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Good afternoon, folks. The threat of the common flu isn't nearly enough to keep Anthony Davis
from embarrassing the opposition. Let's talk NBA.
AD battles flu-like symptoms as Lakers beat Nuggets
- Heading into Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis was listed as questionable after missing the morning film session due to flu-like symptoms. Davis played 36 minutes, anyways, in a 105-96 victory and had to receive an IV during the halftime break.
- ''Sleep. That's really it," Davis said about his pregame preparation, according to the AP. "Sleep and a couple of medicine things here and there. The IV at halftime was trying a way to keep going.''
- Davis finished the game with 25 points and 10 rebounds on 9-18 shooting with 13 of his points coming in the third quarter - after he was given the fluid. Oddly enough, LeBron James ALSO posted 25 points on 9-18 shooting.
- Both teams were coming into his game off of recent losses that ended lengthy winning streaks. The Lakers streak ended at 10 while the Nuggets were stopped at six. One of these teams was going to leave with a two-game losing streak and Denver was the unlucky winner. Jamal Murray contributed 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals on 8-17 shooting in the loss.
- Rajon Rondo posted 11 points, six rebounds, and six assists for the Lakers, making both of his shots from beyond the arc. Ready for a fun set of stats? Rondo has been a great three-point shooter this season. Not just good, but GREAT. And yes, it is as weird as it sounds. The former 'Cat is shooting 48.4 percent from deep this season on 31 attempts. But the advanced stats are where things get really out of the ordinary. Check out this tweet below.
- Will this trend hold up? Probably not at this kind of pace, but Rondo actually hasn't been that bad on open looks in the past few seasons. In fact, Rondo is shooting over 36 percent on threes while taking 2.4 per game through the last five seasons (263 games). That's a much larger sample size. While most of his looks come almost completely unguarded, the fact that he's making them is an underappreciated weapon.
Heat end Raptors 7-game win streak
- Toronto needed an 8-0 run in the final two minutes of regulation to even have a chance at extending its seven-game winning streak. The Raptors took a one-point lead near the end of the fourth quarter before a Jimmy Butler free throw sent the game to overtime. But once the ball was tipped in the extra period, it was nothing but the Miami Heat show. A quick 8-0 run all courtesy of Butler - who finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists - in just 55 seconds closed the game out quickly and gave the Heat its 15th win of the season. Bam Adebayo was magnificent once again (I feel like I could say this about literally every game he's played in this season), registering 18 points and seven rebounds on 7-13 shooting. Tyler Herro played in 17 minutes for the Heat, adding six points and two rebounds on 2-7 shooting from the field.
- The Raptors missed all nine of its field goal attempts in overtime.
- Trey Lyles went for seven points, nine rebounds, and three assists for the San Antonio Spurs in a thrilling 135-133 double-overtime win over the Houston Rockets. James Harden hit the 50-point mark for the third time this season as it was the follow up to his 60-point outing against the Hawks on Saturday. He was a perfect 24-24 from the free-throw line, the most-made free throws without a miss in NBA history. However, Harden shot a historically poor percentage for a 50-point game, making just 11 of his 38 shots for a 28.9 percent mark. He and teammate Russell Westbrook combined to shoot 18-68 (26.4 percent). Not great, Bob. Also, this obviously made dunk by Harden was ruled no basket and the Houston franchise is pissed about it, even arguing that the win should be awarded to the Rockets.
- The Portland Trail Blazers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-97, as Skal Labissiere added eight points and nine rebounds on 4-6 shooting.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
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TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Warriors (Cauley-Stein)
@ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00: Bucks (Bledsoe)
7:00: Suns (Booker)
7:30: Nets @ Hawks
7:30: Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
@ Celtics (Kanter)
8:00: Grizzlies @ Bulls
8:00: Pacers @ Thunder (Diallo-out, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
8:30: Timberwolves (Towns)
9:00 (NBATV): Lakers (Davis, Rondo)
10:00: Kings (Fox-out, Gabriel)
@ Trail Blazers (Labissiere)