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: 12/1/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
- Whenever players come and play at The Madison Square Garden, they seem to have huge games. Unfortunately for the Knicks, those games usually come from the opposition. Sunday night was no different, as Jayson Tatum lit up the Garden for a spectacular performance, ending with 30 PTS (10/23 FG, 5/11 3PT), 6 REBS, 7 ASTS, 2 STLS, and 2 BLKS.
- The Dynamic Duo, The Wombo Combo, The Painful Pair…call them what you want, but either way, they’re definitely DOMINANT. Kawhi Leonard (34 points) and Paul George (31 points) combined for 65 points between the two of them, leading the Clippers to a 150-125 victory over the Wizards.
- On the flip side of that previous battle was Wizards’ rookie Rui Hachimura, who scored a career-high 30 PTS (13/23 FG) in 38 MINS, all while picking up 9 REBS and 3 ASTS. Originally from the “Land of the Rising Sun,” it seems like Rui himself is becoming a rising star.
- Pascal Siakam continues to cement his place in this year’s MVP discussion, dropping 35 PTS (14/22 FG, 5/9 3PT), 5 REBS, 5 ASTS, and 2 STLS in 35 MINS. If you put your money on Siakam winning MVP this year, your check may be in the mail.
- Making his first appearance on The Tip Off is the starting shooting guard for the Orlando Magic, Evan Fournier! He scored a game-high 32 points on 13/21 shooting from the field and 6/10 from behind the arc in a 100-96 win over the (now lowly) Golden State Warriors.
Quirks of the Night
- Sek-who? Detroit Pistons rookie Sekou Doumbouya finally scored his first points of the season and of his NBA career in the Pistons’ 132-98 win over the struggling Spurs. If you’ve never heard of him, just Google his name – though that might actually be the harder part.
- Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic recorded 5 more blocks in the win over the Warriors on Sunday night, giving him at least 1 block in every single one of the Magic’s first 20 games this season. The only other Magic with longer streaks? Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal. So how many great shot-blocking bigs have the Magic had in its team history? Okay, not many, but can we just give Isaac some credit here?
- Statistical Turnover – For a team that ranks dead last in the league in limiting turnovers (18.4 per game), the Miami Heat revealed their alter-ego against the Brooklyn Nets, only committing 9 turnovers, which would be about half of their per-game average.
- There was certainly no wizardry involved with the Washington Wizards’ performance Sunday night, giving up at least 34 points every quarter to a Clippers squad that eventually posted 150 points on them. The Wizards also allowed the Clippers to shoot a scorching 55% from the field, as Scott Brooks’ team did their best to make the Clippers look as imposing as possible.
- You thought 55% was rough? How about the San Antonio Spurs, who looked every bit as terrible as their 7-13 record suggested coming into Sunday night’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs gave up 132 points to a Pistons team that is in the bottom half of the league in terms of scoring, and here’s the kicker – the Spurs let the Pistons shoot an unsustainable 59% from the field and 48% from deep. Yes, Pop is still the head coach. #GotRunOverInMotorCity
- How about another team that suffered on the defensive end? Someone ask the Utah Jazz what happened, as they gave up 130 points to the Toronto Raptors squad that absolutely pummeled them, especially in the first half. The Raptors scored 77 points in that half and at one point were up 77-37, eventually finishing with 130 points on 52% shooting from the floor and 52% shooting from deep.
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- Dorian Finney-Smith of the Dallas Mavericks did the unthinkable to LeBron James, getting a chasedown block on the man who made the chasedown block what it is today. Rumor has it that Finney-Smith whispered “Washed King” to LeBron as he went up for the block (don’t quote me on that).
- On a night filled with highlight-reel dunks, Christian Wood certainly had one of the best as he dunked his way through the lane on this and-1, finishing over two Spurs defenders en route to 28 points off the bench.
- Does anyone know if the “Time Lord” can slow down time? Because it definitely looked like Robert Williams slowed down time for himself on this dunk, as he punctuated an and-1 on Wayne Ellington (bless his soul) off a nice feed from Kemba Walker.