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The Tip Off – January 2, 2020 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: 1/2/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • It was a close affair in Dallas between the Nets and Mavs before a 4th quarter Luka Doncic takeover. Doncic scored 15 of his 31 points in the final frame and helped the Mavs turn a tie ball game at the end of 3 quarters into a comfortable win. Luka was without his main partner in crime, Kristaps Porzingis, but Seth Curry proved capable of playing the sidekick role with 25 points on 9/13 shooting. 
  • The hot names in the Western Conference are the Lakers and Clippers, but Nuggets fans may be whispering “Our Year” after witnessing the recent flashes of Michael Porter Jr. The former 14th pick of the 2018 draft only played 23 minutes Wednesday night against the Pacers and turned those minutes into 25 points (11/12 from the field) and 5 boards.
  • If you enjoy a battle between two speedy point guards, Kings-Grizzlies was the game for you. The De’Aaron Fox led Kings came back from 20 points down to emerge victorious over Ja Morant’s Grizzlies by a final score of 128-123. Fox also came out victorious on the stat sheet with 27 points and an impressive 5 steals. 

Quirks of the Night

  • When you think clutch, you better think the Oklahoma City Thunder? Apparently so. Wednesday’s win over the Spurs marked their 10th win after trailing entering the 4th.
  • We’re a couple days into 2020 but Heat-Raptors felt more like 2000. The 160 points scored marked the second lowest total of the season.  

Needs Improvement

  • I wonder if anyone in Detroit made it their New Year’s resolution to watch more Pistons basketball this season and instantly changed their mind after examining the starting lineup for the matchup against the Clippers. The lineup was essential Andre Drummond and the Nobody’s (Sekou Doumboya, Tim Frazier, Tony Snell, Svi Mykhaliuk). The game itself was not much better with the Piston’s being down 26 points at the end of the 3rd. 
  • The 2019 3-point champion, Joe Harris, also began 2020 on a sour note. Harris had a horrid shooting night as he went 5/17 from the field (1/6 from three)

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                                            

  • Devonte Graham. ONIONS.
  • The first wave of All Star votes have arrived!

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