Good morning, folks. Karl-Anthony Towns got the better of Rudy Gobert on Monday night to move the Wolves to 8-6 out West. Let’s talk NBA.
Wolves steal a road win in Utah
- Behind Karl-Anthony Towns’ 29 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks on 11-23 shooting (7-15 from deep), the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to secure a tidy road win over the Utah Jazz. Towns had the displeasure of facing the best defensive player in the NBA, Rudy Gobert, but he more than held his own. Outside of one monster dunk attempted that was shoved back into the earth by Gobert’s massive palm, the former Wildcat got the better of the two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Towns’ seven triples tied his career-high and the loss for Utah was the first at home all season.
Knicks blowout Love-less Cavs
- Without Kevin Love in the Cleveland starting lineup due to a minor back injury, the New York Knicks were able to finesse a much-needed win. Just a little over a week ago, the Cavs came into Madison Square Garden and rocked them by 21. Monday’s game had an opposite end result. Knicks forward Julius Randle poured in a BBNBA-high of 30 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. In 19 minutes, Kevin Knox posted just six points on 2-10 shooting in addition to three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
- For the Cavs, Brandon Knight was able to sniff out some playing time in the 123-105 loss for Cleveland. Knight contributed 12 points – all on made threes – in a mere 12 minutes.
Paul George takes down his former team in the closing seconds
- The first 45ish minutes of Paul George’s first time facing off against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, were rather uninspiring. The final three minutes, however, more than made up for it.
- Kawhi Leonard sat out his third consecutive game with knee soreness, forcing George into the role as the primary scorer. And all he did was drill a game-winning three from the near top of the key with under 30 seconds left and finish the game with 18 points in the 90-88 win.
PAUL GEORGE FOR THE WIN! ? pic.twitter.com/70Z1EE5ksI
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 19, 2019
- For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a forgettable night against the team that traded him away in order to bring George into the fold. SGA posted just 11 points on 4-10 shooting but played through foul trouble a good chunk of the evening. Nerlens Noel stuffed his stat line once again, going for seven points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, three blocks, and zero turnovers in 20 minutes. Hamidou Diallo sat out his second straight game with a left knee sprain.
- The Charlotte Hornets were destroyed by the Toronto Raptors, 132-96, in Canada and all three former Wildcats for the Hornets had less-than-stellar performances. P.J. Washington went for five points in 16 minutes, Malik Monk added seven points, three rebounds, and three assists in 22 minutes, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made just his second appearence of the season.
- Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns weren’t able to take advantage of the Boston Celtics playing the second game of a back-to-back, losing 99-85 at home. Without Ricky Rubio (who is dealing with back spasms), the Suns could never get the offense rolling. Booker went for 20 points and four assists on 7-13 shooting but added five turnovers in the process.
- Despite his Portland Trail Blazers losing by 24 points in Houston to the Rockets, Skal Labissiere was still able to register 15 points and six rebounds on 6-7 shooting.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Julius Randle (NYK)||123-105 W vs. CLE||30||12-17 (3-5)||7||4||2||1||1||+24||31|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||112-102 @ UTA||29||11-23 (7-15)||13||5||2||2||5||+11||33|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||85-99 L vs. BOS||20||7-13 (2-4)||1||4||0||0||5||-9||34|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||108-132 L @ HOU||15||6-7 (0-0)||6||2||0||2||2||-3||20|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||105-123 L @ NYK||12||4-8 (4-8)||3||2||0||0||0||+5||12|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||88-90 L @ LAC||11||4-10 (1-4)||1||0||1||0||5||0||30|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||115-101 W @ CHI||8||2-11 (1-4)||6||5||1||1||1||+15||28|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||96-132 L @ TOR||7||2-9 (0-5)||3||3||0||0||4||-15||22|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||88-90 L @ LAC||7||1-2 (0-0)||8||3||2||3||0||-2||20|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||123-105 W vs. CLE||6||2-10 (0-4)||3||2||1||0||0||-13||19|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||96-132 L @ TOR||5||2-5 (1-3)||0||2||0||1||1||-27||16|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||90-88 W vs. OKC||3||1-4 (1-4)||4||0||0||1||0||+3||6|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||96-132 L @ TOR||2||0-3 (0-2)||2||1||0||0||0||-7||8|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||99-85 W @ PHX||2||1-2 (0-0)||4||0||1||0||1||+2||5|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||110-117 L @ DAL||0||0-2 (0-2)||1||1||1||0||1||-18||11|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||88-90 L @ LAC||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00: Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Grizzlies
8:00 (NBA): Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Pelicans (Miller-out)
10:00: Suns (Booker) @ Kings (Fox-out, Gabriel)
10:30 (NBATV): Thunder (Diallo-questionable, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)