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: 1/5/2020 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
- Devin Booker might need to get his back checked out cause of all the times he has to carry the Phoenix Suns, and it was no different on Sunday night against the equally-subpar Memphis Grizzlies. Booker finished with the highest point total of the night (40) on a super-efficient 13/20 from the floor and a Harden-esque 13/14 from the line.
- If your guess for the 2nd-highest point total of the night was Marcus Morris Sr., you’re
lyingcorrect! Morris Sr. was on fire, knocking down 13/19 overall and 6/7 treys from deep for a total of 38 points, as the Knicks nearly upset the Clippers. Let’s be real though, the only reason he’s playing so well is because he wants out (sorry to burst your bubble, Knicks fans).
- It wasn’t quite “Dame Time” in Miami on Sunday night, but it was a Damian Lillard show regardless. Lillard poured in a game high 34 PTS (11/22 FG, 6/12 3PT, 6/7 FT), 12 ASTS, and 3 STLS as the Trail Blazers came up short in a 122-111 defeat to the Miami Heat.
- Leading the “Older Guys On Young Teams Can Still Ball” movement is Jonas Valanciunas, who dropped an unlikely 30 PTS (12/16 FG), 8 REBS, 4 ASTS, and 2 BLKS as the Grizzlies triumphed over the Suns by a score of 121-114. Ja who?
Quirks of the Night
- By scoring 30+ points each against the visiting Knicks, Paul George (32), Lou Williams (32), and Montrezl Harrel (34) became the first trio of Clippers to score 30+ points in a game together. And yes, this is a Kawhi-exclusive club.
- Anyone else enjoy the block party in LA? According to Elias Sports Bureu, the Lakers trio of Dwight Howard (5), JaVale McGee (6), and Anthony Davis (8) became just the 4th teammate trio in NBA history to block 5+ shots each in a game together. Just an FYI, I don’t think the Clipper trio above was invited.
- After telling the media just a few days ago that he wanted to stay in Detroit, Andre Drummond did his best to ensure he had absolutely no trade value, finishing with a poor 2/13 shooting night (12 points) while also racking up 5 fouls. If he’s honest and telling the truth, we can expect more of these games moving forward. Detroit fans, this won’t be fun.
- On the next edition of “shooters [only] shoot” is Duncan Robinson. The sharpshooter on the Miami Heat did indeed jack up 11 shots (hitting only 2), with all 11 shots coming from deep and no attempts from 2PT range or from the charity stripe. Here’s a bonus quirk: in Robinson’s most recent game against the Magic (before the game on Sunday night against the Trail Blazers), he also took 11 shots, with all 11 coming from behind the arc and no attempts from 2PT range or from the line. Only difference was that he made 3/11, and on Sunday it was 2/11. I guess if our metrics prove right, we can expect a 1/11 game against the Pacers on Wednesday. Can someone else check if Robinson also has a weird fear of going under the arc?
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Don’t play H-O-R-S-E with Paul George.
- When your first name is Anfernee, you gotta show out.
- Year 17. Throw it up, and LeBron James still throws it down.