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: 11/27/2019 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Jerin Varghese
- The record for points in a players first game versus their former team was 39 and had been done on three separate occasions (Durant vs OKC, Marbury vs Minnesota, and Ainge vs Boston). It looked like Anthony Davis would tie that mark, but with under 5 seconds left and the Pelicans trying to get Brandon Ingram a look to tie it up, Davis pounced for a steal and got fouled. AD hit both free throws to bring his total to a record-setting 41 points in the Lakers’ 114-110 win.
- When ESPN chose to air Nets/Celtics, they thought they were getting Kyrie’s big return to Boston after leaving over the summer for a better city. Irving is hurt, but ESPN still got quite a show from Kemba Walker. Walker scored 39 points on 13/24 from the field, 6/10 from three and 7/7 from the line in the Celtics 121-110 victory.
- The Wizards are currently 4th in the league in offense. That number is only going up as they scored 140 points in 106 possessions last night against the Suns in a 140-132 win in Phoenix. Any number of guys could be highlighted here for them, but let’s go with Bradley Beal who is having a great offensive season. Last night he scored 35 points on 11/18 shooting and 9/10 from the line.
- MeloMania finally hit Portland last night as Carmelo Anthony played his first home game. He got a standing ovation when he checked out after 19 points on 9/11 from the field during the Trail Blazers’ blowout win over the Thunder
- Jonas Valanciunas gave a valiant effort in Memphis’ attempt to upset the Clippers last night. The Grizzlies big man had 30 points and 16 rebounds, including 7 offensive, while shooting 12/17 in Memphis’ close 121-119 loss.
Quirk of the Night
- LeBron James became only the 4th player ever to score 33,000 points in a career, joining Kareem, Kobe and Malone, when he hit a three about halfway through the 4th quarter last night. If he doesn’t get hurt, he should pass Kobe for 3rd on the all-time list sometime in late January.
- While he was a walk-on at Ohio State, Mark Titus popularized the term “trillion.” A trillion occurs when a player gets in a game but records zero stats other than minutes. It seems like it should happen a decent amount, but as somebody who tracks box-scores, I can tell you it doesn’t. The end of the bench guys like to make their mark – I know I did when I was sitting at the end of my high school team’s bench. Well, last night, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot got in for the last 1:27 of the Nets/Celtics and did nothing to record the first trillion of the Aram Tip-Off era.
- John Collins got suspended on November 5th, which happens to also be the last day the Hawks won a game. His replacement, Jabari Parker has surprisingly, not been the problem. Atlanta has been about 15 points per 100 possessions better with Parker on the floor per Cleaning the Glass. However, the issue for bad teams when starters go down is often not the replacement, but the replacement’s replacement as depth can be a real issue for weaker teams. That was definitely the case last night. The Hawks Bench combined to go 5/25 for 14 total points. All of them except Allen Crabbe (who was 0/6 for 0 points) were at least -9 in the Hawks 111-102 loss to the Bucks.
- Aron Baynes and DeAndre Ayton are both out for the Suns right now, so Frank Kaminsky has stepped in as their starting center. Even back in college, when he was good, defense wasn’t his strong suit, but Kaminsky should have been able to do something offensively against the Wizards 29th ranked defense. Nope. Kaminsky was 0/4 for 0 points in 16 minutes, in which the Suns were outscored by 17.
- Me. It’s 12:30 am on Thanksgiving Eve and I’m watching Bull/Warriors.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Kyrie Irving is hurt and didn’t play in the Nets first game in Boston since he signed with Brooklyn, but he did post something on Instagram.
- Pat Bev brought the stuffing a day early.
- Steven Adams always seemed to be a willing participant in Russell Westbrook’s rebounding stat padding. Carmelo Anthony is less enthusiastic about Hassan Whiteside doing the same.