Good afternoon, folks. Tyler Herro was feeding off the energy from that win over Lousiville. Let’s talk NBA.
Booker’s 32 ends Suns’ losing streak
One of the Phoenix Suns or Sacramento Kings was going to see its losing streak extended, no matter what the outcome was. Sacramento was riding a five-game losing streak coming into Saturday while Phoenix was desperately trying to stop an eight-game skid.
Sacramento used a late rally to make it close down the stretch, but couldn’t execute in the end. They did this despite missing Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox, who are both dealing with their second respective injuries of the season. Fox missed 17 games with a sprained ankle throughout November and December before returning for five games. It was in that fifth game against the Rockets that the former ‘Cat landed awkwardly early in the affair and sprinted straight to the locker room. Fox has been tabbed as day-to-day after an MRI revealed no structural damage to his back.
In the win for Phoenix, Devin Booker posted a BBNBA-high of 32 points and 10 assists on 14-23 shooting from the field. It marked the ninth time this season that Book has topped the 30-point threshold this year (the Suns are 6-3 in those games).
Herro comes up big in Miami
Bam Adebayo had a night to forget going up against Philadelphia 76ers behemoth Joel Embiid. The former Kentucky one-and-done went for just 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists on 5-14 shooting. Embiid was cooking Adebayo on both ends of the floor, using his physical advantage to bully the Miami heat center into the paint while also showcasing his sweet outside shooting stroke. It was the first time this season that I saw Adebayo get overwhelmingly outplayed. Embiid posted 35 points and 11 rebounds on 11-16 shooting.
Bam has been a borderline All-Star this season and might sneak into the game once its all said and done. But watching Embiid toast him up for 48 minutes put into perspective just how good the league’s top big men truly are. However, in the end, that matchup was irrelevant. Thanks to the heroics of Heat guard Tyler Herro, Miami was able to secure an overtime win, 117-116.
With the final seconds disappearing off the game clock in regulation, the 76ers controlled a two-point lead and all they had to do was not turn the ball over, hit some free throws, and head back home with a win. Instead, Embiid found himself triple-teamed at the top of the perimeter where Jimmy Butler was able to poke the ball out from behind which allowed Herro to do this…
TYLER HERRO!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Y9LzOen2V8
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 29, 2019
That might be the biggest “f**k you” shot I’ve seen all season. Miami had time to pull the ball out and get a better shot. If Herro misses, the game is almost assuredly over. But without hesitation, the former Wildcat calmly steps back and drills a massive three-point shot that would eventually push the game to overtime. The rookie finished with 16 points and five rebounds while connecting on 4-8 shots from beyond the arc. Miami is now 6-0 in overtime games this season.
Knicks continue winning ways (?)
The New York Knicks won its second consecutive game with a 107-100 win over the Washinton Wizards. Since firing head coach David Fizdale – who was 4-18 before his termination – the Knicks have gone 5-6 under interim head coach Mike Miller. Granted, the wins haven’t been spectacular by any means, but hey, they’re winning.
Julius Randle registered 30 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists on 11-21 shooting. 16 boards tied his season-high and Randle has now hit at least 30 points in three straight games.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) December 29, 2019
”A little bit into the season, we’re learning how to play off each other a little bit better. Playing a little faster,” Randle said following the game. ”I’m reading it better, getting to spots better, recognizing how they’re playing me, playing at a better pace. Coaches are doing a better job of getting me in spots where I can be efficient.”
Kevin Knox added six points and four rebounds on 1-4 shooting in just 19 minutes.
Lakers take down Blazers to end losing stretch
The Los Angeles Lakers came out of the gates as one of the two best teams in the NBA, quickly jumping out to a 24-3 record in the West. The schedule was relatively easy compared to the rest of the league, and once it ramped up, the Lakers began to feel the intensity of better competition. Since then, L.A. had lost four games in a row coming into Saturday, but got back on track with a 128-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Anthony Davis recorded 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for the Lakers on 7-16 shooting while Rajon Rondo added 15 points, three rebounds, and four assists on a 6-8 clip from the field.
Skal Labissiere received his first start of the season for Portland, but it was cut short not even three minutes into the game. The 23-year old left the game with what appeared to be a knee injury. He did not return and his MRI results are still pending.
Terry Stotts says results of an MRI on Skal Labissiere's left knee are "pending."
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 29, 2019
- Jamal Murray went for 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists in the Denver Nuggets 119-110 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
- The Boston Celtics fell to the Toronto Raptors, 113-97, as Enes Kanter put up 11 points and six rebounds on a perfect 5-5 mark from the field for the Celts.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||112-110 W @ SAC||32||14-23 (0-4)||3||10||2||0||3||+6||40|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||107-100 W @ WAS||30||11-21 (2-6)||16||6||1||0||5||+8||38|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||128-120 W @ POR||20||7-16 (1-4)||9||5||2||0||2||+6||35|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||117-116 (OT) W vs. PHI||16||6-14 (4-8)||5||0||0||0||1||-11||34|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||119-110 W vs. MEM||15||5-14 (0-2)||5||5||0||0||1||-2||35|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||128-120 W @ POR||15||6-8 (1-2)||3||4||0||0||2||+12||18|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||97-113 L vs. TOR||11||5-5 (1-1)||6||1||0||0||1||-3||17|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||117-116 (OT) W vs. PHI||11||5-14 (0-0)||3||2||1||1||0||-7||39|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||107-100 W @ WAS||6||1-4 (1-2)||4||0||0||0||0||+18||19|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||136-109 W vs. DET||5||2-4 (1-2)||3||3||1||2||0||+16||20|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)||121-141 L vs. DAL||4||2-5 (0-0)||5||1||0||1||2||-6||18|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||107-120 L vs. UTA||4||2-5 (0-3)||1||0||0||0||0||-2||7|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||110-112 L vs. PHX||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||-2||2|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||120-128 L vs. LAL||0||0-1 (0-1)||1||0||0||0||0||-3||2|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||94-88 W @ MIN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||119-110 W vs. MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||136-109 W vs. DET||DNP-Inactive||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||88-94 L vs. CLE||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||110-112 L vs. PHX||DNP-Back||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||111-100 W vs. ORL||DNP-Leg||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||120-98 W vs. IND||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||100-107 L vs. NYK||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
6:00: Thunder (Diallo-out, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Raptors
8:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Grizzlies
8:00: Rockets @ Pelicans (Miller-out)
8:00: Kings (Fox-questionable, Gabriel) @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)
9:30 (ESPN): Mavericks @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)