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Today’s Lineup

⭐️ Last Night’s Action
A HUGE upset in Memphis during the last pre-ASG slate.

🥰 Valentine’s Day Recap
13 games on Wednesday for all the basketball lovers out there…

5️⃣ Top Five Friday
The best performances from the first half of the 2023-24 NBA season.

Last Night’s Action

GG and the Williams’ lead Grizzlies over Bucks 113-110

The Doc Rivers era in Milwaukee (35-21) is off to a… rocky start. But for Memphis? That was a signature win. 19-year-old GG Jackson (27 PTS) and 22-year-old Ziaire Williams (27 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST) balled out, while 23-year-old Vince Williams (18 PTS, 12 REB) gobbled up boards like it was his job. Young players ascending? This is the stuff we love, people!

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Warriors put away Jazz 140-137 despite 4Q shooting slump

Klay Thompson (35 PTS, 7-13 3PT) came off the bench for the first time since his rookie year… then had one of his best games of the season. Did the Warriors (27-26) find the key to a potential post-All-Star weekend push? On the Jazz (26-30) side, rookie Keyonte George had a career-high 31 PTS in Utah’s loss.

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Wolves blow out Blazers 128-91 in Portland

This game was a testament to how quickly the NBA’s dynamics shift. Just a few years ago, a Portland-Minnesota game would surely have ended in a Blazers win with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum dropping a combined 70 against Jeff Teague and Jarrett Culver.

But last night, it was Anthony Edwards (34 PTS, 7 AST, 6 REB) showing why he’s a future face-of-the-league-level player in Minnesota’s HUGE win over Portland.

Valentine’s Day Notes

We had an absolutely STACKED slate of 13 games on Wednesday night, but you already knew that if you were alone on Valentine’s Day… 💔

Kidding, of course! You can’t be alone when we’re all watching hoops together. Check out all the box scores here, and read up on the major moments down below: ⬇️

  • Stand up, Deni Avdija! Despite a seven-point loss to New Orleans, the former ninth overall pick had a night he’ll never forget, notching a career-high 43 points and season-high 15 rebounds.

  • Another day, another vintage Steph performance. 41 points (including nine threes) for Chef Curry on Wednesday, but his Warriors fell 130-125 to the Clippers thanks to Norman Powell’s fourth-quarter 3PT barrage.

  • Just a week after signing his first standard NBA contract, GG Jackson put up 20 points to help the Grizzlies break their eight-game losing streak in an eight-point win against Houston.

  • We love honest basketball! The Magic more than took care of business against New York, winning by 18 thanks to Paolo Banchero’s 36 points with zero free throws attempted.

  • Clean basketball from Rui (36 PTS, 0 TOV) and pure dominance from AD (37 PTS, 15 REB) led the Lakers over Utah 138-122.

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Top 5️⃣ Friday

This season has been defined by some INCREDIBLE offensive outbursts, so we’re bringing back a classic Enjoy segment to go over the top five individual performances so far this season. Buckle up, because there were about ten games that deserved a spot on this list and we 100% guarantee that we did not exclude your favorite player’s best game just to spite you. Promise.

  1. Luka Doncic, January 26th vs ATL: 73 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST

Was there any doubt this would be first? Luka tied the fourth-highest single-game point total in NBA history— and did it against the team that actually drafted him. The only players ahead of him on the leaderboard? Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and David Thompson—that’s some pretty legendary company.

  1. Joel Embiid, January 22nd vs SAS: 70 PTS, 18 REB

Something about that week in January… Embiid’s monster performance was accompanied by complete dominance on the glass as well, and the fact that his was the highest-scoring game in 76ers franchise history is all the more impressive given that Wilt Chamberlain played in Philly for three years. Good luck on your recovery, Joel!

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, December 13th vs IND: 64 PTS, 14 REB

This was the highest scoring game of the season when it happened, but little did we know that we’d see so many incredible games throughout the rest of the season! Giannis put up a career-high and franchise-record 64 points against the Pacers… without hitting a three?!?

  1. Steph Curry, February 3rd vs ATL: 60 PTS, 6 REB, 10 3PM

This game was all the more special because we got a chance to travel back in time and remember what Steph Curry was in his heyday. Well, maybe he’s still in his heyday. Either way, watching him drain threes from all over the court flashed us back to five years ago in the best way possible—we’re hoping for five more years!

  1. Devin Booker, January 26th vs IND: 62 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST

As we said, there were SO MANY games that we could have chosen for these last two slots. We went with DBook’s sixty-piece because, well, the Suns actually won this game. Sorry, KAT!

🧠 Trivia 🧠 

What team won the highest-scoring game in NBA history?

The year was 1983, the score was 186-184, and the game went into triple-OT...

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Three in the Key

She broke the NCAA’s all-time scoring record in classic fashion.

 Wemby, meet Kyrie Irving.
Sometimes, experience matters.

👋 Hello, Gallo!
The veteran forward signed with the Bucks yesterday.

What We’re Enjoying

Pod Drop Alert 🎤: You already KNOW we’re about to hit you with another fire Numbers On The Board YouTube exclusive! This time, the boys created alternate timelines in NBA history… and they got wild. Check it out down below!

Signing Off

PHEW! What a week—can’t wait to do it all over again with you guys on Monday. Talk soon ✌️

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