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John Wall: Franchise player
John Wall is new to the Houston Rockets organization, but he’s not new to being a franchise-caliber player. Even at 30 years old and coming off an extensive rehab process, the former Wildcat is once again the face of an NBA team–and he knows it. On Thursday night, Wall and the Rockets won its seventh game out of the last eight outings, taking down the Memphis Grizzlies with ease, 115-103.
After sitting out five games earlier this season due to a sore knee, Wall has been in a groove for Houston over his previous six appearances, averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 assists while shooting 43.2 percent from deep on 6.2 attempts per game. The Rockets won all six games. The only time Houston has lost over the last seven contests was Wednesday night in a 17-point blowout to the Oklahoma City Thunder in which Wall sat out due to the death of his grandmother.
Against the Grizzlies just a day later, Wall returned to the floor and posted a BBNBA-high 22 points to go along with eight assists on 4-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
“I feel like the franchise guy, now that James [Harden] has left,” Wall said after the game. “You very rarely get the opportunity to be a franchise [guy] in two different cities and two different teams… I feel like that’s my job, to be the leader of this team.
“I don’t have to be the leading scorer for our team, I don’t have to take the most shots. My job is to make sure everybody is comfortable, that everybody is playing at a high level, and everybody has respect for one another. And that we trust our coaching staff with whatever gameplan they give us, and they trust me out there as being basically the coach on the floor when I have the ball in my hands.”
.@JohnWall: “I feel like I’m the franchise guy now that James has left. You very rarely get the opportunity to be a franchise (guy) in two different cities and two different teams..I feel like that’s my job, to be the leader of this team.” #Rockets pic.twitter.com/KUBt8rNSwj
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 5, 2021
Off the bench, DeMarcus Cousins added five points, six rebounds, and three assists in 15 minutes. After a rough start shooting the ball this season for Boogie, he’s picked it up over Houston’s recent 6-1 winning stretch. Cousins is averaging 12.7 points, 7.7. rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and 42.5 percent from deep in roughly 21 minutes per outing.
AD and Lakers mow down Murray and Nuggets
Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets held a 12-point halftime lead before losing by 21 points to Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-93.
LeBron James finished with a triple-double consisting of 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while Davis went for 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks on 5-9 shooting. It wasn’t a high-scoring night for AD, but he was part of a 19-0 Lakers run that spanned the third and fourth quarter which ultimately gave L.A. the upper-hand down the stretch. Denver was outscored 68-35 in the second half and Nikola Jokic was held to a mere 13 points after he poured in 47 against Utah earlier this week.
Despite playing 33 minutes, Davis’ 13 points were tied for his season-low, which he previously recorded in just the fourth game of the 2020-21 season. Murray registered 20 points, three rebounds, and five dimes for the Nuggets while shooting 7-17 from the field. Following a five-game win streak, Denver has now dropped two of its last three and sits on a 12-9 record. Thursday night was actually the first time they had taken the court since Sunday.
The win for L.A. boosts them into a two-way tie with the crosstown Clippers for second place in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are currently tied for fourth in the West.
Other notes from across the BBNBA
Enes Kanter continues to be a double-double machine for the Portland Trail Blazers after he posted 17 points and 18 rebounds in a 121-105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The 28-year old has started the last nine games for Portland–who has gone 5-4 over that span–and is averaging 13.1 points and 13.6 rebounds across 30.2 minutes per outing. Kanter is shooting above 55 percent from the floor while averaging 1.1 blocks per night, which would set a career-high for him if spread out across an entire season. Thursday night marked the sixth consecutive double-double for the one-time Wildcat. For the 76ers, Tyrese Maxey contributed 15 points, two rebounds, and four assists in 20 minutes played after averaging fewer than 10 minutes per outing over the previous four games.
Since the Dallas Mavericks are playing like a junior varsity squad, Mychal Mulder was able to earn significant clock in the Golden State Warriors 147-116 cooking of the Mavs. The one-time Kentucky guard added 12 points (tying his season-high) on 4-7 shooting and a 3-6 clip from beyond the arc in 14 minutes of action. For Dallas, Willie Cauley-Stein checked in with the game out of hand and fired up two triples in his five minutes, connecting on one of them.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|John Wall (HOU)||115-103 W @ MEM||22||6-17 (4-9)||1||8||0||0||7||+34||28|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||93-114 L @ LAL||20||7-17 (2-5)||3||5||1||1||5||-17||36|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||121-105 W @ PHI||17||7-14 (0-0)||18||1||0||0||2||+25||33|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||105-121 L vs. POR||15||5-8 (2-4)||2||4||1||0||2||-3||20|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||114-93 W vs. DEN||13||5-8 (0-1)||9||2||3||2||3||+21||33|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||147-116 W @ DAL||12||4-7 (3-6)||2||0||0||1||0||+18||14|
|DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)||115-103 W @ MEM||5||2-5 (1-3)||6||3||0||0||1||-4||15|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||116-147 L vs. GSW||3||1-2 (1-2)||0||0||0||0||1||-6||5|
|Rajon Rondo (ATL)||91-112 L vs. UTA||0||0-7 (0-3)||6||8||0||0||0||-28||28|
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