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: 11/30/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese
- James Harden needed only three quarters to join Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant as the only players to score 60+ points in 4+ career games. Harden finished a career-best +50 in his 60 point outing, shooting 16-of-24 from the field, 8-of-14 from three-point range and 20-of-23 from the line in the Rockets’ 158-111 win over Atlanta. Harden added 8 ASTS, 3 REBS, 3 STLS in helping Houston dominate the Hawks, despite 37 PTS from Trae Young.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo needed less than 20 minutes of game action to record his efficient, though less bonkers, 26 PTS, 9 REBS, 4 ASTS in leading the Bucks to a 137-96 swatting of the Charlotte Hornets.
- Joel Embiid went 15-of-15 from the free throw line, the most FTM without a miss for a Sixers player since Allen Iverson in 2006, as part of his 32 point outing, adding 11 REBS, 4 ASTS, 2 STLS, 1 BLK to lead Philadelphia to a close 119-116 win over the Pacers.
- Harrison Barnes finished with a season-high 30 PTS to go with his 5 REBS and 2 STLS in a 100-97 overtime win against the Denver Nuggets.
Quirk of the Night
- Houston Rockets as a team recorded their 51st game in franchise history with 50+ 3PA, as well as the fifth game in franchise history with 25+ 3PM. For comparison, the rest of the NBA has recorded 26 games with 50+ 3PM and 2 games with 25+ 3PM in their combined histories.
- Ben Simmons recorded three steals in the final 17 seconds of the Sixers game to give and seal the win over Indiana. Simmons finished with 15 PTS, 13 ASTS, 6 REBS and 4 STLS in the victory.
- The Atlanta Hawks had a lot of struggles in their 47-point loss against the Houston Rockets. Two players epitomizing that outcome were Evan Turner with 0 PTS in 16 minutes of play (-20 on the night) and DeAndre’ Bembry, who scored 5 PTS on 1-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes (an even worse -31 on the evening).
- Dwayne Bacon was not sizzling for the Hornets, finishing a -20 on the night with only 2 PTS in 20 minutes of action.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- James Harden makes a return for the reaction to realizing his scoring output fell juuuust a bit outside his career-high.
- Jamal Murray probably wishes he had the closing seconds of the Nuggets’ loss back again, as he was unable to create a show before the final horn.