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Rundown v02.11.20 – Raptors Streak to 15, Heat Pick up a Win, Pacers’ Skid Hits Six

Pascal Siakam and the NBA champion Toronto Raptors have won a franchise best 15 straight, Jamal Murray leads a 23 point comeback, and Khris Middleton helps the Bucks welcome baby Antetokuonmpo into the world with Milwaukee's 46th win.

After a brief intermission for a jaunt out to the college basketball triangle of Winston-Salem/Greensboro, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, and a side trek to Charlotte, The Rundown is back with last night’s nine games and the scores of Saturday and Sunday as well.


Charlotte Hornets  87
Detroit Pistons  76

The Charlotte Hornets finished last night’s game nearly mirroring the way they started it. After opening with a 21-11 first quarter, they ended with a 21-17 fourth quarter in a game you’d swear was coached by Mike Fratello on both sides of the ball, as they stung the Detroit Pistons on the road. In the second half of the season, the mantle of the team seems to be transitioning from Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham to Miles Bridges and Malik Monk, though Graham had the nicest line of the night last night. Charlotte’s win snaps a five game losing streak, and they’ve won 10 straight over the Detroit Pistons.

HORNETS (17-36) 12th in the EastPISTONS (19-37) 11th in the East
Miles Bridges
18 points – seven rebounds – one assist
Thon Maker
12 points – 12 rebounds – one assist – one steal – two blocks
Malik Monk
17 points – three rebounds – one assist – three steals
Bruce Brown
10 points – 12 rebounds – five assists
Devonte’ Graham
14 points – seven rebounds – 11 assists – two steals – one block
Christian Wood
10 points – eight rebounds – one assist

Charlotte at Minnesota – Wednesday
Detroit at Orlando – Wednesday


Brooklyn Nets  106
Indiana Pacers  105

The Indiana Pacers have lost six straight games. So much for getting Victor Oladipo back, huh? The Brooklyn Nets beat the Pacers for the first time this season last night on a last second shot by Spencer Dinwiddie, though the lead changed hands three times in the final 27 ticks. Malcolm Brogdon had a chance to do the same for Indiana, but he missed, giving the Nets the win and Indiana their sixth loss. Oladipo had 12 points.

NETS (24-28) 7th in the EastPACERS (31-23) 6th in the East
Spencer Dinwiddie
21 points – 11 rebounds – six assists – one block
Domantas Sabonis
23 points – 10 rebounds – 11 assists – one steal
Joe Harris
15 points – eight rebounds – two assists
T.J. Warren
19 points – one rebound – two assists – two steals
Taurean Prince
14 points – three rebounds – one block
Myles Turner
15 points – five rebounds – three assists – one steal

Toronto at Brooklyn – Wednesday
Milwaukee at Indiana – Wednesday


Atlanta Hawks  126
Orlando Magic  135

After going double overtime in a win over the New York Knicks on Sunday night, it seemed the momentum favored the Atlanta Hawks going into Orlando last night. And through three quarters, it did, with the visiting Hawks up 96-93 heading into the fourth. That’s when it all caught up with them, and the Magic took advantage, scoring 42 points to Atlanta’s 30 and taking the nine-point win outright. Trae Young outscored everyone in vain, as the starting lineup for the Magic combined for 93 of their 135, making a 79 point second half work in their favor to win their first game at home in their last six attempts.

HAWKS (15-40) 14th in the EastMAGIC (23-31) 8th in the East
Trae Young
29 points – one rebound – nine assists
Aaron Gordon
26 points – nine rebounds – four assists – one block
John Collins
22 points – eight rebounds – two assists – one block
Nikola Vucevic
24 points – nine rebounds – nine assists – one block
Dewayne Dedmon
14 points – nine rebounds – one assist – two blocks
Evan Fournier
22 points – three rebounds – two steals – one block

Atlanta at Cleveland – Wednesday
Detroit st Orlando – Wednesday


Minnesota Timberwolves  126
Toronto Raptors  137

The Milwaukee Bucks may only have half the losses that the Toronto Raptors have, but right now, the reigning NBA champs are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, having just nailed down their franchise best 15th consecutive win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, who were destined to lose. The T’Wolves have not won a game north of the border since January 21, 2004. Karl-Anthony Towns and new bestie D’Angelo Russell combined for 45 points, but the starting lineup of the Raptors was a combined 123 of Toronto’s 137 as the champs went small to outrun the Wolves.

TIMBERWOLVES (16-36) 14th in the WestRAPTORS (40-14) 2nd in the East
Karl-Anthony Towns
23 points – 10 rebounds – seven assists – one steal – one block
Pascal Siakam
34 points – five rebounds – six assists – two steals – one block
D’Angelo Russell
22 points – five assists – one steal
Kyle Lowry
27 points – seven rebounds – 11 assists – one steal – two blocks
Juancho Hernangomez
15 points – five rebounds – one assist
O.G. Anunoby
25 points – 12 rebounds – three assists – three steals – one block

Charlotte at Minnesota – Wednesday
Toronto at Brooklyn – Wednesday


Sacramento Kings  111
Milwaukee Bucks  123

Milwaukee shellacked the Sacramento Kings by 14 points in both the first quarter and the fourth quarter to take the 12 point win on the road last night, to win their fifth straight, improve their road record to 21-4, and win their ninth game in their last 10. The only team better than that is the aforementioned Toronto Raptors, who have won 15 straight and are 6.5 games back of the Bucks in the overall standings. And all of this without Giannis Antetokuonmpo, who missed the game to attend to the birth of his first child. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe combined for 56, with 28 apiece, while Brook Lopez added 20, Sterling Brown had 11, and Wesley Matthews added 10 points. Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox combined for 40 in the loss.

KINGS (21-32) 12th in the WestBUCKS (46-7) 1st in the East, NBA
Harrison Barnes
23 points – three rebounds – three assists – one steal
Khris Middleton
28 points – 11 rebounds – eight assists – one steal
De’Aaron Fox
17 points – eight rebounds – 11 assists – one block
Eric Bledsoe
28 points – eight rebounds – eight assists – one steal
Bogdan Bogdanovic
16 points – five rebounds – two assists – one block
Brook Lopez
20 points – two rebounds – two assists – three blocks

Sacramento at Dallas – Wednesday
Milwaukee at Indiana – Wednesday


Utah Jazz  123
Dallas Mavericks  119

The win that the NBA officiating crew handed the Utah Jazz over the Portland Trailblazers last weekend seemed to have breathed new life into the Jazz, who won their third straight game last night in Dallas against the suddenly struggling Mavericks. Dallas has competed mightily, but in vain, without Luka Doncic, only winning four of their last 10 games. No last second bail outs or last second shots from Bojan Bogdanovic in last night’s game. Just good, honest, blue collar basketball where Tim Hardaway, Jr. shot the lights out for Dallas, but Jordan Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell were more consistent for the Jazz, combining for 48 points.

JAZZ (35-18) 4th in the WestMAVERICKS (32-22) 7th in the West
Jordan Clarkson
25 points – five rebounds – eight assists – one block (fouled out)
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
33 points – three rebounds – three assists – one steal
Donovan Mitchell
23 points – four rebounds – two assists
Kristaps Porzingis
28 points – five rebounds – one assist – one steal – two blocks
Bojan Bogdanovic
23 points – three rebounds – two assists
Seth Curry
15 points – three rebounds – two assists – one steal

Miami at Utah – Wednesday
Sacramento at Dallas – Wednesday


San Antonio Spurs  120
Denver Nuggets  127

The San Antonio Spurs may have jumped out on the Denver Nuggets 40-30 in the first quarter last night in the Pepsi Center, but that seems to be a common theme for the Nuggets – feel the team out in the first quarter, and then counterattack, which the Nuggets did for their 38th win in 54 games. Denver came back from a 23 point deficit to take the seven point win on the shoulders of Jamal Murray, who scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. DeMar DeRozan was out for the Spurs with back spasms.

SPURS (22-31) 10th in the WestNUGGETS (38-16) 2nd in the West
LaMarcus Aldridge
33 points – six rebounds – five assists – one steal
Jamal Murray
26 points – two rebounds – six assists – one steal
Derrick White
15 points – two rebounds – four assists
Paul Millsap
22 points – seven rebounds – three assists – two steals – one block
Dejounte Murray
14 points – six rebounds – nine assists – one steal
Nikola Jokic
19 points – eight rebounds – 13 assists – one block

San Antonio at Oklahoma City – Tonight
Los Angeles at Denver – Wednesday


Miami Heat  113
Golden State Warriors  101

Miami, struggling on this Western swing, put together a 38-23 second quarter to push themselves past the host Golden State Warriors, and ensure that their 53rd game of the season came out as a win. It was the first win on this six game sojourn, which had included losses at Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Portland prior to last night’s win. They still have Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday and Atlanta on Thursday before they break for All Star and head home. Jimmy Butler returned to lead the Heat, while Damion Lee led all scorers with 26 points for Golden State.

HEAT (35-18) 4th in the EastWARRIORS (12-42) 15th in the West
Jimmy Butler
21 points – 10 rebounds – five assists – four steals – one block
Damion Lee
26 points – two rebounds – one assist
Jae Crowder
21 points – eight rebounds – three steals
Andrew Wiggins
18 points – two rebounds – four assists
Duncan Robinson
17 points – one rebound – three assists
Marquese Chriss
17 points – nine rebounds – two steals – one block

Miami at Utah – Wednesday
Golden State at Phoenix – Wednesday


Phoenix Suns  100
Los Angeles Lakers  125

L.A. turned on the juice in the second half, outscoring the visiting Phoenix Suns, 64-48, to take the 25 point win, their 40th win of the season. Milwaukee and Toronto had reached the 40 win plateau already. It was the veterans combining for 65 of the Lakers’ 125 that led the way for L.A. It also helped that Devin Booker shot a paltry 18 percent on the Staples Center floor and that Kelly Oubre, Jr. came off the bench, only scoring 10 points. And, of course, it helps that they’re the Lakers, seemingly coming together in the second half of the season when it matters.

SUNS (21-33) 13th in the WestLAKERS (40-12) 1st in the West
Mikal Bridges
18 points – six rebounds – three assists – one steal – one block
Anthony Davis
25 points – 10 rebounds – five assists – one steal – one block
Cheick Diallo
15 points – four rebounds – three assists – one block
Rajon Rondo
23 points – four rebounds – six assists – one steal
Ricky Rubio
13 points – three rebounds – five assists – one steal 
LeBron James
17 points – eight rebounds – nine assists – one steal

Golden State at Phoenix – Wednesday
Los Angeles at Denver – Wednesday


(All Times Eastern Standard Time)

7 p.m.
Los Angeles Clippers
Philadelphia 76ers
7 p.m.
Chicago Bulls
Washington Wizards
NBC Sports Chicago
8 p.m.
Portland Trailblazers
New Orleans Pelicans
Fox Sports New Orleans
8 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Fox Sports Southwest
9:30 p.m.
Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets



Utah Jazz  114
Houston Rockets  113
Los Angeles Clippers  133
Cleveland Cavaliers  92
Miami Heat  109
Portland Trailblazers  115
Boston Celtics  112
Oklahoma City Thunder 111
New York Knicks  135
Atlanta Hawks  140 (2OT)
Chicago Bulls  111
Philadelphia 76ers  118
Memphis Grizzlies  106
Washington Wizards  99



Milwaukee Bucks  111
Orlando Magic  95
New York Knicks  95
Detroit Pistons  92
Dallas Mavericks  116
Charlotte Hornets  100
New Orleans Pelicans  124
Indiana Pacers  117
Brooklyn Nets  118
Toronto Raptors  119
Los Angeles Clippers  115
Minnesota T’Wolves  142
Los Angeles Lakers  125
Golden State Warriors  120
Denver Nuggets  117
Phoenix Suns  108
San Antonio Spurs  102
Sacramento Kings  122


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
  • Denver
  • Oklahoma City
  • Atlanta 

A corporate trainer by day, he currently resides in SEC Country near Knoxville, Tennessee.
Reach him on Twitter at @RealTMoneyMedia

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