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BBNBA: Fox Leaves in 1st Quarter, Randle Goes Off Again

(NBA.com/Knicks)

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Good afternoon, folks. De’Aaron Fox hurt himself again last night… Let’s talk NBA.

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Fox leaves 1 minute into game against Wolves

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox has already missed 17 games earlier in the season after spraining his ankle during a practice session. The former Wildcat recently returned from the injury, playing in the previous four games for the Kings and the most recent two as a starter. Fox posted 31 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists in his most previous outing against the Rockets and was already returning to game form. However, just one minute into Thursday night’s double-overtime affair against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Fox quickly ushered himself to the locker room after an awkward, non-contact landing. He immediately came down holding his hip and the Kings would later announce that he’d miss the remainder of the game with back spasms.

So with no Fox for the Kings, the Wolves had a chance to secure its first win of the entire MONTH. Karl-Anthony Towns was sidelined for the fifth straight game due to a knee sprain that has kept him out of play. Minny had not won a game since November coming into Thursday night’s matchup and was 0-11 in the month of December. Even without KAT, the Wolves found a way to muster up a 105-104 double-overtime win.

An NBA game that hit almost 60 minutes of game time only resulted in the highest scoring total being 105? And the two biggest stars were hurt? Count me out…

Randle with another impressive outing

In his last two outings, Julius Randle has posted scoring outputs of 35 and 33 points, respectively, for the New York Knicks. While NY has gone 1-1 in those games with the loss coming to the Washington Wizards, the Knicks were able to earn a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. Randle’s 33 points led both the Knicks and the BBNBA and it was just the third time all season that the former ‘Cat has topped the 30-point mark. In addition to his high scoring total, Randle added eight rebounds and two assists while shooting 14-26 from the field and an impressive 5-9 from beyond the arc.

New York forced Brooklyn into the worst shooting night of any NBA team this season. The Nets shot just 26.9 percent (21-78), which edged out the Bulls’ 29.9 percent shooting from the field two months earlier in a loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Kevin Knox appeared in just 13 minutes for the Knicks, adding four points, three rebounds, and one steal on 1-3 shooting.

Other notes

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder couldn’t pull out a fifth consecutive win, falling at home to the Memphis Grizzlies, 110-97. SGA posted 21 points, three rebounds, and three steals on 9-21 shooting while Nerlens Noel contributed two points, three rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in 16 minutes.
  • Skal Labissiere continued his impressive streak of off-the-bench contribution. In a 121-115 loss to the Utah Jazz, Labissiere registered 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while shooting 4-6 from the field. Over his last five outings, the big man is averaging 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds on 56.3 percent shooting from the field in nearly 22 minutes per night.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle (NYK)94-82 W @ BKN3314-26 (5-9)82002+2535
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)97-110 L vs. MEM218-19 (1-6)31301-937
Skal Labissiere (POR)115-121 L @ UTA104-6 (0-0)73002+1926
Trey Lyles (SAS)98-102 L @ DAL52-6 (1-2)51000-1921
Kevin Knox (NYK)94-82 W @ BKN41-3 (0-0)30102-513
Nerlens Noel (OKC)97-110 L vs. MEM21-2 (0-0)31230-1016
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)104-105 L (2OT) vs. MIN21-1 (0-0)12000+41
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)105-104 W (2OT) @ SACDNP-Knee----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)97-110 L vs. MEMDNP-Elbow----------------
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)104-105 L (2OT) vs. MINDNP-Inactive----------------
Keldon Johnson (SAS)98-102 L @ DALDNP-Inactive----------------
John Wall (WAS)102-132 L @ DETDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

4:00 (NBATV): Cavaliers (Knight) @ Celtics (Kanter)

7:00: Thunder (Diallo-out, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington-probable)

7:00 (NBATV): 76ers @ Magic

7:30: Bucks (Bledsoe-out) @ Hawks

8:00: Pacers @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

10:30 (NBATV): Suns (Booker) @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR