Miss your NBA fix last night? In three minutes or less, the TDC’s The Tip Off 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: 11/4/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese
- There might not be an “I” in team, but there are a few in Kyrie Irving, who dropped 39 PTS with 9 ASTS, 4 REBS and 3 STLS to lead the Nets to a 135-125 win over the Pelicans. New Orleans’ own “I” Guy, Brandon Ingram dropped a career-best 40 PTS with 5 ASTS, 5 REBS and 555 nervous tweets from Lakers fans about whether or not the Purple and Gold held onto the right assets.
- The Miami Dolphins can start poppin’ bottles as the last undefeated team in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers, recorded their first loss of the season, 114-109, to the Phoenix Suns. Devin Booker led the way with 40 points on 15/19 shooting overall.
- James Harden nearly matched Booker’s efficiency…from the free-throw line in his 40 point game (44 PTS on 12/28 shooting, 13/18 from the line, 7/16 from three) as part of the Rockets 107-100 win over the Grizzlies.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee make quick work of the KAT-less Timberwolves, 134-106, with 34 PTS, 15 REBS, 6 ASTS and a +28 in only 27 minutes of action. He probably wanted to make sure he wrapped things up early so he could enjoy that famous Minneapolis nightlife. Let’s go to the Mall….tonight!
Quirks of the Night
- PJ Tucker recorded only one field goal attempt in 34 minutes of action becoming the first player with 34 or more minutes played and one or fewer FGA since…PJ Tucker circa January 5, 2019 in a loss at Portland.
- Andre Drummond fell just short of 20 points, but did record his fourth straight 20 rebound game with 24 boards in the Pistons 115-99 loss to the Wizards.
- Jake Layman made it easy to make a “lame, man” joke with his 2/10 shooting effort with 5 PTS, 4 FLS and a -21 in 26 minutes off the bench.
- Josh Richardson made it slightly tougher to make a playing like a “dick, son” joke with 8 PTS on 3/11 shooting to go with 4 TOS and 4 FLS in the 76ers loss.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Christian Wood took Rui Hachimura to the Wood-shed and all he got was a lousy technical (and a small piece of Rui’s soul).
- Happy Birthday to Eric Paschall — who celebrated with a career-best 36 PTS in a Warriors 127-118 win over Portland — becoming the first Golden State Warriors rookie with consecutive games scoring 25 PTS or more since a certain Steph Curry did it five straight times from April 4-11, 2010. Paschall celebrated by going toe-to-toe with Bay Area’s own Dame Lillard, while Ky Bowman joined in the festivities with a nifty lay-up and friendly reminder to Hassan Whiteside that he was NOT on the party invite list.
- James Harden channeled his inner 2016 Draymond with a late 4th quarter attack on Jae Crowder’s crown jewels. To add insult to injury, the foul was called on Crowder and his reaction resulted in a technical foul and an ejection. After a video review, Harden was also assessed a flagrant 1 but was allowed to remain in the game.