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BBNBA: Karl-Anthony Towns is on His Revenge Tour

Article written by:On3 imageZack Geoghegan

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[caption id="attachment_251494" align="aligncenter" width="600"] (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)[/caption] Good afternoon, folks. Karl-Anthony Towns is enjoying the game of basketball again. Let's talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Towns led the BBNBA on Saturday night, exploding for 35 points and an insane 22 rebounds on 13-22 shooting from the field (he also tied a season-high with six assists). The Wolves dominated Chicago - who is terrible - and Towns was having fun and looking ever-so confident whenever he touched the ball. He was out for blood.

Pelicans - 114 @ Wizards - 124

  • Wait, the Washington Wizards beat the New Orleans Pelicans? Like, in basketball? Wait what's that? Anthony Davis didn't play? Ah, okay. Gotcha.
  • Davis sat out this game due to a hip injury he sustained in the third quarter of Friday's nights game against the Knicks. This was the Pellies second game of a back-to-back so that's more than likely what led to Davis sitting out, considering he returned in the fourth quarter of that same Knicks game. His status for the Pelicans game on Monday is unclear.
  • In Davis' absence, Julius Randle filled in quite nicely despite the team taking an L. Randle tied his season-high with 29 points on 10-16 shooting and pulled down 15 rebounds as well. Your friendly reminder that the Lakers decided against paying Randle in favor of Michael Beasley/Lance Stephenson.
  • Darius Miller played his most minutes of the season (30) and contributed 10 points on 4-8 shooting (2-6 from three).
  • As for John Wall on the Washington side, he and Otto Porter Jr. led the way for the struggling Wizards. Wall went for 22 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists on 8-16 shooting.

Nuggets - 105 @ Thunder - 98

  • Jamal Murray had a 23-point outing against the Thunder but on a poor shooting clip of 9-23. Despite another dismal shooting night, Murray still contributed elsewhere, adding eight rebounds and assists (he's averaging 6.1 assists per game over his last seven). His Kentucky running mate, Trey Lyles, picked up the slack in the shooting department, adding 16 points in 19 minutes on a perfect 6-6 from the field (2-2 from three).
  • As for the Thunder, Patrick Patterson and Nerlens Noel made little impact. Patterson went 0-3 from the field for no points while Noel did a bit more, adding four points and five rebounds.

Kings - 116 @ Warriors - 117 

  • This was a heartbreaking loss for the Kings, but one I'm gonna go ahead and chalk up as one of those "good losses". Without Steph Curry, Kevin Durant dropped 44 points on the Kings. What impressed me most about the Kings - who, if you haven't discovered by now, are my bandwagon team of the season and should be yours as well - is that De'Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein didn't play all that great. Fox scored nine points on 3-14 shooting (in addition to nine assists) while WCS could only add six points and four rebounds due to a bit of foul trouble. And despite all that, the Kings still had a chance to win it at the end.
  • Moral victories, baby.

Other notes

  • Eric Bledsoe decided he was gonna go for a 20-point, 10-assist double-double in the Milwaukee Bucks win over the San Antonio Spurs. Bledsoe shot 8-15 from the field and has been playing some damn good and aggressive basketball as of late. The Bucks are only going to get better if Bledsoe keeps this up and I am all for it.

STATISTICS

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TONIGHT IN THE NBA

3:30: Magic (Briscoe) @ Lakers (Rondo-out) 4:00: Suns (Booker) @ Pistons 6:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist-questionable, Monk) @ Hawks (Poythress) 6:00: 76ers @ Nets 6:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Raptors 6:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Grizzlies 8:00: Jazz @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) 9:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Trail Blazers
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2022-11-29