Good morning, folks. DeMarcus Cousins is playing extremely well and it is terrifying. Let’s talk NBA.
[10-39] Knicks – 92 @ [24-25] Hornets – 101
- Malik Monk had his best game since early January against the Knicks on Monday night, leading a 17-1 fourth-quarter run by the Charlotte Hornets’ bench unit. Monk scored 12 of his 14 points during that run, playing alongside Kemba Walker, who scored the other five points during that impressive scoring stretch. The Hornets bench has been one of it’s most important attributes since the season began and it saved them in this one. Four Charlotte reserves scored in double-figures and the team as a whole received 63 points from the bench. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed only two of those points but added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in nine minutes.
- Before Monday night’s outing, Monk had been in a slump, averaging only 6.4 points per game while shooting under 38 percent from the field in his previous eight games. He topped 20 minutes played in only one of those instances. But against the Knicks, Monk’s shots finally found the bottom of the net.
- ”You’re going to miss shots, there’s going to be days when you miss shots, but it’s in your mind to keep going,” Monk said. ”When you keep shooting the same way, the ball is going to fall in, so I just kept my same routine, kept shooting the same and I was able to knock them down.”
- For the New York Knicks, Kevin Knox posted 19 points and three rebounds on 7-16 shooting (3-4 from three). Enes Kanter did not play for the fourth straight game as he and the Knicks front office continue to find a suitable role for him.
- DeMarcus Cousins led the BBNBA in scoring (I’m so happy I can finally say that) with a season-high in both points (22) and minutes (25). The Warriors dominated the Pacers 132-100, as Indiana continues to find their path since the season-ending injury to their star player, Victor Oladpio. The Warriors have now won 11 games in a row and Boogie is looking legit. Through five games, the former Kentucky center is averaging 15.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in just under 22 minutes per game (he’s also 6-11 on three-pointers).
- For the Nuggets, they were able to overcome a 25-point second-half deficit despite Jamal Murray missing only the third games of his NBA career. Denver trailed by 17 heading into the final period and was led by Malik Beasley – Murray’s temporary replacement – and Nikola Jokic down the stretch. Trey Lyles played 13 minutes but failed to register a point. Jarred Vanderbilt was a DNP-Coaches Decision and has not played since his debut on Jan. 25.
- Finally, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 11 points on 5-7 shooting to go along with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 24 minutes, Unfortunately, his Los Angeles Clippers took a horrendous loss to the 16-win Atlanta Hawks at home by a score of 118-123.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||132-100 W @ IND||22||7-12 (1-2)||6||4||0||0||2||+7||25|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||92-101 L @ CHA||19||7-16 (3-4)||3||1||1||0||1||+5||34|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||101-92 W vs. NYK||14||5-12 (4-7)||2||3||0||0||3||+14||22|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||118-123 L vs. ATL||11||5-7 (1-2)||2||2||2||0||2||-6||24|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||101-92 W vs. NYK||2||1-4 (0-1)||3||2||1||0||0||+10||9|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||95-92 W @ MEM||0||0-4 (0-2)||1||0||0||0||2||-2||13|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||92-101 L @ CHA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||95-92 W @ MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||95-92 W @ MEM||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||123-118 W @ LAC||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Cavaliers
7:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Pistons
7:00: Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Magic (Briscoe-questionable)
7:30: Bulls @ Nets
8:00 (TNT): Pelicans (Davis-out, Miller, Randle-questionable) @ Rockets (Knight)
8:30: Suns (Booker) @ Spurs
10:30 (TNT): 76ers @ Lakers (Rondo)
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