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The Tip Off – January 19, 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: 1/19/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Sam Shin

Honor Roll

  • Domantas Sabonis was ready to rock on Sunday. Coming off of a foul-plagued lackluster performance on Friday (8/5/4), Sabonis logged a triple-double with 24 PTS, 15 REBS and 10 ASTS to help lead the Pacers over the Nuggets in Denver. The Pacers have now won 5 straight games and are just 1.5 games out of the 2nd seed in the East. 
  • Bam Adebayo had 21 PTS, 16 REBS and 6 ASTS and was +12 in his 36 minutes as he continues to make his All-Star case for the Heat. 
  • Nikola Jokic did his best to keep Denver afloat without multiple starters (Harris, Murray, Millsap) as he put up 30 PTS, 10 REBS, 3 STLS and 2 3PT on Sunday. Despite the big day, the Nuggets were still defeated 115-107 and now fall beneath LAC and tied with Utah for 3rd in the West. They would love to get healthy as soon as possible, as they will play 5 of their next 7 games against playoff teams.

Quirks of the Night

  • The Spurs won a game in which their entire starting lineup finished -6 or worse while they were on the floor.
  • There were only two lonely games on this day, likely due to a combination of the showcase MLK day games tomorrow as well as avoiding the Conference Championships in football.

Needs Improvement

  • Jeremy Lamb failed to register a single point as he went 0/7 from the field and finished the game a team low -6. 
  • Bryn Forbes had more turnovers and fouls (4) than points, rebounds and assists combined (2).

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  • Derrick Jones Jr. had a tip dunk that Jakob Poeltl was not very fond of. You are never safe when Jones Jr. goes airborne. 
  • With about 45 seconds to go in a three-point game, Malcolm Brogdon clinched the game with this very nice left-handed hammer as he went around Mason Plumlee and over Jerami Grant for the flush.
  • Steph Curry is targeting a return to action on March 1st – I know this is a long way out, but I am excited nonetheless after murmurs earlier in the year that he may not come back at all.

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