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: 12/31/2019 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz
- There were only two 30+ point scorers during yesterday’s games, and only one who’s team got the win, so top spot on 2019’s final Honor Roll goes to James Harden, finishing with 35 PTS on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, 6-of-9 from three-point range, and adding 6 ASTS and 2 BLKS as part of a 130-104 Houston win over Denver. Russell Westbrook nearly got in on the 30+ point club with 28 PTS of his own.
- The other 30+ on the evening came courtesy of Luka Doncic with 35 PTS of his own, to go along with 10 REBS and 7 ASTS. However, it was Chris Paul taking over in the fourth quarter and leading OKC to the 106-101 win with 17 PTS, 8 REBS, 7 ASTS and a game-high +17 while on the floor.
- Domantas Sabonis stayed balling with his own game-high +21 while on the floor, along with 23 PTS, 10 REBS, 5 ASTS to lead Indiana to a 115-97 drubbing of the 76ers.
- The Clippers new wings clipped any hopes the Kings had of an upset, as Kawhi Leonard dropped a game-high 24 PTS to go with 7 ASTS and 2 STLS, while fellow SoCal native and supposed lifelong Clippers fan Paul George ended his year with a near triple-double of 21 PTS, 11 REBS, 9 ASTS and added 3 STLS in the 105-87 win.
Quirks of the Night
- The Boston Celtics finished the month of December with the most efficient offense in the league, scoring 116.6 points per 100 possessions after yesterday’s 109-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Additionally, the Celtics are the only team in the league with 3 players averaging 20+ PPG thanks to 22.5 from Kemba Walker, 21.3 from Jayson Tatum and 20.6 from Jaylen Brown.
- The Golden State Warriors had three starters score 20+ points, led by Alec Burks’ 28 and including 25 from Glenn Robinson III and 20 from Damion Lee. However, it was the San Antonio Spurs with four of five starters in double figures, but only DeMar DeRozan with 20+ (24 PTS on the evening) who took the 117-113 OT win. That makes 7 wins in their last 11 games for the now unsurprisingly surging Spurs.
- Al Horford is probably missing the efficiency of the Celtics’ offense after a 2-of-12 night for the Sixers, finishing a -26 while on the floor in Philly’s 18-point loss.
- Trevor Ariza finished scoreless in 23 minutes of play, picking up as many fouls (3) and turnovers (1) as rebounds (2) and assists (2).
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Domantas Sabonis making his daddy proud.
- 2019 was a helluva year and The Draft Class would like to leave you with a collection of some of our favorite moments. Bring on the Hindsight is 2020 comments!