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: 12/27/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
- Probably one of the biggest trade pieces available on the current market, Kevin Love did his best against the Celtics to raise his value, posting 30 PTS (10/16 FG, 6/11 3PT), 7 REBS, and 4 ASTS. Though he probably doesn’t love playing on a G-League level squad at the moment, Love will most likely be on his way out soon: the question is, to which team?
- Opposing the visiting Cavaliers was the Celtics’ young dynamic duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who combined for a total of 64 points (out of 129)! While accounting for almost 50% of the Celtics’ total points, Brown recorded 34 PTS (13/20 FG, 5/10 3PT) and 9 REBS, and Tatum recorded an overall stat line of 30 PTS (11/20 FG, 5/10 3PT), 5 REBS, and 2 BLKS. Could see these two in the All-Star game in 2020?
- Devin Booker dropped major buckets as usual, scoring 34 points on 13/24 shooting from the floor and a near-perfect 7/8 from the line. But, as they say, you take the good with the bad, and the bad was certainly evident in another area of Booker’s offensive game against the Warriors as he turned the ball over a game-high eight times.
- Do #WeBelieve in these Warriors?! The Warriors won their 4th game in a row, coming from 12 down at the end of the third quarter to outscore the Suns 39-18 in the final quarter en route to a 105-96 victory. D’Angelo Russell led the charge, putting up 31 PTS (10/25 FG, 7/8 FT), 5 REBS, and 6 ASTS. Warriors fans are noticeably conflicted at the moment, stuck between hoping for a potential 8th seed run (& return of the #WeBelieve Warriors) and tanking for that coveted lottery pick.
Quirks of the Night
- As previously mentioned, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum wreaked havoc as the pair both scored over 30 points in a 129-117 victory for the Celtics over the visiting Cavs. It was the first game in which both Brown and Tatum scored over 30 points in the same game, and they were also only the 3rd pair of Celtics teammates to score 30 points in the same game at 23 years old or younger. By doing so, they joined the only other two pairs, Antoine Walker & Paul Pierce, as well as Bill Russell & Tommy Heinsohn.
- Per Elias Sports Bureau, the Hornets’ and Thunder’s combined 3-pt FG pct of 17.1% (12/70) is the worst combined percentage in a game in NBA history (min. 60 3-pt FGA). In all of NBA history, there have been 2,400 games with at least 60 combined 3-pointers attempted.
- I know Trae Young left early due to an injury, but c’mon now, really?! If I could give out a grade for the teams, the Atlanta Hawks would definitely receive the lowest grade for the night, as they were blown out 112-86 AT HOME to a Bucks squad missing their own star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The game was never close, as the Hawks were already down 63-40 at the half in a game where none of the Bucks starters played more than 25 minutes.
- Okay, this one was flat-out WEIRD. At the end of a regulation game between the Thunder and the Hornets that was tied at 94 apiece, Chris Paul shot a contested 3-pointer that clanked off the back rim. Grabbing the ensuing rebound was Terry Rozier, who prompted to throw the ball (though, after the buzzer sounded) in the air, and thus, into the crowd. As a result, the Thunder began the overtime period of the game with a technical free throw; though it may not have made a huge difference, the Thunder did in fact go on to win the game by a slim margin of 2 points. We’ll probably never find out whether Rozier was really that elated that Paul missed the shot or if he thought the Hornets had won the game as a result of the missed shot, but either way, he cost his own team a free throw in the weirdest way possible.
- Goga Bitadze with the ultra rare and extremely coveted statline! 4 extremely unproductive minutes of 0 PTS (0/0 FG, 0/0 FT), 0 REBS, 0 ASTS, 0 STLS, 0 BLKS, 0 TO, 0 PF, and a +/- of (+0) too! Wow. Yes, I get it, it’s only 4 minutes, but I will never understand how a player can be on the floor for 4 full minutes and not record a single statistical measurement of any kind. On top of that, everything has to align perfectly for you to be a (+0) from the floor too.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- One of the nastiest Eurostep moves you’ll ever see (this one courtesy of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander):
- I know this nickname is a bit disrespectful (and blasphemous) but I think we have to throw this one up to Aaron Gordon aka “Air Gordon,” who threw down a filthy, reverse alley-oop IN GAME:
- This might be one of the most chaotic and doesn’t-make-sense sequences to lead to a game-winner:
- This is what the NBA’s about…I’m not crying, you are.