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BBNBA: Devin Booker Sure Does Love Playing in Boston

(NBA | Getty Images)

(NBA | Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. He didn’t drop 70 this time, but Devin Booker had another great game in Boston. Let’s talk NBA.

REMINDER: 2020 NBA All-Star fan voting is now OPEN! All votes count for TWO until Jan. 20.


Booker’s near triple-double

It’s been nearly three years now since Devin Booker exploded for 70 points against the Boston Celtics. While his scoring punch didn’t quite reach that impressive feat on Saturday, he nearly recorded his first career triple-double (and got the win over the Celtics, too).

Booker posted 39 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists in the Phoenix Suns 123-119 win over Boston. The Suns had to withstand a franchise record of ELEVEN three-pointers courtesy of Marcus Smart (a career 31.6 percent shooter from deep) to take down the Cetlics but did so to win their second consecutive game and the fourth out of five attempts.

You know, Book is – Book’s Book,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said following the game. ”It’s something I don’t take for granted to have a guy that can get buckets like that.”

For the Celts, Enes Kanter added eight points and five rebounds on 3-5 shooting from the floor in 18 minutes.

Wenyen Gabriel traded to Trail Blazers

News broke during the middle of Kentucky’s win over Arkansas that Sacramento Kings forward Wenyen (or is it Wendell?) Gabriel was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers as a part of a multi-player deal.

OKC bounces back against Portland

Following a string of two straight losses, the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up a win agaisnt Wenyen Gabriel’s new team – the Trail Blazers. Powered by 22 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC pulled off a 119-106 victory as the point guard added 10 rebounds and five assists to his stat line, as well.

Due to the trade, Portland was without two of its role players who were shipped to Sacramento – Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver.

OKC had troubles with falling into quick deficits in the previous two outings against the Lakers and Heat. On Saturday, they did everything they could to avoid that and did so successfully, holding a seven-point halftime lead before winning by 13. Hamidou Diallo went for four points and one rebound as a starter for the Thunder while Nerlens Noel contributed 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks off the bench.

Other notes

  • De’Aaron Fox had himself an impressive game despite a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz. The former ‘Cat registered 21 points on 10-16 shooting, four rebounds, and eight assists. However, Fox did foul out of down the stretch as the Kings dropped its fourth game in a row. Over his last eight outings, Fox is averaging nearly 24 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, and 8.4 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent from deep. Unfortunately, the Kings are just 3-5 in those games.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns played in his second game back after sitting out the previous 15 due to a nagging knee injury. He’s on a slight minute restrictions and played 26 minutes on Saturday night in the second game of a back-to-back (Towns played in 28 minutes on Friday). Against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, Towns went for 12 points (4-12 from the field and 1-7 from deep), six rebounds, and six assists, but did not score in the second half as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost by a final score of 122-112.
  • Both Anthony Davis (backside) and Rajon Rondo (finger) were sidelined for the Los Angeles Lakers 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets.

Check out the full stat sheet below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)123-119 W @ BOS3912-20 (1-4)109204+1740
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)119-106 W vs. POR229-17 (0-4)105002+1034
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)101-123 L @ UTA2110-16 (0-1)48102-2030
Nerlens Noel (OKC)119-106 W vs. POR156-7 (0-0)52220-119
Julius Randle (NYK)87-90 L vs. PHI145-13 (2-4)125005+534
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)112-122 L vs. TOR124-11 (1-7)66014-926
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)109-95 W vs. ORL105-5 (0-0)62100+2425
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)117-97 W @ BKN83-5 (0-2)55002+1127
Enes Kanter (BOS)119-123 L vs. PHX83-5 (0-0)51011-1218
Kevin Knox (NYK)87-90 L vs. PHI42-3 (0-1)21010-811
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)119-106 W vs. POR42-5 (0-2)10103-232
Patrick Patterson (LAC)133-130 W @ NOP21-3 (0-1)40000+115
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)101-123 L @ UTADNP-Traded to POR----------------
Anthony Davis (LAL)124-115 W @ HOUDNP-Bruised Bum----------------
Brandon Knight (CLE)116-118 L @ CHIDNP-Knee----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)124-115 W @ HOUDNP-Finger----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)106-119 L @ OKCDNP-Knee----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)130-133 L vs. LACDNP-Achilles----------------


3:00: Heat (Adebayo, Herro-questionable) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)

8:00: Pacers @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

1 Comment for BBNBA: Devin Booker Sure Does Love Playing in Boston

  1. eyebleedblue
    1:05 pm January 19, 2020 Permalink

    Hope they all do well, but won’t watch a minute of it. College basketball is getting as boring as the nba as well. When does college football start?