Bomber: Just when you thought the Toronto Raptors learned something about close games after beating the Orlando Magic on a buzzer beater, they dropped another again. The man responsible? Kyrie Irving, had a game-high 32 points on 13 of 26 shooting, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, a 100 body twisting lay-ups and the game winning shot from long distance. This sophomore has now scored more than 30 points in 4 of his last 5 games. Also this was his 5th game winner, in his 85th career game. Way to make your fellow 20 year olds feel bad. I am super jealous.
Shutdown: The Philadelphia 76ers held the New York Knicks to only 35 percent from the field and 4 of 27 from the three in the win. Both J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd failed to register a single point in this game. For the Sixers, Jrue Holiday dropped a career high 35 points (16 of 25), 5 boards, and 6 dimes to show the world why he deserves to be an All Star.
Honorable Mention: To Tony Parker's 31 points on 13 of 17 shooting, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals in the victory over the Phoenix Suns. If he didn't play for the Spurs, he would be more than just an All Star.
Flipping the Script: The Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats all won last night. It is a miracle.
The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls to go 7-3 in their last 10 games. Surprisingly 5 of the wins actually came from projected playoff teams.
Despite shooting a rare 50 percent from the three, the Minnesota Timberwolves would fall to the Charlotte Bobcats. Led by Kemba Walker, who had 25 points (8 of 17), 8 rebounds and 8 assists, the Bobcats managed to keep to game close for Gerald Henderson to hit the game winner to snap their 16 game home losing streak (2nd longest in NBA history).
What a crazy possession.
Your Mighty Beardness: James Harden is doing pretty well as a Rocket. He had 29 points on 7 of 15 shooting, and 7 assists to weather Deron Williams's hot first quarter, where he dropped 20 points (7 of 7). But it didn't matter, because DWill would only score 7 points in the next 3 quarters and Houston would come out on top.
Don't Call it a Comeback: The Portland Trail Blzers went on a 10-0 run late in the game to comeback to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. Nicholas Batum got his second career triple double with 20 points (7 of 15), 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Blake Griffin on the other hand, got 24 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals and one of the most spectacular in game dunks in NBA history.
Aerial Assault: The Denver Nuggets can run really fast, and score 28 more points than the Sacramento Kings.
Hot Potato: The Blazers shares the basketball very well.
Barnes and Poster: Harrison Barnes did this, shot 2 of 3 from the field and Mark Jackson still only gave him 13 minutes of playing time. Stop clipping the wings of the Black Falcon.