Ballin: James Harden seems to be handling this No. 1 option thing pretty well. 37 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, four threes, four steals and a block. It was literally an historic debut and pretty much everyone loved it except for this kid and Sam Presti.

Not so much: Outside of the 13-0 run they gave up to end the third quarter, the Lakers were just fine. Well, that and the 5-0 run to start the fourth. And the fact that Sasha Pavlovic was the one who keyed the third quarter run with seven straight points despite the fact he scored seven or more points just four times in 45 games last season. Other than that, totally cool. I’m sure no one’s panicking or anything like that.

Game, blouses: Looky here, our first game-winner of the season.

Said Hill, “I’m not scared to take shots like that. I live for things like that.” I live my life a quarter-mile at a time, but this is pretty cool to live with too.

Ohskiwhoaski, threeskiweeski: Spencer Hawes made two threes last night after making three all of last season. Must be the mullet.

Runaway train, never coming back: Blake Griffin dribbling super fast and dunking begins now.

Take a charge, Grizzlies. (Just kidding. Don’t. Your chest will cave in.)

Rated rookies: Anthony Davis had 21 points, seven rebounds and a block. Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds and a block). Damian Lillard went for 23 points and 11 assists. Way to go, guys.

Watch your mouth: Hockey fans who are sad about their favorite sport being locked out — been there, bro — check this out. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Welcome back to the NBA, Aaron Brooks. Sorry about your mouth exploding.

Random highlights: Nicolas Batum ripping Kobe and going for the dunk from way far away. Nicolas Batum dunking “on” Dwight Howard. Quite possibly the worst jump ball ever, given the falling and the injuries. Al-Farouq Aminu deciding he only needs one hand to catch alley-oops. Tim Duncan legitimately dunking on a guy in 2012. Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe getting their shake and bake on (that is their new nickname, by the way).

Other things: Tony Allen missed a fast break layup last night, pretty much airballing a contested looptyloo. That’ll cost him … Steve Nash got kneed in the leg, which caused him to miss nearly all of last night’s second half. He’s “hopeful” to play this Friday … At one point last night, DeAndre Jordan went for a dunk but was stripped by Rudy Gay. DeAndre finished the motion anyways, which basically resulted in a ghost dunk … As you know, tonight’s Knicks-Nets game is cancelled. As you might not know, the Nets’ practice facility is flooded and a bunch of their players and coaches are living in a hotel … The Kings weren’t able to get the ball in bounds with 32 seconds left when they were down by four. Whoops … Kyrylo Fesenko went to a Skrillex concert in full costume last night

Comments (7)

  1. That was the most excited I have ever been watching the Raptors play, and the ending left me feeling so bummed out that I spent the next 30 minutes in an inconsolable funk, staring blankly at the boxscore and wondering what went wrong ..

    A: Fourth quarter, shot selection and David West catching fire.

    Oh well. It’s one game and just a sign of what the Raps will become over this season.

    I think we can all agree this season is going to be fun to watch! GO RAPS!

  2. Obvious travel on the Griffin dunk, and I’m obviously not surprised it wasn’t called, but still.

  3. Loving that basketball and TBJ are back! Can I ask for one improvement this year, just a little nit picky thing but can you make the links auto open in a new tab?

  4. Guys making comments on the travel…. this is the NBA. It’s literally in the RULES that if you’re going to the hoop you get an extra half step.

    Eg: doing a layup in NCAA should technically be 1.5 steps without a dribble, NBA its 2 which is why you can do a full 2 step reverse and slam

  5. Try ctrl-clicking.

  6. Would you like some pancakes, Charlie Murphy?

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