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.
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B-ball Date: 2/2/2020 as reported by Sam Shin
- If there was one player who really wanted to get back home and watch the Super Bowl, it was obviously James Harden. The Beard lit up the New Orleans Pelicans for 40 PTS (12/24 FG, 7/15 3PT, 9/9 FT), 10 REBS, 9 ASTS, and 2 BLKS as the Rockets came out on top 117-109 over the visiting Pelicans.
- Get this man some help!! Nikola Jokic dropped an absolute monster of a triple-double on Sunday, recording 39 PTS (16/23 FG, 6/7 FT), 10 REBS, 11 ASTS, 3 STLS and 2 BLKS. However, it wasn’t enough, as the Nuggets fell to the Pistons 128-123.
- The matchup between the clear NBA All-Star and the clear NBA All-Star snub took place in Milwaukee, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Devin Booker gave it their all in a winner-takes-the-All-Star-spot showdown (kidding, of course). Giannis posted a near triple-double with 30 PTS (10/21 FG, 9/16 FT), 19 REBS, and 9 ASTS, and Booker finished with 32 PTS (9/15 FG, 12/13 FT), 7 REBS, and 6 ASTS as the Bucks won easily 129-108 over the Suns.
- Seriously, how did this guy go undrafted? Terence Davis schooled the Chicago Bulls on Sunday to the tune of 31 points, shooting 12/15 from the floor and hitting 6 treys from deep as the Raptors blew out the Bulls 129-102. Nick Nurse and the rest of the staff deserve a ton of credit for being able to find and develop guys like Davis, as they continue to roll after losing one of the best players in the league to free agency.
Quirk of the Night
- The Houston Rockets continue to take “small ball” to an extreme, once again going with the five-man lineup of Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Danuel House Jr., and P.J. Tucker – with no player listed taller than 6’6’’. With the win today against the Pelicans, the Rockets are now 3-0 in games in which they’ve started this lineup. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that at this rate, we’ll soon see Trae Young starting at center for the Atlanta Hawks.
- Speaking of that deadly Rockets lineup, the only guy in that lineup that was deadly (in the worst/most negative way possible) was P.J. Tucker. Tucker scored 0 points in 39 minutes, going empty on five attempts from the floor – though he did haul in 9 rebounds.
- If you were ever wondering why Devin Booker didn’t make the All-Star squad this year, go ahead and look at the rest of the Suns’ starting lineup today in the box score. Kelly Oubre Jr., Mikal Bridges, and Elie Okobo combined for 24 total points on 8/33 shooting from the floor, including a putrid 1/9 mark from deep and 12 personal fouls shared between the three of them. Two of the three (Oubre Jr. and Okobo) had two of the worst plus/minus ratings on the team for the game (-17 and -20, respectively).
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Khris Middleton snatched Devin Booker’s ankles:
- Fred VanVleet with some more ankle-snatching: