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BBNBA: Overtime Battles and a Big Victory for the Suns

(Ned Dishman | Getty Images)

(Ned Dishman | Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Two of the Eastern Conference’s elites got into some overtime battles against bad teams. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Two overtime battles

Both Bam Adebayo (MIA) and Eric Bledsoe (MIL) needed five minutes of extra time to decide their team’s respective games on Monday night.

Bledsoe and his Milwaukee Bucks were able to spoil Bradley Beal’s 55 points to beat the Washington Wizards in overtime 137-134. The former Wildcat played an excellent all-around game, posting 23 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists for just his second double-double of the year.

Beal has dropped at least 50 points in back-to-back games now, starting with what was then his career-high of 53 points on Sunday followed by the double-nickel he dropped on Monday. 22 of his points against the Bucks came in the fourth quarter and another seven in the extra period.

And even though Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out with roughly 90 seconds remaining in regulation, the Bucks overcame a late rally from the Wiz that saw them come back from 17 down in the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee has now won 17 of its last 19 games.

As for Adebayo, his Miami heat squad was not as fortunate in the overtime period. Much like Washington did against Milwaukee, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a massive second-half deficit that ultimately sent the game to an extra period. The Cavs trailed by as many as 22 points in the third quarter before mounting the comeback. Miami came into this game 9-0 in overtime games this season but left Cleveland with a 125-119 (OT) loss.

Adebayo still had himself a hell of a game, going for 22 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and four blocks in 40 minutes as the Heat are still without All-Star Jimmy Butler, who sat out his second consecutive game due to personal reasons. Miami had just blown out the Cavs by 19 points two days prior but collapsed in game two on Monday. Tyler Herro also sat out for Miami as he continues to rehab his right ankle.

Rookie Kevin Porter Jr. (a name you should start to remember) poured in a career-high 30 points for the Cavs, including three consecutive triples down the stretch that gave his squad a 107-104 lead. He also hit the go-ahead basket in overtime.

Booker and the Suns dominate Jazz

The Utah Jazz are on a slight skid right now, and Devin Booker made sure to take full advantage. The one-time Kentucky guard popped off for a BBNBA-high of 24 points to go along with four rebounds and 10 assists as the Phoenix Suns blew out the Jazz in Utah, 131-111, handing them their third straight loss.

It actually wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Suns were able to run the Jazz out of their own building. Phoenix held a slight 83-81 lead with about four minutes left in the third quarter before they went on a devastating run. Phoenix went into the fourth quarter on a 19-7 tear and was able to balloon that lead to 20 points down the stretch.

The Suns have now won three of its last four outings and they aren’t completely out of the playoff race just yet. The current team sitting in the eighth-seed is the Memphis Grizzlies, who have now dropped three games in a row. The Suns are just 4.5 games behind them for that final playoff spot but with three other teams between them; the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, and Portland Trail Blazers. The Sacramento Kings are also still in the mix.

The Pelicans might be the best threat to steal that last postseason seed from the Grizz, especially if Damian Lillard continues to miss time with a groin injury for Portland, and the Spurs just don’t seem like they can put together a two-game win streak anymore without losing the next three. If the Grizzlies keep dropping games, look for Phoenix or New Orleans to gun for that eighth seed.

Other notes

  • Willie Cauley-Stein sat out his third consecutive game for the Dallas Mavericks for what has been labeled as “personal reasons”. But Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was active for the Mavs and played his best game to date in a Dallas uniform. In just his third game with his new team, MKG appeared in 20 minutes, adding two points, six rebounds, and two blocks.
  • The New York Knicks were overpowered by 37 points from James Harden as the Rockets won in Houston, 123-112. Julius Randle went for 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists while shooting 5-14 from the floor while Kevin Knox added two points and one rebound in 12 minutes on a 1-6 shooting mark.
  • Patrick Patterson registered six points and two assists on two made triples for the Los Angeles Clippers, who took down the Grizzlies, 124-97.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)131-111 W @ UTA248-18 (2-4)410004+1334
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)137-134 (OT) W @ WAS237-11 (4-6)710004+1533
Bam Adebayo (MIA)119-125 (OT) L @ CLE229-15 (0-0)139346+740
Julius Randle (NYK)112-123 L @ HOU175-14 (0-2)123104+327
Patrick Patterson (LAC)124-97 W vs. MEM62-4 (2-3)02000-66
Kevin Knox (NYK)112-123 L @ HOU31-6 (1-3)10001+812
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (DAL)139-123 W vs. MIN21-2 (0-0)60020+120
Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)123-139 L @ DALDNP-CD----------------
Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)139-123 W vs. MINDNP-Personal----------------
Tyler Herro (MIA)119-125 (OT) L @ CLEDNP-Ankle----------------
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)123-139 L @ DALDNP-Wrist----------------
Skal Labissiere (ATL)112-129 L @ PHIDNP-Knee----------------
John Wall (WAS)134-137 (OT) L vs. MILDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Hornets (Monk, Washington) @ Pacers

7:30 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Raptors

8:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Bulls

9:00: Pistons (Knight) @ Nuggets (Murray)

10:00 (TNT): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)

10:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel)

10:30: Kings (Fox) @ Warriors

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR