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The Tip Off – February 1, 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: 2/1/2020 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Everyone’s clock should say the same time right now: Dame Time. Damian Lillard continued his insane tear, dropping 51 points on 17/29 shooting from the floor and a perfect 8/8 from the charity stripe. He also knocked down 9 threes and dished out 12 assists, leading the Trail Blazers to another impressive win over the Jazz on a back-to-back – just after beating the Lakers.
  • If you were just watching the way Bradley Beal is playing, you’d think it’s pretty obvious he’s still frustrated by his All-Star snub. Beal showed out with another magnificent performance, finishing with 34 PTS (11/23 FG, 10/15 FT), 6 REBS, 3 STLS, and 3 BLKS. If you’re facing the Washington Wizards, watch out.
  • The stars collided in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, as Kawhi Leonard and Karl-Anthony Towns went head-to-head in a game the Clippers managed to win 118-106. Leonard had 31 PTS (9/21 FG, 4/9 3PT, 9/10 FT), 6 REBS, and 4 ASTS, and Towns had 32 PTS (11/22 FG, 8/11 FT) and 12 REBS, as the real “Board Man” (despite getting less rebounds than Towns) came out on top.
  • Put it to Jaylen Brown to ruin the phrase “You live and die by the long ball.” Brown went 1/10 from deep, but still managed to record a game-high 32 PTS (13/23 FG, 5/7 FT), 9 REBS, and 2 STLS as the Celtics demolished the Sixers 116-95.
  • How about a duel between Marcus Morris Sr. and Domantas Sabonis in Indiana? Morris lit up the court with 28 PTS (10/21 FG, 3/7 3PT, 5/6 FT) and 6 REBS, and first-time All-Star Sabonis finished with 25 PTS (10/15 FG, 5/8 FT) and 8 REBS as the Knicks pulled out a surprising 92-85 victory over the Pacers (yes, you read that correctly).

Quirks of the Night

  • Want to know how impressive Damian Lillard’s recent run has been? Per Elias Sports Bureau, Damian Lillard is the first player in NBA history to average 45 points and 10 assists over a 6-game span.
  • Here’s a shoutout to our women’s side of the sport! Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 8th career 20-point triple-double, the most such games in D-1 history (per ESPN Stats & Info).

Needs Improvement

  • The Trae Young we had seen the previous game was nowhere in sight, as Young finished with an uncharacteristic 12 points on 4/13 shooting from the floor, and only 1 assist.
  • Former NBA champion Harrison Barnes looked nothing of that regard on Saturday night against the Lakers, playing 29 uneventful minutes and recording 2 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 turnovers as he shot a poor 1/8 from deep.

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • This pass from LeBron James was just ridiculous on another level:

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