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BBNBA: KAT Drops 40, Herro Sets Franchise Record

(Getty Images | Gary Dineen)

(Getty Images | Gary Dineen)

Good afternoon, folks. It was another JAM-PACKED day in the Association and we have plenty of former ‘Cats to discuss. Let’s talk NBA.

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RECAP

KAT goes for 40 in a loss

Same team, same story, different day.

Karl-Anthony Towns went off for a season-high of 40 points against the Chicago Bulls, shooting 16-24 from the floor and 4-8 from deep. He hauled in six rebounds and added two assists to his total, as well. But for the seventh game in a row, the Minnesota Timberwolves took another loss.

It was easily Towns’ most productive game since his 15-game hiatus, however, it didn’t result in a win. He scored 12 of the team’s first 14 points, but the Wolves were down by as many as 19 in the first half.

”Like I said before, I just felt I had to get implemented back into the offense,” Towns said following the game. ”There was so many things that changed and everything when I was out, I was just trying to find myself in the offense. I think it was taken the wrong way when I said it. I was more saying the plays weren’t meant for me anymore, it was different, but the coaching staff did a great job and we talked it out.”

Both teams were trading punches in the second half before Chicago took control down the stretch.

Minnesota would be my guess for the most active franchise as we inch closer to the trade deadline. They aren’t out of the playoff hunt by any means, but clearly need to change something. The current process isn’t working. Towns needs more help and it probably starts with a legitimate floor general as the lead guard.

Herro pours in 7 threes

Tyler Herro had himself a career night in a 134-129 overtime win against the Washington Wizards. The rookie was scorching hot all evening long, pouring in a career-high seven triples, the most by a Heat rookie in franchise history. He finished with 25 points on an 8-14 clip to go along with three rebounds and two assists.

Miami nearly forfeited a 21-point lead they had built in the first half. Led by Bradley Beal, Washington went on a 19-6 run late in the game to take their first lead since the first half before falling late. Miami improved to 8-0 in overtime games this season.

”I think we just turn it up to another level,” Herro said after the game in relation to Miami’s overtime success. ”We don’t know we’re going to win, but we try to turn it up to another level.”

Bam Adebayo struggled in the win for Miami, adding just six points and eight rebounds with four turnovers.

AD and Lakers take down Knicks in New York

In his second game back after sitting out five straight with a sore backside, Anthony Davis looked to be back in All-Star form. The former No. 1 pick posted a mere nine points and four rebounds in the Lakers’ most recent 32-point drumming via the Boston Celtics. But on Wednesday against the New York Knicks, Davis popped off. (If you’re a star playing struggling to find your groove again, just play the Knicks. Simple!)

The former ‘Cat added 28 points, five rebounds, and five assists for Los Angeles, who secured a 100-92 win over the Knicks in the Garden. Davis shot a perfect 13-13 from the free-throw line and contributed eight points in the final four minutes to put the game away for good.

”Still getting my wind back. Just trying to find a rhythm again,” Davis said in the aftermath of his impressive game. ”I’m not trying to go out there and get my shots or force anything. Felt good tonight to get to the free-throw line and see the ball go in the rim.”

Rajon Rondo went for eight points and three assists in what was also his second game after missing three games due to a minor finger injury.

For the Knicks, Kevin Knox – on the bench once again – contributed five points on 1-3 shooting in 10 boring minutes while Julius Randle registered 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists as New York lost its fourth game in the last five outings.

Zion who?

Apparently Zion Williamson made his debut for the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Not sure what happened. Feel free to fill me in.

SGA posts another double-double

After posting just three double-doubles during his short career, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has now dropped three of them in a row. His latest outing was an 18-point, 12-rebound affair as the Oklahoma City Thunder took down the Orlando Magic, 120-114. SGA shot 7-10 from the floor while adding three steals and three blocks in the process. You might remember that Shai recorded his first career triple-double just 10 days ago. The second-year guard is going through another one of those “breakthroughs” he’s been famous for. His ceiling is literally unlimited at this very moment and he has the Thunder cruising as a result. It was OKC’s third consecutive win.

Something *somewhat* unrelated that I’ve noticed with this Thunder lineup is how their three-guard lineup compares to Kentucky’s current one.

Tyrese Maxey = Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Ashton Hagans = Chris Paul

Immanuel Quickley = Dennis Schroder

Now, these obviously aren’t perfect matches. But their roles are incredibly similar. Since League Pass is free the rest of the week (wink, wink), go catch a Thunder game and tell me you don’t see a connection. They play the Hawks on Friday and the Wolves on Saturday.

Back to the game, Nerlens Noel registered 14 points and seven rebounds as a starter after sitting out the previous game. Noel has actually appeared in just three of the Thunder’s previous nine games due to various injuries. But he was thrust into a starting role on Wednesday with Steven Adams out of the lineup and did an excellent job against a strong Magic frontline. As for Hamidou Diallo, the former ‘Cat added four points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.

Other notes

  • Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to receive more minutes over the next couple of weeks as Denver Nuggets’ center Mason Plumlee has been ruled out for 2-4 weeks with an injury. Vando played in just seven minutes in a loss to the Houston Rockets, recording two points and one rebound. Hopefully he sees more run in the coming games.
  • De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings were annihilated by the Detroit Pistons, 127-106. Fox still managed 22 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
  • We’ll finish the recap with Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns, who had a night to forget as they were blown out by the Indiana Pacers, 112-87. Booker posted 16 points, two rebounds, and three assists on 5-12 shooting from the field. It marked just the second time in the last 14 games that he failed to hit the 20-point threshold.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)110-117 L @ CHI4016-24 (4-8)62002-731
Anthony Davis (LAL)100-92 W @ NYK287-14 (1-2)55121+830
Tyler Herro (MIA)134-129 (OT) W vs. WAS258-14 (7-9)32100+1133
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)106-127 L @ DET228-17 (1-2)33301-1130
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)120-114 W @ ORL187-10 (0-0)121333+937
Julius Randle (NYK)92-110 L vs. LAL166-16 (0-4)86104-1234
Devin Booker (PHX)87-112 L vs. IND165-12 (0-3)23104-2431
Nerlens Noel (OKC)120-114 W @ ORL147-10 (0-1)70123+1329
Enes Kanter (BOS)119-95 W vs. MEM136-8 (0-0)83012+519
Rajon Rondo (LAL)100-92 W @ NYK83-6 (2-4)13200-518
Bam Adebayo (MIA)134-129 (OT) W vs. WAS63-8 (0-0)82014-434
Kevin Knox (NYK)92-110 L vs. LAL51-3 (1-1)00000-310
Trey Lyles (SAS)121-117 W @ NOP52-3 (1-2)30101+915
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)120-114 W @ ORL42-3 (0-0)31001+117
Patrick Patterson (LAC)95-102 L @ ATL20-1 (0-1)2100006
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)105-121 L @ HOU21-1 (0-0)1000207
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)96-129 L vs. UTA20-5 (0-0)42010-1313
Keldon Johnson (SAS)121-117 W @ NOPDNP-CD----------------
Jamal Murray (DEN)105-121 L @ HOUDNP-Ankle----------------
John Wall (WAS)129-134 (OT) L @ MIADNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)117-121 L vs. SASDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Cavaliers (Knight)

8:00 (TNT): Lakers (Davis-probable, Rondo-questionable) @ Nets

10:30 (TNT): Mavericks @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel, Labissiere-out)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR