Brooklyn won the first of many battles of New York, but Carmelo Anthony is still a beast, 35 points and 13 rebounds at the Barclays Center with Jay Z and Beyonce watching. (Pointless Fact: The Nets are undefeated when they are watching court side.)
Honorable Mention: Greivis Vazquez is buzzing, 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Boards: Anderson Varejao kept his magnets on his hands for 22 boards (8 Offensive) and 15 points in the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dishin': Deron Williams was feeling generous, he had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists, the exact amount the entire New York Knicks team had in the overtime loss.
Block Party: Brook Lopez swatted away 5 New York shots, to go with his 11 rebounds (7 Offensive) and 22 points in the victory.
Rookie Watch: Austin Rivers finally shaking off his rookie slump to help get his New Orleans Hornets a W over the Los Angles Clippers with his 14 points (5 of 9 shooting, 3 of 4 from three), and 6 assists.
Time Machine User: This is a real old dude, it might be a surprise to you that he is still playing and not actually dead. Jerry Stackhouse was huge for the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 14 points (4 of 5 from the three) in just 22 minutes. We live in a world where Kurt Thomas and Jerry Stackhouse are active on their respective teams. I don't know if this is a sign of the apocalypse or improvement in health care. Hopefully for my sake, I mean people in their 20's, the latter is true.
Photoshop fun: The inside the NBA crew rips Charles Barkley with one of their best fat photoshop jokes of the year.
Dumb: J.R. Smith did what real J.R. Smith things. A three point attempt on a breakaway, what else could he have done, actually laying that up for 2 points? Don't be silly. Mike Woodson doesn't agree though.
Devolution: The Charlotte Bobcats only managed to put 24 points on the scoreboard in the first half, and gets demolished by the OKC thunder 114 to 69. To add to that embarrassment, the Thunder becomes the first team in 20 years to be up 40 points at halftime. Michael Jordan won't like that.
Serving Threes: Caron Butler shatters a Los Angeles Clippers franchise record (most 3 pointer made in a single game) with his 9 threes that contributed to his 33 point total in the loss to the New Orleans Hornets.
Sad Blake: Blake Griffin went 1 for 9, finishing with 4 points for his career low.
Don't Look Back: Because Tyson Chandler will come out of no where, grab the ball in the air and dunk it on you regardless of how many people are near you. (Skip to 0:25, first play is not as great.)
Highlight of the Night: The rim reportedly filed a lawsuit against Russell Westbrook for abuse.