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BBNBA: With Anthony Davis sidelined, Julius Randle leads Pelicans to victory

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Recap:

  • In case you missed it over the weekend, Anthony Davis sustained a finger injury that is going to keep him out of action for a week or two. In the meantime, Julius Randle gets a chance to lead the Pelicans, and last night he took advantage of the opportunity. Randle scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and had 2 steals. The big-lefty did rack up seven turnovers, as the ball was in his hands much more often than normal to create on his own, but New Orleans was able to knock off the Grizzlies, 105-85.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks continue to tear up through the first half of the season, sitting atop the standings in the Eastern Conference. Last night, they earned a 10-point victory over the Dallas Mavericks, despite rookie phenom Luka Doncic recording his first career triple-double. Former Cat Eric Bledsoe was the second-leading scorer for Milwaukee last night, finishing with 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.
  • Klay Thompson started off hot in last night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers, making his first 10 three point attempts, which is an NBA record. The game was in hand for almost the entirety of the second half, but DeMarcus Cousins did get to start and play in his second game of the season. From watching the game, you could tell that Cousins definitely has some rust to shake off, on top of getting his conditioning back to top level. Big Cuz left a lot of jump shots just short, which tells me that he was running out of gas with the frantic pace the Warriors were playing at throughout the game. Regardless, Boogie had 8 points on 2-9 shooting, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle105-85 win over Grizzlies206-9 (0-1)125207+1027
Darius Miller105-85 win over Grizzlies31-4 (1-4)10022+1528
Eric Bledsoe116-106 win over Mavericks218-16 (1-7)45202+1933
DeMarcus Cousins130-111 win over Lakers82-9 (0-2)95001+2421
De'Aaron Fox123-94 loss to Nets94-14 (1-2)36103-1629
Willie Cauley-Stein123-94 loss to Nets126-8 (0-0)62000-2027
Bam Adebayo107-99 loss to Celtics134-6 (0-0)72123+028
Patrick Patterson127-109 win over Knicks21-2 (0-1)00000+59
Nerlens Noel127-109 win over Knicks63-5 (0-0)80202+020
Hamidou Diallo127-109 win over Knicks31-2 (0-0)31001-117
Kevin Knox127-109 loss to Thunder83-8 (2-3)42010-2227
Enes Kanter127-109 loss to Thunder115-11 (0-1)31000+019
Isaiah Briscoe122-103 win over Hawks21-5 (0-0)23000+1220

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere) at Toronto Raptors, 7pm ET
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder (Nerlens Noel, Patrick Patterson, Hamidou Diallo), 8pm ET on NBATV
  • Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker), 9pm ET

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Article written by Brett Bibbins

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