Ballin: Believe me, I want to give mad props to DeMar DeRozan for matching his career-high in points and setting his career-high in minutes (60!), even though it was a three overtime game. I really do. Mad props. But LeBron James went for 38-10-6. That’s a great line in and of itself, but even more impressive is that 32 of those points came in the second half, tying the Heat franchise record for points in a half. Wowsers.
Not so much: In the first 5:51 of the fourth quarter, the Detroit Pistons turned an 11-point lead in to a 4-point deficit, scoring a grand total of two points in that stretch. Pretty Pistons of them.
Spinning wheel: Jason Richardson has still got it, you guys.
Sure, it wasn’t a very fast spin or a very high jump, but this is still super impressive for a 64-year-old man. If you really want to have fun though, check out Richardson’s dunk contest performances. An underrated champion and honestly one of the best dunkers of our generation.
Gargoyles: Probably my least favorite part of last night’s Bulls loss was when they missed five free throws in the last 2:47 of the game before losing by six points. I know the math doesn’t match up perfectly — five does not equal six, FYI — but I have to imagine being within a point changes the end game a little bit. Miss you, Derrick Rose.
Errybody in da club get tipsy: Where the waitress at with Andre Drummond’s drinks?
Do you think Andre Drummond looks at Hasheem Thabeet and thinks “I don’t want to be that?” Yeah, I do too.
Doopypants: The Mavericks’ least favorite part of last night’s loss to the undermanned Timberwolves was probably when Darren Collison missed a dunk that probably should have been a floater, then followed that up by boatsing a wide-open layup, which was then followed by O.J. Mayo getting ripped from behind on a fastbreak because no one screamed “(TIMBER)WOLF!” or “BEHIND YOU!” or “WATCH OUT, MAN!” Three stops, three possessions, no points.
Perfect play: Deep in his heart, this might be the ideal scenario for Russell Westbrook — a pass to himself that leads to a score.
In the NFL, this would be a completed pass and it probably would have been Steve Young who did it.
Remix: Seven Suns players scored 12 or more points in a 110-100 win over the Nuggets. Josh Smith led the Hawks in scoring with 19 points on 22 shots in a 95-87 win over the Trail Blazers. It’s like 2005-2009 all over again.
Other things: Dirk Nowitzki’s latest stint on the mic was pretty underwhelming … Jonas Valanciunas got dunked on again — this time by Marvin Williams — which seems like it’s going to happen a lot this season … Chandler Parsons had a career-high 25 points and these were probably the best two … O.J. Mayo wore his Veterans Day headband yarmulke style for the first quarter last night, before ditching it completely. He was 2-6 with it on and 5-12 without it … I am still unable to determine if this is actually true, but there is a good chance that Mike D’Antoni’s brother’s name is “Dan Tony D’Antoni” … The Dallas Mavericks cheerleaders were in tiny camo outfits last night because of the troops, duh