Don’t believe what all the James Camerons and Zagers and Evanses of the world wanna tell you — technology is a pretty wonderful thing. Time was not that long ago when the only games you could watch were your local broadcasts, the select few ones shown on just a couple of nationally televised games a week, and whatever live games you could road trip it to in your creepy van. Today, with a combination of NBA League Pass (+ Broadband), DV-R, Pirate Bay torrenting, cat like reflexes on the fast forward button and a whole lot of patience, it’s altogether physically possible to watch every single NBA game played over the course of a season. Presuming of course that you have no job, no social life and a pre-existing predilection towards keeping odd hours.
Well, I’m not sure if I could do it over the course of a whole season — though if someone out there wanted to dare me I could probably be easily convinced into giving it a try — but I was able to put the job and social life and normal sleep schedule on pause for a week in order to consume the first week of the NBA season in its entirety. I’ve watched all 40 games from week one, and to properly anthologize the experience, here’s my rankings of how good every game was, from worst to first. The NBA — it’s faaaan-tastically enabling.
40. Minnesota Timberwolves 92, Sacramento Kings 80 (Friday)
The Wolves played some fun team ball in the first half, but as they somehow did in all three games this week, the Kings slowed the game to an ugly crawl in the second half and made a game of it, before ultimately coming up short. By game’s end, only J.J. Barea and Andrei Kirilenko were even slightly fun to watch.
Best Moment: Nikola Pekovic had a nice find of Kirilenko under the basket in the first half, and AK-47 returned the favor with a game-sealing dime to Pek in the 4th.
39. Philadelphia 76ers 84, Denver Nuggets 75 (Wednesday)
This game should have been a whole lot more fun than it was, but outside of the drama caused by Andre Iguodala’s heartily booed return to Philly (for shame, Sixers fans) and some oddly two-way dominant second half ballin’ from Spencer Hawes, this was a pretty miserable affair.
Best Moment: “SPENC-ER HAW-ES!” and “M-V-P!” chants raining down on the Big GOPper throughout the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center.
38. Indiana Pacers 106, Sacramento Kings 98 (Double OT) (Saturday)
Don’t let the Double OT fool you. This game was fucking awful, as both teams seemed to tire greatly towards the end and neither scored in the first two minutes of either overtime period. (The Pacers had a combined 67 total rebounds in this game, which should tell you how many missed shots there were to go around.) By the time the Pacers pulled away in 2OT, the Kings were probably grateful to be put out of their misery.
Best Moment: Gerald Green had himself a nice baseline dunk in the second, of which hopefully he’ll have about one a game this year.
37. Phoenix Suns 92, Detroit Pistons 89 (Friday)
Not a particularly bad game per se, just not a particularly compelling one — a sloppy game between two bottom-five teams, in both League Pass watchability and likely NBA standing. When the fate of the game is being decided by the likes of Jonas Jerebko and P.J. Tucker, chances are you’re not going to be terribly invested in the final result.
Best Moment: Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley hooked up on an alley-oop at some point. Should’ve been more resounding than it was, but still.
36. Golden State Warriors 87, Phoenix Suns 85 (Wednesday)
Again, not a bad game, but for those of us with memories of the Nelson vs. D’Antoni Warriors-Suns matchups circa 2008 still fresh in our minds, watching a Golden State-Phoenix game where neither team cracks 90 is just kinda depressing. Where the hell are Leandro Barbosa and Kelenna Azubuike when you need them?
Best Moment: Eh.
35. Cleveland Cavaliers 94, Washington Wizards 84 (Tuesday)
How the Wizards actually battled back to make this one a game I’ll never quite understand — my memory tells me it was done with guys like A.J. Price and Earl Barron, but that can’t possibly be right — but when the Cavs were going good, they were certainly fun to watch. Namely, there was Kryie Irving making me doubt my previous skepticism about his oft-predicted breakout season, and Anderson Vaerjao and his bizarre 9-23-9 line, making me wonder what his odds are at making his first-ever All-Star team this year. (Hell, he could even start. It’s not impossible.)
Best Moment: Kyrie to Andy to Tristan Thompson for a couple beautiful tic-tac-toe dunks to seal this one in the fourth.
34. New York Knicks 100, Philadelphia 76ers 84 (Sunday)
Fun to see the Knicks’ suddenly super-coherent offense in full swing, but the Sixers didn’t live up to their end of the bargain in this one, with Nick Young and Evan Turner combining for some of the most hideous wing play you’ll ever see on a basketball court. (Nick Young finished with a minus-29 for the game, and that seemed far too kind.)
Best Moment: Not a big one, but I was fond of the play where Nick Young boxed out Jason Kidd for a rebound obviously going out of bounds, and Kidd somehow contorted his body to make it appear like Young had fouled him, saving the possession for NY. Quintessential J-Kidd.
33. Chicago Bulls 93, Sacramento Kings 87 (Wednesday)
The most watchable of the Kings’ three deathly week one games, but only by a little bit. Did I really rank this Sacramento team in the top ten of my League Pass Rankings? Whoops.
Best Moment: Carlos Boozer’s putback and-one in the fourth, possibly saving what should have been a very easy Game One victory for Chicago.
32. Milwaukee Bucks 99, Boston Celtics 88 (Friday)
This certainly looked like one of the more one-sided games on Friday’s docket, and indeed it was — just not the one side you’d expect. This Bucks team has the potential to be a whole lot of fun, especially if guys like Tobias Harris and Larry Sanders turn out to be as for real as they’ve looked thus far, and Milwaukee managed to punk the Celtics on their home opener, getting up big early and never relenting. Not suspenseful, but certainly interesting.
Best Moment: Brandon Jennings had a nice hook-up with Larry Sanders in the first half. That’s what my notes tell me, anyway, I don’t remember much in the way of specifics from this one.
31. Orlando Magic 115, Phoenix Suns 94 (Sunday)
The undefeated Orlando Magic! It’s a mystery how they’re doing it — they started E’Twaun Moore and someone named DeQuan Jones in this one, ferchrissake — but sure enough, the post-Dwight Magic are now 2-0, with a +34 scoring differential. “Right now Orlando just looks unstoppable!” remarked the Suns announcer at one point, before realizing the enormity of what he had just said. Whatta week.
Best Moment: I dunno, Marcin Gortat had a dunk.
30. Dallas Mavericks 99, Los Angeles Lakers 91 (Tuesday)
So … this Lakers team was supposed to be good, right?
Best Moment: Jae Crowder beginning his NBA career, and cementing his status as a League Pass favorite, with some back-to-back threes in the second.
29. Charlotte Bobcats 90, Indiana Pacers 89 (Wednesday)
Not a spectacularly compelling affair, but never less then entertaining. Plus, it was nice to see the Bobcats get their first win since drafting D.J. Augustin in 2008.
Best Moment: Watching the Bobcats hold on at the end as it became clear they were done scoring in the game’s final moments, just barely eking out the one-point victory. (With Augustin missing the final potential game-winner for the Pacers, no less.)
28. Toronto Raptors 105, Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (Friday)
Can we talk about how in I am on this Toronto Raptors team? Only 1-2, but I just love watching them now with Kyle Lowry at the helm, looking like one of the biggest acquisitions of the offseason, though I doubt Houston is missing him terribly at the moment). And three games into his much-maligned contract extension, DeMar DeRozan looks like he’s on his way to a career year. Former is more likely to maintain over the course of the season than the latter, but both are super fun to watch at the moment, even against a heavily undermanned Timberwolves team.
Best Moment: Amir Johnson had a sprawling dunk in the second that seemed quite authoritative.
27. Los Angeles Clippers 105, Los Angeles Lakers 95 (Friday)
What should have been a fantastically dramatic kickoff of one of the season’s best rivalries instead ended as confirmation that something was really, really wrong with this Lakers team. Kobe’s 40 was fun to watch as always, but the bad juju surrounding this team threatens to overwhelm every game the Lakers play this year and make them borderline unwatchable in the process. Did I really rank this L.A. team at the top of my League Pass rankings? Whoops.
Best Moment: DeAndre Jordan skying for a putback dunk. Dwight Howard was supposed to do stuff like that, you know.
26. Los Angeles Lakers 108, Detroit Pistons 79 (Sunday)
Nobody goes 0-82, I guess.
Best Moment: Kobe behind-the-back to Pau, alley-oop to Dwight. See guys, was that so hard?
25. Boston Celtics 89, Washington Wizards 86 (Saturday)
If the Celtics had lost this one, maybe you just call it a wrap on their season right then and there. Almost happened, as Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphim (seriously, Boston?) pushed this one right to the brink of shocker status, but Paul Pierce hit just enough shots to keep Boston in the red (or the black, whichever the good one is), and they escaped our nation’s capital with their first win of the year. Too perplexing to be hugely entertaining, but worth a watch.
Best Moment: Rajon Rondo flicked a shot in with the clock expiring in the fourth quarter that should never have gone, but ended up essentially being the difference in the game.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder 106, Portland Trailblazers 92 (Friday)
A closer game than the final score would indicate and one that suggests that the Lillard and Aldridge Blazers might actually be able to hang with the best in the West this year. Still, when Westbrook and Durant combine for 55, 22 and 13, there’s only so much you can do, and it was fun to see the Thunder get deep into their groove for the first time this year.
Best Moment: Durant had a hilarious ankle-breaker against Sasha Pavlovic that led to a Nick Collison dunk, though the degree of difficulty on breaking Pavlovic’s ankles is arguably minimal.
23. Utah Jazz 113, Dallas Mavericks 94 (Wednesday)
A strong first half from the Mavs made it look like they might start 2-0 without Dirk, but the Jazz achieved liftoff in the third, outscoring the Mavs 37-13, and ended the game in blowout territory. A very entertaining contest for three quarters, anyway.
Best Moment: Mo to Marvin Williams for a full-court fast break layup. Both new M. Williamses ended with 21 points in their Jazz debut, which feels right.
22. Dallas Mavericks 126, Charlotte Bobcats 99 (Saturday)
About as exciting as you could expect a 27-point blowout against the reigning worst team in NBA history to be. For real though, this Mavs team is surprisingly fun to watch even without Dirk. They’re fast, they can pass, they can shoot, and they have Chris Kaman, who is on pace to break the record for Ugliest NBA Season in Recorded History. (For whatever reason, the Mavs unis do him absolutely no favors.) And no regrets with putting the Bobcats in my League Pass top ten. I love just about everyone on that team and still very much look forward to watching at least 16-20 of their 65 losses this year.
Best Moment: Ton of good ones in this one — Vince Carter’s turn-back-the-clock dunk, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s turn-the-clock-back-to-present-day dunk over VC, Darren Collison’s near-half court buzzer-beater — but my personal favorite was new ‘Cat Brendan Haywood staring passively at a loose ball as he let it dribble off his fingers and out of bounds. I’m sure Mavs fans were heartened to see him doing that for a new team.
21. Portland Trailblazers 116, Los Angeles Lakers 106 (Wednesday)
A huge bummer from the Lakers’ perspective, especially with Steve Nash going down early, though I imagine Blazers fans were elated with their team’s dominant offensive performance, with the team’s starting lineup combining for 103 points on their own. Who would’ve guessed through one week that the NBA’s ultimate numbers-inflation opponent would be the Los Angeles Lakers?
Best Moment: My notes say that Damien Lillard had a sprawling layup at some point. I’m sure he had several, but this one was likely particularly impressive.
20. Chicago Bulls 115, Cleveland Cavaliers 86 (Friday)
I probably had more fun watching this game than I should, but I just loved watching the Bulls team, written off by so many without MVP Derrick Rose, dominate by sheer force of will, swallowing up the flailing Cavs with their suffocating defense and picking them apart on the other end with sharp passing and precise execution. Even if Rose never plays a second, I firmly believe this Chicago team will win 50 games, just by outclassing less smart teams.
Best Moment: Kyrie Irving was one of the only Cavs to play decently against Chicago, but even he got smothered by Kirk Hinrich in one particularly breathtaking defensive stand in the first quarter.
19. Indiana Pacers 90, Toronto Raptors 88 (Wednesday)
The Raptors impressed in their debut, but couldn’t quite pick up the home opener for their fans, as the Granger-less Pacers just barely squeaked by with a game-winning George Hill floater in final seconds. By the way, Paul George and Roy Hibbert look to be two of the ultimate dominant-for-one-half, absent-for-the-next players this season. I can’t imagine how frustrated Indiana fans must get watching those guys oscillate between All-Star and non-existent play, seemingly every game.
Best Moment: David West taking over in the fourth quarter. In stark contrast to George and Hibbert, there might not be a more consistent and reliable dude in the league than the 17-Foot Assassin.
18. Golden State Warriors 114, Los Angeles Clippers 110 (Saturday)
There were about 20 different points at which it seemed like the Clippers were gonna take control in this one, but it never quite happened — hey, the Warriors weren’t the ones who invented Lawler’s Law — and despite Chris Paul making his first 19 free throws (!!!), missing the 20th made the difference in the game. With just about every player on the Warriors playing a key part in the win, this was the best argument the team’s made thus far to being legit, in both the League Pass and real-life senses.
Best Moment: Clips color man Mike Smith dubbing super-sub Jamal Crawford (27 points) the “Crock Pot.” Works for me.
17. New Orleans Hornets 89, Chicago Bulls 82 (Saturday)
The Bulls again played brilliantly, but must have set a league-wide record for both missed open jumpers and blown fast breaks in this one. The fact that they shot 33 percent and very nearly still won the game is impressive, but not nearly as impressive as the Hornets winning this one without either Anthony Davis or Eric Gordon, and looking like nearly as solid a team as their opponents. Greivis Vasquez, Al-Farouq Aminu and Robin Lopez — who knew?
Best Moment: Marco Belinelli scoring a combined eight points in three consecutive plays — an and-one, a three and a dunk — leading Stacey King to speak in tongues. (“GIMME THE HOT SAUCE, BELINELLI!!!”)
16. Orlando Magic 102, Denver Nuggets 89 (Friday)
Even after their letdown debut in Philly, doubt too many saw the Nugs dropping this one to the Magic in their post-Dwight debut. Actually, this game was a classic case of Popovichian Identity Theft, as the Magic totally took a page from the first few games played by the post-Carmelo “No Sticky Hands” Nuggets, amping the pace up to 11, scoring in bunches on the fast break and at the three-point line, and blowing teams out with freedom. Don’t remember any equivalent to Glen “Big Baby Davis” scoring 29 for the Nugs in those games, but I’m sure there was one in there somewhere.
Best Moment: Jameer Nelson to Josh McRoberts for the alley-oop. Hey, remember Josh McRoberts?
15. Memphis Grizzlies 104, Golden State Warriors 94 (Friday)
A war of pacing, with the Grizzlies ultimately winning out with their halfcourt crawl. Great to see Zach Randolph healthy and active again — 15 boards in each of his first two games — and to see Stephen Curry returning to form after a miserable season opener, shooting 6-10 from deep. Shame about Brandon Rush, though.
Best Moment: Rudy Gay slamming a backwards dunk on a baseline drive in the first. LeBron’s the only other guy who could make it look so effortless.
14. Portland Trailblazers 95, Houston Rockets 85 (OT) (Saturday)
The game where James Harden, the season’s most sensational early performer, finally ran out of gas, scoring 24 points but needing 24 shots to do it, and looking totally spent in the game’s final quarter and overtime. Still, there might not be too many moments this season more exciting than when the team cleared out for Harden at the top of the key with the score tied at the end of the fourth, the crowd going absolutely bananas with expectation for what might happen next. A star was born in that moment, even if the star got stuffed and never even managed to get off a shot.
Best Moment: Chandler Parson’s one-handed dunk over J.J. Hickson. I haven’t decided how I feel about “CHANDLER BANG!!” just yet, though.
13. San Antonio Spurs 110, Utah Jazz 100 (Saturday)
Looked like the Spurs were gonna keep their playoff dominance over the Jazz running into the regular season, but the Jazz actually made a game of this one, largely thanks to a third1 quarter scoring outburst from Mo Williams, who certainly can get hot in a hurry. San Antonio eventually put this one away, and can I just say it’s been more fun to watch the suddenly lithe Tim Duncan through three games this year than it has been in at least a half-decade. Can you take PEDs for litheness?
Best Moment: Gordon Hayward had this bizarre reverse-direction layup in the second half where he just kinda stopped in the lane and the Spurs were so perplexed by it that they left him totally open to shoot. Let me know if you can find a clip of it, it was strangety strange.
12. Atlanta Hawks 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 95 (Sunday)
One of the more shocking results of Week One was the Hawks turning around from dropping their home opener against Houston and taking out OKC on the road. Impressive win for the ATL, but I was more taken with a couple of the individual Thunder performances, including Durant flirting with a triple-double (22-12-8 and he’ll get there soon enough, and maybe a quadruple-double if you count turnovers) and Kevin Martin shooting the lights out (28 points on 8-11 shooting), looking very much like the efficient deep threat the Thunder hoped they were acquiring with him. Still seems like there’s something missing with this Thunder team, but if they can figure it out in time, they could still be a contender post-Harden.
Best Moment: Good a game as Durant had, he still ended up on a poster (the outskirts at least), thanks to Jeff Teague.
11. New Orleans Hornets 88, Utah Jazz 86 (Friday)
Even with Anthony Davis going down in the middle of this one, the Hornets managed to eke out an impressive win against the Jazz, largely thanks to the previously mentioned trio of Lopez, Davis and Vasquez. General Greivis also had the biggest shot of his post-Grizzlies career in this one, hitting a running banker to put the Hornets up two in the fourth. Why the Grizz pulled the plug on this guy in the name of Quincy Pondexter remains one of the NBA’s biggest mysteries of recent years.
Best Moment: The Hornets announcing team comparing the Jazz frontcourt players’ dominance on the boards to “the Cookie Monster eating cookies.” Those guys are just the worst.
10. Brooklyn Nets 107, Toronto Raptors 100 (Saturday)
At long last — and two days later than scheduled — the once-rhetorical question of “WHERE BROOKLYN AT?? WHERE BROOKLYN AT??” is answered. Pretty fun game for the Barclays Center opener. And though I still hate this Nets team in general, they certainly came correct in the second half of this one, with just about everyone not named Kris Humphries coming up big in the win. Eh, Brooklyn deserves to get their opener, we’ll see how they do from there.
Best Moment: Kyle Lowry hit three deep, deep threes in the first half, each of which made me exclaim “Oh my gawd!” Did I mention how in I am on this Raptors team?
9. Houston Rockets 105, Detroit Pistons 96 (Wednesday)
The Rockets debut of James Harden, which you’ve probably heard something about by now. He scored 34, handed out 12 assists, grabbed seven boards and cured two infants sitting in the first row of a nasty case of the croup. Watching it, it didn’t even seem all that surprising. James Harden was just doing James Harden things, only more of them, and with a point guard in Jeremy Lin that was making it easier for him do them. If you’d told anyone that this wouldn’t even be The Beard’s best game this week…
Best Moment: Your call.
8. New York Knicks 104, Miami Heat 84 (Friday)
In terms of how much fun this was for me personally to watch, it’d probably have to be No. 1 on the list, but attempting to be at least slightly objective, you’d have to say that this game was hardly among the most suspenseful of Week One’s games. Holy shit though, what a performance by the Knicks. 30 and 10 from Melo, but that’s totally overshadowed by the 19 bombs the team connected on from deep, and none of them even seemed like they were particularly lucky to go down. I thought preseason that this Knicks team was gonna be good, now I wonder if they can’t push for a three or two seed (long as that Amar’e doesn’t muck up the works by getting healthy too quickly).
Best Moment: The Garden fans chanting for “RA-SHEED WAL-LACE!” in unexpected garbage time and, of course, getting their wish. He looks good through two games! PER of 52.7!
7. Milwaukee Bucks 105, Cleveland Cavaliers 102 (Saturday)
A surprisingly competitive one here. If the Cavs had even a single acceptable rotation player coming off their bench, they might’ve had this one, with Varejao and Kyrie continuing their early season All-Star form and Dion Waiters and Alonzo Gee giving them surprisingly able support. But alas, it was only enough for the Cavs to tie, and then Brandon Jennings had to go and hit a buzzer-beating three from straight on for the second walk-off win of the early NBA season. Good game, in any event.
Best Moment: Aside from the Jennings game-winner, Tobias Harris had a pretty good dunk over Vaerjao. Is there anybody in the league more fun to see posterized than Anderson Varejao? Not to hate on Andy, but it’s true, Just ask Dwyane Wade.
6. San Antonio Spurs 99, New Orleans Hornets 95 (Wednesday)
If both teams continue on their current trajectories, you could definitely see this one becoming a rivalry over the next few years. The Hornets might not really be as good as they’ve looked over their first three, but they might just be one of those teams that keeps every game competitive, and they certainly did that against these Spurs, with Anthony Davis playing up to every bit of the hype in his NBA debut. Can’t wait to see he and Duncan go at it over the next few seasons — hopefully once or twice in the playoffs, even.
5. Houston Rockets 109, Atlanta Hawks 102 (Friday)
And the Hawks played well in this one! No matter, though, as they were totally overwhelmed by a still-pissed-off James Harden, exploding for 45 points (on 14-19 shooting!!). Stunning as Harden was in this one, the contributions of the guy who was supposed to be H-Town’s overhyped offseason acquisition shouldn’t be overlooked, as Jeremy Lin chipped in 21 points, 10 boards and seven dimes, and in three games has already put to bed pretty much any suspicion that Linsanity was a total one-season fluke.
Best Moment: It didn’t count, but if it did, this Jeff Teague dunk would’ve been an early contender for Slam of the Year.
4. Miami Heat 120, Boston Celtics 107 (Tuesday)
Game wasn’t all that close for most of the second half, but geez, the drama in this one. Just hope that the Celtics stay good enough this year to make this a basketball rivalry as well as a personal one. Through one week, the C’s seem pretty outclassed by the Heat, but then again Boston always seems to take it slow to start the year these days. Anyway, as the guys said on Friday’s Overdose podcast, one of these games a week, please.
Best Moment: LeBron had a LeBron dunk. Obviously.
3. Los Angeles Clippers 101, Memphis Grizzlies 92 (Wednesday)
Again, closer than the final score would indicate, and if Zach Randolph was just a little less rusty with his shot, Memphis probably would have won. I had debated whether or not to include Clippers-Grizzlies on my preseason list of the league’s best rivalries, and clearly I erred in not doing so. This game was so heated, so back-and-forth, so personal seeming that it almost felt like a smaller scale, Western Conference version of Heat-Celtics. Not nearly as much history there, but hopefully the two teams will stay competitive for long enough that it can get there eventually, because goddamn is this good basketball.
Best Moment: DeAndre Jordan throwing down a Chris Paul alley-oop to seal the deal in the fourth.
2. San Antonio Spurs 86, Oklahoma City Thunder 84 (Thursday)
TNT’s sole Thursday Night contest this week was a worthy Only Game in Town, a Western Conference finals rematch that was every bit as skillful, hard fought and down-to-the-wire as you’d hope it would be. The Spurs were able to take this one at home thanks to a couple key buckets late from Tony Parker. And really, if there’s more than one or two players in the league more terrifying with the ball in their hands in a big spot than Tony Parker, I certainly hope my team doesn’t face those other guys any time soon. But more importantly, the burgeoning rivalry was legitimized, and the gap between the two Western Conference powers was proven to be almost microscopically small. Circle their next matchup on your calendars. Wherever and whenever it is, it’s gonna be a good one.
Best Moment: Too many to choose from between Hasheem Thabeet’s through-the-legs pass, Eric Maynor’s three-quarters-court buzzer-beater, Tim Duncan dunking on Serge Ibaka and Parker’s final game-winner, so we’ll go off the board and give it to Gregg Popovich’s classic interview freakout at David Aldridge (“Happy? I don’t know how to judge happy!”)
1. Miami Heat 119, Denver Nuggets 116 (Saturday)
If there’s a better game played this year, boy do I hope I catch it on my DV-R. The funny thing is that looking at this week’s spate of games, you’d think it’d be a no-brainer that Heat-Nuggets would be one of the week’s best. But after two duds in Philly and Orlando, the Nugs certainly didn’t seem like they’d be up for the challenge in Miami. Something about the South Beach air made them rise to the occasion for this one, however, and the Nugs played a virtually perfect game. Kenneth Faried, Andre Iguodala, Ty Lawson, JaVale McGee and Andre Miller might never again all play so well at the same time. But the Heat were on too, and you need a totally perfect game to beat Miami when LeBron is racking up a near-triple-double and Chris Bosh is going off for 40, so Danilo Gallinari’s 3-17 shooting night ultimately proved to be Denver’s undoing. Oh yeah, and Ray Allen had a four-point play with seconds to go to put Miami up three. Hell of a game, Jack.
Best Moment: I really should go with the Allen four-pointer, but as a Philly fan, two moments with ex-Sixers made my heart go pitter-patter. Andre Miller closing the third with an impossibly patient three-point play, and Iguodala sticking a jumper on Denver’s potentially final possession to put the Nugs up two, as the Heat announcers babbled about how many big shots Andre had hit for the Sixers.. The Miller possession was heartwarming in its familiarity, the Iguodala sequence just made me laugh. Love you always, ‘Dre.