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NBA Wildcat Watch (November 6)

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Taking a break from college basketball season tipoff hype to check out on some alums.

San Antonio Spurs v Orlando Magic Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

From Tuesday through Friday, each time a former Wildcat hits the court, we will recap how they did and include a few highlights (if available). On Tuesdays, we’ll also recap what happened over the weekend, so you don’t miss the action. This will also serve as a discussion board. We will try to keep it updated as soon as the games are over, so check back often!

Four Wildcats in action, who will unfortunately have to miss the Villanova-Morgan State season opener, as they are busy helping their respective NBA teams on the court. Omari Spellman (Atlanta Hawks), Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns), Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks), and Donte DiVincenzo (Milwaukee Bucks) took the court on Tuesday night. We’ll also recap you on what took place while we were gone, with updates for Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Dante Cunningham (San Antonio Spurs), Josh Hart (Los Angeles Lakers), and Ryan Arcidiacono (Chicago Bulls).


Omari Spellman

The Hawks lost to the Hornets, 113-102. Spellman was back in the starting five, logging two points, four rebounds, and one assist.

He made his first career start on Saturday, in the Hawks’ 123-118 win over the Miami Heat. Spellman logged 20 minutes of action. In that time span, he scored seven points off of 3-of-4 shooting, four rebounds, and two blocks.

Up Next: vs. Atlanta, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Jalen Brunson

Brunson and the Mavericks had a few days off, came back with a 119-100 victory over the Washington Wizards. Brunson only played a single minute in the win.

Up Next: at Utah, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m. ET

Mikal Bridges

Bridges and the Phoenix Suns lost their home game to the Brooklyn Nets, falling 104-82. Bridges played “starter minutes” off the bench, logging 28 minutes. He had six points off of 2-for-7 shooting. He also had a rebound and an assist.

On Sunday, the Suns broke a seven-game losing streak in a 102-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Bridges enjoyed a productive and efficient performance on the floor. He was 5-for-6 overall, including a 4-of-5 performance from deep, en route to a 14-point game. He also had one rebound, two steals and a block.

Up Next: vs. Boston, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m. ET

Donte DiVincenzo

The Bucks lost to Portland, 118-103. DiVincenzo played big minutes off the bench. Through 23 minutes of action, he had six points and a rebound.

On Sunday, the Bucks routed the Sacramento Kings, winning 144-109. DiVincenzo came off the bench for 17 minutes, supplying five points, three rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals.

Up Next: at Golden State, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 p.m. ET

Kyle Lowry

Lowry and the Raptors got to enjoy a big victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 121-107. Lowry was on-and-off with his shot, but he was dishing out assists left and right. He finished with a double-double, with 21 points and 15 assists—just one turnover. He also had six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Then, on Monday, the Raptors stayed hot. They beat the Utah Jazz, 124-111. It was another double-double performance for Lowry who led the Raptors in points (17), rebounds (seven), and assists (11).

Up Next: at Sacramento, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m. ET

Josh Hart

The Lakers had back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. The first was against the Portland Trail Blazers. Hart came off the bench for 22 minutes in the 114-110 victory. He logged 11 points, one assist, one steal, and two blocks.

On Sunday, it was a rough all-around game for the Lakers, who lost 121-107 to the Raptors, after trailing 41-10 early in the game. Hart six points, five rebounds, one assist, and three steals in the loss.

Up Next: vs. Minnesota, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 p.m. ET

Dante Cunningham

The Spurs also had a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday. First up, for the Spurs, were the New Orleans Pelicans. Cunningham was back in the starting lineup and had his best outing this season. He played 38 minutes and scored a season-high 15 points. He was 5-of-8 overall, and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also logged seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in the 109-95 victory.

On Sunday, the Spurs fell to the Orlando Magic. Cunningham was scoreless in the 117-110 loss. He logged 17 minutes, collecting three rebounds, three assists, and a pair of blocks.

Up Next: at Miami, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Ryan Arcidiacono

The Bulls played two games while we were away. The first was a 96-88 loss to the Houston Rockets. Arcidiacono came off the bench, contributing 18 minutes of playing time. He scored three points, grabbed a rebound, dished out four assists, and had two steals.

Chicago was able to bounce back in a hard-fought 116-115 double-overtime victory at Madison Square Garden, taking down the Knicks. It was another quiet night for Arcidiacono, who had four points, one assist, and a steal.

Up Next: at New Orleans, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. ET