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ICYMI: Brandon Ingram Has Long Limbs and Long Range

Everything you need to know about Thursday in the NBA

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All the need-to-know info from Thursday’s slate.


Long Limbs, Long Range

Ben Simmons racked up a triple-double (12 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists), Joel Embiid put up 33 points, and Philadelphia climbed back from a 16-point deficit to tie the battle of the Young and Promising in the final minute. Impressive.

Brandon Ingram erased all of that.

Ingram hit just one previous 3-pointer, in the first quarter, before releasing that deciding one; to quote The Ringer’s Matt James in Slack, “Ingram wants the big shot almost as much as Lonzo [Ball] doesn’t want it.” Ball had an open look earlier in the shot clock, but dealt it. And for a rookie as allergic to making shots as he is immune to bad passes, who can blame him?

Let’s get back to Ingram and his 7-foot-3 wingspan:

Three weeks after losing to the Sixers in Staples, the Lakers got revenge on Philly’s home court, 107-104.

Josh Jackson Hammered the Polish Hammer

Not the Kind of Bench Support the Wizards Need

Not Mad At High-Scoring Brad

Big-Game Bradley Beal returned on Thursday, finishing with a game-high 34 points to carry Washington past Phoenix, 109-99. It marked the Wizards’ seventh straight game without John Wall, who is dribbling (!) —

— but still has no expected return date. Beal put up a career-high 51 points on Tuesday against the Blazers, but in the five games before that, he floundered: Beal shot 35.6 percent from the field, hit 3s at a Tony Allen rate, and averaged nearly nine points less than he had the rest of the season.

Here’s to Big-Game Brad—you’re a hell of a lot better than 30.4-percent-from-3 Brad.

The Holidays Just Got Awkward

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie finished on Thursday with five points. Eh. Two of those five were clutch; he blew past an OKC defender and pushed the lead with less than two minutes to go. Nice. Brooklyn beat OKC, 100-95. Cool. The guy he left behind for the bucket was Andre Roberson. OK? Dinwiddie’s girlfriend, Arielle Roberson, is the sister of Andre Roberson. Yikes—enjoy the family holiday, Spence.

Hey, Big Head

Joel Embiid and a Fan

Tough loss but met LaVar and he’s definitely fun and full of energy #TheProcess

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Point God With a Side of Nutmeg