Good morning, folks. SGA and Hami Diallo are putting themselves on the basketball map. Let’s talk BBNBA.
SGA and Hami shining in OKC
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s All-Star campaign is off to a great start and Hamidou Diallo is trying to make a run at Most Improved Player.
On Sunday afternoon against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, the former Kentucky Wildcat duo put together another perfect game to take down the Eastern Conference contenders, 129-116. After SGA posted 25 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists two nights ago against the New York Knicks, he one-upped himself against the Nets, recording a BBNBA-high 31 points to go along with six rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while shooting an impressive 11-16 from the floor (2-4 from distance).
Perhaps more shocking, however, has been the back-to-back performances out of Diallo, the third-year guard for OKC, who exploded for 25 points, three rebounds, four assists, and four steals while shooting 10-14 from the field in just 24 minutes against the Nets. Two days ago against New York, Diallo popped off for 23 points and 11 rebounds.
OKC went 4-1 on its five-game road trip and head back home with a three-game winning streak and a new-look Diallo. KSR intern Wynn McDonald broke down Diallo’s current rise a bit further, which you can read here.
Randle’s 29 not enough to beat Murray, Nuggets
Julius Randle continues to put up massive figures for the Knicks, but it came in a losing effort against Jamal Murray’s Denver Nuggets on Sunday, 114-89.
The one-time Wildcat posted 29 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists on an 11-16 shooting clip that included a 2-5 mark from deep. However, he was the only Knicks player to record at least 12 points as the team’s 89 points are tied for second-fewest this season. Kevin Knox added six points on two made triples while Immanuel Quickley contributed four points, all off of made free-throws. Nerlens Noel came off the bench to play in 12 minutes, recording one point and four boards.
On the Denver sideline, Murray was a shell of himself on offense, scoring just nine points on 4-9 shooting, the second time this season he has failed to hit double-digits. But the Nuggets received 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists from Nikola Jokic while holding its opponent to under 100 points for just the first time all year. The game was never truly close, either, with Denver commanding a 21 halftime lead that remained steady throughout the second half.
Boogie ejected against AD, Lakers
DeMarcus Cousins is a brick wall…
If you need further proof, watch as Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris creates a running start before he rushes up to shove Boogie, who is balancing on two battered legs. Cousins takes the shove in stride, staring Morris down for a brief second before walking away like it never even happened.
Markieff Morris and Boogie got into it. pic.twitter.com/efgRrnMbLZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2021
Cousins was eventually ejected later in the game, not for the play above (although he did receive a flagrant 1 foul), but for a later incident where he swiped at the ball while LeBron James was driving to the rim for the Lakers. Cousins hit James in the face instead and was given his second flagrant after video review, sending him back to an early shower after just eight minutes of action.
John Wall added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for Houston, who trailed by 20-plus during portions of the second-half. With Anthony Davis back in the fold for L.A. after missing the previous outing with a groin strain, he made his presence felt immediately. The former Wildcat went for 27 points and four rebounds while shooting 9-12 from the field. The Lakers have now won six of its last seven games, good enough for an 8-3 record and the top spot in the Western Conference.
Other notes from across the BBNBA
The game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics was postponed not long before tipoff due to Miami not having the minimum number of players required to play. This was the second game through the first three weeks of regular-season action that has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The NBA does not plan on pasuing the season despite multiple cases across several franchises.
Karl-Anthony Towns sat out the second game of a back-to-back after returning from a wrist injury that sidelined him for six games. He made his way back to the court against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, but took a break on Sunday to stay healthy. KAT’s Minnesota Timberwolves still managed to pick up the win in his absence, 96-88. Jarred Vanderbilt appeared in 19 minutes for Minny, recording five points and eight boards. Keldon Johnson and Trey Lyles were both in the starting lineup for the Spurs, but combined for just eight points on a 3-10 shooting mark.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||129-116 W @ BKN||31||11-16 (2-4)||6||7||2||1||2||+1||36|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||89-114 L vs. DEN||29||11-16 (2-5)||10||5||0||0||3||-21||38|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||120-102 W @ HOU||27||9-12 (0-1)||4||1||0||3||2||+29||30|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||129-116 W @ BKN||25||10-14 (1-4)||3||4||4||0||0||+17||24|
|John Wall (HOU)||102-120 L vs. LAL||14||5-14 (2-4)||10||5||1||2||4||-28||34|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||114-89 W @ NYK||9||4-9 (1-4)||0||3||0||0||0||+11||29|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||89-114 L vs. DEN||6||2-6 (1-3)||1||0||0||0||2||-14||17|
|DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)||102-120 L vs. LAL||6||2-5 (2-4)||4||0||1||0||1||+6||8|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||88-96 L @ MIN||5||2-4 (0-1)||10||2||0||0||0||-2||35|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)||96-88 W vs. SAS||5||2-4 (0-0)||8||0||0||0||1||-8||19|
|Immanuel Quickley (NYK)||89-114 L vs. DEN||4||0-4 (0-2)||1||1||0||0||1||-18||13|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||88-96 L @ MIN||3||1-6 (0-2)||7||1||1||3||2||-17||33|
|Nerlens Noel (NYK)||89-114 L vs. DEN||1||0-2 (0-0)||4||1||0||0||2||-21||12|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||106-105 W vs. TOR||0||0-1 (0-1)||3||0||0||0||1||+5||11|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||96-88 W vs. SAS||DNP-Rest||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (OKC)||129-116 W @ BKN||DNP-Coach's Decision||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||130-127 W vs. CHI||DNP-Coach's Decision||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||@ BOS PPD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||@ BOS PPD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Knicks (Knox, Noel, Quickley, Randle) @ Hornets (Monk, Richards, Washington)
7:00: Grizzlies @ Cavaliers
7:00: Bucks @ Magic
7:00: Suns (Booker) @ Wizards
7:30: 76ers (Maxey) @ Hawks (Rondo-out)
8:30 (NBATV): Pelicans (Bledsoe, Gabriel) @ Mavericks (Cauley-Stein)
10:00: Raptors @ Trail Blazers (Kanter)
10:00: Pacers @ Kings (Fox)