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The Tip Off – January 3, 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: 1/3/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • A triple-double showdown developed in Houston, with Ben Simmons recording 29 PTS, 13 REBS, 11 ASTS, but James Harden triple-dipple-doubling with a 44 PTS, 11 REBS, 11 ASTS night to lead Houston to a 118-108 win over the 76ers. 
  • They might only be the Knicks, but under interim head coach Mike Miller they’ve been more of a handful, and Devin Booker had two hands ready, just like his mama taught him, finishing with 38 PTS and 7 ASTS to give Phoenix a 120-112 win over the ‘Bockers. 
  • Anthony Davis continued to torment his former team, exacting revenge for them…trading him to exactly where he wanted to go by scoring 46 PTS with 13 REBS and 3 STLS on 15-of-21 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 from downtown, as the Lakers topped the Pelicans, 123-113.
  • What time is it? Dame and Hassan Time! Damian Lillard finished with 35 PTS, 3 REBS, 3 ASTS and Hassan Whitesite had a monster night with 23 PTS, 21 REBS, 5 BLKS as Portland downed Washington, 122-103.

Quirks of the Night

  • The monster night from Hassan Whiteside came in 33 minutes of play, making him the first player with 23/21/5 or better in less than 35 minutes since Yao Ming in 2005.
  • Anthony Davis’ monster night was also a throwback to the early aughts, as AD became the first Laker to post a 46/13 or better since Shaq back in 2003.

Needs Improvement

  • The Miami Heat might have had too much fun at the Magic Kingdom, as they managed only SIX points in the fourth quarter of a 105-85 loss to the Magic in Orlando.
  • Russell Westbrook had a sequence to forget with a turnover off an attempted in-bounds off an opponent’s back, followed by a wide-open missed dunk, and then a missed layup leading to a 10-0 Sixers run.

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  • Isaiah Thomas shouldn’t be blamed too much for his two point night.  He only had 88 seconds to play before a quick ejection.
  • Anthony Davis with his third appearance of The Tip Off, reaching all the way back for this lob from Danny Green and throwing it down with some ferocity.

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