Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker dropped 32 points on Saturday, so naturally, the Suns lost by 20. Let’s talk NBA.
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[11-36] Suns – 115 @ [22-23] Hornets – 135
- Devin Booker led the BBNBA in scoring on Saturday night, pouring in 32 points on 10-23 shooting. Booker also dished out 11 assists for his fifth double-double of the season, but, more impressively, did so without turning the ball over once. The bad news? The Suns still lost by 20 and were dominated throughout the entirety of the game by the league’s most average team. No disrespect meant towards the Hornets, but if you had to pick three teams over the previous five seasons that perfectly define mediocrity in the NBA, it would be the Charlotte Hornets listed three times (okay, I guess that was a teensy bit disrespectful, but I stand by my take).
- Booker played the most minutes for his Suns’ team but was also the only starter who didn’t finish with a disastrous plus/minus. Booker’s plus/minus was zero in 37 minutes while his four fellow starters combined for a minus-78. It doesn’t even matter how well Booker plays anymore, his teammates just simply aren’t good enough to help his team win games. The Suns have now lost 10 of their previous 12 outings.
- For Charlotte, they played one of their best overall games of the season. They scored a season-high 135 points, shot over 54 percent from the field, made nearly 50 percent of their 34 three-point attempts, and led by 20 for the majority of the game. Malik Monk scored seven points on 3-6 shooting while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 points on 3-4 shooting to go along with three rebounds.
[33-12] Bucks – 118 @ [19-27] Magic – 108
- Eric Bledsoe is quietly having the most efficient season of his career. His numbers aren’t quite up to par with some up his impressive seasons in Phoenix, but alongside the current MVP front-runner, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe has played the secondary/tertiary scorer role to perfection. He went off for a season-high 30 points on an insane 12-14 shooting from the field with zero turnovers against the Magic. Despite shooting the worst three-point percentage (31.3 percent) since his sophomore season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Bledsoe is actually posting a career-high effective field goal percentage of 55.6 percent, largely in part to a career-high shooting percentage from inside the three-point line. Bledsoe is shooting a career-best 61 percent on two-pointers. Khris Middleton demands more attention as the Bucks second-best scorer, but that allows Bledsoe to sneak in mostly undetected and put up impressive numbers without anyone hardly noticing. He’s a massive reason the Bucks are one of the two or three best teams in the entire NBA right now.
- For the Orlando Magic, Isaiah Briscoe continues to prove his worth as an NBA player. For the seventh-straight game, Briscoe played at least 15 minutes, clocking 17 against the Bucks for seven points on 3-6 shooting. He also contributed two rebounds, four assists, and only one turnover.
- For the Sacramento Kings, Buddy Hield bailed out his team as De’Aaron Fox struggled from the field, shooting 4-13 for only 14 points. However, Fox did record a double-double thanks to 10 assists to go along with six rebounds and one turnover. Hield hit the game-winning three as time expired to finish with 35 points. He made seven of his nine three-point attempts to secure a massive win for the Kings, who now move two games above .500. Willie Cauley-Stein went for 12 points (on 6-8 shooting) and six rebounds in 24 minutes.
- And finally, in Denver, the Nuggets stomped the Cleveland Cavaliers into the dirt behind 26 points from Jamal Murray, who went 8-14 from the field in addition to five assists. Trey Lyles added 16 points on 7-11 shooting, the most he’s scored in over a month. The Nuggets controlled this game by 20 points in the first half and never looked back.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||115-135 L @ CHA||32||10-23 (2-7)||2||11||0||0||0||0||37|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||118-108 W @ ORL||30||12-14 (2-3)||7||2||0||0||0||+24||30|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||124-102 W vs. CLE||26||8-14 (4-7)||2||5||0||0||2||+18||24|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||124-102 W vs. CLE||16||7-11 (0-3)||6||4||1||0||1||-2||19|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||103-101 W @ DET||14||4-13 (1-4)||6||10||1||0||0||+8||35|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||103-101 W @ DET||12||6-8 (0-0)||6||2||0||0||0||+13||24|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||135-115 W vs. PHX||10||3-4 (0-1)||3||0||1||0||0||+8||24|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||135-115 W vs. PHX||7||3-6 (1-4)||1||4||1||0||1||-6||18|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||108-118 L vs. MIL||7||3-6 (1-1)||2||4||0||0||1||-11||19|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||117-103 W @ CHI||5||2-3 (0-0)||1||3||1||2||2||+1||22|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||117-115 W @ PHI||4||2-2 (0-0)||1||0||2||1||0||+16||12|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||117-115 W @ PHI||0||0-1 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||-8||4|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||117-115 W @ PHI||0||0-2 (0-1)||1||1||0||1||1||-23||14|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||103-101 W @ DET||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||138-134 (OT) W vs. LAL||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||105-113 L vs. BOS||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||134-138 (OT) L @ HOU||DNP-Finger||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||124-102 W vs. CLE||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
6:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Pacers
7:00: Suns (Booker) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
7:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Spurs
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