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Good morning, folks. I will never stop obsessing over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Let’s talk NBA.

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RECAP

Jamal Murray ties season-high with 39 points

The Washington Wizards were even more depleted than usual on Saturday without star player Bradley Beal, but broke out for a 19-2 run in the middle of the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets to secure a massive upset win. Despite Jamal Murray’s best shooting exhibition all season – 39 points on 13-19 shooting, 3-7 from deep, and 10-10 from the free-throw line, all coming after the first quarter – the Wizards’ bench mob received 32 points from Ish Smith and 25 from Troy Brown to seal a 128-114 surprise win.

“That was embarrassing. That was an embarrassing performance,” Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said. “We had a mindset that we’re just going to show up and win the game maybe because some of their starters were (out). … We got our ass kicked tonight.”

39 points from Murray ties his season-high and marks the first time he’s ripped off at least 30 points since Dec. 18.

SGA leads OKC to 5th straight win

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander keeps ballin’ and the Oklahoma City Thunder keep winning.

Against a Cleveland Cavaliers team that is literally being ripped apart internally (and even on the court, just google “Kevin Love” real quick) at the seams, OKC pummeled the Cavs by a final score of 121-106. SGA poured in 20 points on 9-14 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and two steals. Hamidou Diallo played in his third consecutive game after missing the previous 17 with an elbow injury. The former ‘Cat had his best outing yet since his return, adding 10 points and four rebounds on 3-6 shooting in 19 minutes.

Unfortunately, Nerlens Noel had to limp into the locker room during the third quarter after accidentally stepping on Tristan Thompson’s foot. He was later diagnosed with a sprained ankle and did not return.

Hornets need overtime to upset Mavericks

Despite a 39-point triple-double from Luka Doncic, the Charlotte Hornets needed an extra five minutes to earn a massive upset win over the Dallas Mavericks

Some key shots from Terry Rozier late in the game – who combined with fellow guard Devonte Graham for 56 total points – helped erase a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and earn the second straight win for Charlotte after dropping six in a row. P.J. Washington recorded 19 points on 9-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds and three assists. He also had a key block in the fourth quarter with his team down four and a hellacious slam to put his team down two with under a minute left. Washington’s only three of the game came in overtime to give his team a lead which he followed up with a fancy spin move to give Charlotte a three-point lead with a little over a minute left. He was magnificent when the Hornets needed him the most.

Malik Monk added three points, two rebounds, and two steals for Charlotte in 14 minutes. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not play for the third consecutive outing.

Other notes

  • My favorite stat of the season so far continues to be the Enes Kanter rebound stat. Every time Kanter hauls in at least 10 rebounds, the Boston Celtics are undefeated. On Saturday night, the Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 111-104. Can you guess how many rebounds Kanter had? The answer is 12 (to go along with 17 points on 7-17 shooting). Boston is 8-0 this season when Kanter pulls in double-digit boards.
  • In his third game back from a fractured leg, Eric Bledsoe went for 21 points, three rebounds, and six assists on 8-12 shooting and 4-6 from beyond the arc. His minutes have slowly increased as he eases his way back from an injury and he looked to be in solid game form on Saturday. Bledsoe’s Bucks team downed the San Antonio Spurs, 127-118, who received eight points and 14 rebounds (tying a season-high) from Trey Lyles. Even Keldon Johnson found his way onto the court after spending most of the season thus far in the G League. In Johnson’s second career NBA game, he appeared in four minutes, registering two points and two rebounds.
  • De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings were beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans thanks to a last-second layup by J.J. Redick. The former Kentucky guard still managed 17 points, three rebounds, and five assists.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)114-128 L @ WAS3913-19 (3-7)14212+134
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)127-118 W vs. SAS218-12 (4-6)36103+723
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)121-106 W @ CLE209-14 (0-3)70202+1634
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)123-120 (OT) W @ DAL199-12 (1-1)63013038
Enes Kanter (BOS)111-104 W @ CHI177-17 (0-0)120123+722
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)115-117 L vs. NOP175-14 (2-3)35103-2133
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)121-106 W @ CLE103-6 (0-1)41100-219
Trey Lyles (SAS)118-127 L @ MIL82-8 (0-5)140000+1024
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)104-111 L vs. DET52-5 (0-0)30001-1514
Malik Monk (CHA)123-120 (OT) W @ DAL31-2 (1-2)20203+414
Nerlens Noel (OKC)121-106 W @ CLE20-0 (0-0)51020+59
Keldon Johnson (SAS)118-127 L @ MIL21-3 (0-0)20000+94
Patrick Patterson (LAC)114-140 L vs. MEM00-3 (0-2)00100-36
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)115-117 L vs. NOPDNP-CD----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)123-120 (OT) W @ DALDNP-CD----------------
Brandon Knight (CLE)106-121 L vs. OKCDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)114-128 L @ WASDNP-Inactive----------------
John Wall (WAS)128-114 W vs. DENDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)117-115 W @ SACDNP-Achilles----------------

TODAY IN THE NBA

3:30: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Clippers (Patterson)

6:00: Trail Blazers (Labissiere-out) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

7:30: Timberwolves (Towns-questionable) @ Cavaliers (Knight)

8:00: Grizzlies @ Suns (Booker)

10:00: Pistons @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan