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The Tip Off – December 5, 2019 Recap

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.

Spend three minutes reading this every day to keep up with the Association and have enough knowledge and nuggets to be in the loop with casual fans as well as the ability to toss out a few specific stats and oddities an avid fan may have missed.

B-ball Date: 12/5/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Devin Booker returns to the Honor Roll with his 11th career 40-point game, scoring a season-high 44 PTS and adding 9 ASTS, 8 REBS, 2 STLS to help Phoenix overcome all five New Orleans starters scoring in double-digits as part of a 139-132 overtime win for the Suns.  
  • Ben McLemore notched a season-high of his own, catching fire and scoring a game-best 28 PTS (yes, even with James Harden playing) on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. All but one of McLemore’s  takes and makes came from three-point range. Houston rode the former lottery pick and a triple-double from Russell Westbrook to a 119-109 win over Toronto.
  • It took semi-magical games from a trio of Wizards to overcome Tobis Harris’ 33 PTS and a 26 PTS, 21 REBS night from Joel Embiid as the Wizards upset the 76ers thanks to 27 from Rui Hachimura, 26 from Brad Beal and 25 off the bench from Davis Bertans, who went 7-of-13 from long distance in the 119-113 win.

Quirks of the Night

  • The Denver Nuggets had EIGHT players score in double-digits in a 129-92 win against the Knicks, led by Will Barton’s 17 and not including Nikola Jokic, who finished with 6 PTS, 10 REBS, 8 ASTS. As a team, Denver was 49-of-87 from the field, 21-of-39 from three-point range for a 68.4 eFG%, third-best by a team at Madison Square Garden since at least 1982-83.

Needs Improvement

  • Orange Julius Randle was far from refreshing, finishing with just 6 PTS, 4 REBS on 2-of-9 shooting in the Knicks loss. Maybe New York wishes his was just a one-year deal too.
  • James Ennis III finished with more fouls (5) than there are James Ennis (3), scoring just two points in 17 minutes for a -14 while on the court.

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • The play is ok, but the camera work is exquisite:
  • Oubre Says No:
  • Oubre Says Poster:

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