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: 2/22/2020 as reported by Sam Shin
- The Beard & The Brodie – James Harden and Russell Westbrook unleashed their fury on the Utah Jazz, combining for 72 of the Rockets’ 120 points. Harden collected 38 PTS (13/23 FG, 6/11 3PT), 7 ASTS, 5 REBS, and 2 STLS, while Westbrook finished with 34 PTS (14/26 FG), 6 REBS, and 4 ASTS in the Rockets’ 120-110 victory over the Jazz.
- Most fans looking forward to the Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks matchup on Saturday night were probably expecting a Luka vs. Trae battle, but instead were treated to a John Collins and Tim Hardaway Jr. showdown. Collins had a monster night with 35 PTS (13/18 FG), 17 REBS, and 2 BLKS, and Hardaway Jr. recorded 33 PTS (11/22 FG, 6/14 3PT), 5 ASTS, and 4 REBS as the Hawks pulled out a narrow 111-107 win over the visiting Mavs.
- In a season where Chicago Bulls fans have been void of any joy whatsoever, they had one reason to celebrate on Saturday night: Coby White. White had himself quite the night, dropping 33 points on 11/22 shooting from the floor while knocking down 7 threes from deep – and going a perfect 4/4 from the line. Bulls fans, not all hope is lost.
- With Team Giannis losing by a slim margin during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, it was clear that the first team to play against Giannis Antetokounmpo after the break would get a handful. Such was the case, as Giannis put together an all-around game of 31 PTS (12/17 FG), 17 REBS, and 8 ASTS in just 29 minutes. The casualty? The Philadelphia 76ers.
- Kawhi Leonard didn’t disappoint in the first game back from the All-Star break, finishing with 31 PTS (10/23 FG, 4/7 3PT, 7/7 FT), 8 REBS, 5 ASTS, and 2 STLS. His surrounding cast was vastly different from the one he had on Team LeBron, and it showed in the Clippers’ 112-103 loss to the lowly Kings.
Quirk of the Night
- As aforementioned, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monster performance in just 29 minutes against the Sixers on Saturday night. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Giannis passed Stephen Curry with that performance for the most games in a season with 30 points in under 30 minutes – Giannis did it for the 8th time versus the Sixers.
- Deadline Dud? With rumors to be pursuing lots of shooting before the NBA Trade Deadline this year, the Sixers made (in their minds) a splash by acquiring Alec Burks. However, Burks did nothing to support that decision against the Bucks, as he scored 8 points off the bench on a horrid 3/13 shooting from the floor; those 13 shots were also more attempts taken than starters Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson.
- I’m not sure what kind of All-Star break Devonte’ Graham had, but whatever he did, it isn’t working. Graham finished Saturday’s 115-86 blowout loss to the Nets with a mere 6 points on 1/10 shooting, as the Hornets were absolutely humiliated at home.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Congratulations, Dwyane Wade.
- Have you heard of Anthony Edwards? Apparently he might be the #1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft…
- If you get Kawhi Leonard upset, you’ve got a serious issue.