Good morning, folks. It was a slow night in the Association, but Devin Booker still put on a show. Let’s talk NBA.
Booker’s impressive third quarter
- Over the last seven games for Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, the former Kentucky Wildcat had been battling through a shooting slump. During that stretch, Booker shot just 26.2 percent from three on slightly higher than six attempts per outing. His Suns posted a 2-5 record in that timeframe with Booker going for at least 30 points only once.
- On Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, Booker rediscovered his stroke, dropping 44 points in a much-needed overtime win over the struggling Pellies. He drilled five of his 11 looks from beyond the arc and converted 13 out of 24 shots overall – his best shooting night from the field in nearly a month. 21 of his 44 points came in the third quarter alone, catapulting the Suns into a double-digit lead throughout the third frame. New Orleans would rattle off a 40-20 run in the final period to send the game into extra time before ultimately falling 139-132. Booker also added eight rebounds, nine assists, and two steals to complete his stat line.
- With the win, Phoenix moves to 10-11 on the season and still very much in the early-season playoff hunt.
Nuggets embarrass that team in New York
- The Denver Nuggets strung together a 17-1 run right before the end of the first half that put an end to a game that didn’t feel like it ever truly started. At one point in the final quarter, Denver led by as many as 43 points… Ouch.
- The New York Knicks were demolished, 129-92, in Madison Square Garden as the Denver backups continued to pile on the points in the second half with the starters resting on the bench. Jamal Murray was only required to play 22 minutes before his services were no longer deemed necessary. However, he still added 14 points, three rebounds, and four assists in the process. For the Knicks, Julius Randle – like the rest of his teammates – struggled to do anything. The forward contributed six points, four rebounds, and four assists on 2-9 shooting. Fellow Knick Kevin Knox went for eight points and two rebounds and played just 21 minutes despite the blowout. A significant amount of those minutes came in the fourth quarter, too, with the game long decided.
- Yes, the Knicks are still terrible. Yes, it is okay to laugh.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||139-132 (OT) W @ NOP||44||13-24 (5-11)||8||9||2||0||5||+11||42|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||129-92 W @ NYK||14||5-9 (1-3)||3||4||0||0||1||+10||22|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||92-129 L vs. DEN||8||3-8 (2-4)||2||0||1||1||0||-21||21|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||92-129 L vs. DEN||6||2-9 (0-3)||4||4||0||0||1||-18||21|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||129-92 W @ NYK||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||132-139 (OT) L vs. PHX||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||119-113 W @ PHI||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Nets @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00: Magic @ Cavaliers (Knight)
7:00: Pacers @ Pistons
8:00 (ESPN): Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Celtics (Kanter)
8:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
8:00: Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Bulls
8:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Thunder (Diallo-out, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
8:30: Clippers (Patterson) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
8:30: Kings (Fox-out, Gabriel) @ Spurs (Lyles)
10:30 (ESPN): Lakers (Davis, Rondo) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere)