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The Tip Off – March 3, 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: 3/3/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson

Honor Roll

  • Caris LeVert sparked an improbable comeback for the Nets as they trailed by 18 points in the fourth quarter to Boston and came back to win 129-120 in overtime. LeVert had a career high 51 points, including 37 (!) combined in the fourth quarter and overtime. He hit three clutch free throws with .2 seconds left in regulation after drawing a fortunate foul as time was about to expire. LeVert also chipped in five assists and four rebounds and five threes. This was a big win for Brooklyn as they halted their 4-game losing skid.
  • Andrew Wiggins led the motley crew of Warriors to a 116-100 road victory over the Nuggets on the legs of his 22 PTS, 10 ASTS (career high), 5 REBS and 2 3PT on 9/16 shooting. Wiggins continues to impress with his new squad as he’s seen an uptick in just about every category since the trade, and just looks a bit more engaged and active on both ends.
  • Pascal Siakam stopped the bleeding for the Raptors as they snapped their 3-game losing streak on the heels of his 33 PTS, 7 REBS, 3 ASTS, 2 BLKS and 5 3PTM. Siakam was pushed out to 43 minutes as Nick Nurse was not trying to leave anything to chance on this night. Toronto regained a bit of footing ahead of the Celtics (1.5 games) for the coveted 2-seed in the East.
  • There was no one who could come remotely close to stopping Anthony Davis last night. Davis had 37 PTS, 13 REBS, 4 STLS, 2 BLKS, and 4 3PT as he brought out all the tools in his arsenal. He had numerous highlight-reel plays and frankly, the Sixers just looked completely overmatched while trying to defend him. It might’ve looked a bit different with Embiid in the fold, but we were treated to an impressive night, nonetheless. The Lakers defeated the 76ers 120-107.

Quirks of the Night

  • The Pelicans lost a game despite having four starters score 24+ points. They also had more assists, rebounds, steals, and less turnovers than Minnesota but managed to lose. I watched this game and still am a bit confused as to how this occurred.
  • Thanks to injuries and foul trouble, the Celtics lineup just over a minute into overtime was Carsen Edwards, Semi Ojeleye, Javonte Green, Daniel Theis, and Brad Wanamaker. Not exactly the squad they had in mind at the beginning of the night, and they predictably were unsuccessful in overtime.

Needs Improvement

  • Gordon Hayward’s injury bug just seems to stick around, as tonight he was forced to leave the game after suffering a right knee contusion.
  • The Denver Nuggets managed to lose at home by double digits (16) to the hapless Warriors who started Toscano-Anderson and Mychal Mulder. This costly loss dropped them below the Clippers for the 2nd seed in the West.
  • ESPN was not familiar with the entire Warriors lineup:

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  • LeBron from deeeeeep:
  • Marcus Smart did not take kindly to fouling out (or blowing that game to the Nets)
  • Cody Zeller thought he was being called to sub in but sadly the call was not for him but for his teammate Cody:
  • Steven Adams – bench hero.
  • Not exactly NBA, but this was an extremely cool moment from the Vermont NCAA game:

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