Alright, BBN. Let’s take a quick break from the volleyball excitement to talk about an exciting NBA Saturday night.
We told you at the beginning of this NBA season that the New York Knicks were going to be fun to watch – and we were right. The Knicks are currently on a nine-game win streak, the longest since 2013, which is also the last year they made the playoffs. At the helm of the ship is former Wildcat Julius Randle.
Randle has been nothing short of phenomenal for his team this season. In yesterday’s win, the big man scored 31 points – more than 20 of them before halftime. He also tallied 10 rebounds, giving him his 28th double-double of the season and 11th 30-point game. Randle shot 10-15 overall and 5-7 from three. I mean, it almost seems unfair for him to be able to shoot like that, right?
R.J. Barrett added another double-double effort with 25 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the 120-103 Knicks win. Derrick Rose gave his team some quality minutes as well, ending with 19 points and seven assists.
The Knicks are currently 34-27 on the season, 21-10 at home. New York will look to make it to 10 straight tomorrow night against Devin Booker’s Phoenix Suns.
RT if you agree. pic.twitter.com/rWNx5rq2FF
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 24, 2021
Oh, and this is cute.
This interaction between Julius Randle and his son ? pic.twitter.com/w9eGuofWTa
— ESPN (@espn) April 24, 2021
Towns and Wolves shock Jazz…again
This is why I love the NBA – you just never know who is going to show up. Last night, a scrappy Minnesota team showed up in Salt Lake City to take on a sluggish Jazz squad, giving us another great game between the two.
Though the Timberwolves have nearly the worst record in the league and were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Friday, they somehow managed to upset the No. 1 Utah Jazz…again. Oh and get this – the Jazz has lost four home games this season. Two of those four losses are to the Wolves.
Former Wildcat Karl Anthony Towns led Minnesota with a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double. Anthony Edwards added 23 points and nine rebounds to the Wolves’ effort. D’Angelo Russell’s 23 points sealed the deal, pushing Minnesota past the flat-footed Jazz.
Despite jumping to a stiff 40-26 lead in the first quarter, the Jazz looked totally lost in the next three. They scored 0.96 points per possession, their second-worst showing in terms of PPP on the season. Outside of Bojan Bogdanovic’s performance, Utah shot just 22/62 (35%) from the floor and 12/34 (35%).
The Jazz and Timberwolves will meet for the third time this season tomorrow in Minneapolis, where KAT and his team will look to make it a clean sweep.
the best shooting big man in NBA history was left open behind the arc
WE’VE GOT OURSELVES A LEAD. pic.twitter.com/xaSYTCFAIM
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 25, 2021
A.D. works to get his groove back
The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have just 12 games left on the season now after falling 108-93 to the Dallas Mavericks last night. Though they have been struggling due to the absence of both Anthony Davis and LeBron James, there is some good news for Laker fans. The good news: Davis is officially back. The bad news: his return hasn’t quite given the Lakers the immediate lift they were looking for.
The big man had not played in two months – that isn’t easy to shake off in one night. In Davis’ first game back on Thursday, he was limited to just 15 first-half minutes, where he scored four points and shot 2-10 from the field. Though the Lakers still lost last night, Davis seems to be slowly finding his groove again.
Despite shooting just 5-for-19 last night, Davis scored 17 points in his 28 minutes on the court. He went 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter, when the Mavs outscored the Lakers 29-14 and turned a close game into a blowout. Mavs star Luka Doncic put up an 18-point, 13-assist double-double in the win, aided by Dwight Powell’s 25 points.
The ?? is back! pic.twitter.com/EOikj1YKMC
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 25, 2021
L.A. currently holds a very narrow 1½-game lead over the Mavs for the No. 5 seed in the West. The hope for the Lakers is that they can get both A.D. back on track and see LeBron return before the postseason begins. James has been out for over a month with a high-ankle sprain, but there are speculations he could return soon. NBA analyst (and wizard) Adrian Wojnarowski said on last night’s NBA Countdown that James may return to the court as soon as next week.
James might not have any on-court highlights right now, but I think this counts as a Twitter dunk…if that’s a thing.
Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp. ? https://t.co/RRfRksjckM
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2021
Here are the full stats from yesterday’s games:
|Julius Randle (NY)||120-103 W over Raptors||31||10-17 (5-7)||10||1||0||0||4||+7||39|
|Karl Anthony-Towns (MIN)||101-96 W over Jazz||24||9-18 (2-7)||12||3||0||1||4||+1||37|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||106-101 W over Bulls||20||7-13||6||10||2||0||1||+0||35|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||108-93 L to Mavericks||17||5-19 (0-6)||3||3||0||0||1||-19||28|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||132-94 L to Bucks||15||5-13 (0-5)||2||0||0||1||1||-14||21|
|Keldon Johnson (SA)||110-108 W over Pelicans||14||5-12 (2-7)||9||2||0||0||1||-4||34|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||108-93 W over Lakers||8||2-2||2||1||0||0||2||-8||19|
|Immanuel Quickley (NY)||120-103 W over Raptors||6||2-5 (2-4)||1||2||0||0||1||+10||21|
|Eric Bledsoe (NO)||110-108 L to Spurs||6||2-6 (0-2)||3||3||3||0||2||-6||23|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)||101-96 W over Jazz||5||2-5||7||0||0||0||0||-1||13|
|Hamidou Diallo (DET)||115-109 L to Pacers||4||1-5||11||1||0||1||3||+4||21|
|Nerlens Noel (NY)||120-103 W over Raptors||1||0-1||5||1||2||4||0||+5||29|
Today in the NBA:
1:00 p.m. – Celtics at Hornets (Monk, Richards, Washington)
3:30 p.m. – Suns (Booker) at Nets
4:00 p.m. – Grizzlies at Trail Blazers (Kanter)
7:00 p.m. – Cavaliers at Wizards
7:30 p.m. – Bucks at Hawks
8:00 p.m. – Pacers at Magic
10:00 p.m. – Kings (Fox) at Warriors (Mulder)