(Game of the Night)
Atlanta Hawks beat Denver Nuggets 125-121
Trae Young was a man on a mission last night. A one man highlight reel, Trae Young was determined to exorcise the demons from his worst loss as a pro, a 45pt loss to Denver last November. Young led the team with a masterful 42pts/11asts/4rbs, including a 15pt outburst in the fourth quarter. Jabari Parker has been on a mini-resurgence for the Hawks, he added 20pts/4asts/9rbs. Alex Len came off the bench to the tune of 17pts/7rbs.
For the Nuggets, WIll Barton led the way with 21pts/4asts/9rbs. Nikola Jokic added 20pts/7asts/6rbs and Jamal Murray chipped in 18pts/8asts/3rbs.
Chicago Bulls blast New York Knicks 120-102
This game was competitive, at times, That’s the problematic theme for this years cast of New York Knicks. They’re competitive, AT TIMES. You would think in the world of professional sports, athletes would know they need to be competitive ALL THE DAMN TIME. But, alas, here we were again, with a rookie as our best, most composed player, being obliterated and torched by another rookie and fellow cellar dwelling team. Coby White was a man possessed. RJ Barrett led the Knicks all the way back into this one, then Fizdale made a few subs, Knicks stopped defending and it was over. White led the way with 27pts off the bench, including 21pts in the fourth off of a ridiculous SEVEN THREES. Zach LaVine added 25pts/5asts and Wendell Carter Jr chipped in a 17pt/12rb double-double.
For the Knicks, RJ Barrett continues to be the lone bright spot on the season. The Knicks rookie finished with 21pts/9asts/6rbs. Marcus “One Thousand Iso’s” Morris added 22pts/9rbs.
Indiana Pacers beat Oklahoma City Thunder 111-98
Tuesday came with the news that Victor Oladipo would be mandated to Indiana’s G-League affiliate. While no date has been sent for a return, this is a positive sign. Oladipo will likely begin practicing with the team and getting crucial scrimmage reps. The former Most Improved Player should be back soon. Meanwhile, the Pacers are now comfortably 7-4, and finding out their identity this season. They’ve now won four in a row, and seven of their last eight games. TJ Warren led the way, finishing with 23pts/3asts/3rbs. Malcolm Brogdon added 20pts/5asts/6rbs and Domantas Sabonis chipped in an 18pt/16rb double-double. These three guys consistently give the Pacers quality production. With Oladipo returning, and eventually Myles Turner, this team could be going places and find themselves near the top of the East late into the season.
For the Thunder, Danilo Gallinari led the way with 14pts/4rbs.
Philadelphia Sixers beat Cleveland Cavaliers 98-97
Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers Tuesday, finishing with 27pts/4asts/16rbs. Josh Richardson added 17pts/5asts against his former team and Ben Simmons chipped in 15pts/6asts/5rbs.
For the Cavs, Kevin Love led the way with 20pts/8rbs. Jordan Clarkson added 20pts/4rbs off the bench.
Miami Heat beat Detroit Pistons 117-108
Jimmy Butler put on his best “Wade in the Fourth” performance, scoring 11 of his 20pts in the final period. He led the way for the Heat, finishing with 20pts/13asts/3rbs. Bam Adebayo added an 18pt/14rb double-double and Kendrick Nunn chipped in 20pts/5asts/3rbs.
For the Pistons, they were without Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose on the second night of a back-to-back. Luke Kennard led the way, finishing with 22pts/5asts. Andre Drummond added 16pts/9rbs and Christian Wood came off the bench to the tune of 16pts/3rbs.
Utah Jazz beat Brooklyn Nets 119-114
Boy, the Nets are lucky they’ll always be little brother in New York. They’ve been downright bad, but they’re not getting nearly the negative press they should be, because the Knicks stink. YOU’RE WELCOME! Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz, finishing with 30pts/6rbs. Rudy Gobert added an 18pt/15rb double-double. Mike Conley chipped in 18pts/5asts/4rbs.
For the Nets, Kyrie irving led the way with 27pts/5asts/3rbs. Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 21pts/4asts off the bench.
Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns 123-115
Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers Tuesday night, finishing with 24pts/4asts/12rbs. Kyle Kuzma added 23pts/4rbs off the bench and LeBron James contributed an all-around 19pts/11asts/7rbs. For the Lakers, the biggest positive out of this game would have to be Kuzma coming into form. He had been struggling immensely since coming back from injury and finally looked to find his form last night. If the Lakers want to win a championship, they will need him to be their third reliable option on offense.
For the Suns, Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio both poured in 21pts and had almost identical assists and rebounds (Rubio with 10asts/4rbs, Booker with 9asts/3rbs). Aaron Baynes added 20pts/3asts/6rbs.
Sacramento Kings beat Portland Trailblazers 107-99
Somewhere along the way, the Blazers lost something. Most likely their struggles need to be attributed to lack of quality center depth. They brought in the tumultuous Hassan Whiteside, who tends to be a boxscore phenom, but not much else. They desperately need Nurkic back, and to a lesser extent even Zach Collins. Besides that, they usually also have smaller wings playing the three and sometimes the four spot. For a team that used to have Aminu anchoring the defense, Hezonja and Bazemore is like nosediving off a cliff. This team can use a lot of help if it wants to resemble the Blazers of the past few years. Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench for the Kings, and poured in 25pts/10asts/3rbs. Buddy Hield added 20pts/4rbs and Nemanja Bjelica chipped in a 19pt/12rb double-double.
For the Blazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 27pts/5asts/4rbs. CJ McCollum added 24pts/5rbs.
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