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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Basketball Date: 11/12/2019 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Jerin Varghese
- Coby White had the United Center chanting his name after bombarding the Knicks with seven 4th quarter triples amidst a 24-2 run in front of his UNC coach, Roy Williams. In the postgame interview, he asked if Roy would attend more games because he hadn’t been that hot in years.
- The 76ers drew up a beautiful last play as Joel Embiid had a nifty sequence where he set a ball screen and then immediately continued into a down screen for Tobias Harris. That was followed by a perfect seal by Embiid in the post where he received a lob and put down the go ahead dunk as he saved the 76ers from an ugly home defeat against Cleveland.
- Kyle Kuzma effectively sealed the Lakers win by hitting two consecutive three pointers in the final two minutes against Phoenix. The threes capped off a 23-point performance off of the bench for Kuzma and a 123-115 victory for the 1st place Lakers.
- The Sacramento Kings grabbed a nice win without Fox (and Bagley) over the slumping Blazers. The Kings were led by Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 25PT 10AST 4STL evening. Sacramento has righted the ship by winning four of the last five after their a troubling 0-5 start.
Quirks of the Night
- The Denver Nuggets finished just 1 shy of the NBA record low for Turnovers in a game with just 3 – yet still lost at home to the Hawks.
- The NBA’s second oldest player finally shed his warmups tonight as Udonis Haslem checked into an NBA game to make it 17th straight seasons of action – he even squeaked into the scorebook by logging 2 points.
- RJ Barrett had a smooth 21-9-6 and was a +7 in a game where the Knicks lost by 18. Perhaps Coach Fizdale has already reneged on his hard stance against load management not mattering as RJ only logged 31 minutes.
- Tristan Thompson is off to a very fine start this season, but boy was this late 4th quarter play a sight to behold. Please let me know if you’ve ever seen a full court isolation featuring the double-behind-the-back-spin-pullup-leaning-31-footer by a post player before (I would love to see it.)
- Losing at home is always frowned upon but #1 Kentucky hoops were 25-point favorites and lost to Evansville in Lexington. I would not have wanted to be in the locker room as a recipient of Coach Cal’s wrath on this night.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Trae Young is rather absurd. He probably belongs in the Honor Roll as well, but his flare and flashiness tend to set Twitter ablaze. Ridiculous pullup threes, nutmegging an opponent just for sport, and glaring down the opposing bench were just a few notable items from last night. I’m not even sure which exact moment to pinpoint for you, but just go watch his highlights that flooded my twitter feed all night.
- Matisse Thybulle was rather helpless on this Darius Garland And1 mixtape clip as he was crossed, jumped to block a non-existent shot attempt, and then flailed helplessly from behind as Garland glided to the hoop for a bucket.