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BBNBA: Fox and KAT duel it out & Booker drops 36

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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Welcome to a busy recap of last night’s NBA action. Let’s get to it.

RECAP

Booker drops 36 as Suns outlast Rockets

Well, well, well, is that the Houston Rockets *almost* beating a good team? Without John Wall in the lineup, Houston put up an uncharacteristically tough fight against one of the hottest teams in the League. Yet Devin Booker was still able to push Phoenix over the top for its sixth straight win, boosting their record to 35-14, the second-best in the NBA.

In a high-scoring 133-130 contest, Booker poured in 36, with half of those coming in the fourth quarter to help power Phoenix to another victory. During the six-game winning streak, Devin is scoring over 30 a game and shooting over 50% from the field, and right near 50% from three.

Check out these Booker highlights:

Julius Randle wills New York within an inch of victory

For the Knicks, “getting over the hump” means beating the Monstars Nets team from the neighboring borough. The Knicks lost again last night to Brooklyn, but like their previous matchup, it was a physical battle that came down to the final moments and New York proved they can hang with them.

Kyrie Irving led the way with 40 points after James Harden went down 4 minutes into the game and didn’t return. But Julius Randle did everything he could in the 114-112 loss, recording a 19-15-12 triple-double as the point of attack in a feisty Knicks offense.

Immanuel Quickley didn’t get a whole lot of shine as the rookie finished just three points on 1-4 shooting. Nerlens Noel, starting once again in place of the injured Mitchell Robinson, scored 6 points, grabbed 5 boards and blocked two shots as New York’s primary rim protector.

A cool 31 points for De’Aaron Fox, 23 & 13 for KAT in win

De’Aaron Fox continued his recent scoring tear with 31 more points on Monday. Since March 22, he’s fourth in the NBA in scoring, with Shai Gilegous-Alexander third and Devin Booker fourth. Not too shabby for some former Kentucky guards.

Fox’s latest scoring outburst wasn’t enough to push his Kings past the Towns-Edwards show. Last night, Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota to victory behind 23 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Now that the big man has a freakishly athletic rookie that’s figuring things out and (finally) a healthy D’Angelo Russell, the T-Wolves should at least be capable enough on offense to pick off a few games here and there.

Minnesota is going nowhere in 2021, but the future is getting brighter and brighter–especially with the potential to add Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs or any one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft.

OTHER NOTES

Hami wins big vs. former team. Hamidou Diallo busted up the stat sheet to the tune of 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block as his Pistons blasted the team that senselessly traded him. Detroit bested Oklahoma City by 24, 132-108 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued to sit out with injury. 

Keldon Johnson records double-double in loss. Keldon Johnson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a bad blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The loss marks the Spurs’ third in a row and they have fallen to an even .500 at 24-24. Once safely a playoff team, is San Antonio reverting to the team that everyone thought would miss the Playoffs heading into the season? Possibly.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHO)133-130 W @ HOU3611-20
(6-8)
66102+1536
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)116-106 L @ MIN318-16
(2-4)
69204-631
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)116-106 W vs. SAC238-18
(2-3)
135201+236
Julius Randle (NYK)114-112 L @ BKN197-19
(0-4)
1512115+039
Keldon Johnson (SAS)125-101 L vs. CLE136-11
(0-2)
101002-1627
Hamidou Diallo (DET)132-108 W @ OKC115-10
(1-2)
84112+1524
Nerlens Noel (NYK)114-112 L @ BKN63-4
(0-0)
51021-222
Darius Miller (OKC)132-108 L vs. DET31-3
(1-3)
13300-213
Immanuel Quickley (NYK)114-112 L @ BKN31-4
(0-0)
01110+613

TODAY IN THE NBA

7:00: Bulls @ Pacers

7:30: Pelicans (Bledsoe) @ Hawks

7:30: 76ers (Maxey) @ Celtics

7:30: Lakers @ Raptors

8:00: Grizzlies @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

9:00: Pistons (Diallo) @ Nuggets (Murray)

10:00: Bucks @ Warriors (Mulder)

10:00 Trail Blazers (Kanter) @ Clippers (Rondo, Patterson)

Article written by Alex Weber

@alexweberKSR on Twitter.

1 Comment for BBNBA: Fox and KAT duel it out & Booker drops 36



  1. slam212121
    2:36 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    Randle clanks the final shot after a cold night of shooting. Bullock had the hot hand. Why the Knicks continue to let Barrett and Randle take clutch final shots is beyond the fans as they were livid on media last night.

    The Knicks are sliding and just about out of the play off spots.