By Rob Mason, PSO President of Sports Operations
Jan 28, 2021

An epic night of NBA basketball took place on Wednesday as every single team in the NBA took the floor besides six squads. The most important matchup, story, and play on January 27th were all decided when Tobias Harris drained a GW-FG over Alex Caruso with two seconds left to end the Lakers 10-0 road start to the season. 

Brooklyn’s Big 3 combined for a whopping 89 points against the Hawks in an OT victory, DeMar DeRozan and the Spurs came up clutch vs. Boston, and another monster performance from Bradley Beal wasn’t enough to win as Brandon Ingram and the Pelicans put them away early. 

Rudy Gobert led Utah’s 10th straight win, Domantas Sabonis racked up a triple-double with only one missed FG in his return from a knee injury, and Giannis went off again for a Bucks dub over their former Eastern Conference foe.

Also, both the top two picks made NBA history with their prolific scoring off the bench, CP3 fell to his former team in the Suns third straight loss, and Denver dominated the Jimmy Butler-less Miami Heat for the largest victory of the night. 

Here are the best NBA highlights, facts, performers, and takeaways from January 27th, 2021:

GAME OF THE DAY

Los Angeles Lakers (106) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (107) [GW-FG]

[Highlights] @76ERS (+164; $10.18) d. LAKERS (-164; $11.63107-106 (GW-FG) [PHI +4 | u222.5]

[HighlightsNETS (-218; $9.29) d. @HAWKS (+218; $11.83132-128 (OT) [ATL +6 | o238

[Highlights] @SPURS (+159; $13.61) d. CELTICS (-159; $9.27110-106 [SAS +4.5 | u224.5]

[HighlightsTHUNDER (+259; $8.67) d. @SUNS (-259; $11.74102-97 [OKC +8 | u215]

[HighlightsBUCKS (-238; $9.81) d. @RAPTORS (+238; $8.17115-108 [MIL -6 | o228]

[Highlights] PACERS (-119; $10.29) [email protected]HORNETS (+119; $12.93) 116-106 [IND -3 | o221.5]

[Highlights] @JAZZ (-124; $12.27) d. MAVERICKS (+124; $9.16116-104 [UTA -2 | u221]

[Highlights] @WARRIORS (-336; $8.57) d. TIMBERWOLVES (+336; $7.35123-111 [GSW -9o229]

[HighlightsKINGS (+104; $8.84) d.@MAGIC (-104; $9.48) 121-107 [SAC +1 | o223.5]

[Highlights] @CAVALIERS (-124; $12.73) d. PISTONS (+124; $8.50122-107 [CLE -2 | o215.5]

[Highlights] @PELICANS (-316; $8.51) d. WIZARDS (+316; $8.08) 124-106 [NOP -8 | o227.5]

[Highlights] NUGGETS (-221; $9.89) d.@HEAT (+221; $7.45) 109-82 [DEN -6.5 | u215]

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  • Bradley Beal is the 1st player to lose 10 straight games when scoring 40+ PTS in NBA history
  • Beal is averaging 41 PPG over his last 6 GP, and Washington Wizards are 0-6 in those 6 games
  • Edwards (25) and Wiseman (25) are only top-2 picks to score 25+ PTS off the bench in the same game, since 1970-71
  • Domantas Sabonis tied Detlef Schrempf for the most career triple-doubles (6) in Pacers franchise history
  • Sabonis is the 5th player to record a 20pt triple-double on 90% FG during a game in NBA history
  • Kevin Durant is the 1st player to average 30+ PTS in his 1st 15 GP with a new team in NBA history since 1960
  • KD has the 4th longest streak (15 GP) of scoring 20+ PTS with a new team in NBA history
  • Buddy Hield has 1+ 3PM in each of his last 83 games, which is now 1 of the 5 longest streaks in NBA history
  • Myles Turner has recorded 3+ BLK in each of his last 10 GP, the longest such streak in Pacers franchise history
  • Andre Drummond is the 1st Cavaliers player to record 20+ PTS/15+ REB/5+ STL in a single game since 1987
  • James Harden is the 1st player to record 30+ PTS/15+ AST in a game for the Nets since Stephon Marbury in 2000
  • 2020-21 Mike Conley (+215) has the highest +/- through the 1st 17 GP of a Utah Jazz season since 1996-97
  • Kyle Lowry joined DeMar DeRozan & Chris Bosh as the only 3 players to score 10,000 career PTS in Raptors history
  • Tobias Harris ended Lakers 10-0 road start

 

  • Spurs came up clutch to beat Boston

 

  • Embiid showed up down the stretch

 

  • Kyrie’s finishing ability is unmatched

 

  • Severe stepbacks looking easy

 

  • Denver’s best QB in the building

 

  • Posters being put out on a Wednesday

 

  • Wiseman working on both ends

[Highlights] SG James Harden, BKN (W @ATL): 31 PTS (9-20 FG | 5-9 3PT), 15 AST, 8 REB, 1 BLK, 2 STL, 3 TO

[Highlights] C Rudy Gobert, UTA (W v.DAL): 29 PTS (11-20 FG | 0-0 3PT), 1 AST, 20 REB, 3 BLK, 3 STL, 2 TO

[Highlights] SG Bradley Beal, WAS (L @NO): 47 PTS (17-37 FG | 6-14 3PT), 6 AST, 4 REB, 0 BLK, 4 STL, 3 TO

[Highlights] PF Domantas Sabonis, IND (W @CHA): 22 PTS (9-10 FG | 2-3 3PT), 1 AST, 10 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 5 TO

[Highlights] PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL (W @TOR): 24 PTS (8-14 FG | 0-1 3PT), 9 AST, 18 REB, 1 BLK, 1 STL, 5 TO

NBA TOP PERFORMERS

If Scott Brooks isn’t forced to leave soon, it seems inevitable that Bradley Beal will force his own way out

Bradley Beal can’t catch a break. The man leading the nation’s capital is averaging a whopping 41 PPG over his last six games played, but DC is 0-6 in those games and now 3-11 overall. Without John Wall alongside him in the backcourt, the Wizards have lacked the firepower to provide Beal with even an adequate supporting cast. It’s hard to point to a lack of scoring as Washington’s issues though, considering their collective 115.7 PPG are the fourth most in the entire NBA. 

It’s really the defensive side of the ball that is holding WAS back and preventing Beal’s constant 30+pt performances from translating into victories. This isn’t new for Wizards fans as the team had the same glaring issue last year. The franchise finally got rid of GM Ernie Grunfeld and as much praise as Tommy Shepard has received since taking the reins, he failed to address one of the biggest weaknesses any team in the league had entering the season: DC’s dismal defense. 

Now it’s gone from bad to worse with Russell Westbrook’s load management, Thomas Bryant’s torn ACL, and Troy Brown’s progress turning in the opposite direction. Some blame definitely deserves to be pointed at the front office for not acquiring more defensive-minded players or using their top-10 pick on a defensive stopper (or at least someone that can contribute 20-30+ MPG right away because of their defensive acumen). 

However, a recurring theme in Washington’s lack of success during Bradley Beal’s ascension to one of the best scorers in the league has been Head Coach Scott Brooks. The basketball leader in the nation’s capital doesn’t instill any defensive accountability which has had a detrimental impact on the amount of points opponents score vs. the Wiz on a nightly basis. When is enough, enough? It’s only a matter of time until their frustrated superstar forces his way out unless they fire Scott Brooks and find a HC that can bring this team back to the playoffs in the near future. 

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