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: 11/29/2019 as reported by Jerin Varghese
- Luka Doncic: A rookie in the league but a vet in the Honor Roll. Luka had the local Suns crowd dreaming of what could’ve been with 42 PTS, 11 ASTS, and 9 REBS. The Mavericks, owners of the best offensive rating in the league, improved to 12-6. The Suns, meanwhile, have cooled off after a hot start (see what I did there?) and dropped to 8-10 on the season.
- We can’t discuss Magic without bringing up Bird. In that same vein, we seemingly can’t talk about Luka without discussing Trae Young. “Ice Trae” went absolutely bonkers, scoring 49 points on 16-28 shooting while adding in 6 assists. It was a topsy-turvy game with the Hawks up 11 at halftime before a terrible third quarter in which they were outscored 29-11. The Hawks managed to force overtime, but fell 105-104 in OT to the Pacers.
- Spencer Dinwiddie doesn’t want to be a guy in Brooklyn- he wants to be THE guy. Dinwiddie had 32 points and 11 assists while shooting 75% from downtown in the Nets’ 112-107 victory over the Celtics. The Nets are now 6-2 on the young season without Kyrie Irving. The attitudes of Nets’ fans on their preferred lead guard may be changing as one guy continues to deliver W’s, while the other delivers IG rants.
Quirk of the Night
- Hassan Whiteside pulled off the unconventional double-double with 15 rebounds and 10 blocks. 10 blocks? That’s a lot. Must be pretty close to the NBA record, right? Not quite as Elmore Smith had 17 (!) in a 1973 game for the Lakers. Was a Blazers franchise record though, so Whiteside stays on the right side of history here.
- Justin Holiday had trouble scoring, but no trouble thieving. Holiday had 6 steals and 5 points.
- The Hawks outside shooting outside of Trae Young- Trae was 8/15 from 3 point land, the rest of the team: 1/17
- Paul George: 5 points on 2/11 shooting with 5 turnovers. Big Yikes.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Melo Mania, New Zealand Edition:
- Melo Mania, Domestic Edition
- Year 17 Lebron still putting up posters.