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The Tip Off – December 13, 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: 12/13/2019 as reported by Jerin Varghese

  • You better watch out, Santa Claus, because there is some fresh competition for the title of “Bearded King of December.” Of course, I am talking about James Harden, who went off for his second straight 50+ point performance in a 130-107 win for the Rockets over the Magic. Harden was extremely efficient in his performance, shooting 19/31 from the field, and also added 7 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
  • Clipper Nation, stand up! Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 88 points and became the first pair of Clipper teammates to score 40+ points in a game in a 124-117 win over the Timberwolves. A high for the Clippers marked a low for the Wolves as this latest performance makes it 7 straight L’s in a row for Minnesota. 
  • Clipper Nation, sit down. LAKER NATION, stand up! Anthony Davis (33 PTS, 10 REBS) and Lebron James (28 PTS, 12 ASTS) vanquished the Miami Heat’s perfect home record in a 113-110 win for the Lakers over the Heat.
  • All of the hype surrounding the 2018 draft class is focused on Trae and Luka, but let’s not forget who went 3rd overall to the Grizzlies – Jaren Jackson Jr. JJJ was on fire from downtown (9 threes) and scored 43 points in a Grizzlies loss to the Bucks.

Quirks of the Night 

  • Lucky number 8 for Bojan Bogdanovic – Boggie made 8 field goals (all threes!) and 8 free throws in a 32-point performance and win for the Jazz over the Warriors.
  • I’m not sure about you, but I do not like being lied to. Brett Brown told us all Ben Simmons would be shooting threes. Well, Simmons shot 15 times from the field on Friday night but none of those attempts were from beyond the arc. 
  • Defense first – Daniel Gafford did not make his impact felt on the offensive end (zero points) but certainly did on the defensive end (6 blocks). 

Needs Improvement 

  • Zach LaVine and the Bulls offense are currently both hot garbage. LaVine shot 4/19 from the field and the Bulls overall were 27-90 (30 percent) in an 83-73 loss to the Hornets. The Bulls currently have the second-worst offensive rating in the league, only trailing the always-terrible New York Knicks. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Kendrick Nunn yack attack. 
  • Kevin Knox yack attack, except it’s on his own team.
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