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The Tip Off – January 31, 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: 1/31/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Damian Lillard told ESPN pre-game there was only one way he knew how to honor Kobe and that was to come on the court and play his heart out. Dame certainly made the Mamba proud by dropping 48 PTS, 10 ASTS, and 9 REBS in leading the Blazers to a 127-119 win. On the Lakers’ side, Anthony Davis had a huge game himself with 37 PTS, 15 REBS, and 5 BLKS. 
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen the level of efficiency that Kyrie Irving provided on Friday night. Irving set a season-high with 54 points and shot 82% (!!!!) from the field while doing it. Even more impressive, he was a perfect 10/10 in the first half. Most importantly, Irving’s contributions led to a 133-118 win for the Nets over the Bulls.
  • 4 game’s straight without cracking the 30 point mark? That’s quite the struggle for James Harden. Well, the struggle is over. Harden dropped 35 PTS and 16 REBS as the Rockets took care of business against the Luka-less Mavs, 128-121. 

Quirks of the Night

  • Kyrie Irving missed four shots while scoring 50 points. The only person to miss fewer shots while going for 50? Wilt Chamberlain (3 misses) in 1967. 
  • Which team has the longest All-Star streak in the Association? None other than the Oklahoma City Thunder. Chris Paul’s inclusion marks 11 straight seasons with an All-star representative for the Thunder. 

Needs Improvement

  • The Suns’ late game execution needs some work. Phoenix led 99-92 with 4:30 to go against the Thunder, but then proceeded to miss seven straight shots as the Thunder rallied late to win 111-107. 

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  • Logo Lillard decided it was poster time:
  • Kobe.

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