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BBNBA: AD and Fox Both Drop 30-Plus in Wins

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Good morning, folks. Mychal Mulder is still playing well. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

AD and Fox pop off for 30+

Tuesday night’s late game on TNT featured two star-studded teams from different opposite coasts, although one team was missing most of its studs. Anthony Davis and his Los Angeles Lakers were able to nab a 120-107 win over the Philadelphia 76ers as the former Wildcat poured in a BBNBA-high of 37 points on an efficient shooting night of 13-19 that included a 4-5 clip from distance. Davis also added 13 rebounds (his 27th double-double of the year), two assists, four steals, and two blocks to his stuffed stat line. He made all seven of his shot attempts in the second half.

The Lakers authored a 44-10 run in between the second and third quarters that proved to be too much for Philly. The Sixers were without Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Josh Richardson due to various injuries – three regular starting pieces in the 76er lineup.

Rajon Rondo contributed eight points and three assists on a 3-8 shooting clip in 19 minutes for the Lakers.

About six hours up the road, the Sacramento Kings nearly blew a 28-point halftime lead but fought off the pesky Washington Wizards to pick up a 133-126 win. De’Aaron Fox went for 31 points, three rebounds, and three steals, however, he turned the ball over six times. He made up for his miscues with excellent shooting, connecting on 12 of his 19 shots (2-4 from three) and taking over late in the game when the Kings needed him the most.

Trailing by 28 at the intermission, the Wizards crawled all the way back to tie the game in the third quarter, but could never take the lead.

“In the position that we’re in, the only thing that matters is getting the win, no matter what it looks like,” Fox said after the game. “We did a pretty good job of closing the game. The third quarter was just bad for us all around. The other three quarters I think we played pretty well.”

Sacramento has now won six of its last seven games since the All-Star break.

Mychal Mulder in the starting lineup

Golden State Warriors guard Mychal Mulder continues to make an impact among the plethora of young players that surround him. In just his fourth ever NBA game, the former ‘Cat was in the starting lineup for the first time, dropping 15 points – on five made triples – in addition to snagging three boards and dishing out three dimes.

*Reminder, Mulder is still on a 10-day contract – and I would be shocked if he isn’t offered a guaranteed deal shortly. At the VERY least, a second 10-day contract is on its way.*

The Warriors trailed by as many as 12 points halfway through the third quarter before rattling off an impressive 43-15 run that saw them take down the Denver Nuggets, 116-100.

Jamal Murray had a poor performance overall, shooting just 3-14 from the floor while missing all six attempts from beyond the arc. The Nuggets are now 3-3 since the All-Star break.

Keldon Johnson finds some clock in Spurs win over Hornets

The San Antonio Spurs snuck out of Charlotte with a tight 104-103 win over the Hornets. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was out due to “personal business” and former Spurs legend turned coach, Tim Duncan, took over as the top man in Popovich’s absence, earning his first-ever head coaching win.

Maybe Duncan should coach more often, too, because we saw Keldon Johnson play a season-high in minutes for the Spurs, scoring seven points on 3-4 shooting in 15 minutes. Johnson hadn’t played since a 13-minute outing back on Feb. 23 and this was only his sixth NBA appearance all year.

Johnson played rather well too, attacking when he needed to and playing solid defense. Trey Lyles added six points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals while shooting 2-8 from the floor in 32 minutes.

P.J. Washington was a big reason why the Hornets had a chance down the stretch, scoring nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as he finished with four rebounds and three assists, as well. The rookie was firing effectively from deep, making five out of nine attempts from the perimeter.

Other notes

  • Caris LeVert did some nasty, nasty things to the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter/overtime of the Brooklyn Nets 129-120 epic comeback victory. The fourth-year guard exploded for 37 (THIRTY-SEVEN!) points in the fourth quarter and overtime to overcome a 21-point second-half deficit. Enes Kanter registered five points and seven rebounds for the Celtics.
  • Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns fell to the Toronto Raptors, 123-114, despite 22 points from the former Kentucky one-and-done. Book shot just 5-14 from the field and an even worse 2-8 from deep while adding four rebound and 10 assists for his ninth double-double this year.
  • Finally, the Oklahoma City Thunder were manhandled by the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-94. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, and three blocks for OKC, who has now lost its last two games by a combined 62 points against the Clips and Milwaukee Bucks – two of the NBA’s top teams. Hamidou Diallo saw just three minutes of court action, adding three points and two boards, while Nerlens Noel contributed four points, three rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 15 minutes.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (LAL)120-107 W vs. PHI3713-19 (4-5)132422+3038
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)133-126 W vs. WAS3112-19 (2-4)31306+731
Devin Booker (PHX)114-123 L vs. TOR225-14 (2-8)410103-1637
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)103-104 L vs. SAS196-13 (5-9)43012+434
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)94-109 L vs. LAC157-12 (1-2)62132-2233
Mychal Mulder (GSW)116-100 W @ DEN155-11 (5-10)33002+1435
Jamal Murray (DEN)100-116 L vs. GSW143-14 (0-6)63101-937
Rajon Rondo (LAL)120-107 W vs. PHI83-8 (2-5)03102-219
Keldon Johnson (SAS)104-103 W @ CHA73-4 (1-2)01111+515
Trey Lyles (SAS)104-103 W @ CHA62-8 (1-6)32200-532
Enes Kanter (BOS)120-129 (OT) L vs. BKN52-6 (0-0)70000-316
Nerlens Noel (OKC)94-109 L vs. LAC42-3 (0-0)30222015
Patrick Patterson (LAC)109-94 W @ OKC31-1 (1-1)00000-33
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)94-109 L vs. LAC31-2 (0-1)20001+53
Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)139-134 W @ NOPDNP-Inactive----------------
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)139-134 W @ NOPDNP-Wrist----------------
Malik Monk (CHA)103-104 L vs. SASDNP-Suspended----------------
John Wall (WAS)126-133 L @ SACDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)134-139 L vs. MINDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Cavaliers

7:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Pistons (Knight)

7:00 (ESPN): Pacers @ Bucks (Bledsoe) 

7:30: Magic @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro-out) 

7:30: Grizzlies @ Nets

7:30: Jazz @ Knicks (Knox, Randle) 

8:00: Bulls @ Timberwolves (Towns-out, Vanderbilt)

9:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Mavericks (Cauley-Stein, Kidd-Gilchrist) 

10:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel) 

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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