Two games in a row the struggling Orlando Magic scored 120 points. In the 121-114 win over the Bulls, they shot 59.3%, but in the 120-113 win over the Houston Rockets, they only shot 48.9%
Channing Frye scored 15 points, his second higest scoring night of the season. Ben Gordon scored 12 off the bench and Elfrid Payton went in with 15 points. Victor Oladipo capped off his 33 point night against the Bulls and got 32 against the Rox.
The Rockets were playing shorthanded with only 8 players but had James Harden score 26 and Dwight Howard score 23. Kyle O’Quin came off the bench for 5 points.
I’ve gone on about O’Quin in the Magic road trip piece I published last week, but the 4-spot is such a weakness for the Magic and may have to live or die on Channing Frye’s shot. Vucevic and Oladipo will keep you pretty steady while Payton will hold you back immensely, and Tobias Harris is still out with injury.
But at least we have this!
The Wizards just have Jimmy Butler’s number. He had a 30% shooting night with 13 points, 2 rebounds 2 assists and a block. The 13 points was his highest point total against Washington, for a player who has been averaging 20.7 ppg and shooting 46.1 % in the field.
The Wizards have held him to 11, 10 & now 13 points in their three meetings this year. The Wizards have also won 5 straight against the Bulls in the United Center and this time were able to hang on to the good early shooting of Derrick Rose. Wizards won 105-99.
Not since November 12, 2005 have the Wizards defeated the Spurs. For 17 straight games San Antonio owned them, but last night, the Wizards defeated Tim Duncan and crew 101-93.
And not one of those Poppovich-Sits-Everyone-Spurs. Kawhi Leonard and Marco Bellinelli were out, but Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Danny Green, et al were there to play.
John Wall had 25 points, 8 assists and this bonkers yo yo fake out dribble
Kevin Seraphin came off the bench and took over the paint with 17 points and 8 rebounds for his season high in both.
Rudy Gay only played 10 minutes before leaving the game with a leg injury, so Boogie stepped up as offensive facilitator and got a season high 9 assists.
His turn as point-center shouldn’t last too long though as Gay’s injury was classified as day to day after an MRI scan and Cousins committed 9 turnovers in the game.
But without one of their key players and against a Dallas back court that scored 49 combined points, the Kings only lost by 4, which is what a lesser person would call a moral victory. But not me, nope, not at all.
This was the Brandon Jennings game ya’ll. 34 points in 34 minutes with 50 percent shooting from the field, 50% from three point line and only one missed free throw.
Jennings also robbed Kyle Lowry in the final seconds to secure the win and oh hey, the Pistons are two games out of the 8th spot in the east. They have won 9 of the last 10 and that lone loss was a three point loss to the Atlanta Hawks who are basically just toying with the rest of the NBA at this point.
Greg Monroe had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Jodie Meeks is continuing his 6th Man campaign with 13 points and 3 rebounds and the Pistons only had 8 turnovers all game.
Ride with Stan Van for the rest of the years or else.
Four straight games were Jimmy Butler shot less than 40%. Of the last eight games, Jimmy Butler has shot above 50% only once. In this stretch of games, he also had the worst field goal percentage of the entire season when he was limited to 16.7% and only scored 10 points in a 102-86 loss to the Washington Wizards. But last night the Bulls were beaten 121-114 by the Orlando Magic.
It’s probably a sign that Butler needs some rest, his shooting declining coupled with his athletic play and he has probably just hit a wall. Actually it looks like the whole team has in losing 3 of the last 4 including two blowouts to the Utah Jazz and Wizards.
But if your coach is Tom Thibodeau, good luck with that.
DeMarcus Cousins had 23 field goal attempts for the third time this season. In the 103-84 wacking of the Cavaliers, Boogie made 11 of those attempts, giving him a field goal percentage of 47.8%.
This is the third time in the season he attempted 23 field goals and this was the 2nd best FG% of those three games.
He rounded out the stat sheet with 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. His 26 points contributed to the Kings 40 points in the paint and made new Cavs addition Timofey Mozgov look not worth two 1st round picks.