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BBNBA: Murray Has a Big Night and KAT is Finally Happy

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Good morning, folks. D’Angelo Russell wasn’t in the Wolves lineup yet, but KAT came out fired up. Let’s talk NBA.

“We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.” — Kobe Bryant


Murray’s hot shooting night

An ankle injury isn’t going to keep Jamal Murray off the floor for too long.

In his third game back after sitting out 10 in a row, the former ‘Cat posted his most efficient outing of the season. Murray dropped 36 points on 12-16 shooting from the floor that included a deadly 6-8 clip from deep. He added five rebounds and five assists to his stat line, but with five turnovers, as well.

”I was making shots. I had the rhythm,” Murray said after the game. ”I wasn’t going to force anything. I had five turnovers so I am disappointed about that, but we were just playing free. We weren’t putting any pressure on ourselves.”

Murray’s Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns by a final score of 117-108, sweeping the season series against the Suns, 4-0. The Nuggets have now won five out of its last six games.

”A lot of guys can score 36 points, but can they do it as efficiently as he [Murray] did tonight?” Denver coach Michael Malone said. ”So that’s a huge credit to him. A big, big night for him.”

Murray’s Kentucky counterpart, Devin Booker, didn’t have as much success on the other end of the floor. Book added 21 points and nine assists, but on a 5-16 mark from the field. Playing in the second game of a back-to-back (the first game being the surprise blowout win over Houston), Phoenix just didn’t have enough gas to keep up with Denver. The Suns controlled a 37-28 lead after the first quarter, but eventually trailed at halftime and never led in the final quarter.

KAT is happy again

The streak is finally over. After losing 13 games in a row, the Minnesota Timberwolves got back in the win column with a 142-115 drumming of the Los Angeles Clippers (who played with a healthy Kawhi Leonard and Paul George). Weird how trading for the player that the team’s star has been begging for since the offseason turns around the team’s attitude. D’Angelo Russell didn’t even play; he’s still dealing with a quad contusion that has carried over from before he was traded away from the Golden State Warriors.

But they didn’t need Russell in this one. They had a revitalized Karl-Anthony Towns and that’s all they needed. KAT went for 22 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists on a 9-13 shooting clip. It was the first time that Towns has won a game since Nov. 27.

MKG waived by Charlotte

The Charlotte Hornets waived Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Saturday and he’ll head to the buyout market with his sights set on joining the Dallas Mavericks, according to reports.

MKG’s time with the Hornets has been on the brink of coming to an end for some time now. He’s appeared in just 12 games this season, posting career-lows in nearly every statistical category. It was time for a mutual split and he’ll be a sought after veteran on the buyout market. There aren’t many available players that can defend the perimeter at a level like MKG. Dallas would be a good fit for him.

Cauley-Stein’s first big game as a Maverick

It’s taken a few games for him to find his footing, but Willie Cauley-Stein finally had his first big game as a member of the Dallas Mavericks following the trade from the Warriors. The former Kentucky big man dropped in 15 points and 10 rebounds on a perfect 7-7 shooting clip. The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic for the sixth straight game but still managed to beat the Charlotte Hornets, 116-100, thanks to an all-around team effort.

Charlotte’s Malik Monk continues his reign of scoring terror since his one-game benching. On Saturday, he went for 19 points on 8-13 shooting. Over his last eight games, Monk is averaging 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on shooting splits of 47.1/35.5/84.6. He’s finally coming into his own. He ripped off a couple of dunks that will make your jaw drop, too.

P.J. Washington contributed seven points and nine rebounds on a poor 3-11 shooting mark. Charlotte has lost five in a row and 13 of its last 14 games.

Knicks win 4 in a row???

Don’t look now, but the New York Knicks are on a winning streak! It’s the longest of the season, actually. They lucked out with Detroit still figuring out its lineup after trading away Andre Drummond to Cleveland. Julius Randle took full advantage of the empty lane, scoring 17 points on 7-17 shooting in addition to seven rebounds and three dimes. Randle’s bank shot with under 14 seconds left in the game ultimately gave the Knicks its fourth win a row.

Kevin Knox registered five points and one board in 18 minutes.

Other notes

  • Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers took down the new-look Golden State Warriors, 125-120, in what was Andrew Wiggins’ first game with the Warriors following being traded away from Minny. AD went for 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals on a 9-14 shooting clip in the win. Rajon Rondo recorded 11 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four turnovers.
  • Eric Bledsoe posted 18 points, four rebounds, and eight assists in the Milwaukee Bucks 111-95 win over the Orlando Magic.
  • We’ll end the recap in Sacramento, where De’Aaron Fox posted 13 points and five assists in a 122-102 win over Trey Lyles and the San Antonio Spurs. Lyles added five points and three rebounds in 17 minutes for the Spurs.

Check out the full stat sheet below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)117-108 W @ PHX3614-17 (6-8)55115+535
Anthony Davis (LAL)125-120 W @ GSW279-14 (0-0)104312+435
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)142-115 W vs. LAC229-13 (3-5)139113+2534
Devin Booker (PHX)108-117 L vs. DEN215-16 (3-8)39102+136
Malik Monk (CHA)100-116 L vs. DAL198-13 (3-6)22002-1828
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)111-95 W @ ORL187-16 (0-5)48115+2631
Julius Randle (NYK)95-92 W @ DET177-17 (1-3)73114-134
Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)116-100 W @ CHA157-7 (0-0)101020+2525
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)122-102 W vs. SAS135-9 (0-1)25002-1225
Rajon Rondo (LAL)125-120 W @ GSW114-8 (3-5)44004+121
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)100-116 L vs. DAL73-11 (0-4)90111-1929
Kevin Knox (NYK)95-92 W @ DET52-4 (1-3)10010+218
Trey Lyles (SAS)102-122 L @ SAC52-5 (0-1)30000+617
Patrick Patterson (LAC)115-142 L @ MIN31-2 (1-2)20001-117
Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)142-115 W vs. LAC00-0000000+1
Keldon Johnson (SAS)102-122 L @ SACDNP-Inactive----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)100-116 L vs. DALDNP-Waived----------------
Brandon Knight (DET)92-95 L vs. NYKDNP-Knee----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)124-117 W @ INDDNP-Achilles----------------


3:30 (NBATV): Celtics (Kanter) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

6:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Hawks (Labissiere-out)

6:00: Bulls @ 76ers

6:00: Grizzlies @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:00 (NBATV): Jazz @ Rockets

7:30: Clippers (Patterson) @ Cavaliers

9:00: Heat (Adebayo, Herro-out) @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

1 Comment for BBNBA: Murray Has a Big Night and KAT is Finally Happy

  1. ukkatzfan
    3:06 pm February 9, 2020 Permalink

    Curious how many teams have Cats post trade deadline ? Constant updates when a change occurs ? Maybe an article covering NBA,NFL,MLB and any other sport that may have a Cat ?