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BBNBA: KAT Posts 34 Points in Return From Knee Scare

(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Karl-Anthony Towns reappeared from the grave and took out his aggression on an innocent basketball team. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

[51-17] Bucks – 130 @ [30-40] Pelicans – 113

  • Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks took down the New Orleans Pelicans as the former Kentucky product registered 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals on 6-15 shooting.
  • Anthony Davis played only 21 minutes, but that didn’t stop him from pouring in 21 points on 9-16 shooting while pulling in 12 rebounds. Davis’ 17 third-quarter points actually made this a somewhat competitive game late, but the coaching staff didn’t play him one second of the fourth period. Classic. Julius Randle finished with 23 points, six rebounds, and four assists on 9-16 shooting, however, he shot only 1-6 from deep. Darius Miller added 13 points on three made triples in addition to two rebounds and two assists.


[32-36] Timberwolves – 107 @ {44-22] Nuggets – 133

  • Karl-Anthony Towns made a rather surprise return after a knee scare the other night. So he did the exact same thing that he’s been doing for the last two weeks. Dominating. KAT led the BBNBA with 34 points on 14-25 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. Unfortunately, the players that surround him aren’t anywhere near as good as he is and the Denver Nuggets are also unbelievably good.

  • Make sure to watch KAT destroy one of the 45 Plumlees at the rim.
  • Denver won this game handily at home behind 30 points from Jamal Murray. He shot 10-16 from the field while making four of his six three-point attempts. Trey Lyles sat out another game – his ninth straight – dealing with a hamstring injury. With a blowout in hand, the Nuggets were able to let Jarred Vanderbilt get some run in. He played only three minutes, but still contributed three points, one rebound, and one assist.

[41-26] Trail Blazers – 125 @ [39-30] Clippers – 104

  • The Portland Trail Blazers used a massive fourth-quarter run to spur a landslide victory. When Enes Kanter wasn’t being bullied by Montrezl Harrell on both sides of the court, he managed 14 points on 5-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. But seriously, Harrell was just abusing Kanter on every possession they faced each other. I really do think Kanter can be a beneficial player on the offensive end for Portland – if he decides to share the ball, that is – but it was telling watching a younger and hungrier Harrell body around the seven-footer like he was a piece of tissue paper.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played an excellent game for Los Angeles, despite the loss. SGA posted 15 points on 6-11 shooting while also recording two rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 26 minutes. He was making even the most difficult of wrap-around passes look like child’s play.

Other notes

  • Kevin Knox had a much-needed shooting night where he finally got the ball to find the bottom of the bucket. Knox scored 16 points for the New York Knicks on 5-9 shooting (4-5 from three) while also grabbing five rebounds.
  • Rajon Rondo recorded 14 points (on 6-9 shooting), four rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals for the Los Angeles Lakers, who were seemingly having way too much fun beating up on the poor Chicago Bulls despite both team’s seasons belonging in the toilet.

  • And finally, Brandon Knight went for 11 points and five rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Knight shot 5-10 from the field in 26 minutes.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)107-133 L @ DEN3414-25 (2-6)103034-1532
Jamal Murray (DEN)133-107 W vs. MIN3010-16 (4-6)31301+2031
Julius Randle (NOP)113-130 L vs. MIL2310-19 (1-6)64104-1435
Anthony Davis (NOP)113-130 L vs. MIL219-16 (1-4)122022-721
Kevin Knox (NYK)98-103 L @ IND165-9 (4-5)51001-1524
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)104-125 L vs. POR156-11 (1-1)24203-1226
Rajon Rondo (LAL)123-107 W @ CHI146-9 (2-4)410202+530
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)130-113 W @ NOP146-15 (1-3)65202+2128
Enes Kanter (POR)125-104 W @ LAC145-11 (0-1)93112-120
Darius Miller (NOP)113-130 L vs. MIL133-6 (3-5)22001-628
Brandon Knight (CLE)99-106 L @ PHI115-10 (1-1)50211-526
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)133-107 W vs. MIN31-2 (0-1)11000+13
Skal Labissiere (POR)125-104 W @ LAC00-000001+22
Trey Lyles (DEN)133-107 W vs. MINDNP-Hamstring----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Magic (Briscoe-out) @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:00 (ESPN): Nets @ Thunder (Diallo-G League, Noel, Patterson)

7:30: Pistons @ Heat (Adebayo)

7:30: Grizzlies @ Hawks (Poythress-out)

9:30 (ESPN): Warriors (Cousins) @ Rockets (Jones)

10:00: Jazz @ Suns (Booker)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

2 Comments for BBNBA: KAT Posts 34 Points in Return From Knee Scare



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    12:03 pm March 13, 2019 Permalink

    Why was KAT playing a “rather surprise return?” At worse, I have seen writers say “we don’t know anything yet” right after he limped off, but as time went on no one said “we don’t think he will play.”

    But this is KSR … facts are optional.

    Other than that, good write-up. And why the heck are the Pelican coachs/admin thinking?



  2. 1IH
    12:04 pm March 13, 2019 Permalink

    Great news that his parents let him play! Get them on the horn to the Reid’s please.