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: 1/10/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese
- The King held court last night, as LeBron James overcame flu-like symptoms to post 35 PTS, 16 REBS, 7 ASTS in a 129-114 Lakers win over the Dallas Mavericks.
- Not to be outdone, The Klaw was similarly cooking, as Kawhi Leonard went for 36 PTS, 9 REBS, 5 ASTS, 3 STLS to lead the Clippers to a 109-100 win over the Warriors.
- DeMar DeRozan scored 36 PTS of his own last night, adding 9 REBS and 9 ASTS. However, it was the Memphis Grizzlies, with four starters scoring 20+ PTS (led by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 24 and Ja Morant with 22 PTS and 14 ASTS), who picked up the 134-121 win against the Spurs.
- The high scorer on the evening was Zach LaVine who despite 43 PTS on 14-of-23 shooting from the field, 8-of-13 from three-point range, and scoring 20 straight for Chicago at one point, was on the losing end against Myles Turner (27 PTS, 14 REBS, 3 ASTS, 2 BLKS, 1 STL) and the Indiana Pacers, 116-105.
Quirks of the Night
- With his 14 assists, Ja Morant notched his sixth game with 10+ assists during his rookie season, more than all other rookies combined this year. The total number of 10+ assist games for all other rookies combined? Zero.
- The night from LeBron James also gave him five 30/10/5 games this season, making him the first player with as many such games in his 17th season or later since Karl Malone in 2001-02.
- The Bulls might have had a better chance at backing up LaVine’s 43 with a win if Lauri Markkanen had showed up with more than 11 PTS and a team-worst -18.
- Devonte Graham might be a victim of his own raised expectations, but finishing 2-of-9 for 4 PTS with 5 TOS and a team-worst -29 on the night would be a disappointment for anyone, even those not in running for Most Improved.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Luka Doncic got angry. You wouldn’t like Luka Doncic when he’s angry. Especially if “you” are Luka’s Mavs Comic Sans jersey.
- Kawhi Leonard showed that The Klaw can do more than just pick it up, he can put it down!