March 23, 2017, 10:09 pm
Hopefully all of our readers had the opportunity to multi-task last night while catching some NBA action and some future NBA studs battling it out in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Luckily, my Kansas Jayhawks live to fight another day after blowing another team. They face the Oregon Ducks next on Saturday.
Only a five-game slate last night, but plenty of notable stat lines to go around.
Suns (98) @ Nets (126)
The Suns current backcourt is logging some heavy minutes these days. Devin Booker played 40 minutes and led with 28 points (9-for-26 FG), two rebounds, three 3-pointers and three steals. Tyler Ulis played 45 minutes tonight with 10 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals to his name. Marquesse Chriss continues to be very valuable and logged a double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, three 3-pointers and one block tonight. Alex Len was reliable for once with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block. Jeremy Lin added 13 points, five assists and three rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson only played 15 minutes, but contributed five points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Trevor Booker (14 points), Quincy Acy (12 points), Justin Hamilton (10 points), Isaiah Whitehead (11 points), Archie Goodwin (12 points) and K.J. McDaniels (16 points) all came off the bench to contribute solid efforts and get the win.
Raptors (101) @ Heat (84)
DeMar DeRozan put the team on his back tonight with 40 points (14-for-25 FG, 12-for-13 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He has been a monster with Kyle Lowry sidelined and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. Serge Ibaka was suspended for this game after throwing a punch at Robin Lopez the other night. P.J. Tucker started in his place and posted nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 33 minutes played. No other Raptors starter eclipsed the 30 minute mark and it was actually Delon Wright (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Norman Powell (14 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block) off the bench that made the difference.
Hassan Whiteside double-doubled with 16 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Goran Dragic was ok with 13 points (5-for-18 FG), seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Josh Richardson added 12 points, three assists and two blocks. Rodney McGruder posted 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. James Johnson played 31 bench minutes and filled the stat sheet with 10 points (3-for-14 FG), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer.
Clippers (95) @ Mavs (97)
The Clippers barely got edged on the road with a double-double (14 points, 18 rebounds) from Deandre Jordan. Chris Paul was less than his normal self with 15 points, six rebound, six assists and three steals. Blake Griffin contributed 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Austin Rivers added 13 points, two rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist off the bench.
Seth Curry led the way for the Mavs with 23 points, four assists, three 3-pointers and three rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 21 points, two rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer. Dirk Nowitzki logged 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Grizzlies (90) @ Spurs (97)
LaMarcus Aldridge did the heavy lifting tonight with 23 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, one 3-pointer and one assist. Kawhi Leonard added 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. Tony Parker logged 30 minutes and added 13 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer. Patty Mills chipped in 15 points, five assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block.
Mike Conley tried to carry the load for the Grizzlies with 22 points, six assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer. Marc Gasol double-doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block. Not much else from the Grizzlies supporting players and that’s probably why they lost.
Knicks (95) @ Blazers (110)
No Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose tonight, which meant plenty of Kristaps Porzingis on display. He posted 18 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks. Willie Hernangomez got back in starting lineup, but only logged 21 minutes for 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Courtney Lee played 41 minutes with 16 points, four assists, one steal and one rebound.
For the Blazers, Damian Lillard continued his elite play with 30 points, five assists, four rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals. He has been a top player since the All Star break and that is likely to continue with the Blazers chasing a playoff spot. C.J. McCollum added 20 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist. Jusuf Nurkic double-doubled with 16 pints, 10 rebounds and three assists. Noah Vonleh contributed for once with four points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one block.