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: 2/4/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Jerin Varghese
- James Harden seems to have shaken his shooting slump, dropping 40 points on 26 FGA, narrowly missing another triple-double. It was his 18th 40-point game of the season as Houston topped Charlotte 125-110 despite playing without Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela. They basically played again with a no-center lineup (Hartenstein logged just 3 minutes) and did so quite effectively.
- Nikola Jokic helped the Nuggets bury the Blazers with an extraordinary showing, even for his standards. Jokic had 29 PTS, 13 REBS, 9 ASTS, 2 STLS, 3 BLKS, 3 3PTM and was a +23 in just three quarters of action, as the Nuggets led by as many as 34 points midway through the third quarter on their way to a blowout victory.
- Milwaukee and New Orleans had the opening TNT showcase and it was wildly entertaining to watch Zion try to go to work against the best defense in the league, but it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who owned the floor, as he is apt to do. Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 17 boards and played some stellar defense on his way to being a game high +24 in Milwaukee’s exciting victory. The Bucks are now 43-7 and still clinging to the 70-win pace.
- Continuing Tuesday’s theme of superstars ballin out, LeBron James turned the early fourth quarter into a shooting exhibition as he drilled five triples in the first 3:30, sending Staples Center into a frenzy. James finished with 36 PTS 7 REBS and 9 ASTS to go along with 6 3PTM. The Lakers also used eight threes in the fourth quarter alone to extinguish the Spurs 129-102.
Quirks of the Night
- P.J. Tucker is banned from challenging calls. Late in the fourth quarter, he was called for a shooting foul as he went up to block a shot by Malik Monk, and immediately went crazy and called for coach D’Antoni to challenge. After review, it was not only confirmed that he committed a foul, but they also found that it was a goaltend, so he not only cost Houston a timeout and a challenge, but also two points. Well done.
- The Hornets had a higher FG%, a higher 3PT%, and made as many FT’s as the Rockets, yet still lost the game by 15 – largely due to their 17 to 4 turnover discrepancy.
- Former Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony somewhat surprisingly has never defeated his old team. He came into the night 0-7 and the Blazers were never competitive as they fell to the Nuggets to move his personal record to 0-8.
- Friendly fire was not so friendly when Cody Zeller blasted Cody Martin with an errant elbow causing a long delay and Martin to lose a lot of blood and check out of the game.
- Eric Gordon went 0/12 from downtown, tying the most threes ever attempted without a make in NBA history. Brook Lopez in 2018 is the only other player to accomplish this ‘feat’.
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- Trade winds continued to swirl for D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota, with Andrew Wiggins’ name being prominently involved. Though for the time being, a deal looks unlikely.
- Zion Williamson ripped the ball out of Giannis’ hands after a rebound like a big brother would do to his younger sibling. He may be just 19 but he’s got grown man strength.
- Will Barton had a very slick drive to the bucket that is best just to watch rather than describe.