Trae Young went nuclear against the Blazers, while a young star made a touching tribute to his late grandfather.
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TRAE, SIMONS BLOW UP WITH CAREER PERFORMANCES
Sat, 15 Jan
Saturday January 15th
Trae Young and Anfernee Simons put on an offensive show as the Portland Trail Blazers edged out the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday (AEDT).
Young led all scorers with a 56-point explosion on a 12-of-26 shooting effort and 15-of-16 from the line, adding seven triples and 14 assists.
According to StatMuse, Young joined Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook and James Harden (three times) as the only players in NBA history to record a 55-point, 10-assist game.
Simons poured in a career-best 43 points himself on 13-of-21 shooting with nine three-pointers and seven assists. He is the youngest Blazer with a 40-point game in franchise history (22 years old), per StatMuse.
The rising star revealed post-match he dedicated the game to his late grandfather.
“I really can’t take credit for how well I played tonight,” he said. “Sadly my grandpa died last night from cancer. It’s all him, honestly, I give credit to him. I dedicate this whole game to him.”
‘DON’T F***ING CLAP’ – HARRIS’ BRUTAL FAN TREATEMNT
Tobias Harris got fired up in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 133-113 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday (AEDT).
Harris encouraged Sixers fans to keep booing him after he committed a shot clock violation early in the fourth quarter.
The star forward then told fans “don’t f***ing” clap after he nailed a jump shot a minute later.
Sixers acting coach Dan Burke post-match discussed Harris’ frustration boiling over with fans.
“He’s maybe one of the surprise guys how professional he is and what good of a genuine guy he is,” Burke said.
“He really leads by example, not very vocal, so when I saw him raise his hands when they were booing… we talked about it at half-time, it only matters who’s in that locker room.
“Part of where we have to grow is our focus. Shut out that noise and work between those lines — it can’t be the officials, it can’t be the fans or anything like that.”
Harris finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists against the Rockets, but it was Joel Embiid who stole the show.
The All-Star big man amassed a triple-double with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, adding two blocks as the Sixers claimed their fourth-straight tin to improve to 20-16.
Elsewhere, Furkan Korkmaz popped off for 24 points, 11 rebound and six assists in his first career double-double while starting for the injured Tyrese Maxey.
MORANT DESTROYS NETS
Ja Morant is scorching hot at the moment.
The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week continued his brilliant form with a huge performance in the Memphis Grizzlies’ 118-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Morant tallied 36 points — 18 in the third quarter when the Nets simply had no answers for him — including a rim-rattling jam in transition, to go with six rebounds and eight assists.
The star guard put in such a dominant showing that Nets fans at Barclays Centre were chanting ‘MVP’ to him.
The Grizzlies have now won five in a row, while Morant is the first player from the franchise to score over 30 points in fourth-straight games, per The Athletic.
“We’re seeing him blossoming before our very eyes,” Nets superstar Kevin Durant said post-match.
“Since college he’s been on this trajectory, as a basketball fan, you can’t wait to see his light years going forward.”
Desmond Bane also came up big against the Nets with 29 points, five triples and eight rebounds, while Brandon Clarke chipped in 16 points and seven boards off the bench.
Kevin Durant led the Nets with 26 points, three steals and three blocks, but beyond him, the team didn’t get enough production.
It saw the Grizzlies improve to 24-14 to sit fourth in the Western Conference, while the Nets fell to 23-12 to remain second in the East.
ROCKETS 113 SIXERS 133
HORNETS 121 WIZARDS 124
GRIZZLIES 118 NETS 104
MAGIC 98 BULLS 102
PISTONS 115 BUCKS 106
JAZZ 115 PELICANS 104
NUGGETS 89 MAVERICKS 103
HEAT 108 WARRIORS 115
HAWKS 131 BLAZERS 136
TIMBERWOLVES 122 CLIPPERS 104