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BBNBA: AD Goes For 40, Murray’s Struggles Persist

(Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Anthony Davis scored 40 points on only 10 made baskets…. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Nuggets – 115 @ Pelicans – 125

  • Anthony Davis went off. Again.
  • Davis scored 40 points on 10-20 shooting while also making 20 of his 21 free throw attempts. He tacked on eight rebounds and eight assists for good measure and to top it all off, zero turnovers. It’s his second straight 40-point game after he scored 43 points against the Knicks on Friday night. The Pellies have now won five of their last six games with Davis averaging 32.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.3 blocks on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. Let’s get the MVP campaign rolling, here.

  • Julius Randle had himself a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double. In fact, he was one of four Pelicans who recorded a double-double, the others being Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Nikola Mirotic. It was the third time in franchise history that four different Pelicans had a double-double. Randle shot 8-13 from the field and also registered three steals.

  • Darius Miller played 23 minutes but could only come up with three points on 1-3 shooting.
  • As for the Denver Nuggets side, Jamal Murray appears to be in a bit of a slump. He’s still trying to wade his way through the post-48-point game excitement and often times it looks like he’s trying too hard to not make mistakes. Murray is averaging 14.2 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the field over the last six games. The Nuggets are 1-5 in that span.
  • So Denver is currently all in on Juancho Hernangomez – for good reason – and it’s costing Trey Lyles minutes. Lyles played in only 20 minutes compared to Hernangomez’s 35 and managed seven points on 3-9 shooting.

Kings – 112 @ Rockets – 132

  • The month-from-hell is in full swing for the Sacramento Kings, this time going up against the Houston Rockets who are finally relearning how to play basketball. After starting this year at 1-5, Saturday night’s win puts Houston over .500 for the first time this season. The Kings have now lost five out of their last seven and every game except for one has come against a team with at least a .500 record or better – the one being the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • De’Aaron Fox didn’t go down without a fight, however. He had another typical 2018 Fox game, scoring 19 points on 8-14 shooting (2-4 from three) with three assists.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein struggled against Clint Capela all night, only putting up three points and five rebounds on 1-9 shooting.
  • The blowout did call for some Skal Labissiere playing time, as he scored two points and grabbed a rebound in six minutes.
  • Despite the loss, the Kings are still 8-8 and in the playoff race out West. This mystical concept of success is upsetting the Kings’ front office. Check out this Yahoo article regarding the Kings head coach, Dave Joerger, who has done a fantastic job in his role.

  • This is your classic “I don’t know what to do with my hands” move from the Kings. Never change, Sacramento (please, for the love of everything that is good in the world, change).

Thunder – 110 @ Suns – 100

  • Hamidou Diallo started his first NBA game Saturday night. Hamidou Diallo probably doesn’t want to remember his first NBA start. Diallo was 0-1 from the field with one made free throw in 19 minutes. He was slotted into the starting lineup due to another injury to the Thunder backcourt, this time it was Terrance Ferguson missing action.
  • Patrick Patterson and Nerlens Noel both added four points off the bench.
  • Devin Booker now has back-to-back games with 12 assists after he put up 16 points, four rebounds, and 12 assists in the loss. The Suns are still really really bad.

Other notes

  • Alex Poythress – like Diallo – started the first NBA game of his career on Saturday, but only played 11 minutes before leaving in the third quarter with an ankle contusion. There is currently no update on his status.
  • Malik Monk took a backseat on offense as he witnessed Kemba Walker drop 60 points on the Philadelphia 76ers. Monk had two points in only 11 minutes while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out his second straight game with an ankle sprain. He’ll miss Monday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics, too.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)125-115 W vs. DEN4010-20 (0-1)88010+1137
Julius Randle (NOP)125-115 W vs. DEN218-13 (0-1)103311-127
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)112-132 L @ HOU198-14 (2-4)13103-625
Devin Booker (PHX)100-110 L vs. OKC165-16 (3-8)412001-1039
Jamal Murray (DEN)115-125 L @ NOP114-14 (1-5)26011-1428
Trey Lyles (DEN)115-125 L @ NOP73-9 (1-4)41002-720
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)127-119 W @ BKN42-9 (0-1)22001-1020
Patrick Patterson (OKC)110-100 W @ PHX41-5 (1-3)30000-415
Nerlens Noel (OKC)110-100 W @ PHX42-4 (0-0)60121+1211
Darius Miller (NOP)125-115 W vs. DEN31-3 (1-3)00021+323
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)112-132 L @ HOU31-9 (0-0)53011-718
Malik Monk (CHA)119-122 OT L vs. PHI20-5 (0-2)20102-411
Skal Labissiere (SAC)112-132 L @ HOU21-3 (0-0)10111-16
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)110-100 W @ PHX10-1 (0-0)41000+719
Alex Poythress (ATL) 89-97 L @ IND00-0 (0-0)30020+111
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)130-117 W vs. LAL00-0 (0-0)02000-21
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)119-122 OT L vs. PHIDNP-Ankle----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)117-130 L @ ORLDNP-Hand----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)132-112 W vs. SACDNP-Knee----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)109-112 L @ DALDNP-Achilles----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)115-125 L @ NOPDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

3:30: Grizzlies @ Timberwolves (Towns)

6:00: Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Heat (Adebayo)

6:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Magic (Briscoe)

6:00: Trail Blazers @ Wizards (Wall)

7:00 (NBATV): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Spurs


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

4 Comments for BBNBA: AD Goes For 40, Murray’s Struggles Persist



  1. michaelb
    2:10 pm November 18, 2018 Permalink

    Juancho Hernandgomez ?!?! killer handle



  2. michaelb
    2:15 pm November 18, 2018 Permalink

    That sucks for the kings , they can actually compete this year but the pencil pushers are whipping them



  3. UKCatAttack
    2:22 pm November 18, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not sure why but it really annoys me that you don’t put the winning teams score first. Otherwise good info, I like keeping up with the NBA Cats.



  4. bigbluebanana
    3:02 pm November 18, 2018 Permalink

    How did Davis have a double double?