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BBNBA: AD and Booker Lead A Busy Night in the NBA

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images).

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images).

Good afternoon, folks. Do you think there were enough sports happening on Friday? Let’s just talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Since 300 different NBA teams were in action the day after Thanksgiving, I’m going to try to keep this a bit brief for your sake, my family’s, and my own (not actually 300, but 28 of the 30 teams did play). The recap will run in order of the games played, starting with the Timberwolves, who visited Brooklyn.
  • Karl Anthony-Towns had 21 points and nine rebounds on 9-18 shooting for the Minnesota Timberwolves despite some first-half foul trouble. The Wolves desperately needed this win over a pesky Brooklyn Nets team after Minnesota had dropped it’s last two games.

  • Towns also gave this lucky fan his shoes after the game, which are twice the size of that kid’s head.

  • Seriously, he could fit his entire arm in there. NBA players giving fans their shoes following games is probably my favorite trend in the NBA right now. Their look of pure joy brings me joy.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a rough shooting night, going 4-14 from the field, but still contributed eight points and five assists (and only one turnover) in 29 minutes. It was his ninth straight start and you can already tell he’s eager to show off his flexibility attacking the rim.

  • The BBNBA player of the day was, of course, Anthony Davis. Davis led all former Wildcats in scoring with 33 points on 12-19 shooting. He also tacked on 12 rebounds and four assists for good measure, but in an ugly loss to the pitiful New York Knicks. Davis was briefly injured in the game but did return in the fourth quarter. ”He said he thought he had a pull in his groin or something,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said. “but he came back (to the coaches) and said he felt pretty good about it, so we stuck him back in,”

  • Julius Randle added his ninth double-double of the season, posting 13 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes while Darius Miller scored five points on 2-5 shooting for the Pellies.

  • For the winning Knicks squad, Enes Kanter started his third straight game after being relegated to the bench and scored 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Kevin Knox, who is still trying to get back into the swing of things following his injury, added five points in nine minutes.
  • Andrew Harrison played his best game in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. He only scored five points but added five assists with zero turnovers and the win against the new-look Philadelphia 76ers. Harrison looked much more in sync with the rest of the offense and was playing much better team defense.
  • John Wall struggled which means the Wizards struggled even more. Washington lost to the Toronto Raptors as Wall could only come up with 11 points on 5-13 shooting (he did add 11 assists but with seven turnovers). The Wiz are now 6-12.
  • Finally, a good game from Bam Adebyo, who had been in a pretty decent slump to begin his second NBA season. He broke out for 14 points and 13 rebounds – his first double-double of the season – against the Chicago Bulls. He played more minutes (26) than the other members of the Miami Heat frontcourt, Hassan Whiteside (21) and Kelly Olynyk (12).
  • Things are getting a bit interesting in Charlotte. The Hornets lost to the Thunder despite Kemba Walker having another great game. That’s also been the issue for years, where Walker goes off and the Hornets never win. Now that Walker is playing at an MVP level for the first time in his career, the opportunity to capitalize on his success is dwindling. Which is where Malik Monk comes in, who sat out this game with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. He wasn’t hurt, he just hasn’t been playing to expectations. He’s shooting 35 percent from the field this season and there have been rumors that the Hornets might be looking at a trade for Bradley Beal (John Wall’s All-Star backcourt teammate). Monk could potentially be a key piece in a trade for Beal. But this is more speculation than anything and just my thoughts but something to monitor. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out his fifth straight game due to a sprained ankle.
  • On the Thunder bench, Patrick Patterson couldn’t find the hoop, shooting 0-3 from the field, while Nerlens Noel added two points and three rebounds. Hamidou Diallo’s devastating injury on Wednesday somehow only resulted in a sprained ankle. Which, if you saw what happened, is literally a miracle. He’s expected to miss at least seven to 10 days.
  • Devin Booker’s 29 points (13-26 shooting from the field) and seven assists led his Phoenix Suns team to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks thanks to a Jamal Crawford game-winner.

  • Eric Bledsoe posted 12 points, three rebounds, and seven assists for the Bucks in their loss. Jodie Meeks will complete his 25-game suspension against the Spurs on Saturday night and the Bucks are expected to waive him after to open up a roster spot, making Meeks a free agent.
  • There was also some Cat-on-Cat crime in this game.

  • Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles easily handled the Orlando Magic behind 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists from Murray while Lyles scored an impressive 22 points in only 18 minutes on 9-of-15 shooting.

  • Is that everything? Lord, I hope so. Enjoy your Saturday.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)109-114 L @ NYK3312-19 (1-1)124001-632
Devin Booker (PHX)116-114 W @ MIL2913-26 (1-5)47303+1439
Trey Lyles (DEN)112-87 W vs. ORL229-15 (1-5)21001+1618
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)112-102 W @ BKN219-18 (1-4)91112+1927
Enes Kanter (NYK)114-109 W vs. NOP177-12 (0-0)122131-133
Jamal Murray (DEN)112-87 W vs. ORL167-18 (1-5)56214+3735
Bam Adebayo (MIA)103-96 W @ CHI143-8 (0-0)132012+126
Julius Randle (NOP)109-114 L @ NYK135-15 (0-1)102001-328
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)114-116 L vs. PHX124-9 (2-6)37114-330
John Wall (WAS)107-125 L @ TOR115-13 (1-7)311127-1032
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)112-107 OT W vs. MEM84-14 (0-2)25101-1029
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)87-112 L @ DEN63-4 (0-0)00001+25
Andrew Harrison (CLE)121-112 W @ PHI52-3 (1-1)15000+517
Kevin Knox (NYK)114-109 W vs. NOP52-6 (1-4)10010-99
Darius Miller (NOP)109-114 L @ NYK52-5 (0-2)25000+224
Nerlens Noel (OKC)109-104 W vs. CHA21-2 (0-0)30001-810
Patrick Patterson (OKC)109-104 W vs. CHA00-3 (0-2)11000-512
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)125-97 W vs. PORDNP-Achilles----------------
Alex Poythress (ATL)96-114 L vs. BOSDNP-Ankle----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)104-109 L @ OKCDNP-Ankle----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)109-104 W vs. CHADNP-Ankle----------------
Malik Monk (CHA)104-109 L @ OKCDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)112-87 W vs. ORLDNP-Foot----------------
Tyler Ulis (CHI)96-103 L vs. MIADNP-G League----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)90-83 W vs. UTADNP-Hand----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)111-116 OT L @ DETDNP-Knee----------------
Jodie Meeks (MIL)114-116 L vs. PHXDNP-Suspended----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:30: Rockets (Knight-out) @ Cavaliers (An. Harrison)

8:00: Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Wizards (Wall)

8:00: Bulls @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Thunder (Diallo-out, Noel, Patterson)

8:30: Celtics @ Mavericks

8:30 (NBATV): Spurs @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

8:30: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Warriors (Cousins-out)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR