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: 3/1/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson
- Shake Milton continued his massive coming out party on Sunday as he scored a career high 39 points. In the process, he tied an NBA record for consecutive three-pointers made without a miss, with 13 straight makes over the course of his last three games. He finished 7/9 from downtown and is up to 80%(!) from distance over his past three games. Unfortunately, his heroics were not enough to topple the Clippers, as Philly’s road woes continue.
- On Sunday, we saw over and over again that the Giannis train cannot be stopped. Giannis was relentlessly attacking the rim with little to no resistance to be found, or at least none that was remotely succesful. Giannis had 41 PTS, 20 REBS and 6 ASTS on his way to helping the Bucks win on the road without Khris Middlton. The Hornets may want to blame James Harden for lighting a fire under Antetokounmpo with his recent comments about him lacking skill.
- Kristaps Porzingis made sure that Dallas didn’t miss a beat without Luka, as he starred in Mavericks’ dismantling of the Timberwolves. Kristaps had 38 PTS, 14 REBS, 4 ASTS, 6 3PTM and 5 BLKS as he seemed to have a hand in everything positive for the Mavs.
- LeBron James was on a mission on Sunday, using his all around game to notch yet another 30 point triple double in the Lakers victory over the Pelicans. To watch year 17 LeBron still perform at this high of a level is rather amazing. James dominated in the post, trickled in the jumper, rebounded more than his fair share and quarterbacked the offense as the Lakers won despite Anthony Davis sitting out with a sore knee.
Quirks of the Night
- The Philadelphia 76ers were in the 97th percentile for Pts/poss per Cleaning the Glass, yet still came up short against the Clippers. They put up 131.6 points per possession, but it wasn’t enough. Embiid’s defensive impact is sorely missed.
- On a related note, the 21 made three-pointers by Philly was the 2nd most makes in a game this season in a losing effort. Only Minnesota’s 23 made threes (as you may recall this was the 0-8,378 blown 17-point lead in the final 3 minutes) in a loss to the Kings earlier this year topped the 76ers on Sunday.
- The Kings started out the game down 18-1 to the visiting Pistons. Fans were not thrilled. They needed improvement and actually did get it rather quickly as they went on a 105-82 “run” from that point on.
- The Mavericks didn’t have much to be disappointed about on Sunday but with J.J. Barea doing a jump ball, they allowed two different Wolves behind them to give up a fast break dunk
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- Coach Scott Brooks said (in jest) that the reason Steph Curry decided not to return against the Wizards was because of their intimidating defense. The Wizards are dead last in the league in defensive efficiency.
- Contesting a Giannis dunk is not recommended.
- The Lakers will reportedly try out recently waived Dion Waiters. The Lakers have an empty roster spot after releasing Troy Daniels on Sunday.
- Zion and LeBron being in the same building provides highlights.