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: 1/14/2020 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
- Kawhi Leonard is absolutely ruthless. One night after the Cleveland Cavaliers had to face LeBron and the Lakers, Kawhi UNLOADED on the Cavs by dropping 43 points on 14/22 shooting from the field, 6/10 from deep, and 9/10 from the free throw line — all in 29 minutes (three quarters) of work. Wonder what Beilein called his team after that performance…
- Last time I wrote The Tip Off, Devin Booker was in the “Needs Improvement” section. I don’t want to make any assumptions, but judging by the way he played on Tuesday night, I think Booker reads The Tip Off. His line against the Hawks: 39 PTS (12/23 FG, 13/13 FT), 7 REBS, 3 ASTS, 2 STLS in 34 MINS.
- I think the Phoenix Suns were hoping Trae Young, or “Ice Trae,” would show up cold as ice. Instead, “Ice Trae” showed up as a cold killer, putting up 36 PTS (11/25 FG, 5/12 3PT, 9/11 FT), 10 ASTS, and 2 STLS as the Hawks knocked off the visiting Suns 123-110.
- One day after going 10/11 from the field in just 20 minutes, Kyrie Irving balled out in front of the home crowd, posting 32 PTS (12/19 FG, 3/5 3PT, 5/6 FT), 5 REBS, 11 ASTS, and 2 STLS in 32 MINS.
Quirks of the Night
- Even when the Knicks lose, it’s in historic fashion. Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 37 PTS (12/17 FG, 3/5 3PT, 10/12 FT), 9 REBS, and 4 ASTS in just 21 MINS, making him just the 3rd player in NBA history to score 37+ PTS in less than 22 MINS. If you ask me, he truly is a freak.
- By dropping 41 points against the Memphis Grizzlies, James Harden recorded his 5th straight game with 40+ points against the Grizzlies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harden is the 1st player with 5 straight 40-point games against a single opponent since the merger — though he did shoot 13/37 from the field, as the Rockets lost to the secretly-playoff-contending Memphis Grizzlies 121-110.
- Opposite of Devin Booker, D’Angelo Russell went from being on the Honor Roll to now being in this terrible section. When you lose by 27 at home on a night where Luka Doncic wasn’t great, there’s plenty of blame to go around. DLo was right at the center of it: 13 points on a poor 5/17 shooting from the floor, 0/6 from deep, and 6 of the Warriors’ 14 turnovers.
- Brandon Knight, welcome to the “I Do Nothing When I’m On the Floor” Club. Knight played 26 insanely productive minutes, recording 0 PTS on 0/6 shooting, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 TO, and 3 PF.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Collin Sexton, meet Ivica Zubac.
- Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. are a SHOW.
- Trae Young is dishin’ and DeAndre’ Bemby is floatin’.