January 18, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) drives to the basket during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Wizards won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: 1/19 Edition

Jan 18, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Marreese Speights (5) at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Sacramento 85-69. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports


There were a total of seven former Kentucky Wildcats playing in the NBA last night.  DeAndre Liggins, Rajon Rondo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Patrick Patterson, Keith Bogans, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall all suited up for their respective teams.  Let’s take a look at how each player did individually.

Memphis Grizzlies 85 – Sacramento Kings 69

  • DeMarcus Cousins,Center, Sacramento

DeMarcus Cousins was the only former Cat playing in the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings game last night.  Cousins finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals.  Unfortunately, the Kings only were able to put up 69 points total and they fell short against the Grizzlies, 85 to 69.

Jan 18, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports


Chicago Bulls 100 – Boston Celtics 99 (OT)

  • Rajon Rondo, Guard, Boston

Former Cat Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics got all they could handle and a little more from the Chicago Bulls last night.  Rondo finished with 30 points, 7 assists and 2 steals.  The Celtics came up just shy as a buzzer beater in regulation by the Bulls sent it to overtime, and then the Bulls won in overtime on  a buzzer beater.  Bulls win over the Celtics, 100 to 99.


Washington Wizards 112 – Denver Nuggets 108

  • John Wall, Guard, Washington

John Wall has been slowly progressing after coming back from his knee injury that kept him out for almost all of the season so far.  Last night in the Washington Wizards game against the Denver Nuggets, Wall came off the bench to have 14 points, 12 assists and 4 rebounds. The Wizards got the win over the Nuggets, 112 to 108.

Brooklyn Nets 94 – Atlanta Hawks 89

  • Keith Bogans, Guard, Brooklyn

Keith Bogans came off the bench to score 8 points, get two steals and pull down 2 rebounds in 21 minutes last night for the Brooklyn Nets.  The Nets got the win over the Atlanta Hawks, 94 to 89.

Charlotte Bobcats 106 – Orlando Magic 100

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a bit of an off game last night, as he finished with 4 points, 3 rebounds and an assist in his starting role.  However, the Charlotte Bobcats still managed to get the win over the Orlando Magic, 106 to 100.

Indiana Pacers 105 – Houston Rockets 95

  • Patrick Patterson, Forward, Houston

MKG wasn’t the only former Cat to have an off night last night in a starting role, Patrick Patterson of the Houston Rockets only finished with 3 points and 2 rebounds last night.  The Rockets lose to the Indiana Pacers, 105 to 95.

Oklahoma City Thunder 117 – Dallas Mavericks 114 (OT)

  • DeAndre Liggins, Guard, Oklahoma City

Liggins hasn’t gotten much playing time since he got his first career start earlier this week and played a fantastic game, so the fact that he didn’t maintain any of that playing time is surprising. Liggins played only 9 minutes last night, and had 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.  The Oklahoma City Thunder got the win over the Dallas Mavericks in overtime behind the strength of Kevin Durant’s career high 52 points, including going 21-21 from the free throw line.  Thunder win, 117 to 114.

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