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BBNBA: Towns and Wolves Beat Booker and Suns on Game-Winner

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks, and happy MLK Day. Karl-Anthony Towns got the better of Devin Booker thanks to a Derrick Rose game-winner. Let’s talk NBA.

Reminder to vote to send the BBNBA to the 2019 All-Star game.

Since today is MLK Day, the NBA celebrates by featuring games all day long, starting at 12:30 p.m. and running through 10:30 p.m. So if you have nothing to do today (and we all know you don’t), you might as well turn on the TV and check out some former Wildcats. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to watch at least one of them.

RECAP

[11-37] Suns – 114 @ [22-24] Timberwolves – 116 

  • In a matchup between former college teammates, Karl-Anthony Towns and his Minnesota Timberwolves got the best of Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
  • Towns scored 30 points on only eight made shots but was a perfect 13-13 mark from the free throw line, although only two of his points came after halftime thanks to constant double teams from the Suns. He pulled down 12 rebounds for this 29th double-double of the season while also dishing out four assists and tieing a career-high with four steals.

  • Derrick Rose scored 29 of his 31 points in the second half and also hit the game-winning shot for the Wolves.
  • Devin Booker shot 7-15 from the field for 18 points in addition to his six rebounds and six assists (and five turnovers).

Other notes

  • The Charlotte Hornets were smacked by the Indiana Pacers by a score of 120-95. Malik Monk contributed 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added seven points and two rebounds.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had one of his worst shooting performances of his young career, missing 12 of his 15 shot attempts for only seven points. However, the recently struggling Clippers stuck with SGA despite his shooting woes, playing him 37 minutes and as he helped lead his team to a massive win over a hot San Antonio Spurs squad. The Clippers had dropped five straight games before their win on Sunday.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)116-114 W vs. PHX308-22 (1-5)124414+139
Devin Booker (PHX)114-116 L @ MIN187-15 (1-6)66005-1132
Malik Monk (CHA)95-120 L @ IND114-9 (2-3)32203-1015
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)95-120 L @ IND72-4 (1-2)20001-918
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)103-95 W @ SAS73-15 (1-2)43003-437

TODAY IN THE NBA

12:30 (NBATV): Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Knicks (Kanter, Knox)

1:00: Bulls @ Cavaliers

2:00: Pistons @ Wizards (Wall-out)

2:00: Mavericks @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

3:00 (NBATV): Magic (Briscoe) @ Hawks (Poythress)

3:30: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Nets

5:30 (TNT): Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Grizzlies

6:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Celtics

8:00 (TNT): Rockets (Knight-questionable) @ 76eres

9:00: Trail Blazers @ Jazz

10:30 (TNT): Warriors (Cousins) @ Lakers (Rondo-out)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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2 Comments for BBNBA: Towns and Wolves Beat Booker and Suns on Game-Winner



  1. trumpetguy
    2:21 pm January 21, 2019 Permalink

    Booker desperately needs someone to initiate offense some. Right now, he is required to do way too much. Someone like a …………..Ja Morant,, this summer NBA draft (provided two Dookies go 1-2)



    • JASUN74
      3:11 pm January 21, 2019 Permalink

      You’re absolutely right bud. I’m not sure the pieces they have now can get it done but like a few other teams, they have a good chance to move some people for better players and if they have a good draft, they could be a fun team to watch. Heck they are pretty fun to watch anyway if Booker is having a good game. When he’s on he’s unstoppable. I just hate the thought of them never being a playoff team with Devin. He deserves to play with some good players because he works as hard as anyone else. Saying that WOOOHOOO. GO KINGS. HAHA. Love my Kings and I honestly don’t want to lose anyone of the guys that are playing much. Maybe trade Scal if they can get anything out of him. I’m sure they can get something but he’s not a good fit now I don’t think with Willy, Bagley and the way Harry has been playing lately. Man this team is just the funnest team to watch in all of basketball. Love their pace of play and they improve every game. It’s crazy. Lol