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The Tip Off – January 24, 2020 NBA Basketball 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: 1/24/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • Kawhi Leonard notched his first career triple-double in the Clippers’ 122-117 win over Miami, scoring 33 PTS with 10 REBS, 10 ASTS, 2 STLS for Los Angeles. The points total also marked seven-straight games with 30+ PTS scored for “The Klaw.”
  • Russell Westbrook notched a season-high 45 PTS with 10 ASTS and 6 REBS, shooting 16-of-27 from the field and abstaining from attempting a single three as the Rockets rode his hot hand and good decision-making to a 131-124 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, despite 30 PTS and 12 REBS from Karl-Anthony Towns.
  • Devin Booker helped the Suns notch a win over another team competing for that last playoff spot in the West, as Booker scored 35 PTS with 10 ASTS, 4 REBS and the Suns topped the Spurs, 103-99.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo did as Giannis does – this time in Paris – notching 30 PTS, 16 REBS, 6 ASTS in Milwaukee’s 116-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
  • Kemba Walker got the cardiacs kicking with his 37 PTS, along with 6 ASTS and 4 STLS as Boston topped Orlando, 109-98.

Quirks of the Night

  • While 15 points in 21 minutes might not be enough to earn Zion Williamson a spot on the Honor Roll, the Pelicans were a +16 with him on the court, leading the team in that area in a game they lost by 7. Quirk, or pattern?
  • The stat-line from Giannis Antetokounmpo gives him SEVEN games this season of at least 30 PTS, 15 REBS, 5 ASTS. Rest of the NBA combined has SEVEN such games.

Needs Improvement

  • The Chicago Bulls scored just 81 points. That’s in a full game. In 2020. As a team, they shot under 40% from the field and under 22% from three-point range, with Tomas Satoransky ranking worst with a -19 in his 25 minutes of play.
  • James Johnson might be one of the toughest players in the NBA, but last night, he was one of the worst. Johnson finished 0-for-9 from the field with 2 REBS, 1  AST and 3 TOs for a -20 in just 12 minutes of game time.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                   

  • Zion says sayonara to this attempt:
  • A missed put-back so nice, everyone thought it counted:

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