NBA Daily Notes: Bam Adebayo, Keldon Johnson, and Murray Time

Bam Adebayo continues to be a consistent force on the offense.

bam adebayo (photo by Hakim Wright Sr./AP)

Bam’s Scoring and other takeaways (December 9)

  • Bam Adebayo continues to be a force to reckon with on the offensive end of the floor. In the Miami Heat’s 115-110 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Adebayo produced a game-high 31 markers (14-of-21 shooting), his fourth 30-point game this season. For reference, Adebayo only had five 30-point games last season (including the playoffs). His mid-range fadeaway in the center has been his go-to move, but it’s his aggressiveness that helps him get to his spot. Another All-Star appearance might just be on the menu for the Heat’s talented big man.
  • After scoring only 11 points (3-of-12 FG) and committing four turnovers in yesterday’s loss to the Orlando Magic, Clippers star Paul George bounced back with a 29-point outing against the Heat. It was the second leg of a back-to-back for the Clips, so George had the lion’s share of the workload with Kawhi Leonard sitting out. Despite the loss to Miami, the bright spot here is George was healthy enough to play back-to-back games.

Rising Stock: Keldon Johnson

San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson had a fiery start to the season and then became inefficient with his shooting as the games progressed. But the Spurs’ 23-year-old forward is slowly getting his groove, recently turning in two consecutive good shooting performances. After a 27-point night (47.8% FG) against the Phoenix Suns last December 4, Johnson then put up 32 points in the Spurs’ 118-109 win over the Houston Rockets today.

League Pass Game to Rewatch

The shotmaking in the clutch was exhilarating in the Denver Nuggets’ 121-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard’s patented stepback triple at the right wing almost won the game for the Blazers, but Nuggets star Jamal Murray answered with a stepback three of his own. Despite the painful loss, Lillard finished the game with 40 points (9-of-17 3PT) and 12 assists, easily his best game of the season.

Murray was the Nuggets’ hero at the end, but Nikola Jokic’s 33-10-9 stat line kept them afloat. If you missed this game, go ahead and watch it before you sleep. Lillard’s three-point shooting, plus Murray’s go-ahead jumpers will be worth it.

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