- The lopsided scores from Tuesday night were like something out of a high school basketball box score, except it was more like the Varsity teams going up against the freshman squad without a mercy rule. The Phoenix Suns lost by 34 on the road against the Indiana Pacers despite Devin Booker returning from a back injury that caused him to sit out the previous three games. He probably should have sat out a fourth. Booker scored only eight points in 26 minutes and shot 4-12 from the field.
- Things only got worse for the BBNBA as the night rolled on. In Philadelphia, the Minnesota Timberwolves visited the 76ers for the first time since the whole Jimmy Butler debacle was finally resolved. And let's just say Butler was.... eager.... to play his former team. Philly dropped 149 on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves, their most points scored in a game since 1990. Towns only registered 13 points and three rebounds in 28 minutes and was a hideous minus-42 for the night. This quote from Wolves point guard Jeff Teague sums up the night rather perfectly.
Teague: "That wasn’t no normal game. Them dudes was at our heads. Jimmy wanted to beat us. We all know that. Joel Embiid wanted to beat KAT. That ain’t a normal game."— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) January 16, 2019
- Yikes. That is never a good thing to hear.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder managed to avoid being blown out by 30 points, but losing on the road to the 14-30 Atlanta Hawks by 16 points sure did feel like it. Hamidou Diallo contributed only four points for the Thunder in 11 minutes while Patrick Patterson added two points in 13 minutes. Nerlens Noel sat out once again as he remains in the league's concussion protocol, but Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said before the game that he "is doing a little more each day,".
- On to the next blowout of the evening, featuring the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat. Beginning with the Heat, who were torched for 124 points and a 38-point loss on the road. Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a 12-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in only 24 minutes - the 13th of his career - and the Bucks were up by as many as 26 in the second-quarter before officially running away with this game. Eric Bledsoe scored a team-high 17 points for the Bucks in addition to five rebounds and four assists. Bam Adebayo went 0-6 from the field for two points and five rebounds for Miami.
[30-14] Warriors - 142 @ [29-14] Nuggets - 111
- The Denver Nuggets scored 38 points in the first quarter and 60 total for the entire first-half. Jamal Murray was red-hot, Denver made eight threes, shot 49 percent from the field, and was clicking on all cylinders on offense. They still trailed by 19 at halftime.
- If you ever wanted to know just how easy it is for the Golden State Warriors to rip out your soul and dance on your lifeless body, Tuesday night's game was the perfect example. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were unstoppable. The Warriors scored 51 points in the first quarter, an NBA record for that frame. They shot 60 percent from the field, dished out 38 assists, and drilled 21 three-pointers. Essentially, they were the Warriors team everyone expects to see come May/June. And it was absolutely terrifying to watch.
- The Nuggets trailed 51-38 after the first period, but man.... it was easily the most entertaining quarter of basketball I've watched all season. If you enjoy watching the very best at their job go out and dominate, then this game was for you. I almost felt bad for Denver. They were fighting, scratching, clawing, doing anything possible to stop the Warriors for even one possession, but just... couldn't. The Nuggets are one of the top-five best teams in the league and that's hard to argue against, but they were pummeled by the two-time reigning NBA champs. That'll bring you back down to earth realllll quick.
- Murray finished with a BBNBA high 21 points on 8-16 shooting while Trey Lyles added four points and five rebounds in nine minutes.
- By the way, DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. So there's that.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
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TONIGHT IN THE NBA7:00: Magic (Briscoe) @ Pistons 8:00 (ESPN): Raptors @ Celtics 8:00: Nets @ Rockets (Knight) 8:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Grizzlies 8:30: Spurs @ Mavericks 10:00: Cavaliers @ Trail Blazers 10:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Warriors (Cousins-out) 10:30: Jazz @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
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