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BBNBA: Tyler Ulis Shines in Loss to Boston

Tyler Ulis scored 19 points against the Boston Celtics on Monday night. (Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tyler Ulis scored 19 points against the Boston Celtics on Monday night. (Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

Recap

Tyler Ulis played the best game of his second season in the NBA on Monday night against the Boston Celtics. Ulis recorded 19 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes. As Devin Booker missed his fourth consecutive game due to a right-hand injury, someone had to step up for the dreary Phoenix Suns and Ulis did just that. He thoroughly outplayed his teammate, Elfrid Payton, the former Orlando Magic guard traded mid-season to essentially take the point guard spot that the team didn’t want to give to Ulis. Fast forward to late March, and the former Kentucky guard is doubling the minutes of his supposed replacement.

In other news, Julius Randle led all former Wildcats in points with a 23-point performance against the Detroit Pistons, including some impressive dismantling of Blake Griffin’s defense, which can be found shortly below. Randle also added 11 rebounds, giving him 24 double-doubles on the season and his seventh over his last eight games.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Enes Kanter both scored 15 points despite both their respective teams losing while Malik Monk dropped 11 points on 3-6 shooting from deep in 15 minutes.

ICYMI: James Young was released by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Check out the rest of the stats below.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle (LAL)106-112 L @ DET237-13 (0-0)111105-732
Tyler Ulis (PHX)94-102 L vs. BOS197-12 (2-3)58114+330
Jamal Murray (DEN)104-123 L @ PHI177-18 (2-8)33221-2235
Enes Kanter (NYK)128-137 OT L @ CHA157-13 (0-0)132000+732
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)93-101 L vs. MEM155-13 (2-4)126033-1339
Andrew Harrison (MEM)101-93 W @ MIN115-12 (1-5)14113+1033
Malik Monk (CHA)137-128 OT W vs. NYK114-7 (3-6)11000-315
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)137-128 OT W vs. NYK94-8 (0-0)32200-222
Trey Lyles (DEN)104-123 L @ PHI42-4 (0-2)00001-911
Devin Booker (PHX)94-102 L vs. BOSDNP-Hand----------------
Marquis Teague (MEM)101-93 W @ MINDNP-CD----------------

Highlights

Tonight in the NBA

7:00: Spurs @ Wizards (Meeks)

7:30: Nuggets (Murray, Lyles) @ Raptors

8:00 (TNT): Cavaliers @ Heat (Adebayo)

8:00: Bulls @ Rockets

8:00: Trail Blazers @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins)

10:00: Mavericks (Aa. Harrison) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Labissiere, Fox)

10:30: Pacers (Poythress) @ Warriors

10:30 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Clippers

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Aaron Harrison of the Dallas Mavericks. Harrison recently signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs back on March 22nd. This is the first stint back in the NBA for Harrison after playing in only five games last season and 21 the year before that. In his first game with Dallas, Harrison scored six points on 2-5 shooting in 19 minutes against the Utah Jazz. He did not log any minutes in the Mavericks game against the Charlotte Hornets but should hopefully see minutes Tuesday night against a bad Sacramento Kings squad. Plus, you can check out the trio of Kentucky Kings for Sacramento. Win-win.

@ZackGeoghegan

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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