Clippers 107, Pistons 99
Hornets 133, Timberwolves 115
Suns 118, Knicks 97
Bulls 123, Magic 88
Pacers 114, Raptors 97
Hawks 132, Grizzlies 100
Wizards 101, Thunder 99
Spurs 96, Celtics 88
Bucks 120, Nuggets 109
Pelicans 98, Jazz 97
Warriors 118, Trail Blazers 103
Kings 141, Lakers 137 (3OT)
What went down
We were able to witness plenty of exciting action today in the NBA. In Utah, New Orleans Pelicans fans got a rare treat, shocking the Jazz with a late comeback capped by a game-winning triple from Devonte' Graham.
The Pelicans also received more good news as Zion Willamson has reportedly been cleared for on-court activities, making his return to action feel imminent. Williamson had to sit out at the start of the year due to an operation on his injured foot.
In the final game of the day, the Sacramento Kings outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers in triple overtime at Staples Center.
This was a wild game between two teams that desperately needed a win. The Lakers seemed to coast through most of the game, letting a 13-point lead slip away. With the door ajar, the Kings kept clawing their way back from big leads in the first two overtime periods until they got the best of the Lakers’ tired older legs in the third OT.
We also got our first significant Marvin Bagley sighting. Maybe this game is what the former second overall pick needs to turn his luck around.
Big time baller
Dejounte Murray is 6’4”. Dennis Schröeder Is 6’1”. There isn’t a considerable size difference between them, but Murray still had to let the Boston Celtics know they needed someone bigger to stop him.
Murray had a monster line of 29 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. What made him stand out in a 12-game day was the audacity of his clutch play against Boston. He hit the dagger over Schröeder and looped around three Celtics in the previous play to ice the game for the San Antonio Spurs.
Gregg Popovich is far from having a usual championship-caliber team, but the Spurs have an interesting piece in their do-it-all point guard.
What he said
The Athletic has been doing their version of the 75th Anniversary Team, releasing names on their list one player at a time.
At No. 56, they had Dwight Howard, the most notable omission from the NBA’s list curated by media, former players, and league officials. In an interview with The Athletic, Howard was candid about the apparent bias against him by his peers. Here’s the spiciest quote from the article:
“You hear a lot of people say ‘He was only dominant for a couple of years.’ I didn’t know 8 years of being an All-Star, being dominant for 8 years, was a couple of years. I didn’t know winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards in a row is something that is considered not good.”
Did you see that?
We’re always thankful for some Facu Magic.