Happy Sunday, BBN. Those of you who watched know that last night was full of exciting NBA highlights as teams fight to make a last-second push and better their standings before the playoffs. For those of you who didn’t, here are some highlights.
KAT POSTS 39 IN LOSS TO 76ERS
Though the Timberwolves are last in the Western Conference, they looked to have found a small spark after the All-Star game, with impressive wins over the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. Last night, though, the Wolves couldn’t quite overcome the Philadelphia 76ers, who are currently sitting at No. 1 in the East.
The loss wasn’t for lack of effort. Our guy Karl Anthony-Towns put up 39 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for his team in 44 minutes of play. 76ers big man Joel Embiid has been out the last 10 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee. But in his return last night, Embiid scored 24 points and snagged eight rebounds in Philly’s 122-112 win over Minnesota.
Towns and Embiid have have a chippy history. In October 2019, the two both earned suspensions for fighting during a game in Philadelphia. The fight was followed by an exchange of words on social media, in which Embiid had some choice (and not KSR friendly) words for Towns.
Historic moment in Sixers history.
Where were you when Embiid and Simmons took down Towns? pic.twitter.com/h6yPhySOca
— The Phifth Quarter (@The_PhifthQ) April 3, 2021
Though Embiid’s 76ers did get the win last night, KAT did get a little bit of revenge with a serious poster over Embiid.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 4, 2021
RANDLE OUTSCORES PISTONS IN FIRST QUARTER
*Start the MVP chants*
In last night’s matchup between the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons, former ‘Cat and current All-Star Julius Randle outscored Detroit by himself in the first quarter. To be fair, the Pistons only scored 15 points in the first quarter, but still.
Though Randle plays more minutes per game than almost any other player in the NBA, the Knicks gave him a little break last night and looked to the bench for more minutes. The big man ended with 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the Knicks’ 125-81 route of the Pistons. Immanuel Quickley added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in his short 18 minutes on the court.
Last night’s win was the largest margin of victory for New York since 1996. The Knicks had lost their previous three games before the win, which takes them back to .500 at 25-25. They are currently No. 7 in the East and will face the No. 2 Brooklyn Nets tomorrow night.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 4, 2021
BUCKS NARROWLY BEAT FOX AND THE KINGS
De’Aaron Fox has been on a rampage. In his last 10 games, Fox is averaging 27.5 points per game and shooting 51.2%. Last night, the former ‘Cat netted 27 along with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Fox was the second leading scorer in the month of March, behind only Kyrie Irving. To put it simply, he is a huge presence for the Kings, who are not currently in a playoff spot – but aren’t far from it.
The Bucks are missing big man and two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, but they managed to get the win without him last night. Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 33 points, along with 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Bucks win.
The Kings have one of the top offenses in the league, going into the game seventh in the NBA in scoring. Defense is causing problems, though. Right now, they are the least efficient defensive team in the NBA. If they want to make a last second playoff push, they will certainly have to work on defense moving forward.
? @swipathefox with the force tonight.
27 PTS | 6 AST | 3 REB pic.twitter.com/QKpTAPm8no
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 4, 2021
Here are the full stats from last night:
|Karl Anthony-Towns (MIN)||122-113 L to 76ers||39||11-23 (4-12)||14||5||1||1||2||+4||44|
|Julius Randle (NY)||125-81 W over Pistons||29||9-16 (5-9)||8||3||0||0||3||+25||30|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||129-128 L to Bucks||27||10-24 (2-7)||3||6||1||1||3||-10||38|
|Keldon Johnson (SA)||139-133 L to Pacers||20||7-10 (2-2)||10||0||0||1||0||+14||31|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||115-101 W over Cavaliers||18||9-12 (0-1)||11||5||1||1||1||+13||31|
|Hamidou Diallo (DET)||125-81 L to Knicks||14||5-12 (2-4)||3||1||0||0||1||-36||24|
|Immanuel Quickley (NY)||125-81 W over Pistons||12||3-6 (1-2)||3||3||0||0||0||+13||18|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||133-85 W over Thunder||12||6-13||17||4||1||1||2||+23||30|
|Darius Miller (OKC)||133-85 L to Trail Blazers||11||3-7 (2-6)||2||0||0||1||2||-5||14|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||115-101 W over Cavaliers||10||4-7 (0-3)||3||1||0||0||0||+4||23|
|Kevin Knox II (NY)||125-81 W over Pistons||9||3-3 (3-3)||1||1||0||0||0||+7||5|
|Nerlens Noel (NY)||125-81 W over Pistons||0||0-0||6||1||2||4||0||+21||24|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)||122-113 L to 76ers||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||2|
TODAY IN THE NBA:
2:00 p.m. – Nets at Bulls
3:30 p.m. – Lakers (Davis) at Clippers (Patterson)
6:00 p.m. – Hornets (Monk, Richards, Washington) at Celtics
7:00 p.m. – Grizzlies at 76ers (Maxey)
7:30 p.m. – Warriors (Mulder) at Hawks
8:00 p.m. – Pelicans (Bledsoe) at Rockets (Wall)
10:00 p.m. – Magic at Nuggets (Murray)