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The Tip Off – January 25, 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: 1/25/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Continuing to make his All-Star case, Zach LaVine led the Bulls with team-highs of 44 PTS, 10 REBS, 8 ASTS to a 118-106 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Kyrie Irving scored one better, finishing with 45 PTS to go with his 6 REBS, 7 ASTS, while Jarrett Allen scored 20 PTS with 15 REBS and 4 BLKS, as the Nets overcame the Detroit Pistons in overtime, 121-111.
  • Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons toppled the All-Star starting duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James with a 108-91 win for Philly over the Lakers. Harris finished with 29 PTS and 8 REBS, while Simmons filled it up with 28 PTS, 10 REBS, 8 ASTS, 4 STLS. Davis led the way for LA with 31 PTS and James chipped in a Kobe-passing 29 PTS along with 7 REBS and 8 ASTS in the loss.
  • Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert overcame another dynamic duo — Luka Doncic and all the hype –to pull out a 112-107 win for Utah over Dallas. Mitchell matched Doncic with each scoring 25 PTS in the game, while Gobert went 8-for-8 from the field and finished with 22 PTS, 17 REBS and 5 BLKS.

Quirks of the Night

  • Rudy Gobert became only the second player ever to score 20+ points, grab 15+ rebounds, swat 5+ shots and shoot 100% from the field in a game, joining Dikembe Mutombo from 1999.
  • Zach LaVine became only the second Chicago Bull with 44+ PTS, 10+ REBS, 8+ ASTS in a game, joining His Airness Michael Jordan.

Needs Improvement

  • Josh Okogie finished 2-for-10 from the field and was a -21 on the court in just 18 minutes of play in the Minnesota loss. With the loss, Karl Anthony-Towns is now 0-13 in his last 13 games, with his most recent win coming on November 28th, despite shooting 51% from the field and 41% from three-point range on the season.
  • Tristan Thompson was a staggering -32 on the court for the Cavs in their 12-point loss to the Bulls. The next closest Cav in that category, Collin Sexton at -15.

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Matisse Thybulle is EVERYWHERE!
  • Derrick Rose coast-to-coast to force overtime. A Rose by any other name, wouldn’t be as quick.

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