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Georgia Tech wins 2nd straight over Georgia 62-54

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Georgia Tech wins 2nd straight over Georgia 62-54

ATLANTA (AP) Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 18 points and Georgia Tech never trailed while beating Georgia 62-54 on Tuesday night.

Georgia Tech (5-2) has won back-to-back games in the state rivalry for the first time since three straight wins from 1992-94. The wins have come in the Yellow Jackets' first two seasons with coach Brian Gregory.

Mfon Udofia added 12 points for Georgia Tech, including a three-point play with about 1 minute remaining after Georgia cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 55-50.

Georgia Tech fans chanted ``ACC! ACC!'' in the final minute, mocking Georgia fans' ``SEC! SEC!'' chant in the Bulldogs' football win over the Yellow Jackets two weeks ago.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia (2-6) with 16 points. The Bulldogs had no other scorer in double figures and made only 31.6 percent of their shots (18 of 57) from the field.

Caldwell-Pope has been the Bulldogs' leading scorer in every game, but the sophomore has had too little support in the team's disappointing start.

The Yellow Jackets kept their lead in double figures for a stretch of almost 15 minutes - from less than 5 minutes remaining in the first half until Marcus Thornton scored on a spinning drive for Georgia with about 10 minutes remaining. Thornton's basket cut Georgia Tech's lead to 45-37.

Brandon Morris, who had 9 points, scored inside for Georgia to cut Georgia Tech's lead to 48-42.

Udofia answered with a 3-pointer for the Yellow Jackets. Robert Carter made only one of two free throws, but Daniel Miller rebounded the miss to set up another 3-pointer by Georges-Hunt, pushing the Yellow Jackets' lead to 55-42.

Georgia made another charge with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 55-50.

After Udofia missed two free throws, Georgia called a timeout with 1:48 remaining but was denied when Daniel Miller blocked Vincent Williams' shot.

Udofia's three-point play pushed the lead back to eight points.

Georgia Tech's tight man-to-man defense extended beyond the 3-point line, keeping constant pressure on the Bulldogs' guards. Georgia made only 2 of 17 3-pointers and found it difficult to create open shots close to the basket.

Georgia Tech shot much better from long range, making 9 of 21 3-pointers.

Georges-Hunt set the pace for the game when he blew past Thornton on a baseline drive for the Yellow Jackets' first basket. Thornton, usually one of Georgia's top rebounders, was called for his second foul about 5 minutes into the game and sat out the remainder of the half.

Georgia Tech made 6 of 10 3-pointers in the first half to overcome its poor shooting (3 of 16) closer to the basket.

Georges-Hunt's previous scoring high was 14 points in the season-opening win over Tulane.

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How does Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov get ready for a Game 7? He watches TV

How does Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov get ready for a Game 7? He watches TV

Everyone remembers Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-clinching overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018. That goal now overshadows another series-clinching goal Kuznetsov had in 2015. In Game 7 against the New York Islanders, Kuznetsov scored what would prove to be the winning goal to break up a 1-1 tie. Clearly he knows how to get ready for a big game. His secret? Television.

Kuznetsov appeared on NBC Sports Washington's Capitals Greatest Hits show on Monday to talk about his 2015 performance and the topic of the locker room came up. Both teams went into that game knowing their season was on the line and Kuznetsov was asked if the feeling was any different in the locker room before the game, a question he did not know exactly how to answer.

"I'm never in the locker room," Kuznetsov said. "I'm always by the TV watching TV shows."

Yes, when Kuznetsov arrives at the arena, he apparently likes to watch TV before the game and said he is not in the locker room until only about 30 minutes before warmups. He enjoys watching soccer, but also likes a good movie.

"It's usually soccer games," Kuznetsov said. "If it's not the soccer game, it's whatever the movie's going."

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He went on to say he was thankful for the team subscribing to whatever channel it was that he watches movies on.

If this seems odd to you, there is a method to the madness.

"Usually it's movie because that way I'm not thinking about hockey," Kuznetsov said. "I like to be loose before games."

Hey, if that's what he was doing before Game 7 in 2015 and before Game 6 in 2018, it's hard to argue against it.

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Where does a healthy John Wall rank among NBA's top 10 point guards?

Where does a healthy John Wall rank among NBA's top 10 point guards?

John Wall last played in an NBA game on December 26, 2018. He's expected to come back at the beginning of the 2020-21 season, and once he makes his long-awaited return to the Wizards' starting lineup, he'll find himself in a much different point guard landscape than the one he left. 

The position has changed, traditional point guards are mostly a thing of the past. NBA offenses are either run through multiple ball-handlers who can score and facilitate, or they're one-man shows centered around highly skilled individuals such as James Harden and Luka Doncic. 

Wall has consistently been one of the best in the league at his position, but after missing a year to an Achilles injury, it's hard to forecast where his game will be come next season. With that in mind, let's take a look at the top 10 point guards in the game (all presumed healthy), and see where Wall falls on the list. 

1. James Harden
2. Luka Doncic
3. Damian Lillard
4. Steph Curry
5. Chris Paul
6. Kyrie Irving
7. John Wall
8. Russell Westbrook
9. Kemba Walker
10. Kyle Lowry

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Wall has the talent to be in the top three of this list for sure, though it's difficult to put him anywhere but No. 7 right now. He's probably a tier above Walker and Lowry, while Wall and Westbrook are more comparable players. 

Irving, Curry and Lillard are too good and have been consistently great enough to where you can't put them below Wall, while Paul might be a great inspiration for players like Wall. Paul keeps getting older and keeps getting hurt but he's still so, so good. 

Then you have the two walking offensive systems in Doncic and Harden. Their production and what they do for their teams as primary ball-handlers is mostly unmatched across the eight players listed below them. 

Wall could rise all the way to the top of this list if he plays to his full abilities. The speed, perimeter defense, passing and dribble penetration made him an All-NBA level player. If Wall can improve his accuracy from beyond the arc, take more threes and fewer mid-range jumpers, I don't see why he can't see an uptick in efficiency even if his athleticism isn't what it used to be.

It's not a reach to say the Wizards' contention hopes depend heavily on whether Wall plays back to All-Star form or not. An Achilles injury is incredibly challenging to bounce back from, especially for a player like Wall whose game has had so much to do with speed and explosion in the past. 

The good news is he's had a chance to digest the game from a different perspective and time to fine-tune his jumper, while his Wizards teammates, especially Bradley Beal, are better than when he last suited up. 

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