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The Tip Off – February 10, 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: 2/10/2020 as reported by Sam Shin

Honor Roll

  • The All-Star tandem of Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry was too much for the new-look Timberwolves to handle, as the pair were unstoppable in leading the Raptors to their 15th straight win. Siakam finished with 34 PTS (14/21 FG, 6/8 3PT), 6 REBS, 6 ASTS, and 2 STLS, and Lowry had 27 PTS (9/16 FG, 4/7 3PT), 11 ASTS, 7 REBS, and 2 BLKS.
  • The ball was moving quickly and often in the Spurs’ offense on Monday night, with seven players scoring in double figures – none hotter than LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge put up 33 PTS (13/25 FG, 4/8 3PT), 6 REBS, and 5 ASTS in an impressive display, though the Spurs came up short in a 127-120 loss to the hometown Denver Nuggets (more on this later…). 
  • When Luka Doncic sits out, it means there’s plenty of scoring that needs to be filled. Tim Hardaway Jr. took on a bulk of that role against the Utah Jazz, as he dropped 33 points on a torrid 12/18 shooting from the floor and 5/10 from downtown. The point total was both a season-high for Hardaway Jr. as well as a game-high for both the Jazz and Mavs, though it wasn’t enough as the Mavs fell on their own home floor to the Jazz 123-119.
  • Missing Giannis Antetokounmpo for a game – even against the Sacramento Kings – is tough because of how much the Bucks’ offense revolves around him. This proved to be the case for most of the game between the Bucks and Kings, though the Bucks ended up with the win thanks to big contributions from two of their most valuable players (aside from Giannis): Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe. Middleton recorded 28 PTS (9/21 FG, 4/8 3PT), 11 REBS, and 8 ASTS, and Bledsoe ended up with 28 PTS (10/16 FG, 3/4 3PT), 8 REBS, and 8 ASTS as the Bucks pulled away late for a 123-111 win.
  • I can’t finish this section without showing some love to first-time NBA All-Star, Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis posted an impressive triple-double against the Nets on Monday night, putting up 23 PTS (11/15 FG), 10 REBS, and 11 ASTS as the Pacers forward continued to show why he deserved his first-ever NBA All-Star nod this season.

Quirks of the Night

  • The Denver Nuggets staged a massive comeback from down 23 points to beat the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 127-120. The Nuggets scored a season-high 74 points in the second half, outscoring the San Antonio Spurs by 21 points after halftime in what was a rare meltdown for the Popovich-led Spurs team.
  • The game between the Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers was all sorts of weird when looking at the box score (forgive me for missing such an exciting matchup). The Pacers shot almost 10% better than the Nets did overall (49% to 40%), which would have you think the Pacers would’ve won the game. However, the Pacers shot a disgusting 7/30 (23%) from deep and had a mere 11 attempts at the free throw line compared to the Nets’ 32 attempts at the charity stripe. Both teams did a good job of not turning the ball over (Nets had 10 turnovers to the Pacers’ 6), but the Pacers didn’t do a great job of rebounding the ball; the Nets had 53 rebounds (thanks to DeAndre Jordan’s 19) compared to the Pacers’ 40 rebounds). Result? Nets by one, 106-105.
  • 87-76. Yes, this was a real end-of-game score on Monday night – the final score between the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons. There’s only one way to describe it: archaic.

Needs Improvement

  • With the trade deadline come and gone, I can certainly appreciate Reggie Jackson doing everything he can to secure a buyout from the Pistons. Jackson shot 2/11 against the Hornets for a total of 8 points, meaning he also matched his turnover total that same game (2) with his total field goal attempts made. 
  • Matching Reggie Jackson in the 2/11 shooting performance was Devin Booker, who did nothing to back up his “I got snubbed in this year’s All-Star game” argument. As aforementioned, Booker shot 2/11 from the floor, going empty in four attempts from deep. All in all, he finished with 10 points as the Suns got thrashed by the Lakers by 25 points.

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