)10000-417
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)111-98 W vs. GSW00-0 20102-128
Keldon Johnson (SAS)104-126 L @ SASDNP-Inactive----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)123-115 W @ ATLDNP-Inactive----------------
Nerlens Noel (OKC)113-120 L @ PHIDNP-Ankle----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)104-115 L vs. INDDNP-Illness----------------
John Wall (WAS)99-94 W vs. BOSDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)126-128 L vs. UTADNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Pistons @ Cavaliers (Knight)

7:00: Trail Blazers (Labissiere-out) @ Raptors

7:30 (NBATV): Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Nets

8:00: Timberwolves (Towns-questionable) @ Grizzlies

9:00: Kings (Fox, Gabriel) @ Suns (Booker)

10:30 (NBATV): Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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