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: 2/8/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese
- Lucky number 14 for the Toronto Raptors, who have not lost in nearly a month (January 12th to be exact)! The Raptors were missing Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, and Marc Gasol but overcame all those injuries and a furious fourth quarter rally by the Nets. There was also a phenomenal defensive sequence at the end of the game by the Raps to hold onto the win.
- The Raptors’ win streak took the shine off a career night from Caris LeVert. The former Michigan Wolverine was the leading scorer of the night in the Association with 37 points (a career-high) and went 6 of 7 from long range. LeVert’s been especially hot lately and is averaging 29.6 PPG over his last three games.
- Another dude that has been especially hot lately is Denver’s Jamal Murray. Murray returned early this week after missing 10 straight games due to a sprained left ankle and has looked fantastic in his return. His post-injury performances crescendoed Saturday night with a highly efficient 36/5/5 performance against the Suns (14/17 from the field, 6/8 from three).
Quirks of the Night
- The “Minnesota Miracle” has a completely new meaning after Saturday night. The Timberwolves/Karl-Anthony Towns victory over the Clippers broke a 13-game losing streak for the Wolves and a personal 17-game losing streak for Towns (his last win came on Nov. 27th, YIKES). The Wolves set a new franchise record for three-pointers made (26) and most points in a half (81).
- Ok, this is completely ridiculous. Buddy Hield shot 90 percent from three on 10 attempts and 28 percent on his two point attempts. Stay outside that arc, Buddy.
- No words for this dunk attempt by Alen Smailagic:
- I know they’re playing the 2020 Warriors but come on guys:
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- LeBron James. Dagger Time.
- Get Kelly Oubre Jr. in the dunk contest right now!