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The Tip Off – January 28, 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: 1/28/2020 as reported by Joe Tevelowitz, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • We start off the Honor Roll with a Bucks player setting the team season-high in points scored, and of course that means KHRIS MIDDLETON went absolutely bonkers. With the reigning MVP not playing, Middleton was on fire, finishing with 51 PTS, 10 REBS, 6 ASTS and out-dueling Bradley Beal, who finished with 47 PTS and 6 ASTS of his own in the Bucks’ 151-131 win over Washington.
  • Devin Booker finished with 32 PTS, 9 ASTS, 6 REBS, 2 STLS and Deandre Ayton was an efficient 13/15 from the field (8/8 in the first half), finishing with 31 PTS, 9 REBS, 2 STLS, 1 BLK as the Suns scorched the Mavs, 133-104.
  • Terry Rozier was scary good against the Knicks, finishing with 30 PTS and 10 REBS in the relatively low scoring 97-92 Charlotte win.
  • Jrue Holiday was everywhere and doing everything, including playing top-notch defense on Kevin Love, as he finished with 28 PTS, 8 ASTS, 2 REBS, 3 STLS, 4 BLKS in the 125-111 Pelicans’ win over the Cavs.

Quirks of the Night

  • Joel Embiid wore #24 and finished with 24 PTS and 8 defensive rebounds, finishing his scoring with a Kobe-esque fadeaway while yelling the Mamba’s name in Philadelphia’s 115-104 win against Golden State.
  • Kyle Lowry scored 12 PTS with 11 ASTS in the Raptors’ 130-114 victory over Atlanta, and is now the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists – in addition to already holding the Raptors all-time lead in threes. After being a +32 on the night, he is now a career +2,314 with the Raptors — another franchise-best and more than 1,000 higher than the next closest Raptor (Patrick Patterson, +1,203).

Needs Improvement

  • Tyler Herro was no hero for the Heat in their 109-101 loss to the Celtics, finishing 3-of-13 from the field for just 6 points and a -20 on the court.
  • Kristaps Porzingis came up small for the Mavericks in their loss to the Suns, finishing 2-of-8 from the field for 9 points with just 3 rebounds, adding 4 fouls and 2 turnovers as a -20 in just 20 minutes of action.

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Jrue Holiday nutmegged Kevin Love so nice that it should be its own Holiday:
  • Collin Sexton won’t let us have nice things, blocking a potential Zion dunk:

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