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Rundown v01.04.20 – Whiteside Gets First 20/20 of 2020, Heat ‘Frozen’ in Orlando, A.D. Waxes the Pelicans

Anthony Davis shredded the New Orleans Pelicans again; James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela did the same to Philly, and Damian Lillard and the Blazers muscle their way past the Washington Wizards.

With six games on the slate last night, we saw Hassan Whiteside hit the first 20/20 of 2020, a Heat-wave end in the land of Elsa and Anna, Philadelphia lose their fourth straight, and Anthony Davis further distance himself from the New Orleans Pelicans and their fans.

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Atlanta Hawks  106
Boston Celtics  109

The Atlanta Hawks went to Boston and soared to a 32-19 first quarter performance, but it was all flapping after that as the Celtics took over and controlled quarters two, three, and four last night to notch their 23rd win of the season. Kemba Walker was out with the flu, which opened the door for Marcus Smart to have a very good all around night statistically. The Hawks are still the worst team in the NBA and look to stay that way as the Indiana Pacers visit State Farm tonight.

HAWKS (7-27) 15th in the EastCELTICS (23-8) 2nd in the East
Trae Young
28 points – five rebounds – 10 assists
Jaylen Brown
24 points – 10 rebounds – two assists – two steals
Kevin Huerter17 points – six rebounds – five assists – one steal – one blockGordon Hayward
18 points – six rebounds – one assist – one steal
John Collins
16 points – eight rebounds – one assist – one steal
Marcus Smart
15 points – six rebounds – nine assists – three steals – two blocks

NEXT GAMES
Pacers at Hawks – Tonight
Celtics at Bulls – Tonight

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Miami Heat  85
Orlando Magic  105

The Miami Heat took a 20 point beating last night in the Happiest Place on Earth, after scoring only six points in the fourth quarter, while the Orlando Magic piled on 21 to steal a win against one of the top tier teams in the Eastern Conference. It was the lowest point total in a quarter by any NBA team in the past two years. The Heat cut their own throat in the final stanza by missing all 10 three pointers, and shooting a frigid three for 19 in the period.

HEAT (25-9) 3rd in the EastMAGIC (15-19) 8th in the East
Jimmy Butler
23 points – 10 rebounds – seven assists – three steals
Terrence Ross
25 points – two rebounds – two steals
Bam Adebayo
14 points – 10 rebounds – one assist – one steal – two blocks
Nikola Vucevic
20 points – 11 rebounds – seven assists – one block
Duncan Robinson
Nine points – three rebounds – one assist
Aaron Gordon
16 points – eight rebounds – three assists

NEXT GAMES
Jazz at Magic – Saturday
Blazers at Heat – Sunday

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Portland Trailblazers  122
Washington Wizards  103

Hassan Whiteside is the first person to go 20 and 20 in 2020, helping the Portland Trailblazers to get back on track in the win column in our nation’s capital last night. Whiteside finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds, while Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 59 in the win. #VFL Jordan McRae had a season high for the Washington Wizards as he tied Lillard for game high honors at 35, but got little help. The win snaps a five game skid for the Blazers. Bradley Beal missed the game with day to day leg soreness. Carmelo Anthony shot 77.8 percent en route to 16 points and six rebounds.

BLAZERS (14-21) 9th in the WestWIZARDS (10-23) 12th in the East
Damian Lillard
35 points – three rebounds – three assists – one steal
#VFL Jordan McRae
35 points – five rebounds – four assists – one block
C.J. McCollum
24 points – four rebounds – six assists – one steal
Garrison Mathews
18 points – two rebounds – one assist
Hassan Whiteside
23 points – 21 rebounds – one assist – five blocks
Ish Smith
16 points – two rebounds – five assists – one steal

NEXT GAMES
Nuggets at Wizards – Tonight
Blazers at Heat – Sunday

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Philadelphia 76ers  108
Houston Rockets  118

It was a triple double duel won by James Harden over Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers last night at the Toyota Center. Clint Capela flirted with his career high of 31, missing it by a point in his monstrous performance, while Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon chimed in with solid efforts of their own. It just was never meant to be for the Sixers – after they opened with a 27-20 first quarter, Houston answered with a 40-26 second quarter and never let their foot off the gas.

SIXERS (23-14) 6th in the EastROCKETS (24-11) 4th in the West
Ben Simmons
29 points – 13 rebounds – 11 assists – three steals – four blocks
James Harden
44 points – 11 rebounds – 11 assists – one steal – one block
#VFL Tobias Harris
24 points – two rebounds – two assists – one block
Clint Capela
30 points – 14 rebounds – three assists – two steals – one block
Joel Embiid
20 points – 12 rebounds – three assists – two steals – one block
Russell Westbrook
20 points – seven rebounds – four assists – three steals

NEXT GAMES
Thunder at Sixers – Monday
Rockets at Hawks – Wednesday

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New York Knicks  112
Phoenix Suns  120

After being outscored 37-29 in the opening period, the Phoenix Suns protected the home hardwood at Talking Stick Resort Arena by outdoing the visiting New York Knicks 91-75 to snatch an 11th win from New York and give themselves their lucky 13th. Kelly Oubre Jr. shot 68.8 percent from the field and Devin Booker hit 51.9 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line to lead the Suns to victory.

KNICKS (10-24) 13th in the EastSUNS (13-21) 10th in the West
Marcus Morris
25 points – three rebounds – two assists – two steals – one block
Devin Booker
38 points – three rebounds – seven assists
Bobby Portis
20 points – four rebounds – two assists
Kelly Oubre, Jr.
29 points – five rebounds – one assist – three steals
Elfrid Payton
15 points – five rebounds – six assists
Aron Baynes
20 points – 12 rebounds – two assists – one block

NEXT GAMES
Knicks at Clippers – Sunday
Grizzlies at Suns – Sunday

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New Orleans Pelicans  113
Los Angeles Lakers  123

If the New Orleans Pelicans had it their way, they’d likely be satisfied if they never had to play the Los Angeles Lakers again this season. Unfortunately, there’s still February 25th on national TV and March 1st to close out the season series, where the Pelicans sit at 0-2 thus far. Former Pelican Anthony Davis seems to relish taking things out on his former teammates – first with a 41 points performance in New Orleans on November 27th, then with a 46 point performance last night in L.A. No one on the Pelicans is looking forward to 50 in February on TNT … except Anthony Davis.

PELICANS (11-24) 14th in the WestLAKERS (28-7) 1st in the West
Lonzo Ball
23 points – two rebounds – five assists – two steals
Anthony Davis
46 points – 13 rebounds – one assist – three steals – one block
Brandon Ingram
22 points – three rebounds – three assists – two blocks
Danny Green
25 points – five rebounds – five assists – two steals
E’Twaun Moore
16 points – three rebounds – two assists – one block
LeBron James
17 points – eight rebounds – 15 assists – two steals

NEXT GAMES
Pelicans at Kings – Tonight
Pistons at Lakers – Sunday

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SATURDAY’S LINEUP
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers – 3:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Southeast
Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets – 6 p.m. EST – YES
Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic – 7 p.m. EST – AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks – 7:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Midwest-Indiana
Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Ohio
Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls – 8 p.m. EST – NBC Sports Boston
Denver Nuggets at Washington Wizards – 8 p.m. EST – Altitude
Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks – 8:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Southeast
Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors – 8:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Detroit
San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks – 8:30 p.m. EST – KENS (San Antonio)
New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings – 10 p.m. EST – NBC Sports California

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Tracy Graven is a Senior NBA Analyst for BackSportsPage.com.
He has written the NBA, and done NBA radio, for the last two decades for HoopsWorld, Swish Magazine, and HoopsHype, the Coach Scott Fields Show and NBARadioShow.com, and is also tackling the NFL, NCAA, and will be pinch-hitting on some Major League Baseball coverage for BackSportsPage.
He’s spent 20 years in locker rooms in Orlando, Boise (G League), San Antonio, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City.
A corporate trainer by day, he currently resides in Tennessee.
Reach him on Twitter at @RealTMoneyMedia 

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