Good afternoon, folks. Anthony Davis needed only three quarters to demoralize the Cleveland Cavaliers. Let’s talk NBA.
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[18-20] Hornets – 110 @ [26-11] Nuggets – 123
- With their win over the Charlotte Hornets, the Denver Nuggets (26-11) are off to their best start in franchise history. Thanks to 39 points from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets were able to control this game throughout the second half without fumbling a considerable lead. Jamal Murray followed up his 36-point performance (of which 34 of those came in the second half) on Thursday with his second eight-point game in the span of his last three, because that’s the Jamal Murray I know and love. If he’s not busting you for 30 points in one game and then shooting 3-13 in the next, then he’s not Jamal Murray. However, it hardly matters when he contributes six rebounds and seven assists and his team gets the win. Trey Lyles played 14 minutes and added nine points and five rebounds on 2-5 shooting.
- For Charlotte, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went for seven points and five rebounds in 16 minutes while Malik Monk scored 16 points – 14 of them coming the second half – including a sexy dunk and a buzzer-beater over Malik Beasley to end the third quarter. Monk shot 6-11 from the field and was 2-5 from three.
Malik Monk soars for the slam ? pic.twitter.com/WtsQvYeyH6
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 5, 2019
[26-14] Warriors – 127 @ [19-20] Kings – 123
- If you enjoy the art of the three-point shot, then I sure hope you didn’t miss this beautiful shooting display. The Warriors and Kings combined to hit a new NBA record 41 three-point shots. Golden State shot 21-47 from three while Sacramento went 20-36. The 20 made threes by the Kings also set a new franchise record. Unfortunately, the Kings lost *another* winnable game to *another* Western Conference playoff team and are currently on a four-game losing streak – their longest of the season.
- De’Aaron Fox had an off night to put it politely, as he shot 3-12 (0-3 from three) for eight points and seven assists, but a couple of his teammates helped keep the game close. Former North Carolina guard Justin Jackson scored a career-high 28 points while Buddy Hield continued his hot shooting streak, scoring 32 points with a career-high eight three-pointers.
De’Aaron Fox is crafty ? pic.twitter.com/VujFX0aH3K
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 6, 2019
- Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists on 6-13 shooting for the Kings.
- Over the last couple of games, I’ve noticed that Fox has been a bit reluctant to take over games late. Instead, he defers to Hield or Bogdan Bogdanovic – who are both playing brilliantly as of late, so it’s a bit more understandable – and shies away from wanting the ball when the game is hanging in the balance. I’d like to see Fox become more aggressive in these situations, but when the hot man is hot, you gotta feed him, Still, it would be nice if Fox demanded the ball and set up a play instead of relying on his teammates to make big-time isolation plays.
- If you’d like to see the 41 threes in all it’s glory, here ya go.
- For Milwaukee, Eric Bledsoe and the Bucks couldn’t hold on to beat the Toronto Raptors at home. Bledsoe scored 14 points and dished out eight assists, but fell 116-123 in what I predict will be the Eastern Conference Finals matchup.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 6, 2019
- The New Orleans Pelicans finally won an easy game. Sure, it came against the 8-23 Cleveland Cavaliers, but dammit, a win is a win. In fact, this game was so easy that Anthony Davis didn’t even need to play in the fourth quarter… And he still recorded a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. Julius Randle led the BBNBA in scoring and flirted with a triple-double, registering 22 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for the Pellies. Darius Miller also had a great night shooting the ball, going 4-5 from three and adding 14 points.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Julius Randle (NOP)||133-98 W @ CLE||22||8-14 (1-3)||12||8||1||0||2||_28||32|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||133-98 W @ CLE||20||6-12 (0-2)||10||3||4||2||1||+19||28|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||110-123 L @ DEN||16||6-11 (2-5)||3||2||0||0||3||-6||22|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||133-98 W @ CLE||14||4-6 (4-5)||1||1||1||0||1||+11||22|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||116-123 L vs. TOR||14||4-9 (2-6)||3||8||2||0||3||-15||32|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||123-127 L vs. GSW||14||6-13 (0-0)||13||6||2||0||1||-2||31|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||123-110 W vs. CHA||9||2-5 (1-3)||5||2||1||0||0||_5||14|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||123-110 W vs. CHA||8||3-13 (2-4)||6||7||0||0||2||+9||31|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||123-127 L vs. GSW||8||3-12 (0-3)||0||7||2||0||2||-15||31|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||110-123 L @ DEN||7||2-4 (0-0)||5||2||0||0||0||-10||16|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||101-110 L @ POR||7||3-7 (1-2)||0||0||0||0||0||+4||13|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||123-127 L vs. GSW||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Andrew Harrison (NOP)||133-98 W @ CLE||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||127-123 W @ SAC||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||123-110 W vs. CHA||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
3:30: Nets @ Bulls
3:30: Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
3:30: Magic (Briscoe) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
6:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Hawks (Poythress-out)
7:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)
7:30 (NBATV): Pacers @ Raptors
8:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Suns (Booker)
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