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BBNBA: Davis leads big win over Nuggets & Randle drops 28 in Memphis

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Welcome to a Tuesday edition of the BBNBA recap. Let’s get caught up on the ‘Cats in the league.

RECAP

Anthony Davis finds form in huge win over Denver

The Lakers are in trouble as we wind down in the regular season. As of yesterday morning, they were tied with two other teams for the seventh seed in the west, needing to pass one of the others to ensure they won’t have to play into the playoffs.

That’s why last night’s game against a scorching hot Nuggets team (even without Jamal Murray) was so important.

LeBron James just returned to the court the other day, but after Sunday’s loss to Toronto, he sat in the game yesterday to rest. Which is funny, because he whined about the concept of play-in games after the loss and then decided not to play in one of his team’s most important games of the season.

Nonetheless, Anthony Davis had his best performance since his return. We finally saw some vintage AD yesterday. He was monstrous defensively along with the rest of L.A. in holding every non-Jokic Nugget to below-par games — and Denver scored just 89 points on the night.

On offense, he was dominant in the first half, hitting mid-range jumpers, beating guys off the dribble and scoring with his usual post trickery. He finished the game with 25 points and no other Laker had more than 11. When his team needed a massive performance from Davis, he delivered to lead L.A. to a vital victory that keeps them ahead of the play-in games.

Randle has 28 in win over Memphis

New York picked up another win to push their lead over Atlanta to a game and a half and is increasingly locking themselves into a homecourt advantage position in the East.

As he has all season, Julius Randle led the way for the Orange and Blue. In 38 minutes of play, he scored 28 and poured in five three-pointers while adding 6 boards and 6 assists.

His buddy Immanuel Quickley had a nice night in somewhat limited action. The rookie scored 8 on 3-6 shooting in 16 minutes of play.

Nerlens Noel remains out with a sprained ankle but hopes are he can return in the next few games.

New York also clinched their first above-.500 season since 2013. The unpredictable, unbelievable run of awesomeness from Randle and what he considers “the big 15” only continues.

Hami gets the start and scores 16

Hamidou Diallo hasn’t found the same consistency in Detroit that he played with in Oklahoma City, but he got his first start in the Motor City last night.

He scored 16 points and has been in double-figures in his last three. It still bothers me that OKC basically gave away Diallo when he was a young core piece and their second-leading scorer, but oh well, here’s to hoping Hami figures it out at his new home. 

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle (NYK)118-104 W @ MEM289-23
(5-8)
66101+1538
Anthony Davis (LAL)93-89 W vs. DEN259-19
(1-2)
71034+3
Hamidou Diallo (DET)119-112 L vs. ORL165-10
(2-4)
71001-226
Eric Bledsoe (NOP)123-108 L vs. GSW114-7
(1-2)
54111-833
Immanuel Quickley (NYK)118-104 W @ MEM83-6
(2-3)
10002+116
Keldon Johnson (SAS)110-99 L @ UTA63-10
(0-1)
42002-1126
Mychal Mulder (GSW)123-108 W @ NOP62-6
(2-5)
00012+822
Enes Kanter (POR)123-114 L @ ATL42-4
(0-0)
50000-1013
Wenyen Gabriel (NOP)123-108 L vs. GSW10-2
(0-1)
10100+42
Tyrese Maxey (PHI)106-94 W @ CHI00-2
(0-1)
00000-62

TODAY IN THE NBA

7:00: Suns (Booker) @ Cavaliers

7:00: Hornets (Monk, Washington, Richards) @ Pistons (Diallo)

7:30: Nets @ Bucks

8:00: Mavericks (Cauley-Stein) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

8:00: Warriors (Mulder) @ Pelicans (Bledsoe)

8:00: Kings (Fox) @ Thunder

10:00: Raptors @ Clippers (Cousins, Rondo, Patterson)

Article written by Alex Weber

@alexweberKSR on Twitter.