On a busy Monday night of nine-game action, I picked out my five biggest individual performances of the evening.

From Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid going toe-to-toe toward’s Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, to a high-scoring finish between the L.A Clippers and the Toronto Raptors. These players stood-out in gleaming fashion.

BRADLEY BEAL – 42 points, 4 assists.

The Wizards’ $127 million money-man finally had a $127 million performance.

On 14-22 field-goals, 5-10 three-pointers, and 9-11 free-throws — Bradley Beal didn’t have much of an issue being stopped by Phoenix’s Devin Booker (However, Booker respectively had 30 to lead the Suns).

Washington went on to defeat Phoenix in a tight 106-101 home victory. It definitely wouldn’t have been accomplished if it weren’t for Beal’s heroic offensive display. John Wall also included 18 points, 4 boards, 15 dimes, along with three steals and three blocks. It was although on 6/24 shooting.

HASSAN WHITESIDE – 32 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks.

It was a career scoring night for Agent Block, as he made thirteen of his nineteen shots to get those 32 points in total.

The Heat didn’t win this game, but Hassan has been a more consistent bright-spot for the team this season. It’s moved him into becoming not just a better player, but a better leader, as the focal-point in Miami’s offense. It hasn’t been bad watching him thrive as “The Man.”

Joel Embiid had once again dominated in just 23:18 minutes. To go along with 22 points, he shot 7-13 from the floor — with five rebounds and 3 blocks. The Heat have fallen to 4-9 on the season.

KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS – 27 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks.

Isn’t much to really say of how much of a beast he is. Coming into this game KAT was averaging around 8 rebounds, which I felt was a dip from last year’s 10.5 average. He proved me wrong that he an still go absolutely nuts on the glass when he wants to.

Towns was 11-19 on field-goals, and of corse hit a pair of threes. He even included this filthy “behind-the-step-back jumper” on Celtics’ Al Horford. If that’s what you call it:

Even though Towns was a monster, the Minnesota Timberwolves failed to pick up the home-win, falling to Boston 99-93. Wiggins and LaVine combined for just 9-for-30 in the loss, while Dieng added a 20-10 double-double.

Isaiah Thomas led the C’s with 29. Horford picked up 20 with 6 boards and 5 assists.

JAMES HARDEN – 28 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 block.

“The best Point Guard AND Shooting Guard” in the league.

I’m just scrolling through NBA highlights (as usual) on Youtube, and I don’t think I’ve agreed on a comment more unanimously about the Houston-star.

Harden had yet another double-digit assist game. However, he did have a rough night shooting the ball, as he went 6-17 from the floor. He did remain aggressive, shooting 14-9 free-throws — as the Rockets pulled out a close 99-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO – 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks.

The Greek Freak has been on a serious tear — and this game was no exception.

To think that this man nearly had a 20-10-10-5-5 game at 21-years old has to be the scariest thing for this league. He’s big-time.

Giannis made all nine of his free-throw attempts, which was enough to seal a 93-89 victory over the Orlando Magic. Jabari Parker added 22 points with five threes.

QUICK REMINDER:

The Blazers will be visiting the Knicks at 7:30 pm Eastern, and what I think should be an exciting matchup between Oklahoma City and the L.A Lakers on NBA TV tonight at 10:30 pm.

Should be kinda fun.

 

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