Miss your NBA fix last night? In three minutes or less, the TDC’s Morning Announcements gives you the brief rundown of the standout stat lines, exciting finishes and some rarities that went down on the hardwood last night. On a busy evening where you miss the live action and/or the scintillating thrill of NBA Twitter scrolling, we have done the work for you and compiled notable lines and events.
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B-ball Date: 10/26/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese
Aced the Evening
- Trae Young had ice in his veins, scoring the Hawks last eight points as part of a 39 point, 9 assist, 7 rebound, 2 steal night in Atlanta’s 103-99 win over Orlando. Trae starting out hot after dropping 38 in ATL’s season-opening win
- DeMar DeRozan helped San Antonio overcome former Spurs sharpshooter Davis Bertans’ 23 points, including 5-of-5 from 3, by dropping in 26 of his own, including the 124-122 game-winner over Washington with 5.5 seconds left
- Tobias Harris had a nice reminder for all the DETROIT BASKETBALL fans, with 29 points and 7 rebounds against his former team, making sure the Sixers didn’t miss Joel Embiid (ankle) too much with Philadelphia taking the 117-111 win
- Russell Westbrook passed Magic Johnson for second on the career triple-doubles list with his 139th and second of the season for Houston, finishing with 28/10/10 in the Rockets 126-123 win. Despite the Pelicans first 0-3 start since…three years ago, Brandon Ingram was a handful for the Rockets defense with 35 points and 15 rebounds
Quirks of the Night
- Congratulations are in order for Tristan Thompson after making the first three-pointer of his career — part of a 25 point, 13 rebound night in Cavs 110-99 win over the Pacers
- The first Battle of the Bogdanovic-es of the season went to Bojan, who finished with 26 points in the Jazz 113-81 win over the Kings. Bogdan finished with 10 points, which isn’t as bad considering Sacramento’s was paced by Dewayne Dedmon’s team-high 11
- The New York Powerforwardbockers were outscored 72-44 in the second-half of a 118-95 loss to the Celtics. Alonzo Trier helped the cause by going 0-of-4 with 3 fouls, but Kevin Knox was no slouch in the losing effort, with a team-worst -28 in 26 minutes of play. Actually, I think that means he was a yes slouch
- Hard to say the first player in NBA history with 30 rebounds and 20 assists in his first two games needs improvement, especially when that player put up 29 points, 17 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and a game-tying tip-in at the regulation buzzer, but reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo also fouled out for the second game in a row, and the Bucks are going to need him on the court to win, as evidenced by the 131-126 overtime loss to Miami
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- James Harden slammed the ball right into his own face and Josh Hart blessed the GIF-loving masses with a so-far season-best reaction shot
- Devin Booker and Patrick Beverly locked up in a back-and-forth barking battle, but Booker got the last woof, drawing the and-1 that fouled Pat Bev out of the game and left the Suns bench waiving buh-bye in the Clips first loss of the season