Australian Warrior: In his first game back from his ankle injury, Andrew Bogut dropped 12 points (6 of 8), and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. David Lee led the Warriors with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad news for the Warriors, Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle again, it doesn't seem to be serious, but a recurring injury does raise concerns. A unlikely hero appeared for the Raptors, Aaron Gray, the Raptors' own Andrew Bogut scored a career high 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting, and took down 10 boards. However his efforts would be wasted, as the Warriors would win. They outscored Toronto 62 to 34 in the paint, which basically never happens.
Close One: With the Indiana Pacers down 2 in the last 40 seconds against the Denver Nuggets, David West scored a huge basket off of his offensive rebound to tie the game up at 101 a piece. Down the floor, Danilo Gallinari, who scored a game high 27 points (9 of 16) would get blocked by Paul George on his ill-advised jump shot, to give the ball back to the Pacers. Unfortunately, Indiana came out of their time out without a play, giving Paul George the hard task of scoring against Andre Iguodala, one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. As you would have guessed, things would start to go downhill for the man with two first names, as he gets ball stolen by AI and later fouls him on a lob attempt, that rewarded his opponent with the game winning free throw.
Black Panther: Looks like Deron Williams has finally found his shooting touch. In the 20 point blowout win over the Orlando Magic, the point guard went for 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting, and 9 assists in 34 minutes of playing time. The Nets might have won, but Orlando would get the last laugh.
Andray Blatche will always be funny.
Pizza Guy: Isiah Thomas stays representing for the little guys. He had 22 points (9 of 16), 4 rebounds, 7 assists and the biggest basket of them all.
Blast-Off: The Houston Rockets defeated the Utah Jazz 125 to 80 at Salt Lake City. James Harden had 25 points (8 of 15), 3 rebounds and 3 assists to hand the Jazz the biggest loss at home in franchise history. Before this happened, they have never lost by more than 33 in their turf. Omer Asik singlehandedly out-rebounded the entire Utah starting squad with 19 boards in the win.
The Beard takes flight.
Oso: Marc Gasol is still pretty furious about getting snubbed in the All Star votes, so he decided to vent his anger against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Spaniard went off for 27 points (10 of 15), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and a block on Nick Young in the last few seconds of the game to seal the win. Rudy Gay added 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jerryd Bayless filled in for Mike Conley with 21 points and 9 assists. Evan Turner of the Sixers had a pretty good game as well, he got 27 points on 12 of 18 shooting and 7 assists in the loss.
Joakim Woah: The Bulls' All Star center has gone for 15+ rebounds in 4 straight games, something no Bull has done since Rodman in 1998. He grabbed 18 last night to go with his 13 points, 7 assists and 5 blocks in the win against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Launch Failed: Derrick Favors will not allow the Greg Smith shuttle to reach its desired destination.
Boom: Carlos Boozer, the NBA's most athletic looking, unathletic guy still has a little hop in his step. Watch for his younger, skinnier twin on the bench cheering, it's crazy.