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12/9/19: Three things from this weekend

1. Long live Chris Paul, basketball genius 

If you didn’t catch Friday night’s miracle win for the Thunder -- and a miracle it was -- here’s a present tense breakdown: 

  • The Timberwolves are up, 121-119, on the road against OKC with 1.1 seconds left, with one more free throw by Karl-Anthony Towns upcoming. 

  • Minnesota’s Jordan Bell checks in before Towns takes his second free throw, with his jersey fully untucked. 

  • Chris Paul, standing near the referee under the basket, immediately notices the unkempt apparel and starts yelling, “His jersey’s untucked! That’s a delay of game!”

  • The ref obliges and makes the call, which is the second delay of game on Minnesota of the night, which means a technical for the Thunder.

  • Danilo Gallinari makes the tech to pull OKC within one point. Next, Towns accidentally sinks his second free throw, making the score 122-120, which leads to the beautiful play, GIFed above, a game-tying Hail Mary on the money from Steven Adams to Dennis Schröder, who bumps into a security guard, then says sorry with a hug

In OT, the Thunder dominated and won, 139-127, wrapping up a victory thanks entirely to the Point God.

2. Ah shit, the Lakers are amazing

Last night, Anthony Davis poured in 50 points in a 142-125 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

His final stat line: 50 PTS | 20-29 FG | 7 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL

The Lakers own the best record in the league, at 21-3, and are everything Rob Lowe Pelinka imagined when he was busy lying about Kobe Bryant and Heath Ledger trading the entire time for Davis.  LeBron seems reenergized, averaging 26 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a league-leading 10.8 assists per game.

3. Luka Dončić is doing MJ things

Last night, the 16-7 Mavericks lost to the Kings, snapping a five-game winning streak that has since propelled them to third in the West.

Still, the loss was notable because Luka Dončić recorded a 20-5-5 (points, rebounds, assists) for the 19th game in a row, passing Michael Jordan on that interesting but obscure list. The only player with more such games in a row is Oscar Robertson.

PS: It seems hard to believe that Russell Westbrook isn’t first or second on that list.

PPS: Dončić’s quote after the game touches on what we wrote about on Friday:

“There’s a lot of stats going on. I think it’s a little bit too much stats, you know. You can’t compare nobody to Michael Jordan.”The crazy thing is, Dončić is doing this at age 20. When Mike was 20, he was a junior at North Carolina.

The crazy thing is, Dončić is doing this at age 20. When Mike was 20, he was a junior at North Carolina.


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