January 26, 2018, 6:21 am
Threes, threes, and more threes. There were a lot of threes made in the four-game slate we had on Thursday. While 3-pointers made may have been the highlight stat of the night, there were some other interesting plays and performances of note.
Quick Like a (De’Aaron) Fox
De’Aaron Fox stole the show with his putback slam at the buzzer that lifted the Kings to victory over the Heat, 89-88. It was epic. Aside from his last-second heroics, Fox also scored 14 points and dished out four assists.
It was a nasty four-quarter implosion by the Heat, blowing a 20-point lead. On the fantasy end of things, Buddy Hield shined for the Kings with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field in 29 minutes off the bench.
Hassan Whiteside grabbed 14 boards but had trouble getting his offensive game going in this one. Goran Dragic returned from a two-game absence and delivered a strong performance 23 points. Wayne Ellington continued to impress, well pretty much everyone with yet another big game. He made 6-of-13 threes en route to his 20-point explosion in 34 minutes off the bench. He’s been hot in recent weeks and is a must-own guy right now.
A Thunderous Defense Takes the Cake
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder on the offensive end with 46 points, six rebounds, and six assists; but it was the great defensive effort put up by Paul George, Steven Adams, and Andre Roberson anchored the win. In the end, the Thunder prevailed over the Wizards 121-112.
On the Wizards’ side of things, Bradley Beal tried his best to out-duel Russell Westbrook but his 41-point, 12-rebound game was not enough. Not even John Wall’s 21-point, 12-assist game was not enough of a complement to push past the Thunder’s stifling defense.
Join the Mile High Harris Club
The Nuggets backcourt performed well in their 130-118 victory over the Knicks. Jamal Murray had an 18/5/5 performance and Gary Harris chimed in with a game-high 23 points. Not bad for a guy playing on a bruised foot. The Nuggets’ frontcourt was not to be outdone as well. Nikola Jokic who flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists. Mason Plumlee was on-point all game long and did not skip a beat nor did he miss a shot, from anywhere. Trey Lyles came alive off the bench with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence due to a sore knee and delivered with a 21-point performance. Unfortunately, he fouled out in the fourth quarter and the Knicks fell apart. Enes Kanter and Michael Beasley stepped up 20 and 21 points respectively. Tim Hardaway Jr. had a rest day and Courtney Lee had a low-scoring game.
Oh, by the way, SURPRISE! Trey Burke busted out an 18-point, 11-assist gem. It’s a bit early to go out and grab him just yet, even in deep leagues. Play the wait-and-see game for now and see if he can make a habit of this. Just don’t hold your breath.
When it Rains (Threes), it Pours
The Warriors rained down 21 threes on the Timberwolves to come away with the 126-113 win. At the center of the action, on both ends of the floor, was Kevin Durant who dropped his second triple-double of the season with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, six treys, two steals and three blocks. He literally did everything and he made it count. The Splash brothers did their thing, scoring 25 points apiece. Steph Curry hit five threes, while Klay Thompson knocked down six triples of his own.
The offense was a tidal wave that swept over the T-Wolves. Not even Karl-Anthony Towns’ 31 points, 11 rebounds and five assists were enough. Jeff Teague filled up the stat sheet and Andrew Wiggins bombed, horribly, making just 4-of-18 shots from the field. The Wolves were missing their Alpha, Jimmy Butler, who was out again with a sore right knee.