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The Tip Off – January 6, 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: 1/6/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • Nikola Jokic keeps packing it in like only The Minivan can, setting a new career-high with 47 PTS while adding 8 REBS, 5 ASTS, 2 STLS, 1 BLK in Denver’s 123-115 win over Atlanta. Trae Young put up 29 PTS and 12 ASTS for the Hawks, though Will Barton helped cancel that out with 28 PTS, 9 REBS, 5 ASTS on the evening.
  • Also setting a new career-high and proving that reports of his demise, or never rise, have been greatly exaggerated was Markelle Fultz with 25 PTS to go with his 5 REBS and 4 ASTS on the night. Nikola Vucevic also came up BIG in the 101-89 win over Brooklyn, grabbing 24 REBS to become just the third Magic player (Shaq, Dwight) with 10+ games of 20+ rebounds.
  • Luka Doncic kept the good times rolling with 38 PTS, 11 REBS, 10 ASTS for his ninth 30+ point triple-double of the season in a 118-110 Dallas win over Chicago. Doncic now has more 30+ point triple-doubles than the rest of the league, combined.
  • Ish Smith was great-ish again for the Beal-less Wizards, leading a 99-94 upset of the Kemba-less Celtics with 27 PTS, 4 REBS, 4 ASTS off the bench.

Quirks of the Night

  • The quirks were honor-worthy themselves, as TJ Warren dropped 36 PTS, along with 5 REBS and 3 ASTS, in Indiana’s 115-104 win over the Hornets. The quirky part? Warren’s 36 came with NO THREES, becoming just the third Pacer (Jermaine O’Neal, TJ Ford) with 35+ and no threes since 2001.
  • Also quirkily impressive, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 PTS of his own to overcome 35 from Brandon Ingram as the Jazz topped the Pelicans, 128-126. The quirky part for the older Bogdanovic was that his 35 came with 0 REBS and 0 ASTS, the first player with 35/0/0 since Allan Houston in 2000.

Needs Improvement

  • The replay system definitely needs some improvement, as the two-point Jazz lead was protected despite review of an obvious foul from Rudy Gobert on a driving Brandon Ingram just as time expired in that game. Refs upheld the no-call decision as the Jazz went to the locker room before even waiting for replay results. Looked like everyone just wanted to get home for some Monday Night RAW.
  • The Brooklyn Nets set a record for most 3-point misses in a game by a Magic opponent, going 10-of-47 from three-point range and breaking a record set by the Rockets two seasons ago.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                   

  • This back and forth between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings was so bad, it broke my twitter machine.
  • Trae Young pulling some jokes of his own on The Joker.

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