Ballin: Zach Randolph went for 38 and 22, grabbed a steal and blocked three shots in the Grizzlies’ overtime win over the Suns. And speaking of overtime, that’s when Zach went 3-3 for six of his points, while grabbing five boards and blocking two shots. That is two very impressive stat lines.
Not so much: In the last five minutes of their loss to the Wizards (!), the Miami Heat went 1-7 from three. Included in those six misses were two huge bricks from LeBron James. Remember when those sort of things mattered in his general narrative?
Dunk shots: Serge Ibaka is pretty good at dunking, my friends.
Not to discredit these fine slams, but the dunks in question were over Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse, who are playing very well but remain Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse. Still pretty vicious though.
Bizarre ride: Not only did the NBA-worst Wizards beat the defending champion Miami Heat. Not only did they beat the Heat while LeBron James had a triple-double. And not only did the Wiz win, in the words of Martell Webster, “on the road at home.” They also are currently riding a three-game winning streak against the Heat. Sure, the Big Three sat during the previous two wins, but still.
Name shares: Paul George Hill is the Pacers’ best offensive player.
George (the Paul version) went for 34 and 9, with three steals and two blocks. 11 of those 34 came in the fourth because he is a meanie.
Half a bar: Of the six games played last night, Timberwolves-76ers was the only one that wasn’t either decided by six or fewer points or an overtime game. Considering the AP recap leads with a story about Kevin Love on the kiss cam, not watching this game seems to have been a good choice.
Squashed: It’s good to know that if LeBron James crushes your child, at least he will check to see that he or she is still living.
Is it cool to tell your third grade friends that LeBron James landed on you and nearly killed you? If it is, consider this kid Miles Davis.
Blownsies: The Thunder blew a 16-point lead, but eventually held off the Nets. The Lakers, one-uppers that they are, blew a 17-point lead in their loss to the Rockets because they couldn’t figure out how to stop Toney Douglas or Greg Smith. Congratulations to them on “pooping their big boy pants.”
Other things: Outside of Hack-a-Dwight free throws and a last-second nothing by Metta World Peace, no other Laker besides Kobe Bryant took a shot in the game’s final 6:35. Kobe took seven … If your boyfriend dumps you, just ask Kevin Love to help you get revenge … Even the Wizards can’t believe they beat the Heat … Russell Westbrook debuted the Air Jordan XX8 last night and they looked awesome. Here’s some more info and more colorways on the new shoe … The New Orleans Hornets are becoming the New Orleans Pelicans, which means the Charlotte Bobcats will re-become the Charlotte Hornets. All of this should happen for next season, barring any Michael Jordan pants-related incidents … Kevin Durant had an awesome missed dunk last night