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The Tip Off – January 7, 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: 1/7/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • Carmelo Anthony came up clutch in Portland’s 101-99 win against the Raptors, scoring 28 PTS with 7 REBS and the game-winning jumper with 3.5 seconds left. The shot gave Melo 17 go-ahead FGs with less than 5 seconds left in the 4th quarter or overtime, breaking a tie with Kobe for most in the last 20 seasons.
  • Another game-winner courtesy of a star from a different era, as Derrick Rose scored 24 PTS with 7 ASTS and the eventual game-winning runner with 27 seconds left to play. Andre Drummond was also instrumental, finishing with 23 PTS, 20 REBS, 5 ASTS, 2 BLKS in Detroit’s 115-113 win over Cleveland.
  • Chris Paul got in on the clutch fun during OKC’s 111-103 overtime win against the Nets, scoring 20 of his 28 PTS in the fourth quarter and overtime, while adding 6 REBS and 3 ASTS in the victory. Paul now has 105 clutch points on the season, or more than the entire Washington Wizards team.
  • LeBron James completes the Banana Boat Honor Roll trifecta, scoring 31 PTS with 5 ASTS and 5 REBS as the Lakers disposed of the Knicks, 117-87, despite just 5 PTS and 6 REBS from the usually dominant Anthony Davis.

Quirks of the Night

  • The Lakers win makes them 21-0 against teams under .500, the only team in the league still undefeated against under .500 teams.
  • Devin Booker couldn’t get the win for the Suns, who fell 114-103 to the Sacramento Kings, but he did continue his 30+ scoring output for the seventh straight game, dropping 34 PTS in the loss. Booker now has the longest 30+ point streak by a Suns player since 1983.

Needs Improvement

  • Kevin Knox was the worst part of a poor Knicks effort against the Lakers, finishing 1-of-7 from the field for 2 PTS, and was a -16 in just 19 minutes of play.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie raised expectations for his own play, but fell short in the Nets overtime loss last night, finishing 6-of-21 from the field for 14 PTS with 5 fouls and 2 turnovers, finishing a -7 in the game.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                   

  • Sekou Doumbouya is bringing ALL. THE. SMOKE.
  • Ja Morant handles see your smoke and cross you over with some FIRE.

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