[31-27] Clippers - 120 @ [26-30] Timberwolves - 130
- Lou Williams poured in 45 points for the Los Angeles Clippers, who have now dropped two of their last three games since trading away their best player, Tobias Harris, to the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA trade deadline. The Clippers relied on 89 points from their bench as they continue to search for an identity since the Harris trade. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the few "untouchable" assets the Clippers have as they've elected to embrace the potential of signing max free agents this summer in lieu of a playoff run this year. Which means his minutes - and his tenure with the Clips - won't be going anywhere anytime soon (barring a surprise Anthony Davis trade in the summer, which is definitely a possibility). SGA scored 10 points on 4-8 shooting (2-3 from three) in 22 minutes for L.A.
- For Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns once again led the BBNBA in scoring (how many times have I typed that this season?) with 24 points on 7-11 shooting to go along with his 10 rebounds. The Wolves had lost four of their previous six games before picking up this win at home - and they did so without Andrew Wiggins, who is battling illness.
- KAT's shoes were also pretty dope.
[25-30] Heat - 87 @ [38-18] Nuggets - 103
- The Monday nightcap game was in Denver and featured four former Cats all seeing action. Starting with Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat, who scored a mere 38 points as a team in the second half. Adebayo contributed only two points and five rebounds in 18 minutes. With the loss, Miami falls out of the final playoff spot as the Detroit Pistons have won five of their last six games, propelling them into the eight seed.
- Denver, on the other hand, ended a three-game losing streak - the team's second-longest of the season - as they continue to recover from multiple injuries to several key players. Paul Millsap played on Monday after missing three straight games to injury while Gary Harris sat out his sixth consecutive game. With injuries piling up, it didn't help that Jamal Murray had one of his worst shooting nights of the year, scoring 10 points on an abysmal 3-12 shooting (although he was 3-6 from three) to go along with five assists. Trey Lyles and Jarred Vanderbilt were two of *five* former Kentucky players who played on Monday night while failing to register a single point (along with Hamidou Diallo [OKC], Patrick Patterson [OKC], and Malik Monk [CHA]). But that hardly matters when the Nuggets are getting 23 points apiece from Nikola Jokic and Malik Beasley. Denver won this game handily.
- In Cleveland, the New York Knicks lost their franchise-record 17th straight game (and 25th out of their previous 26) despite erasing a 17-point second-half deficit. And they lost to the Cavaliers, of all teams. New York must really really really want Zion Williamson. Kevin Knox posted 13 points and six rebounds for the Knicks, who have *officially* taken over the title of the worst team in the NBA. For the Cavaliers, Brandon Knight added nine points, three rebounds, and two assists in 16 minutes.
- We'll wrap up today's recap with the Milwaukee Bucks, who finished off the Chicago Bulls and a late fourth-quarter rally. Eric Bledsoe went for 19 points - 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter - on 5-8 shooting, knocking down three of his six attempts from deep.
- Check out the full stat sheet blow.
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TONIGHT IN THE NBA7:30: Lakers (Rondo) @ Hawks (Poythress-G League) 8:00 (TNT): Celtics @ 76ers 8:00: Spurs @ Grizzlies 8:00: Magic (Briscoe) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) 10:30 (TNT): Jazz @ Warriors (Cousins)
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