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BBNBA: SGA shines once again while AD, Wall sit out

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Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. MAKE. SGA. AN ALL-STAR. Let’s talk BBNBA.

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SGA, OKC fall to Davis-less Lakers in overtime

No Anthony Davis, no problem for the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Despite half of the franchise’s superstar duo sitting on the bench due to some tightness in his Achilles, the Lakers needed an overtime period to take down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 119-112. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for OKC, dropping 29 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists on 10-25 shooting from the floor and a 4-8 clip from beyond the arc. He played over 41 minutes for just the second time this season and had the Thunder ahead by 10 points down the stretch. The only reason OKC even forced overtime was thanks to SGA’s three free-throws with just one second left in regulation after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

However, powered by LeBron James’ triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists, L.A. outscored OKC 9-2 in the extra five minute period after rattling off an 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter that tied the affair at 107-all. As for Davis, he sat out as a precaution due to pain he’s been experiencing for a while and has officially been diagnosed with Achilles tendinosis. It’s not the first time Davis has been inflicted with a lower-leg issue and it surely won’t be the last, but it’s worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. No matter the severity, you would have to imagine that the Lakers play it safe with Davis as the postseason is still months away.

Back to OKC, Hamidou Diallo continues his excellent third-season as a pro, finishing with 20 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds on an 8-17 shooting mark from the floor. Darius Miller saw 12 minutes of action, bit did not fire up a shot attempt during his playing time.

Wall sits as Rockets blown out by Hornets

John Wall was ruled out shortly before tipoff of his Houston Rockets’ matchup against the Charlotte Hornets–and they sure could have used him, too.

The Rockets were demolished by the Hornets, 119-94 as DeMarcus Cousins was inserted into the Houston starting lineup for the second game in a row and just the sixth time all season. Boogie contributed nine points, nine rebounds, and three steals, connecting on four of his eight shot attempts. Wall was sidelined as he continues to steadily rehab his Achilles, which had previously kept him off an NBA court for two full calendar years. Houston was also without Christian Wood and Eric Gordon as they were missing roughly 59 points of scoring from that trio.

Without the bulk of its primary scoring, Houston stood zero chance against a Charlotte squad that is slowly improving. P.J. Washington was back in the lineup for the second consecutive game after sitting out the previous two due to a minor injury, but he hasn’t looked like his usual self just yet. After scoring just three points on Sunday against the Washington Wizards, the former Wildcat matched it with another three points on 1-4 shooting in 25 minutes on Monday. Washington still contributed five rebounds, three assists, and one block but is in the process of trying to overcome a slight foot problem.

The Hornets have been playing well on the back of rookie LaMelo Ball, who is averaging 22.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.6 assists while shooting 51.4 percent from beyond the arc over his previous five outings, all of which have been starts. Add in Gordon Hayward, Devonte’ Graham, and Terry Rozier, and you’ve got a playoff-caliber squad. Plus, the emergence of Malik Monk over the last few games (14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks against the Rockets on Monday) has Charlotte sitting on a surprising 12-13 record.

Special shoutout to Nick Richards, as well, who saw three minutes of clock and scored two points for Charlotte.

Other notes from across the BBNBA

Devin Booker led the BBNBA in scoring on Monday night, exploding for 36 points against my Cleveland Cavaliers as his Phoenix Suns earned a 119-113 victory. Book added five rebounds and eight assists to his stat line on a shooting clip of 14-27 that included a 4-8 mark from deep. It was a season-high in scoring for the former ‘Cat, who hasn’t been scoring at nearly the same rate as his first All-Star season a year ago but is now part of a winning team. The Suns are 14-9 in the Western Conference, good enough for fourth-best.

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets can’t seem to find a steady groove. They’re now 12-11 on the season after a 125-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night in which Murray shot a horrendous 4-17 from the field for just 11 points, three rebounds, and four assists in 36 minutes. Despite 35 points and 12 rebounds from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets dropped its third straight game.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)119-113 W vs. CLE3614-27 (5-9)58004+834
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)112-119 L @ LAL2910-25 (4-8)710014+341
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)112-119 L @ LAL208-17 (1-3)112110+541
Malik Monk (CHA)119-94 W vs. HOU146-11 (2-5)45222+726
Jamal Murray (DEN)112-125 L vs. MIL114-17 (1-7)34101-336
DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)94-119 L @ CHA94-8 (1-3)91301-1025
Keldon Johnson (SAS)105-100 W vs. GSW94-13 (1-4)62000+628
Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)122-127 L @ DAL52-5 (0-1)43000-721
P.J. Washington (CHA)119-94 W vs. HOU31-4 (1-2)53012+1125
Mychal Mulder (GSW)100-105 L @ SAS31-3 (1-3)00010-58
Nick Richards (CHA)119-94 W vs. HOU21-2 (0-0)00000+53
Darius Miller (OKC)112-119 L @ LAL00-011100-1212
Anthony Davis (LAL)119-112 W vs. OKCDNP-Right Achilles----------------
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)122-127 L @ DALDNP-COVID-19----------------
John Wall (HOU)94-119 L @ CHADNP-Achilles recovery----------------
Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)127-122 W vs. MINDNP-Coach's Decision----------------
Trey Lyles (SAS)105-100 W vs. GSWDNP-Coach's Decision----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Nets @ Pistons

7:30: Knicks (Knox, Noel-questionable, Quickley, Randle) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

7:30 (TNT): Rockets (Cousins, Wall-questionable) @ Pelicans (Bledsoe, Gabriel)

8:30: Warriors (Mulder) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)

10:00 (TNT): Celtics @ Jazz

10:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter) @ Magic

10:00: 76ers (Maxey) @ Kings (Fox)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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