Good afternoon, folks. The only bad part about a team winning by 30 is that it means fewer minutes for the Kentucky guys I’m here to watch in the first place. Let’s talk NBA.
Two blowout wins by the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings
- Starting with the surprising destruction of the Houston Rockets (3-3) by the Miami Heat (5-1), who won this game 129-100 and led 46-14 after the first quarter – the third-largest lead after 12 minutes in NBA history! At one point, Miami was up 59-18… Yikes… Miami’s 5-1 record is tied for the best start in franchise history.
- Bam Adebayo played his fewest minutes (25) since the season-opener and he probably didn’t even need to play an entire quarter of this beatdown. Adebayo still posted eight points, five rebounds, and five assists because that’s what the league’s Most Improving Player does a regular basis. His Kentucky brethren, Tyler Herro, played 34 minutes as he recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. He shot only 3-10 from the field but made up for it with some brilliant playmaking.
Bam straight bullying to the rim! ? pic.twitter.com/BfuLuBrwT6
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 4, 2019
- The Sacramento Kings earned its second consecutive win after starting the season 0-5, obliterating the Knicks in New York by a score of 113-92 after leading 61-41 at the half and at one point leading by as many as 32. De’Aaron Fox posted 24 points and six assists on 8-18 shooting to push the Kings to 2-5 on the year with some momentum as they continue onto game two of a three-game road trip.
- Knicks’ forwards Julius Randle and Kevin Knox both struggled for the second time in two games, combining for 10 points and 10 rebounds in 46 minutes on only 4-17 shooting (0-6 from deep).
Brandon Knight finally finds the court
- Due to nondisclosed personal matters that have kept Cleveland Cavaliers backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova off the sidelines the last two games, Brandon Knight has been funneled those extra minutes. In his first outing on Friday, Knight played only six minutes and shot 0-3 from the field. On Sunday, however, the former Kentucky guard found some rhythm, adding 10 points and six assists in nearly 20 minutes on 3-8 shooting. He knocked down back-to-back triples early in the game and drilled a third late in the fourth. He didn’t look completely confident or under control, but hitting some deep shots definitely helped. If he can keep his dribbling in check, he should continue to play well in reserve minutes.
Anthony Davis and the Lakers sit atop the Western Conference
- With a 103-96 road win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers currently boast the best record in the Western Conference and sit pretty in the top spot at 5-1. Thanks to Anthony Davis’ third double-double of the season, in which he registered a BBNBA-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds, the Lakers were able to secure the win and stave off a second-half rally from the Spurs.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||103-96 W @ SAS||25||10-20 (1-2)||11||2||0||4||6||+7||36|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||113-92 W @ NYK||24||8-18 (1-3)||2||6||1||1||3||+17||34|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||129-100 W vs. HOU||12||3-10 (2-5)||7||7||1||0||1||+2||34|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||131-111 L vs. DAL||10||3-8 (3-7)||1||6||1||0||2||-6||19|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||129-100 W vs. HOU||8||3-5 (0-1)||5||5||2||1||4||+15||25|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||92-113 L vs. SAC||8||4-13 (0-3)||7||2||0||0||1||-27||26|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||96-103 L vs. LAL||4||2-3 (0-1)||2||0||1||0||1||-3||14|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||92-113 L vs. SAC||2||0-4 (0-3)||3||1||1||0||1||-3||20|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||113-92 W @ NYK||0||0-1 (0-0)||1||0||0||0||0||-7||5|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||105-94 W vs. UTA||0||0-1 (0-1)||1||1||0||0||1||-15||12|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||96-103 L vs. LAL||DNP-Inactive||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||103-96 W @ SAS||DNP-Calf||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Pistons @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30 (NBATV): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Nets
8:00: Rockets @ Grizzlies
8:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Timberwolves (Towns-out)
9:00: 76ers @ Suns (Booker)
10:30 (NBATV): Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)