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BBNBA: Recaps From Both Friday and Saturday Games

(Andrew D. Bernstein | NBAE via Getty Images)

(Andrew D. Bernstein | NBAE via Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. The daily BBNBA post is taking Saturday’s off again this season, which means we’re doubling up the Sunday post with two days worth of #content. Let’s talk NBA.

FRIDAY RECAP (11/8/19)

Davis and Lakers dominate surging Heat

  • With a win over a Miami Heat squad that is firing out of the gate to begin the season, the Los Angeles Lakers control the top overall spot in the Western Conference with a 7-1 record. Behind a stacked stat line from Anthony Davis consisting of a BBNBA-high 26 points on 11-17 shooting (with no attempted threes, I should add) to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks. Miami trimmed the lead down to as little as six points in the fourth quarter, but LeBron James poured in 12 of 25 total points in the final period to help lead his Lakers squad to its seventh straight win.
  • The Lakers held the Heat to a mere 4-19 shooting in the fourth quarter, winning 95-80.

  • On the opposite side of the bench, Bam Adebayo registered 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals. I don’t think there’s another player in the NBA that can put together such a diverse stat line as quietly as Bam. You can feel his presence on every possession, but it never truly seems like he’s putting up these types of numbers until you check the box score and you’re like “holy shit, he did that again?”
  • Rookie Tyler Herro added seven points but only 2-7 shooting and a 1-5 mark from deep.

The Knicks won a game? On the road?

  • In the revenge game against Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks, the New York Knicks somehow managed a 106-102 victory on the road. Julius Randle contributed 21 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Knicks while Kevin Knox went for six points and four rebounds, connecting on both of his shots from beyond the arc.

Kings slowly righting the ship

  • Starting the season with a nasty 0-5 record, the Sacramento Kings have since gone 3-1 after a 121-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Behind 17 points, four rebounds, and nine assists from De’Aron Fox on 6-10 shooting, the Kings were able to add another check in the win column. At one point, the Kings led by 21 points in the second quarter before a scoring frenzy from Trae Young pulled the game within one point in the fourth quarter.
  • In the first five games of the season, Sacramento only hit on 33 percent of its 35 attempts from three per game. Since then – during the 3-1 stretch – the Kings are shooting 42.7 percent from deep on nearly 36 attempts per game.
  • Making shots = winning games.

Other notes

  • Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 100-97, thanks to a Nikola Jokic game-winner right before the final buzzer. Murray posted 22 points on 10-18 shooting in addition to six rebounds, 11 assists, and two blocks. The Nugs rallied from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to complete the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves earned a 125-119 win in overtime against Willie Cauley-Stein and the Golden State Warriors. KAT recorded 20 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season in only six games. WCS was less effective, going for four points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
  • Finally, Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer against the Utah Jazz thanks to a corner three from Bojan Bogdanovic. Bledsoe had one of his better games of the young season, adding 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists with zero turnovers.


  • Saturday’s games were far less exciting than the madness that took place on Friday, but there were still some impressive performances from the BBNBA crew.

Youngsters continue to make headlines

  • We know about the Anthony Davis’ and John Wall’s of the BBNBA realm, but it’s been the fresh, out-of-college, bodies that are putting their stamp on the league early on in the 2019-20 season.
  • P.J. Washington is making a very strong case for early-season Rookie of the Year. He posted 10 points and seven rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets in a 115-110 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, which was actually one of his “worst” games of the season. He went back to the locker room briefly in this game, too, but quickly returned to the bench and came back into the game.
  • This is the only stat about Washington that anyone should care about.

  • The literal definition of efficiency. You LOVE to see it!
  • Malik Monk even got in on the fun, adding nine points on 4-8 shooting including this vicious one-handed alley-oop for the Hornets.

  • In Oklahoma City, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists for the Thunder.

  • Hamidou Diallo had another impressive outing, something he continues to do regularly through nine games this season. Diallo posted eight points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 23 minutes. He also did his best Malik Monk impression with this slam.

  • My goodness…
  • Finally, we’ll end the recap with a 10-point performance from Trey Lyles as the San Antonio Spurs fell 135-115 in a loss to the Boston Celtics (who are still without Enes Kanter. Kanter has been practicing lately but there is no timetable for his return at the moment). Lyles added eight rebounds and shot 3-4 from deep in 21 minutes for the Spurs.

  • One more thing on the injury status of Lakers guard Rajon Rondo. He is not expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors as he continues to rehab from a calf injury.

  • Check out the full stat sheet from Friday and Saturday below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Games from 11/8/19
Anthony Davis (LAL)95-80 W vs. MIA2611-17 (0-0)87232+2734
Jamal Murray (DEN)100-97 W vs. PHI2210-18 (1-3)611122+1637
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)100-103 L @ UTA228-20 (1-6)85010+432
Julius Randle (NYK)106-102 W @ DAL217-16 (2-8)84104+836
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)125-119 W vs. GSW (OT)207-17 (2-6)144012+1035
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)121-109 W @ ATL176-10 (0-0)49115-429
Bam Adebayo (MIA)80-95 L @ LAL114-7 (0-0)94313-1238
Tyler Herro (MIA)80-95 L @ LAL72-8 (1-5)20100+223
Kevin Knox (NYK)106-102 W @ DAL62-4 (2-2)30000-114
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)119-125 L @ MIN (OT)42-5 (0-0)80132-424
Skal Labissiere (POR)115-119 L vs. BKN21-1 (0-0)1000208
Brandon Knight (CLE)113-100 W @ WASDNP-CD----------------
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)121-109 W @ ATLDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)100-97 W vs. PHIDNP-CD----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)95-80 W vs. MIADNP-Knee----------------
John Wall (WAS)100-113 L vs. CLEDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)104-122 L vs. TORDNP-Achilles----------------
Games from 11/9/19
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)114-108 W vs. GSW126-15 (0-3)53003-236
Trey Lyles (SAS)115-135 L vs. BOS103-5 (3-5)80012-1221
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)110-115 L vs. NOP103-9 (0-0)72202+124
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)108-114 L @ OKC105-9 (0-0)60033-1123
Malik Monk (CHA)110-115 L vs. NOP94-8 (1-3)21002+219
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)114-108 W vs. GSW84-6 (0-0)32201+2523
Nerlens Noel (OKC)114-108 W vs. GSW21-3 (0-0)10021-157
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)110-115 L vs. NOPDNP-CD----------------
Enes Kanter (BOS)135-115 W @ SASDNP-Knee----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)115-110 W @ CHADNP-Achilles----------------


3:30: Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Timberwolves (Towns)

6:00: Pacers @ Magic

6:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ 76ers

7:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

7:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Knicks (Knox, Randle)

8:00: Nets @ Suns (Booker)

9:00: Hawks @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere-questionable)

9:30: Raptors @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo-out)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

2 Comments for BBNBA: Recaps From Both Friday and Saturday Games

  1. Flan
    12:21 pm November 10, 2019 Permalink

    You do a really great job of the recaps. I’m digging all the Cayts in the league

    • Zack Geoghegan
      2:25 pm November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Appreciate it! Always lots to talk about with all these former ‘Cats.