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: 1/15/2020 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Sam Shin
- Markelle Fultz’s value this season is almost entirely based on shots at the rim. He’s in the 88th percentile for combo guards in percentage of shots taken at the rim and in the 72nd percentile in shots made at the rim. Last night was no different — Fultz was 8/13 from inside the 4-foot range on his way to his second career triple-double. Shockingly his first was actually with the Sixers, on the last day of his rookie season. Fultz put up 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Magic pulled a stunner in LA against the Lakers 119-118.
- I could have probably gotten 20 on the Celtics last night since it was apparently easy pickings for anybody with impossible-to-spell names. Both Sekou Doumbouya and Svi Mykhailiuk set career-highs in the Pistons’ 116-103 win in Boston. Doumbouya had 24 on 10/13 shooting while Mykhailiuk added 21 off the bench on only 9 shots, including 5/8 from three.
- He won’t win Rookie of the Year unless something terrible happens to Ja Morant soon, but Kendrick Nunn is certainly the most surprising rookie. Last night, Nunn had 33 points on 13/17 shooting and 5/7 from downtown in the Heat’s 106-100 win over the Spurs.
- Going 13/17 from the field was apparently en vogue last night as Domantas Sabonis matched Nunn’s shooting on his way to 29 points, 13 boards, and 6 assists in the Pacers’ 104-99 win over Minnesota. Sabonis was also +21 in a game none of his teammates were better than +6 (and no Timberwolves player was worse than -9).
- Luka Doncic also had a triple-double last night, notching 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists in the Mavericks 127-123 win in Sacramento. Luka became only the 12th player ever to record a 25/15/17 game. Additionally, he is the only player since offensive rebounds were tracked starting in the mid-80s to have a 15/15 triple double and not grab an offensive rebound. It’s been done 4 times before with 1 offensive rebound; of course, three of those were by Russell Westbrook last year.
Quirks of the Night
- DeMar DeRozan had 30 points on 12/14 shooting in Miami last night and it was his 12th straight game with 20+ points while shooting at least 50% from the field. LeBron got to 11, but nobody since Michael Jordan in 1990 has done it in 12 straight games. If he accomplishes the feat against the Hawks on Friday (and it’s Atlanta, so he probably will), DeRozan will be the first in 35 years to do it.
- The Lakers’ loss to Orlando last night was Los Angeles’ first to a team under .500. They had been 22-0.
- Marcus Smart’s name is apparently too easy to spell. While Doumboya and Mykhailiuk were having career nights, Smart was not. Smart had 3 points on 1/9 and was -18 before getting tossed with 2:23 left.
- Josh Richardson got the assignment on Kyrie Irving for most of the game in Philadelphia last night and Kyrie did not handle it well. Irving was 6/21 from the field and a pretty staggering -29 in a game the Nets led for almost the entire 2nd and 3rd quarters — nobody else on his team was worse than -10.
- $57,571,467 is the combined cap hit this year of Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, and Bismack Biyombo. $14,392,866.25 is the cap hit per point for the trio last night as they combined to score 4 points in 46 total minutes on 2/14 shooting in Charlotte’s 100-86 loss in Denver.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Of all the ridiculous things Kyrie has said, including DeAndre Jordan as one of the Nets key pieces may be the craziest.
- Aaron Gordon had a couple plays worthy of this section last night, but I prefer the one that basically won the game. Also, not a perfect rotation by JaVale McGee here.