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Rundown v01.16.20 – Fultz Comes Full Circle, Takes Lakers Down + Nine Other Games

Ask Markelle Fultz about being given up on, but coming back from the dead and beating the Los Angeles Lakers at home and outscoring the great LeBron James.

On a night that featured 10 games, redemption was in order for Markelle Fultz, as he led the Orlando Magic in a takedown of the Los Angeles Lakers in L.A. 

Domantas Sabonis took advantage of Karl-Anthony Towns’ absence and can do it again tomorrow night, and Luka Doncic and Russell Westbrook continue their triple double antics.

And, wait a minute, the Bulls are winning?


Detroit Pistons  116
Boston Celtics  103

The Detroit Pistons hit the NOS in the third quarter, screaming past the Boston Celtics on the parquet with a 34-23 third quarter and a 15-point second half advantage to steal a win in Beantown last night. Sekou Doumbouya, the No. 15 pick who has polished his skills through stints on Poitiers and Limoges BSP in Europe, as well as the G League’s Grand Rapids Drive here in the states, has worked his way into head coach Dwane Casey’s rotation, stepped up to lead the Pistons with a season high 24 points as the Pistons snapped a three game skid.

PISTONS (15-27) 10th in the EastCELTICS (27-12) 3rd in the East
Sekou Doumbouya
24 points – two rebounds – one assist – one steal
Gordon Hayward
25 points – seven rebounds – one assist – two steals
Markieff Morris
23 points – two rebounds – two assists – two steals – one block
Jaylen Brown
24 points – 12 rebounds – two assists
Derrick Rose
22 points – two rebounds – six assists – one block
Kemba Walker
19 points – two rebounds – two assists – two steals

Celtics at Bucks – Tonight
Pistons at Hawks – Saturday


Brooklyn Nets  106
Philadelphia 76ers  117

Six of 23 shooting in the fourth quarter didn’t help the Brooklyn Nets last night in the City of Brotherly Love, as they came up dry with only 16 points to Philadelphia’s 31, as the Sixers pulled away for win No. 26 last night. A couple of former Tennessee Volunteers led the Sixers, #VFL Tobias Harris with 34 and 10, while #VFL Josh Richardson added 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Kyrie Irving only scored 14 points in 37 minutes of play, shooting a meager 28.6 percent.

NETS (18-22) 8th in the EastSIXERS (26-16) 6th in the East
Spencer Dinwiddie
26 points – two rebounds – eight assists
#VFL Tobias Harris
34 points – 10 rebounds – three assists – one steal
Jarrett Allen
17 points – 10 rebounds – one assist
Ben Simmons
20 points – six rebounds – 11 assists – one steal – one block
Taurean Prince
15 points – seven assists – three steals
#VFL Josh Richardson
15 points – five rebounds – two assists – one steal – three blocks

Bulls at Sixers – Friday
Bucks at Nets – Saturday


San Antonio Spurs  100
Miami Heat  106

The Miami Heat are now 18-1 at American Airlines Arena after coming back in the fourth quarter last night to put away the visiting San Antonio Spurs. The Heat put together a 31-23 fourth quarter performance to take the win after being down two after three. Rookie Kendrick Nunn was spectacular with a game high 33 points against veterans like DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. Nunn shot 72.2 percent overall and five of seven from downtown. Jimmy Butler added 12 points in the win.

SPURS (17-22) 9th in the WestHEAT (28-12) 2nd in the East
DeMar DeRozan
30 points – five rebounds – seven assists – two steals
Kendrick Nunn
33 points – three rebounds – four assists – two steals
Patty Mills
21 points – one rebound – one assist
Goran Dragic
17 points – one rebound – five assists
LaMarcus Aldridge
12 points – five rebounds – one assist
Bam Adebayo
14 points – three rebounds – seven assists – two blocks

Heat at Thunder – Friday
Hawks at Spurs – Friday


Washington Wizards  106
Chicago Bulls  115

If the Chicago Bulls don’t knock it off, they might just mess around and end up in the Eastern Conference playoff picture by season’s end. After putting together a 60-46 second half performance last night against the Washington Wizards, the Bulls are within four games of the eighth seed in the East, though the Wizards are within a game of Chicago themselves. It’s nice to finally see some contribution from Thaddeus Young, who should have been bringing a presence all along.

WIZARDS (13-27) 12th in the EastBULLS (15-27) 9th in the East
Bradley Beal
23 points – four rebounds – four assists
Zach LaVine
30 points – seven rebounds – seven assists – one steal
#VFL Jordan McRae
16 points – four rebounds – three assists – one steal
Thaddeus Young
18 points – eight rebounds – two steals – one block
Davis Bertans
12 points – five rebounds – two assists – two steals
Tomas Satoransky
18 points – three rebounds – five assists – one steal

Bulls at Sixers – Friday
Wizards at Raptors – Friday


Indiana Pacers  104
Minnesota Timberwolves  99

A 50-40 second half pushed the Indiana Pacers ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who’ve started the second half of the season flailing without Karl-Anthony Towns. Without Towns, Indiana took advantage in the paint, scoring 30 points in the paint in the first half behind Domantas Sabonis, who led all scorers with 29 points in the game. It was Towns’ 15th straight game missed with a knee sprain. It was also Sabonis’ fifth career 25 and 10 game. These two teams go at it again in Indianapolis on Friday night.

PACERS (26-15) 5th in the EastTIMBERWOLVES (15-25) 12th in the West
Domantas Sabonis
29 points – 13 rebounds – six assists – one steal – one block
Jarrett Culver
17 points – five rebounds – one assist – two steals – one block
Malcolm Brogdon
21 points – six rebounds – six assists
Gorgui Dieng
15 points – 11 rebounds – three assists – one block
Doug McDermott
14 points – two rebounds – two assists – one steal
Keita Bates-Diop
15 points – six rebounds – three assists – one block

Timberwolves at Pacers – Friday


Toronto Raptors  130
Oklahoma City Thunder  121

A 73 point first half was all the Toronto Raptors needed last night in Oklahoma City. Pascal Siakam looks like he is getting comfortable again after returning from injury as he and O.G. Anunoby combined for 42 points at 21 apiece. The Raptors’ top three failed to outscore the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top three (OKC 69, TOR 65), but the Raptors having seven players in deep double digits is what pushed the visitors past the Thunder.

RAPTORS (26-14) 4th in the EastTHUNDER (23-18) 7th in the West
Norman Powell
23 points – two rebounds
Dennis Schroder
25 points – three rebounds – six assists – two steals
O.G. Anunoby
21 points – five rebounds – five assists – three steals
Danilo Gallinari
23 points – four rebounds – three assists
Pascal Siakam
21 points – four rebounds – four assists – two steals – one block
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
21 points – six rebounds – six assists – three steals – one block 

Wizards at Raptors – Friday
Heat at Thunder – Friday


Charlotte Hornets  86
Denver Nuggets  100

The Denver Nuggets reclaimed their No. 2 spot in the Western Conference last night, scooting past the idle Utah Jazz with a 14 point win over the visiting Charlotte Hornets. And they did it without players like Nikola Jokic (12, eight, eight) or Jamal Murray (five points, injured)  leading the way. Trying to work Michael Porter, Jr. into the rotation and into a role as a leading man hasn’t been easy, but Porter had a solid 19 and eight last night to lead the Nuggets to the win. P.J. Dozier also had 12 points in 13 minutes, spelling Murray, who rolled his ankle earlier in the game.

HORNETS (15-29) 11th in the EastNUGGETS (28-12) 2nd in the West
Terry Rozier
20 points – three rebounds – nine assists – one steal
Michael Porter, Jr.
19 points – eight rebounds – one assist – two steals – one block
Miles Bridges
14 points – eight rebounds – one block
Mason Plumlee
15 points – five rebounds – two assists
P.J. Washington
14 points – four rebounds – four assists – two steals
Jerami Grant
14 points – five rebounds – two assists – one block

Nuggets at Warriors – Tonight
Magic at Hornets – Monday


Portland Trailblazers  117
Houston Rockets  107

Are the Portland Trailblazers finally for real? Or are the Houston Rockets simply being exposed? A 60-47 first half provided the buffer the Blazers needed to pull off what was thought to be an improbable win in Houston last night. Both questions are difficult to put a finger on, as James Harden had an off night, shooting 25 percent for a 13-8-7 evening while Russell Westbrook led the team with yet another triple double. Portland is over halfway through the season at 42 games played and going for only 36 wins won’t cut it with all the talent they have on their payroll. It can’t be on Damian Lillard’s shoulders all the time. Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 and 12, and while the Blazers caused the Rockets to lose two straight for the first time since late November, they still need to work on their chemistry to replicate games like last night’s.

TRAILBLAZERS (18-24) 10th in the WestROCKETS (26-14) 5th in the West
Damian Lillard
25 points – seven rebounds – seven assists – two steals
Russell Westbrook
31 points – 11 rebounds – 12 assists – one steal
C.J. McCollum
24 points – one rebounds – six assists – two steals – one block
Eric Gordon
20 points – two rebounds – one assist
Hassan Whiteside
18 points – 18 rebounds – two blocks
Ben McLemore
17 points – two rebounds – one steal – one block

Blazers at Mavericks – Friday
Lakers at Rockets – Saturday


Dallas Mavericks  127
Sacramento Kings  123

Despite a 30-19 fourth quarter and a combined 77 points from De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Harrison Barnes, the Sacramento Kings still came up short against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at Golden 1 Center last night. The Mavericks got solid performances from their starting five, led by Doncic’s more than impressive triple double, and another combined 38 points off the bench, led by Seth Curry’s 21 points.

MAVERICKS (26-15) 6th in the WestKINGS (15-26) 14th in the West
Luka Doncic
25 points – 15 rebounds – 17 assists
De’Aaron Fox
27 points – seven rebounds – 12 assists – one steal
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
18 points – six rebounds – two assists – one steal
Harrison Barnes
25 points – eight rebounds – two assists – one steal
Dwight Powell
17 points – nine rebounds – one assist
Buddy Hield
25 points – three rebounds – two assists

Blazers at Mavericks – Friday
Kings at Jazz – Saturday


Orlando Magic  119
Los Angeles Lakers  118

Sometimes the magic of magic is simply doing the unimaginable right before people’s very eyes. That’s what happened last night in L.A. as the Orlando Magic pulled some sleight of hand and stole a win at the expense of the Los Angeles Lakers. The greatest part of the night was that it was a guy who Philadelphia gave up on who came through for the Magic – Markelle Fultz, who may feel like redemption came full circle last night. Fults has overcome adversity to get his name back in the rotation and spotlight, especially last night, after hitting two critical layups late in the game and even outscoring the great LeBron James to give Orlando the win and a move up to seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

MAGIC (20-21) 7th in the EastLAKERS (33-8) 1st in the West
Markelle Fultz
21 points – 11 rebounds – 10 assists – one steal
Quinn Cook
22 points – four rebounds – one assist – one steal
Aaron Gordon
21 points – six rebounds – three assists – two steals
LeBron James
19 points – three re bounds – 19 assists – one steal
Wes Iwundu
19 points – four rebounds – two assists – two steals
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
17 points – six rebounds – three assists – one steal

Magic at Clippers – Tonight
Lakers at Rockets – Saturday


(All Times Eastern)

7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks
Fox Sports Arizona
8 p.m.
Utah Jazz
New Orleans Pelicans
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
8 p.m.
Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m.
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
10:30 p.m.
Orlando Magic
Los Angeles Clippers
FSN Prime Ticket


Tracy Graven is a Senior NBA Analyst for
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, 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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