Miss your NBA fix last night? In three minutes or less, 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: 11/9/2019 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Jerin Varghese
- Like many other teams, the Bulls had NO answer for James Harden as he had 42 PTS, 10 REB, 9 AST, 9 3PTM and was a +36 in the Rockets blowout victory. Despite his slow shooting start (30% from 3), Harden is actually above his crazy PPG average of a year ago (36.1 PPG) at 37 PPG now – is 40PPG in play?
- Robert Williams appears to be getting this whole timing thing right this season. He added 6 more blocks in just 22 minutes of action last night – he’s now up to nearly 4 BLKS per 36 minutes. He also chipped in 11 PTS on 5/5 shooting in Boston’s win over the Spurs
- Luka Doncic has shown zero signs of slowing down as he poured in 24-14-8 in another Mavericks win. These were slightly below his season long numbers of 28-11-9 (mainly due to the fact that he was not needed for more than 28 minutes to handle the Grizzlies).
Quirk of the Night
- Danuel House has made 37 FGS this season (25 from 3PT range) and only one of those has been unassisted (per Mike Gallagher). This is a guy who knows his role as a spot up shooter – and also what happens when Westbrook and Harden are by your side.
- Gordon Hayward’s bad injury luck struck once again as he suffered a broken hand after running into LaMarcus Aldridge on defense. He was off to a fantastic start to the season, averaging 22-8-5 and shooting over 44% from downtown.
- Home teams were 1-4 last night. OKC was the only team magnanimous enough to deliver a victory to their home fans.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- The OKC-GSW game lacked a bit of luster as the Saturday showdown did not feature the 6+ All-NBA stars that we are accustomed to seeing between the two franchises. Without Klay, KD, Curry, Draymond, Westbrook and PG, we were instead treated to a still-entertaining D’Angelo Russell vs SGA battle, in which the Thunder ultimately edged out the Warriors. DLO ended the 3rd quarter in a manner that may have reminded fans of a certain 6′ 3″ PG out of Davidson.
- Malik Monk punctuated a fast break alley-oop with a huge one handed hammer off of a lob from Hornets teammate Devonte Graham.