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The Tip Off – December 16, 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: 12/16/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • Playing without Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks were led by Kristaps Porzingis’ 26 PTS, 12 REBS in overcoming 48 PTS, 14 REBS from Giannis Antetokounmpo to stop the Bucks winning streak at 18 with a 120-116 Dallas win.
  • CJ McCollum played a game-high 40 minutes and scored 30 PTS with 7 REBS, 6 ASTS including a hustle play and pretty pass to Melo as the Trail Blazers took a 111-110 win over the Phoenix Suns.
  • Zach LaVine helped the Bulls build a 26-point second quarter lead on his way to 39 PTS in the game, but it was Chris Paul who led his team to victory with 28 second half points, five threes in the fourth quarter and a final line of 30 PTS, 10 REBS, 8 ASTS and 2 STLS in OKC’s 109-106 comeback win.

Quirks of the Night

  • Chris Paul’s statline came on 75% shooting from the field and from three, along with 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line. No player has recorded a game with that statline or better in over 35 years.
  • While the Milwaukee Bucks winning streak came to an end at 18, seven of the 12 teams with winning streaks of 18 games or better have won the NBA title that season.

Needs Improvement

  • The Bucks winning streak might have kept going if not for a 1-for-8 from the field, 0-for-4 from three night from Brook Lopez, who finished with 3 PTS and as a -9 on the evening.  The Bucks winning streak now sits at 0. Do better, Cream City!
  • Marco Belinelli was not helpful in San Antonio’s attempts to protect a big lead against the Rockets, finishing 0-for-5 from the field with four of those attempts coming from deep in 10 minutes as part of the Spurs’ 109-107 loss to Houston.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                   

  • Steven Adams needs a change of his down under-wear.
  • An inadvertent Russ pass and potentially on purpose Trey Lyles assist created a splash zone in the second row at the Spurs/Rockets game last night.

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