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BBNBA: AD and LeBron Take Down Zion and the Pellies

(Adam Pantozzi | Getty Images)

(Adam Pantozzi | Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Imagine a world where Zion and Anthony Davis play on the same NBA team. Wow. Crazy talk, right? Let’s talk NBA.


LeBron (and AD) and Zion go head-to-head

The first official meeting between LeBron James and Zion Williamson was as good as advertised.

LeBron poured in a season-high of 40 points – his first 40-point outing since Dec. 2018 – while Zion added an impressive stat line of 29 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 32 minutes. The veteran came out on top Tuesday night, as LeBron led his Los Angeles Lakers to a 118-109 win over Zion and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Davis dropped 21 points (one of three former Wildcats to score 21 points on Tuesday night) to go along with 14 rebounds, three assists, and six blocks, although he did shoot just 6-21 from the floor. The Lakers won its sixth consecutive game with the win and Davis is now 3-0 against his former team this season. Looking back, you can’t help but wonder what would have been had Davis stayed in New Orleans and paired up Zion.

”He’s a great player,” Davis said of Williamson after the game. ”He’s got a quick first step. Very explosive. He’s going to continue to get better and better as he goes on.”

There was a brief, scary moment involving Davis during the fourth quarter, where he appeared to slam his arm on the backboard while trying to block a shot. He was in noticeable pain for a few minutes and was seen holding his arm/bicep area, but did return to finish the game.

Thunder keep winning on the road

For the ninth game in a row, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won on the road – setting a new franchise record in the process. They nearly blew a 24-point lead against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, but they fought hard enough to secure the win, 124-122. The Thunder are now 17-9 this season in games decided by six points or less.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the second of three former Wildcats to score 21 points and he did so in addition to his 11 rebounds and three assists while shooting 5-11 from the field. It marked the second straight game that SGA has recorded a double-double and the ninth time all season.

Nerlens Noel went for six points on a perfect 3-3 shooting in 19 minutes. Hamidou Diallo was a DNP-Coaches Decision for the fifth time in eight games.

Zach LaVine dropped 41 points for the Bulls while rookie Coby White recorded at least 30 points (35 against OKC) for the third game in a row, becoming just the third player in NBA history – and the first rookie – to drop at least 30 points off the bench in three consecutive games.

Fox, Bledsoe, and Murray all lead their teams to wins

De’Aaron Fox is the third and final former ‘Cat that dropped 21 points on Tuesday night, doing so in a 112-94 win over the Golden State Warriors. He left the game for a short period of time in the first quarter with tightness in his groin but came back in the second quarter. Fox shot 8-15 from the floor while also dishing out five dimes, and all of the sudden, the Sacramento Kings have won three straight games and nine of their last 13.

Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks earned an impressive 108-97 win over the Toronto Raptors. Bledsoe added 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for Milwaukee, who won its fourth straight game.

Jamal Murray led his Denver Nuggets to an easy victory over the Detroit Pistons, 115-98. Murray registered 16 points, five rebounds, and eight assists. Denver is now 40-18 on the year, tying the single best start to a season in franchise history. Brandon Knight went for 14 points and six rebounds for Detroit, who lost its seventh consecutive game.

Other notes

  •  The Charlotte Hornets were decimated by the Indiana Pacers, 119-80. The Pacers led by 25 at halftime and by as many as 43 down the stretch. P.J. Washington and Malik Monk both had off shooting nights; Washington shot 3-9 from the field for nine points while Monk added eight points on a 4-13 clip.

Check out the full stat sheet below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)124-122 W @ CHI215-11 (2-5)113123-133
Anthony Davis (LAL)118-109 W vs. NOP216-21 (0-3)143162+1136
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)112-94 W @ GSW218-15 (1-3)25111+1131
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)108-97 W @ TOR175-14 (2-6)74112+1134
Jamal Murray (DEN)115-98 W vs. DET165-12 (2-4)58111+2533
Brandon Knight (DET)98-115 L @ DEN144-9 (4-9)26103-824
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)80-119 L @ IND93-9 (3-6)32002-3325
Malik Monk (CHA)80-119 L @ IND84-13 (0-4)13100-3326
Nerlens Noel (OKC)124-122 W @ CHI63-3 (0-0)01001-919
Enes Kanter (BOS)118-106 W @ POR41-3 (0-0)52103+816
Wenyen Gabriel (POR)106-118 L vs. BOS31-1 (1-1)22002+38
Rajon Rondo (LAL)118-109 W vs. NOP00-4 (0-1)12100-1711
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)124-122 W @ CHIDNP-CD----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)109-118 L @ LALDNP-Achilles----------------


7:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Hornets (Monk, Washington)

7:00: 76ers @ Cavaliers

7:00: Nets @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:30: Magic @ Hawks (Labissiere-out) 

7:30: Timberwolves (Towns-out, Vanderbilt) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro-out) 

8:00 (ESPN): Grizzlies @ Rockets

8:30: Mavericks (Cauley-Stein-questionable, Kidd-Gilchrist) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) 

9:00: Clippers (Patterson) @ Suns (Booker) 

10:30 (ESPN): Celtics (Kanter) @ Jazz

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR