Good morning, folks. The Knicks came this close to somehow winning five games in a row. Let’s talk NBA.
“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.” — Kobe Bryant
Randle’s big night spoiled in double overtime
The New York Knicks came to Atlanta riding its longest win streak of the season at four games and a chance to make it five in a row against the Hawks. Playing in the second night of a back-to-back against a dangerous offensive team could spell disaster. The lack of rest didn’t seem to affect Julius Randle, however, who went off for a BBNBA-high of 35 points and 18 rebounds on 13-25 shooting from the floor. His 35 points and 18 rebounds both tied his season-highs as Randle recorded his 22nd double-double of the year.
Unfortunately, Randle couldn’t do it all. Thanks to 48 points from Trae Young, the Hawks battled for a DOUBLE overtime win, 140-135, to stop the Knicks winning ways for now.
The Knicks were actually down by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter before coming all the way back to force overtime. They eventually led the first overtime period by eight points, but couldn’t close the Hawks out for good.
”We fought extremely hard. I’m proud of my guys,” Randle said before adding it was ”a game like we feel we should have won. Let it slip away.”
Kevin Knox appeared in 12 minutes for the Knicks, adding three points and one rebound on a 1-5 shooting clip.
35 PTS | 18 REB
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 10, 2020
OKC loses a close one to Boston
The Boston Celtics secured its seventh straight win thanks to a tight 112-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who poured in 24 points, six rebounds, and four assists on 8-12 shooting, had the ball ripped from him by Celtics guard Marcus Smart with under six seconds left in the game. The Thunder were down just three at the time and had a chance to send the game into an extra period, but Kemba Walker hit one of two free throws to push the lead to four with only a few seconds remaining. The loss ended OKC’s four-game win streak.
Nerlens Noel contributed five points and five rebounds in 17 minutes for OKC while Hamidou Diallo found his way back into the rotation after he was benched the previous two games. The former Kentucky guard played a mere 12 minutes, registering two points and one rebound on a 1-2 clip.
Enes Kanter recorded four points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes for the Celtics.
Heat drop another game without Jimmy Butler
The Miami Heat have now lost three games in a row for the first time all season. On Sunday night, they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers (and a rightfully pissed off Damian Lillard) as Jimmy Butler sat out with a shoulder injury. It was the second consecutive game Butler has missed.
With Bam Adebayo as the offensive focus – and Andre Iguodala making his Heat debut – Miami could not stop the Blazers hot shooting night, despite injuries forcing them into a six-man rotation. Adebayo finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks on a 6-14 shooting mark while Tyler Herro sat out his third straight game with a nagging ankle injury.
Wenyen Gabriel found seven minutes of playing time, recording two rebounds and missing both of his shot attempts for Portland.
Three former ‘Cats named Olympic team finalists
Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, and Anthony Davis have all been named as three of the 44 finalists to make the Team USA Olympic roster when they travel to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.
Here are the 44 finalists for the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. LeBron James remains on the list with Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. Bam Adebayo, who didn’t make cut for 2019 FIBA World Cup is on the list. So is Malcolm Brogdon. pic.twitter.com/DTTNQqWIuH
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) February 10, 2020
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Julius Randle (NYK)||135-140 (2OT) L @ ATL||35||13-25 (0-2)||18||3||1||1||6||+7||46|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||111-112 L vs. BOS||24||8-12 (3-4)||6||4||0||0||1||+2||33|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||109-115 L @ POR||13||6-14 (0-0)||12||7||0||3||3||-8||35|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||111-112 L vs. BOS||5||2-4 (0-0)||5||0||0||1||0||-9||17|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||112-111 W @ OKC||4||1-3 (0-1)||8||0||1||0||0||-1||17|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||135-140 (2OT) L @ ATL||3||1-5 (1-3)||1||0||0||1||2||-9||12|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||111-112 L vs. BOS||2||1-2 (0-1)||1||0||0||0||1||-11||12|
|Wenyen Gabriel (POR)||115-109 W vs. MIA||0||0-2 (0-1)||2||0||0||0||1||-8||7|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||113-92 W @ CLE||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (ATL)||140-135 (2OT) W vs. NYK||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||109-115 L @ POR||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||99-106 L vs. MEM||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Pistons
7:00: Nets @ Pacers
7:00: Hawks @ Magic
7:30: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Raptors
8:00 (NBATV): Kings (Fox) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
8:30: Jazz @ Mavericks (Cauley-Stein)
9:00: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Nuggets (Murray)
10:30: Heat (Adebayo, Herro-questionable) @ Warriors
10:30 (NBATV): Suns (Booker) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)