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: 12/30/2019 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Joe Tevelowitz
- Brandon Goodwin had himself a day filling in at point guard off the bench for Trae Young (injured) as he scored as many points (21) as minutes played. He actually entered the night with just 28 career points so this outburst was a night to remember for Brian as they went down to Orlando and got a rare victory.
- Speaking of unsung heroes, the Wizards got 57 points off of only 23 FGAs from Jordan McRae and Garrison Mathews in their stunning victory over Miami without their top 4 leading scorers – including Bradley Beal. Who was that again? If you haven’t heard of Garrison you probably aren’t alone. He’s an undrafted rookie out of Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun player of the year as a senior) signed to a two-way deal with the Wiz. Mathews had an eye-popping 28 points on just 9 shot attempts as he knocked down 4 3PT’s and 12 free throws. Meanwhile McRae’s career night consisted of 29 PTS, 8 ASTS, 4 REBS and 2 STLS.
- Devin Booker is just fun to watch. He was oh so smooth and calm under pressure as he had 8 points in the final 2 minutes to finish off the comeback over Portland. He finished the game with 33 PTS, 7 ASTS and 6 REBS and a perfect 15/15 from the charity stripe. The Suns have now put together a pair of nice Western conference road victories after their long 8 game skid.
- Big men getting boards. Hassan Whiteside and Gorgui Dieng both logged 20+ rebounds marking just the third time all year (per basketball reference) there were multiple 20 board performances on the same night (Gobert just missed being the third with 19). Gorgui also hit a crucial 3 to send the Wolves to OT and Whiteside chipped in 16 points and 3 blocks as well.
Quirks of the Night
- The Minnesota Timberwolves won their first game at home in 46 days (yikes) to snap a 9-game home losing streak. And did so without KAT or Wiggins, though it wasn’t pretty.
- DeAndre Jordan had both the secondary (hockey) assist and the actual assist on this wacky play. From 20 feet away, DeAndre throws an egregious lob that hits all glass and harmlessly comes all the way back to him where he calmly picks it up and dishes to Wilson Chandler who knocks down the trey. Just like they drew it up.
- Each and every player on the Chicago Bulls managed to log a negative +/- for the game. Even the three who all played under 5 minutes apiece squeaked their way to a -15 combined. I’m not even mad, I’m impressed.
- Orlando. (You can’t lose to a 6-27 Trae-less Hawks team at home and escape this section)
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- Regulation in Minneapolis actually ended with what appeared to be a “goaltended pass” from out of bounds. Is there such a thing? You obviously can’t shoot the ball from out of bounds, but the pass was thrown into the rim, and it was also deflected away by a Wolves player whose hand reached up into the netting and rim. Odder still, was that there was neither a violation called nor a replay review, it was as if the refs just shrugged and accepted overtime.
- Kelly Oubre graciously showered Blazers fans with kisses after delivering a dagger three with 44 seconds left to salt away the game. It was his career high 7th triple of the game.