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The Tip Off – February 7, 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: 2/7/2020 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • When Damian Lillard plays in an NBA game, chances are he’ll end up here on The Tip Off – especially during his recent stretch. Despite facing all types of coverages (and even double/triple teams), Dame lit up the Jazz for 42 points on 16/30 shooting overall, knocking down a normal 8 treys from deep and chipping in 6 boards, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal as the Trail Blazers came up just short 117-114 to the Jazz (more on this later).
  • Name a better duo, I’ll wait – Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. both went absolutely nuts against the Rockets on Friday night. Booker finished with 33 PTS (10/18 FG, 4/8 3PT, 9/9 FT) and 8 REBS, and Oubre had 39 PTS (14/19 FG, 7/9 3PT), 9 REBS, and 2 BLKS. Here’s one way to look at their dominance – Booker & Oubre: 72 points. The rest of the Suns: 55 points.
  • That was Furkan crazy! Furkan Korkmaz had himself a night, hitting 13/17 from the floor and 7 threes on his way to a career-high 34 points, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists – in just 29 minutes. Who said the Sixers needed more shooters?
  • There was quite the duel between Jayson Tatum and John Collins in Boston, as the two young stars went at it against each other. Tatum recorded 32 PTS (10/19 FG, 7/12 3PT), 4 REBS, 6 ASTS, and 2 BLKS, and Collins had 30 PTS (10/19 FG, 9/10 FT) and 10 REBS.
  • I couldn’t finish this section off without including Christian Wood. Wood has bounced around several teams and has shown flashes of talent when he’s gotten minutes, but hasn’t gotten enough opportunities consistently to really build something out of it. With Drummond gone, Saturday was Wood’s first start in ages, and to say he capitalized would be an understatement. He posted 27 PTS (10/18 FG, 3/6 3PT), 12 REBS, and 5 ASTS, as the Pistons got their first real look at a player they may be able to rely on more heavily moving forward.

Quirk of the Night

  • According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Houston Rockets’ 36-point loss against the Suns was their largest defeat in almost 18 years (February 20, 2002), in which James Harden was just 12 years old.

Needs Improvement

  • The referees – We mentioned the Trail Blazers-Jazz game earlier, and the game was an entertaining, back-and-forth heavyweight match for all but 20 seconds. In the last 20 seconds, with the Jazz up 116-114, Damian Lillard drove to the basket and clearly laid the ball against the backboard, only to have Rudy Gobert scuffle over and swat it away. You could tell from a mile away that it was a goaltend, and replays confirmed that the ball had indeed clearly hit the backboard before Gobert got his hand on the ball. The referees missed this one and the Jazz ended up winning 117-114, and I think it’s fair to say this one was a really, REALLY bad no-call.
  • Rockets’ super small-ball lineup – Everyone remember the hype after the Rockets’ win over the Lakers yesterday? The “official” debut of the Rockets’ super small-ball lineup that ended up in them knocking down 19 threes at a near 50% clip had fans all across social media applauding the Rockets. However, just one day later, it was a different story. The Rockets got absolutely pummeled by the Phoenix Suns 127-91, were out-rebounded 51-29, and shot a poor 23% from deep. But remember, keep that same energy.

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • What an inbounds pass to set up Bradley Beal for this game-winning layup:

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