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BBNBA: Booker Drops 39, Ejected in 4th Quarter

(NBA Getty Images)

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Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker scored 39 points against the Atlanta Hawks and was ejected with two minutes left. Let’s talk NBA.

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It was a relatively slow night in the BBNBA, but we still have some topics to discuss.

RECAP

Booker ejected in loss to Hawks

The Phoenix Suns came into Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks looking to rattle off its third consecutive win. Trae Young had other plans in mind.

The second-year point guard from Oklahoma dropped 21 of his 36 points in the final quarter to lead his Hawks to a 123-110 victory. The Suns trailed throughout a good chunk of the game but rallied in the third quarter as they took their first lead of the second half with an 81-80 advantage. The Hawks would soon take the lead back and never looked back.

Booker poured in 39 points for Phoenix but was ejected in the closing minutes after being hit with his second technical foul for apparently no reason other than dunking the ball?

His 39 points came after his season-low of 12 points in a close win over Charlotte. Booker also added seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals while shooting 12-23 from the floor.

Bucks destroy Knicks

Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo both played a mere 21 minutes apiece in the Milwaukee Bucks blowout 128-102 win over the New York Knicks. The former ‘Cat added 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists to help lead his team to its fourth straight win and an NBA-leading 36-6 record. Bledsoe didn’t even need to step on the court in the fourth quarter as the game had been long decided.

Julius Randle posted his 16th double-double of the season for the Knicks, recording 25 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 10-20 from the field and an efficient 3-6 from beyond the arc. Fellow New York teammate, Kevin Knox, contributed 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Milwaukee swept the season series against New York, winning all three matchups.

Other notes

  • Willie Cauley-Stein went for eight points and six rebounds in the Golden State Warriors 124-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)110-123 L @ ATL3912-23 (2-4)73203-134
Julius Randle (NYK)102-128 L @ MIL2510-20 (3-6)153004-2526
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)128-102 W vs. NYK113-9 (2-4)63002+1921
Kevin Knox (NYK)102-128 L @ MIL103-7 (2-4)42000023
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)97-124 L vs. DAL83-5 (0-0)60210-317
Brandon Knight (CLE)103-128 L @ LAC00-6 (0-6)11001-2126
Patrick Patterson (LAC)128-103 W vs. CLE00-2 (0-2)00000-13

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Pistons @ Celtics (Kanter)

7:00 (ESPN): Nets @ 76ers

7:30: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

8:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Bulls

8:00: Pacers @ Timberwolves (Towns-out)

8:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Raptors

9:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)

9:30 (ESPN): Trail Blazers (Labissiere-out) @ Rockets

10:00: Mavericks @ Kings (Fox, Gabriel)

10:30: Magic @ Lakers (Davis-questionable, Rondo-out)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan