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The Rundown 121119: Nuggets Drop Third Straight, Heat Blisters Hawks, Blazers by 28

Bam Adebayo had a night for the ages, Devonte' Graham continues to be consistent for Charlotte, Julius Randle is about the only one who showed for the Knicks, Joel Embiid snuffs the Nuggets, and at $15 million over 2.5 years, David Fizdale is living his best life, ain't going back and forth with you Knicks ...

Short report today. My apologies. We have ice and snow and school closures here.

Washington Wizards  107
Charlotte Hornets  114

The Charlotte Hornets used a 28-20 first quarter swarm to keep the Washington Wizards at a safe distance and take their 10th win in 26 games. Devonte’ Graham continues to be the stalwart player for Charlotte – but is he enough to draw fans to seats like bees to honey? Michael Jordan needs to find ways to fill the seats at the Spectrum Center the way TransSiberian Orchestra did last weekend.

WIZARDS (7-16)HORNETS (10-16)
Davis Bertans
32 points – nine rebounds – one assist – one block
Devonte’ Graham
29 points – one rebound – six assists – two steals – one block
Rui Hachimura
18 points – 12 rebounds – two assists – one steal
Terry Rozier
17 points – eight rebounds – seven assists – one steal
Bradley Beal
16 points – four rebounds – nine assists – one block
Miles Bridges
16 points – two rebounds – three assists – two blocks

NEXT UP
Hornets at Nets – Tonight
Wizards at Grizzlies – Saturday

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Denver Nuggets  92
Philadelphia 76ers  97

The Denver Nuggets lost Jamal Murray last night to a trunk contusion after a collision with Ben Simmons, and that may have cost them the game. Murray finished with no points in five minutes, while the Philadelphia 76ers ran off their 13th consecutive win at Wells Fargo Center. It’s the Nuggets’ third loss in a row and their fifth in the last six games as they struggle against Eastern Conference playoff contenders. They’re back home for the Blazers tomorrow night.

NUGGETS (14-8)SIXERS (18-7)
Will Barton
26 points – seven rebounds – seven assists – two steals – two blocks
Joel Embiid
22 points – 10 rebounds – six assists – two steals – one block
Nikola Jokic
15 points – seven rebounds – 11 assists – one block
#VFL Tobias Harris
20 points – seven rebounds – four assists – one steal – two blocks
Gary Harris
14 points – two rebounds – five assists – two steals
Matisse Thybulle
13 points – five rebounds – one assist – one steal

NEXT UP
Blazers at Nuggets – Thursday
Sixers at Celtics – Thursday

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Atlanta Hawks  121
Miami Heat  135 (OT)

The Miami Heat used the 30s to freeze out the Atlanta Hawks in the tale of two teams going two distinctly different directions. It was the young guns of the Heat last night taking care of business as their top three scorers each notched over 30 points to overcome a strong first half by the Hawks, led by rookie De’Andre Hunter. Miami came back with a strong second half to knot things up at 117-117, then used that momentum to outscore Atlanta 18-4 to snatch the win.

HAWKS (6-18)HEAT (18-6)
De’Andre Hunter
28 points – four rebounds – three assists – one block
Kendrick Nunn
36 points – six rebounds – four assists – one steal
Trae Young
21 points – four rebounds – nine assists
Duncan Robinson
31 points – three rebounds – four assists – one block
Jabari Parker
16 points – seven rebounds – two assists – one steal – one block
Bam Adebayo
30 points – 11 rebounds – 11 assists – two blocks

NEXT UP
Hawks at Bulls – Tonight
Lakers at Heat – Friday

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New York Knicks  87
Portland Trailblazers  115

At least Mike Miller is continuing the trend of the Knicks losing games. The Portland Trailblazers entertained the New York Knicks last night at the Moda Center in the Rose Garden, though hardly anyone showed up from New York in this game. Meanwhile, James Dolan is still on the hook for $15 million over the next two and a half years, paying for David Fizdale to spend more time with his family, making Fizdale the only true winner from this Knicks season. Erstwhile, Portland racks up No. 10 on the season to get to .400 and 11.5 games back of first place L.A.

KNICKS (4-20)TRAILBLAZERS (10-15)
Julius Randle
15 points – seven rebounds – three assists – one steal
Damian Lillard
31 points – two rebounds – six assists
Mitchell Robinson
14 points – five rebounds – one block
Hassan Whiteside
17 points – 15 rebounds – two assists – five blocks
Allonzo Trier
13 points – two assists
Anfernee Simons
16 points – five rebounds – three assists

NEXT UP
Knicks at Warriors – Tonight
Blazers at Nuggets – Thursday

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WEDNESDAY’S LINEUP / MY PICK ‘EMS
Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers – 7 p.m. EST – AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers – 7 p.m. EST – NBC Sports Boston
Los Angeles Lakers at Orlando Magic – 7 p.m. EST – Spectrum SportsNet
Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors – 7 p.m. EST – ESPN
Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets – 7:30 p.m. EST – YES
Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls – 8 p.m. EST – NBC Sports Chicago
Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves – 8 p.m. EST – AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns – 9 p.m. EST – Fox Sports Southeast
New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks – 9:30 p.m. EST – ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings – 10 p.m. EST – NBC Sports California
New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors – 10:30 p.m. EST – NBC Sports Bay Area

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The Rundown w/T-Money is a daily column “all things NBA” that will run through the entirety of the season, and the playoffs through the NBA Finals
Tracy Graven is a Senior Analyst for BackSportsPage.com.
He has written the NBA for the last two decades and is also tackling the NFL, NCAA, and 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.
He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and five children.
Reach him on Twitter at @RealTMoneyMedia 

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