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BBNBA: Randle double-double and Booker drops 30

Julius Randle recorded a double-double in the Los Angeles Lakers 113-108 win over the Sacramento Kings. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Julius Randle recorded a double-double in the Los Angeles Lakers 113-108 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)


Back in December, I named Julius Randle the Los Angeles Lakers best player. It was a bit of a hot take for some, but a very real truth. With only a few days remaining in February, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind who the best player in LA is. Randle is averaging 17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on 56.3 percent shooting over his last 20 games. He posted his first triple-double of the season a couple nights ago against Dallas and had himself another impressive performance Saturday night, putting up 12 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists in a win over the Sacramento Kings.

Speaking of the Kings, their trio of Wildcats all had solid games including Willie Cauley-Stein, who might ALSO be the best player on his team (although Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic has challenged WCS for that rank). Cauley-Stein recorded himself a fancy double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds while De’Aaron Fox (13 points and six assists) and Skal Labissiere (eight points, five rebounds, and four assists) played well, also.

Devin Booker dropped 30 points including 5-10 from deep despite his team blowing a fourth-quarter lead to Damian Lillard (who had 19 of his 40 points in the final quarter) and the Portland Trail Blazers. Tyler Ulis has been cleared to play after dealing with a nagging back injury, however, Suns head coach Jay Triano elected against playing the point guard against the dangerous Blazer backcourt.

It was a busy Saturday for Kentucky players (both in college and the NBA) and plenty of other guys had stellar games. Check out the rest of the stats below which include big nights from Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Bam Adebayo.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)104-106 L vs. POR3011-28 (5-10)93024-1139
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)122-104 W vs. CHI229-20 (0-5)132014+2337
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)108-113 L vs. LAL186-14 (0-0)151222-1837
Andrew Harrison (MEM)89-115 L @ MIA177-13 (0-1)46002-1428
Bam Adebayo (MIA)115-89 W vs. MEM135-7 (0-0)71100+2418
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)108-113 L vs. LAL135-13 (1-3)16100-1330
Julius Randle (LAL)113-108 W @ SAC126-12 (0-0)136214+2037
Enes Kanter (NYK)112-121 L vs. BOS94-9 (0-0)120111-1022
Skal Labissiere (SAC)108-113 L vs. LAL83-9 (0-1)54010+1325
Patrick Patterson (OKC)80-112 L @ GSW00-1 (0-0)20100-1921
Nerlens Noel (DAL)90-97 L @ UTADNP-Thumb----------------
Dakari Johnson (OKC)80-112 L @ GSWDNP-CD----------------
Tyler Ulis (PHX)104-106 L vs. PORDNP-Back----------------


Tonight in the NBA

1:00: Pistons @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

3:00: Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

3:30 (ABC): Spurs @ Cavaliers

8:00 (ESPN): Sixers (Young) @ Wizards (Meeks)

8:00: Rockets @ Nuggets (Murray, Lyles)

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Jamal Murray because of course it is. He’s easily one of the most exciting players in basketball and watching him go up against the league-leading Houston Rockets and their Hall-of-Fame backcourt of Chris Paul and James Harden will be a great test for him. The Nuggets are currently playing their best basketball of the season, devastating teams with a relentless offensive attack. This potential playoff matchup should give fans a peek into what the postseason might look like.


Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

1 Comment for BBNBA: Randle double-double and Booker drops 30

  1. Bull Filmer
    4:38 pm February 25, 2018 Permalink

    Really love that KENTUCKY has a lot of fellas in the NBA – it’s phenomenal. And that’s a good thing. A recruiting tool.

    I submit: Once CAL leaves, let’s get Schenectady’s own son – Pat Riley – back to LEX town.

    He has been instrumental in keeping this program’s path on the forefront of greatness.

    It would be a splendid chapter, perhaps closure, to an unbelievable career.

    After that, we’ll run him for Mayor – or Governor.

    Jesting: He may never consider the work – work.

    Then again?