Ballin: Jose Calderon notched his second triple-double of the season yesterday, tallying 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in the Raptors’ win against the Houston Rockets. He is now the league leader in triple-doubles and has more than Josh Smith, Andrei Kirilenko and Andre Miller combined.
Not so much: The Sacramento Kings lost to the Denver Nuggets by 25 points at home. They shot 34 percent from the field. I don’t know what else to tell you. They’re the Kings.
It’s five: Nicolas Batum pulled off the elusive 5×5 last night, going for 11 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, five steals and five blocks. Here is proof.
That’s the league’s first 5×5 since 2006 and judging by Twitter you would think it’s the most exciting thing to have ever happened in the NBA. Admittedly, it’s pretty cool but 11 points on 11 shots isn’t really the jam. Great line, solid game.
Trending up: Do not look now, but the Los Angeles Lakers have their first winning streak of the Mike D’Antoni era. They’ve won two straight, with wins coming against the Wizards and 76ers, so you have to wonder if this even counts.
New/old: Here is the Lakers’ old center owning the Lakers’ new center.
Meanwhile, the in-betweensies Lakers center was brushing his hair on the sidelines. It’s like a full circle thing.
Fart town: Yesterday’s loss to the Nuggets was the Kings’ fourth straight by double-digits. Of their 23 games this season, nine of them have been losses by 10 or more, which is probably why they’re dead last in the Western Conference in point differential.
Reversies: DeMar DeRozan doesn’t need to look.
This would have gotten him a six in the dunk contest.
Other things: 30 points yesterday for Nick Young, including six made threes … The Kings’ starting backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Aaron Brooks combined to go 3-14 with three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers. Again, they’re the Kings … Joel Przybilla got a one-game suspension for this weak ball toss at a referee … Dominic McGuire is going to be a Hornet, which I’m sure is very interesting … Check out the Heat’s moment of silence in honor of last week’s Connecticut school tragedy