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The Tip Off – December 19, 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: 12/19/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young each dropped 30 PTS in a night filled with tough battles, but it was Mitchell’s Jazz who picked up the 111-106 win over the Hawks.
  • Anthony Davis scored the game-high in points with 36 and played a game-high in minutes with 43, while LeBron James added a triple-double of 21 PTS, 12 REBS, 11 ASTS, but it was Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks who emerged victorious, 111-104 over LA. Giannis finished with 34 PTS, 11 REBS, 7 ASTS and notched a career-high five three-pointers (on just eight attempts) in the big win.
  • Despite all the stars playing on Thursday night, it was Spencer Dinwiddie with the nightly-best total of 41 PTS to go along with 5 ASTS. Unfortunately for Spencer and his hipster Brooklyn teammates, they were no match for Patty “Cake” Mills baking up 27 PTS in 26 minutes off the bench as part of a 118-105 Spurs win.                                                                                          
  • Russell Westbrook dropped 40 PTS with 10 REBS, 5 ASTS to overcome 34 PTS, 9 REBS, 3 ASTS, 2 STLS, 2 BLKS from Paul George, as the Rockets held off the Clippers, 122-117.

Quirks of the Night

  • The 40-point game from Russell Westbrook was the first non-Harden 40-point game since the 2012 trade that brought The Beard to Houston. 
  • Speaking of streaks, the San Antonio Spurs kept one going last night, winning their 17th-straight home game over the Brooklyn Nets. If you’re doing the math, yes, this streak dates back to when the Nets still hailed from New Jersey. Yes, THAT New Jersey.

Needs Improvement

  • The Los Angeles Lakers bench could have chipped in a little more during the marquee match-up with the Bucks, finishing 2-for-9 collectively with just four total points and 10 total turnovers, with Rajon Rondo accounting for half of both those totals.
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot contributed to the losing (luwa-sing?) with an 0-for-5 evening, finishing with three fouls and a -11 in the Brooklyn loss.

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  • Russell Westbrook returned the good-bye wave from a month earlier to old pal Patrick Beverley.
  • The Lakers got a bit of new hope, as Giannis Antetokounmpo held on to his brother’s Purple & Gold jersey for a few seconds of “what if?” during a post-game pic with his brother from another team.

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