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The Tip Off – January 18, 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: 1/18/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • The Zach LaVine All-Star debate is officially over – he’s in. LaVine put up 42 PTS on 13/19 shooting and led the Bulls back from a 19-point second half deficit (15 entering the fourth) to defeat the Cavs, 118-106. LaVine single-handedly outscored the Cavs 21-14 in the fourth. 
  • Defense was optional for a large part of the Clippers-Pelicans matchup that finished 133-130 in favor of the Clippers. There were ridiculous stat lines on both sides, but the standouts were Kawhi Leonard (39 PTS, 6 REBS, 6 ASTS, 5 STLS), Lou Williams (32 PTS with 14 coming in the fourth), and Lonzo Ball (18 PTS, 10 REBS, 11 ASTS). 
  • We comment on the Clippers – that means we must only comment on the Lakers (the balance of the universe is dependent on this). The Lakers flexed their muscles in Houston with a 124-115 victory over the Rockets in a game where Vegas had them listed as the underdogs. Leading the way for the Lakers was  LeBron James with a 31-12-5 line. 
  • The Suns play their home games in Talking Stick Resort Arena (what a name huh?), but Devin Booker’s true home court is the TD Garden in Boston. Booker returned to the site where he dropped 70 points and delivered another standout performance. Booker had a near triple-double with 39 PTS, 10 REBS, 9 ASTS and most importantly got the W for the Suns. 

Quirks of the Night

  • The aforementioned Pelicans-Clippers came oh so close to setting a season record. The teams combined to score 152 points in the first half. The current high for the 2019-2020 season is 153 points (Rockets vs. Wizards).

Needs Improvement

  • Kyrie Irving called out his teammates, but there was no response. The Nets looked terrible and were blown out 117-97 by the Bucks. Irving, himself, struggled as it took him 15 shots to accumulate 17 points.
  • Blazers-Thunder was a matchup between a guaranteed playoff team and another destined for the lottery; the only thing is that the Blazers were expected to be the playoff team (returning WCF representatives) and the Thunder were the ones bound for the lotto. However, the Blazers have struggled with injuries this season and every single game is a struggle. Saturday’s loss dropped Portland to 8 games under .500 at 18-26.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                     

  • Put that man in the dunk contest!
  • The Markelle Fultz show has arrived:
  • James Harden has to feel some way about the way his home fans showered Lebron with love in Houston:

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