- If you read nothing or have already read everything about KG's alleged "cancer patient" trash talk to Charlie Villanueva, Henry Abbott's insight is a must-read. It took OT for the C's to beat the Bucks 105-102 in a game that started veeeeerrrrryyyy sssslllllooooowwww and turned into a hell of a game in the second half. Congrats to Paul Pierce for ridding his face of that patchy fail and scoring 12 of his 28 in OT to become the 40th player to surpass the 20k-point milestone (video). Brian Scalabrine's on pace to join him in 2086.
- Kobe Bryant's 18th-career triple-double (32pts, 12ast, 10rbs) led the Lakers to beat the Queens, 112-100. All Lakers' starters scored in double figures -- Pau (22-11 double-double), Odom (18), Artest (17), Fisher (11) -- in their 5th win in as many games. DeMarcus Cousins started at center for the Queens and scored 11, with 6rbs, in 20min.
- The match between arguably the 2nd and 3rd bests in the West went the Mavs' way, beating the Nuggets in Denver 102-101. Chauncey improved his sub-30% FG%, shooting 5-for-12 and Melo grabbed 15rbs., but only scored 20, getting to the line for only four shots, hitting three, and going 3-for-8 at the rim -- hence six offensive rbs. Nowitzki took 31 shots for his 35-10 double-double.
respectable playoff-boundNets gave the Bobcats their first win. Travis Outlaw saved the Jersey franchise with 6pts. in 22min. against one of my favs, Gerald Wallace, who went 20-10 against the Absolutely Nots.
- Clippers won their first against Bill Simmons' 62-win Thunder, 107-92. KD only scored 16 on 6-for-24 shooting, including missing all ten of his 3-pt attempts. OKC got to the line 23 times, way under their average of 74.8 per game. Eric Gordon dropped 27 for the Clips and rookie Blake Griffin dropped 19 and grabbbed 9 rbs.
- Darren Collison scored a Pacers-high 11 in their 101-75 loss to the 76ers. That's not a record? Elton Brand's 25-12 makes me
wish he was still a Bullhappy for him. Roy Hibbert, who's had a strong start, went on an uneventful rant after the game (h/t: Zach Lowe).
- Hawks beat the Pisspots 94-85. Like I said yesterday, 82-0, obv.
- Magic wiped their asses with the Darkopuppies. Milicic shined in Minnesota's losing effort with 3blks, 4rbs, 6 shots and 0pts. in 18min. The greatest passing center since Vlade Divac also had 0asts. Dwight Howard put up beastly numbers in only 23 min. -- 18pts., 18rbs., 8blks. -- and shot about average from the FT line, 4-for-11. "The lengthy lineup exposed the Timberwolves' lack of depth, size and overall
talent against one of the Eastern Conference's elite," Antonio Gonzales wrote at the AP. "The play was often
embarrassing at times for Minnesota, too." Good use of the word "too." Lack of depth, size and talent aren't embarrassing; just accepted as all in a day's work.
- The Knicks are gonna play at the MSG. New York City inspectors have confirmed there are no asbestos risks. Talk about credible.
- The Nuggets want Nic Batum, but Portland won't give him up to this divisional foe unless they receive 'Melo in whatever deal gets gone.
- Hedo Turkoglu's already tired.
A big question was whether or not Hedo could keep up with the Suns
system. He's hanging up the fatigue on going from the season to free
agency to playing in the World Championships. He scored 6 in the suns' 112-110 loss to the Spurs, where Richard Jefferson dropped four 3's in the 4th to finish with 28. Duncan had a 25-17 double-double with 3 blks.
- Monta Ellis scored 17 of his 39 in the 4th to beat the Grizzlies 115-109.
Stephen Curry sat on the Warriors' bench with a sprained ankle, so I'd
loooooove to see Ellis' usage rate, but the box score isn't posted on
Hoopdata yet. All Grizzlies scored in double figures, led by Rudy Gay's
35, O.J. Mayo's 23, and the $45m-man Mike Conley's 18-13 double-double.
- The Jazz blew out the CRaptors 125-108,
but more important, the Al Jefferson-Deron Williams combo is making
them look better than the Thunder. AJ scored 27 and D-Will had a 22-14
double-double. C.J. Miles went 5-for-6 from 3-pt range to score 19 off
the bench. It is bothersome that they sent Sonny Weems to the line to go 9-for-10 and score 23. Oh, The Even Steven Sloans.
- Hours after this post at the NYT blog on Luis Scola's hell of a run in the first three games of the season, not being a reason for the Rockets' 0-3 start, he goes 4-for-15 from the field for only 9pts. in 36min. in Houston's 107-99 loss to the Hornets.
The best PG in the NBA led the Hornets with 25pts., 8asts., and 7rbs,
going 7-for-12 from the field and 10-for-12 from the FT line because
- Jason Terry wants to play 'til he's 40, the 33-yr.-old says... Wait, Jason Terry's 33?!
- An interesting Horford-Noah comparison.
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