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BBNBA: Booker and the Suns Top Nets by 26

(Barry Gossage)

(Barry Gossage)

Good morning, folks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Phoenix Suns are still a ton of fun. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Jokic, Nuggets top Wolves in overtime

  • In back-to-back games, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has secured two wins thanks to last-second jump shots. A jumper with 2.2 seconds left in a recent game against the Philadelphia 76ers lifted Denver and on Sunday night Jokic hit another with 2.4 seconds left, this time in overtime. Jamal Murray posted 15 points and five rebounds on 6-19 shooting for the Nuggets, who move to 7-2 on the year and atop the Western Conference standings.
  • But with every game-winner, comes the team on the opposite side of it. Karl-Anthony Towns actually hit a corner three that helped send the game to an extra period and he finished the game with 25 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists but on 8-23 shooting (3-14 from three). The Wolves shot just 35.1 percent from the field and a season-worst 13.3 percent from three.

Suns are still good, annihilate Nets

  • If you were hoping the Phoenix Suns sudden rise to being a competent basketball team was going to end soon, keep dreaming. The Suns destroyed the Brooklyn Nets 138-112 at home behind a BBNBA-high of 27 points from Devin Booker.
  • Booker was insanely efficient from the field, shooting 10-14 from the field and 4-5 from deep to go along with nine assists. It was the Suns’ fourth win in five games and they currently hold a 6-3 record, tied for third-best in the West.

Bledsoe and Bucks narrowly edge out Thunder

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder staged a valiant comeback effort against the Milwaukee Bucks but came up short in the final minute. Trailing by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter, OKC rallied back to tie the game at 114 with 32 seconds left, but Milwaukee hit its free throws to win its fifth game in its last six outings. Eric Bledsoe registered his fourth straight 20-point game for the Bucks, posting 25 points, three rebounds, and nine assists on 9-15 shooting.
  • For the Thunder, they were once again led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who added 22 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

  • Also for OKC, Hamidou Diallo continues to play out of his mind, looking like a completely different player compared to his rookie season. Diallo recorded 10 points and three steals on 5-6 shooting. This was the fifth game this year that he’s finished with double-digits in scoring – the same amount of times he did in the entire 2018-19 season. Diallo has become a must-watch for League Passers with his ability to pop off for a highlight dunk at any moment.

  • Finally, for OKC, Nerlens Noel went for an impressive line of 14 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two blocks.

Other notes

  • Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the reigning NBA Champion Toronto Raptors late on Sunday, 113-104. Davis was tied with Booker for the most points in the BBNBA at 27 in addition to his eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and four blocks on 10-20 shooting. The loss ended the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak thanks to a massive bench effort from the Raptors, who are without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka for the foreseeable future.
  • I’m only going to talk about the New York Knicks right now because they were absolutely LIT UP by MY Cleveland Cavaliers, to the point that Madison Square Garden fans were filling the arena with boos that were music to my ears. The Cavs destroyed the Knicks, 108-87, which led to the Knicks front office calling an impromptu press conference to discuss the miserable state of the organization just 10 games into the season. Because if there’s one thing that should calm everyone down and let them know things aren’t quite as bad as they might seem, it’s calling a press conference after losing by 20 points to Cleveland 10 games into the season. Knicks gonna Knick. BUT, the Knicks also roster Julius Randle and Kevin Knox. Randle went for 20 points and 16 rebounds while Knox added just nine points and three rebounds on 2-9 shooting. Honestly, I’m beginning to feel bad for Knox, who has been stuck behind overpaid veterans all season now. New York needs to embrace the youth they have, not feed Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris 25-plus minutes per game so they can start the season 2-8.
  • We’ll end the recap with the Charlotte Hornets, who fell in a not-so-close game to the 76ers, 114-106. P.J. Washington had another solid game of 15 points, four rebounds, and four steals for Charlotte while Malik Monk added 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. This season, the Hornets have trailed by double-digits in every game. Charlotte might not be good, but they sure are fun.

  • Can we get a Monk-Diallo dunk contest?
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)138-112 W vs. BKN2710-14 (4-5)29002+4032
Anthony Davis (LAL)104-113 L vs. TOR2710-20 (2-5)83245-637
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)98-100 L vs. DEN (OT)258-23 (3-14)166125-741
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)121-119 W @ OKC259-15 (3-6)39013+429
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)119-121 L vs. MIL229-19 (4-6)66202-836
Julius Randle (NYK)87-108 L vs. CLE206-14 (1-2)161004-2231
Jamal Murray (DEN)100-98 W @ MIN (OT)156-19 (3-7)52107-335
Malik Monk (CHA)106-114 L @ PHI154-8 (2-5)83103+126
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)106-114 L @ PHI156-11 (3-4)40400+236
Nerlens Noel (OKC)119-121 L vs. MIL146-9 (0-0)36022-129
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)119-121 L vs. MIL105-6 (0-0)00301-121
Kevin Knox (NYK)87-108 L vs. CLE92-9 (1-5)32221+922
Skal Labissiere (POR)124-113 W vs. ATL (OT)10-3 (0-0)62010017
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)100-98 W @ MIN (OT)DNP-CD----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)106-114 L @ PHIDNP-CD----------------
Brandon Knight (CLE)108-87 W @ NYKDNP-CD----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)104-113 L vs. TORDNP-Calf----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pistons

7:30 (NBATV): Mavericks @ Celtics (Kanter)

7:30: Grizzlies @ Spurs (Lyles)

8:00: Rockets @ Pelicans (Miller-out)

10:30: Jazz @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)

10:30 (NBATV): Raptors @ Clippers (Patterson)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

3 Comments for BBNBA: Booker and the Suns Top Nets by 26



  1. StuckinLville
    11:07 am November 11, 2019 Permalink

    Diallo would win. Dude’s verical is just insane.



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    11:37 am November 11, 2019 Permalink

    Great write-up … love what Booker is doing … now if you would “only” stop using “just” and “only” … there are unnecessary. “while Knox added just nine points”



  3. jackthecatsfan41
    3:17 pm November 11, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s go suns