Good afternoon, folks. SGA, so hot right now. SGA. Let’s talk NBA.
SGA ties his career-high *again*
For the third time in five games, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has tied his career-high. This time, it was during a one-point win over the injury-riddled Toronto Raptors (although OKC is dealing with its own string of injuries to key players, as well) that moves the Thunder to 17-15 on the year and winners of six out of the last seven outings. SGA posted 32 points for the third time this season, adding seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals to his stat line on 12-21 shooting from the floor and 3-5 from beyond the arc. He’s quickly shooting up the All-Star ballots (don’t forget to vote!).
Over the last five games, the former Kentucky guard has averaged 28.8 points point per game on shooting splits of 55.0/52.9/86.2, which is like…. what? How? The Thunder are legitamtely good right now. Really good. SGA is really REALLY good. He and Chris Paul form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
”It feels good but all of it, honestly, wouldn’t have meant anything if we didn’t win,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. ”That was the best feeling, knowing that we came out of here with a win.”
Returning to his home country of Canada, the Raptors showed recognition to its Canadian brethren with a tribute video to Shai before the game. To complete the visit back to his native land, SGA hit the eventual game-winner with 36 seconds left in the game. Nerlens Noel added 13 points for OKC, making all five of his shot attempts. He also contributed four rebounds, three steals, and three blocks during his 19 minutes.
Murray and Nuggets spoil another return for Fox
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox Made another return from injury on Sunday night, although the back spasms that had been bothering him sidelined him for just one game. However, Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets spoiled another return for the former Kentucky guard.
Fox finished with 18 points and 13 assists on 7-12 shooting from the field as the Kings took a 120-115 loss to the Nugs.
”I felt all right,” Fox said about his back. “I felt obligated to go out and do what I need to do. It doesn’t matter that I was in pain.”
Murray posted 13 points, four rebounds, and seven assists, but shot just 3-10 from the field. Despite that, the Nuggets secured its ninth win in 10 games.
Lakers get back on track against Mavs
Following an odd four-game losing streak, the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten back on track in the previous two outings. Playing in back-to-back games over the weekend, the Lakers took down the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday then did the same to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday by a score of 108-95.
Anthony Davis led L.A. with 23 points on 8-12 shooting in addition to his nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block. Rajon Rondo registered four points, three boards, and four dimes for the Lakers.
Hornets drop 6th straight
The Charlotte Hornets lost its sixth consecutive game on Sunday night, falling to the Grizzlies 117-104 in Memphis. P.J. Washington recorded 16 points on 5-9 shooting for Charlotte, including four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes, while Malik Monk went for 18 points on 8-18 shooting from the floor.
- Trail Blazers center Skal Labissiere could be out the next five games after a knee injury he sustained in Portland’s previous game. The former ‘Cat will not travel with the team for its upcoming five-game road trip, indicating it could be some time before Skal is healthy again. And the timing couldn’t be worse, considering the Blazers are desperate for big bodies and Labissiere was playing well.
Team announces results of the MRI on Skal Labissiere's left knee are inconclusive. He is out with left knee inflammation and will NOT travel with the team on their upcoming five-game road trip.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 30, 2019
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||98-97 W @ TOR||32||12-21 (3-5)||7||2||3||0||3||-6||38|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||108-95 W vs. DAL||23||8-12 (0-1)||9||4||2||1||4||+16||35|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||104-117 L @ MEM||18||8-18 (1-4)||5||0||1||1||1||-3||25|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||115-120 L @ DEN||18||7-12 (0-3)||2||13||0||0||4||0||32|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||104-117 L @ MEM||16||5-9 (4-6)||4||1||0||1||0||-17||28|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||98-97 W @ TOR||13||5-5 (0-0)||4||1||3||3||2||+1||19|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||120-115 W vs. SAC||13||3-10 (3-6)||4||7||2||1||3||+7||32|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||108-95 W vs. DAL||4||2-5 (0-1)||3||4||0||1||2||+5||18|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||104-117 L @ MEM||2||1-2 (0-0)||3||0||0||0||1||+2||4|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||115-120 L @ DEN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||120-115 W vs. SAC||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||98-97 W @ TOR||DNP-Elbow||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||127-112 W vs. HOU||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (NBATV): Hawks @ Magic
7:00: Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
8:00: Bucks (Bledsoe-probable) @ Bulls
8:00: Nets @ Timberwolves (Towns-questionable)
9:00: Pistons @ Jazz
10:00 (NBATV): Suns (Booker) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere-out)