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BBNBA: AD and KAT Battle it Out in Minnesota


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Good afternoon, folks. How many times have two number one overall picks from the same school faced off against each other? Let’s talk NBA.

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RECAP

[20-23] Pelicans – 106 @ [21-22] Timberwolves – 110

  • Talk about some Cat on Cat crime. Not one, but TWO first overall draft selections from Kentucky went head-to-head as Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns put on a show.
  • Davis scored 30 points for the Pelicans, which led the BBNBA on Saturday, to go along with 14 rebounds on 10-22 shooting from the field. It was the 13th consecutive double-double for Davis.
  • Julius Randle also posted a double-double consisting of 22 points and 11 rebounds, his 22nd of the season. Darius Miller shot 2-5 from the field for four points.
  • For Minnesota, Towns was a monster on the glass, pulling down a career-high 27 rebounds to match his 27 points on 10-23 shooting. His 27 rebounds were also the most in a game by one player this season. Towns got the better of Davis and NOLA in the end, as the Minnesota star sealed the game for his team after blocking a three-point attempt by Davis that would have given the Pellies the lead late in the game.
  • ”It was a lot of Kentucky on Kentucky crime we had to go through,” Towns said.

  • ”I’m sure Cal uses this as a recruiting tool,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said, ”but you’re playing against great Kentucky players every night in this league so it’s not a big deal to those guys.”
  • *Shrugs shoulders*

[28-13] Nuggets – 93 @ [11-33] Suns – 102

  • The Denver Nuggets posses the best record in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns are holders of the worst record in the West. So, naturally, the Suns dominated the Nuggets (without Devin Booker, I might add, who missed his third straight game with a back injury).
  • Jamal Murray shot a disgusting 4-17 from the field for only 12 points (although he did contribute nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals) and Trey Lyles was sidelined due to a wrist injury he sustained on Thursday. There is currently no timetable for Lyles return.
  • The Nuggets are still dealing with several injuries but came out flatter than a pancake against one of the bottom two teams in the entire NBA. The Suns took an early first quarter edge that they never relinquished. That lead was pushed to 18 at one point in the third quarter and stood strong at 15 halfway through the fourth quarter. This wasn’t a game that got out of Denver’s control towards the end, they never had the reigns in the first place.

[19-23] Hornets – 97 @ [22-21] Kings – 104

  • Willie Cauley-Stein posted his second straight double-double as he recorded 12 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists in Sacramento’s win over the Charlotte Hornets. The young Kings only turned the ball over 11 times and – even though they allowed Kemba Walker to drop 31 points – were able to close the game out late.

  • De’Aaron Fox added 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals for the Kings.

  • For Charlotte, Malik Monk – playing against his former Kentucky backcourt teammate, Fox – registered 10 points while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 11 points in 25 minutes, the most he’s played in eight games.

Other notes

  • Bam Adebayo got the start at center for the Miami Heat as their starting big man Hassan Whiteside sat out with an illness. Which led to the Adebayo playing in 37 minutes, his highest total this season, and posting an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double.
  • For the Oklahoma City Thunder, Patrick Patterson had one of his most efficient shooting nights of the year, making all three of his three-point attempts for a final tally of 13 points. The Thunder were able to avenge their double-overtime loss in San Antonio on Thursday night with a win at home against the same Spurs squad on Saturday.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)106-110 L @ MIN3010-22 (2-5)142013+136
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)110-106 W vs. NOP2710-23 (3-8)273243+737
Julius Randle (NOP)106-110 L @ MIN227-13 (0-1)113002-1033
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)104-97 W vs. CHA216-15 (1-4)74312+130
Patrick Patterson (OKC)122-112 W vs. SAS135-7 (3-3)42001+422
Jamal Murray (DEN)93-102 L @ PHX124-17 (2-6)95304+333
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)104-97 W vs. CHA126-11 (0-0)124211-231
Bam Adebayo (MIA)112-108 W vs. MEM113-6 (0-0)102213+1837
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)97-104 L @ SAC115-10 (1-1)70031-425
Malik Monk (CHA)97-104 L @ SAC104-11 (2-6)01103-319
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)104-109 L vs. DET73-7 (0-1)14102+316
Darius Miller (NOP)106-110 L @ MIN42-5 (0-1)11012+119
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)122-112 W vs. SAS10-4 (0-1)20000-612
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)105-103 W vs. BOS00-1 (0-0)14000+2021
Skal Labissiere (SAC)104-97 W vs. CHADNP-CD----------------
Trey Lyles (DEN)93-102 L @ PHXDNP-Wrist----------------
Devin Booker (PHX)102-93 W vs. DENDNP-Back----------------
Nerlens Noel (OKC)122-112 W vs. SASDNP-Concussion----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)93-102 L @ PHXDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

1:00: 76ers @ Knicks (Kanter, Knox)

1:00: Raptors @ Wizards (Wall-out)

3:30: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Hawks (Poythress-out)

6:00: Rockets (Knight) @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:00: Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Mavericks

8:00: Trail Blazers @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)

9:30 (NBATV): Cavaliers @ Lakers (Rondo-out)


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One response to “BBNBA: AD and KAT Battle it Out in Minnesota”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    “Jamal Murray shot a disgusting 4-17 from the field for only 12 points”

    Wow, that is some pretty pissy writing. Did Murray run over your dog, or did you lose a bet? What is the point in this type of writing? It is a shame, too, because most of what you write is quite good.