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: 11/24/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese
- Luka Doncic fell a few rebounds short of another triple-double, but don’t feel sorry for the kid, as he posted a man’s line of 41 PTS, 10 ASTS, 6 REBS, 2 STLS in the Mavericks’ 137-123 dismantling of the Houston Rockets. Luka wasn’t alone on the evening, with Tim Hardaway Jr. adding 31 PTS and 2 STLS of his own, while Kristaps Porzingis dropped 23 PTS, 13 REBS, 2 STLS to help overcome the 21 PTS, 22 REBS game from Houston’s Clint Capela.
- Who needs to start when you can do your damage from the bench? Not Montrezl Harrell, who continued his Sixth Man of the Year Runner-Up Campaign with a team-high 34 PTS to go with his 12 REBS and 2 BLKS in a 134-109 LA Clippers win over the New Orleans Pelicans, who again did indeed bow down while in town.
- Spencer Dinwiddie made sure the Brooklyn Nets didn’t miss Kyrie Irving too bad, leading the way with 30 PTS, 4 REBS, 4 ASTS in a 103-101 win over the in-state rival New York Knicks. The Nets improved to 4-1 without Kyrie on the season, while the Knicks were just happy to be considered someone’s rival for an evening.
Quirk of the Night
- Harrison Barnes led the way for the Sacramento Kings against the Washington Wizards with 26 PTS on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, 3-for-3 from three-point range and 9-for-11 from the line for a true shooting % of 101.2%, the highest by a Kings player in a road game scoring 25 or more since TS% is available beginning in the 1982-83 season.
- Luka Doncic makes a repeat appearance in this morning’s Tip Off as he joined Michael Jordan (in 1988-89 season), James Harden (2016-17) and Russell Westbrook (2016-17) as the only players since 1983-84 with 30+ points and 10+ assists in four consecutive games. Halleluka indeed!
- Hard to say you need much improvement when nearly recording a triple-double, but James Harden shooting 2-for-15 from three to get his 32 PTS (along with 11 ASTS and 9 REBS) definitely shows a need for improvement. Harden at least made two from long range, which is two more than teammate Ben McLemore, who finished 0-for-6 from the field, all three-point attempts, as part of the Rockets’ loss.
- Bobby Portis was more like Bobby Port-a-potty with his 1-for-5 shooting night, finishing with more turnovers (4) than points (3) and with the same number of personal fouls (4) as the Knicks have newly signed power forwards (also 4, so far).
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Nikola Jokic aka The Joker aka The Minivan aka Magic Jokic made like that last nickname with his no-look pass to Gary Harris.
- “Knicks? No, I’ll retire,” said Richard Jefferson, recounting his decision to leave the league rather than take the only job offer received from an NBA team. When washed RJ is taking shots, well, you’re probably the Knicks, and you probably deserved it.