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: 11/22/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
- If Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley (see attempt below) together can’t even stop this guy, then who can? James Harden was cookin’ in LA once again, finishing with 37 PTS (9/16 FG, 5/11 3PT, 14/18 FT), 8 REBS, 12 ASTS, and 2 STLS. #FearTheBeard
- The only “Thunder” in Oklahoma City was provided by Anthony Davis, who dropped a ridiculous 33 PTS (9/19 FG, 4/7 3PT, 11/11 FT), 11 REBS, and 7 ASTS in a 130-127 win for the Lakers. Sorry @StevenAdams, you’re not quite his matchup either mate.
- Luka Doncic continued his stellar season, wrapping up a 143-101 win for the Dallas Mavericks over the Cleveland Cavaliers by posting this stat line: 30 PTS (11/18 FG, 4/8 3PT), 7 REBS, and 14 ASTS. The more he puts up these numbers, the closer we get to #Halleluka becoming the official hashtag of the Dallas Mavericks.
- We had quite the battle in Washington, and it didn’t involve any politics. Rather, it was a duel between Bradley Beal, who put up 30 PTS (10/19 FG, 4/8 3PT, 6/7 FT), and Miles Bridges, who had 31 PTS (12/21 FG, 3/7 3PT, 4/4 FT) in a 125-118 win for the Wizards over the Hornets.
Quirk of the Night
- In the Clippers’ win against the Rockets, Lou Williams finished with a team-high 26 points (9/16 FG, 4/6 3PT, 4/4 FT), with ALL 26 coming in the 2nd half. Can’t they just sit him out the first half if he’s going to score everything in the 2nd half anyway? #Lo(u)adManagement
- Having already lost 131-111 to the Mavericks on the road two and a half weeks ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers were demolished again; this time, it was at home, losing 143-101 in an even bigger margin to yet again, the Dallas Mavericks. Both losses also happen to be the two games where the Cavs have given up the highest point totals in the early season. The Cavs are most certainly ecstatic that they won’t have to face the Mavs again this year, otherwise we might have been able to see the decade’s first 200-point game… #Offense(sometimes)WinsGames #DefenseWinsChampionships
- “Ice Trae” was certainly “Ice Cold” from the field, shooting 3/12 from the field and 1/7 from deep for a measly 9 points. Is it really that cold in Detroit right now?
- We got another case of the 9’s here: Lauri Markkanen looked terrible in a 116-108 loss for the Bulls against the Heat, finishing with only 9 points (3/12 FG, 0/4 3PT, 3/4 FT). “Shooters shoot,” right?
- In a rather tame incident, Rajon Rondo seemed to intentionally use his knee to attack the groin of Dennis Schroder. Rondo was then assessed a Flagrant 2, ejected, and given a technical on top of all that for some words directed towards the ref that were not very kid-friendly.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Sometimes, you see two NBA players go at it for so long, and then once they retire, they’re all smiles and both usually say that they “always respected” the other guy. However, if you told me to pick two players today that would hate each other until the day they were buried, I would pick the following duo: Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook. The two continued their feud in a rather entertaining end-of-game situation; both had fouled out and were at the end of their respective benches.
- You’ve heard all the stories about how LeBron James could’ve been a star athlete if he played football. Well, watch the clip below and you’ll get a glimpse of why LBJ > OBJ.
- I didn’t want to do it, but I have to; making a second appearance on this edition of The Tip Off is James Harden, who drilled a critical stepback 3-pointer late in the game between the Rockets and Clippers. Though the Rockets eventually lost the game, this 3-point shot by Harden was absolutely ridiculous, as Beverley’s knees were bent all over the place. By the time he shot the ball, Harden had Beverley and PG draped all over him, was fouled, and still knocked down the deep 3 for a 4-point play.