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Monk’s career night in Paris
The first-ever NBA game to be played in Paris, France took place on Friday between the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks with a 3 p.m. EST tipoff.
But the difference in time zones didn’t appear to have any effect on the play of Malik Monk. In fact, he’s probably hoping he can play every game in Europe for the remainder of the season. The former Wildcat exploded for a career-high 31 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds and five assists. You can read more about Monk’s special night by clicking the link here.
Unfortunately, Monk’s performance was not accompanied by a win. The Bucks trailed throughout the entirety of the first three quarters before overpowering the Hornets down the stretch. Eric Bledsoe posted 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists for Milwaukee, who continue to lead the NBA with a 40-6 record – the best start in franchise history.
For Charlotte, P.J. Washington added three points and three assists while failing to grab one rebound in 20 minutes. It marks just the second time this season that Washington did not record at least one board. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was a DNP-Coaches Decision for the fifth consecutive outing. Charlotte has now dropped eight games in a row.
OKC pummels the Hawks
The Oklahoma City Thunder went out on Friday night and recorded its best scoring total of the season. OKC shot 58 percent from the field and poured in a season-high of 140 points to demolish the Atlanta Hawks, 140-111. The Thunder were up by just eight at halftime, but pushed the lead to 14 heading into the final quarter and extended that to 30-plus before the final buzzer.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went for 24 points, three rebounds, six assists, and three blocks while shooting 7-16 on the evening. He was also 10-13 from the free-throw line. Nerlens Noel added 10 points and eight rebounds in his second straight start for OKC while Hamidou Diallo contributed nine points and nine rebounds. Six Thunder players finished in double-digit scoring and OKC has now won four in a row.
Somebody… ANYBODY… Get KAT some help
Karl-Anthony Towns did everything he needed to do for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former No. 1 overall pick went for 30 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals on 12-23 shooting from the floor. The Wolves still lost to the Houston Rockets, 131-124.
Another off shooting night from James Harden was masked by 45 points and 10 assists from Russell Westbrook, who led the Rockets to their second consecutive win following a four-game losing streak.
”We didn’t come out with the win, but we fought very well and competed very well,” Towns said following the game. ”We did a lot of good things defensively, actually, doing a lot of good things and sticking to our game plan. Russell hit some big shots. He was MVP for a reason, and in the fourth quarter he hit some really big shots, especially in the second half.”
Minnesota was able to trim Houston’s late lead down to just a 110-108 advantage, but Westbrook exploded for 11 of his 15 fourth-quarter points after that to seal the win for the Rockets.
Phoenix earns a big win in San Antonio
Devin Booker led the BBNBA in scoring for probably the 93rd time this season after he popped off for 35 points in a 103-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Booker also added four rebounds and 10 assists for his sixth double-double of the year. It was a bounce-back win for the Phoenix Suns, who had dropped two in a row and slipped in the playoff race out West. It was a bounce-back game for Booker, too, who went for just 16 points in the previous outing against the Indiana Pacers.
Booker eventually fouled out of the game down the stretch, but his teammates were able to hold onto the lead and secure the important win.
“I said it at the end of the third to start the fourth: ‘We’re not leaving here without a victory,’” Booker said in the aftermath. “We wanted this one bad.”
The win for Phoenix marked the first time they’ve beaten the Spurs in San Antonio since Feb. 2013. Booker has recorded at least 30 points in EIGHT games already this month out of a possible 12. Those are Kobe numbers. Booker is on his way to making the All-Star team.
Trey Lyles recorded three points and eight rebounds as the Spurs starting center.
WCS traded to Dallas
ICYMI, here’s a quick breakdown of our first BBNBA trade of the season. Willie Cauley-Stein is a Maverick.
- The Miami Heat lost a close one to the Los Angeles Clippers, 122-117. Bam Adebayo registered a near triple-double of 18 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists while Tyler Herro followed up his career-high of seven made triples with 19 points and four rebounds. Kawhi Leonard recorded his first triple-double in the Clippers win. He still has more NBA Finals MVPs (2) than triple-doubles. Patrick Patterson poured in 12 points in 12 minutes on a 4-5 shooting clip.
- The New York Knicks were on the losing side of another basketball game, this time falling to the Toronto Raptors, 118-112. Julius Randle went for 20 points and 11 rebounds while Kevin Knox added two points and two rebounds in just 11 minutes.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||103-99 W @ SAS||35||11-20 (3-7)||4||10||0||1||6||+6||40|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||103-116 L vs. MIL (Paris)||31||10-17 (3-7)||5||5||1||1||3||-12||33|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||124-131 L vs. HOU||30||12-23 (2-5)||12||3||0||2||4||+5||27|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||140-111 W vs. ATL||24||7-16 (0-2)||3||6||1||3||3||+25||37|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||116-103 W vs. CHA (Paris)||20||7-15 (1-4)||3||5||2||2||3||+9||31|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||112-118 L vs. TOR||20||7-15 (1-4)||11||2||1||3||3||+11||34|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||117-122 L vs. LAC||19||8-19 (2-10)||4||0||0||0||0||-6||40|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||117-122 L vs. LAC||18||6-10 (0-0)||8||9||0||1||4||+14||38|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||98-81 W @ CHI||18||5-14 (0-1)||6||7||3||0||4||+14||24|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||122-117 W @ MIA||12||4-5 (2-3)||1||0||0||0||1||+9||12|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||140-111 W vs. ATL||10||5-6 (0-0)||8||0||0||1||2||+9||25|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||140-111 W vs. ATL||9||3-6 (0-1)||9||1||2||0||1||+31||28|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||103-116 L vs. MIL (Paris)||3||1-5 (0-4)||0||3||0||0||0||-13||20|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||99-103 L vs. PHX||3||1-6 (1-3)||8||0||0||0||1||-8||18|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||112-118 L vs. TOR||2||1-6 (0-2)||2||1||0||0||0||-12||11|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||113-106 W @ NOP||0||0-2 (0-0)||1||0||1||0||0||-2||4|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)||118-129 L vs. IND||DNP-Traded to DAL||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||103-116 L vs. MIL (Paris)||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||109-98 W @ ORL||DNP-Hip||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||113-106 W @ NOP||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||106-113 L vs. DEN||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||99-103 L vs. PHX||DNP-Inactive||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
5:00: Mavericks (Cauley-Stein-traded) @ Jazz
7:00: Nets @ Pistons
8:00: Bulls @ Cavaliers (Knight)
8:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
8:30 (ABC): Lakers (Davis, Rondo) @ 76ers