Ballin: Tim Duncan had a ho-hum line last night — 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and two steals, becoming just the sixth player ever to throw up a liggity line like that. Also, due to his advanced age and continuing skills, we are contractually obligated to refer to him as “spry.” That Tim Duncan. So spry.
Not so much: In the last 31 seconds of last night’s Jazz-Nets game the Jazz turned the ball over twice and the Nets missed two fairly open shots for the win. The Nets are now 5-6 at home.
Strong finish: Gerald Henderson cannot make a wide-open layup but he can make a contested dunk.
Seems like the opposite should be true, but whatever. I like dunks.
Sixle-fivele: Jordan Crawford triple-doubled last night, going for 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Joakim Noah also triple-doubled last night, putting up 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. It’s the first time two players have notched a triple-double on the same night since some time in the past, I am guessing.
Oopsies: Lou Amundson didn’t play in five straight Timberwolves games, finally got in to the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Heat, and then did this.
Six points in the fourth quarter is the way to get back in the rotation. Airballing a free throw is not.
All-Star push: Brandon Jennings scored 34 points on 22 shots, made two threes, grabbed five boards, assisted six assists and turned the ball over just thrice in 44 minutes. 13 of those points came in the fourth, including a big layup to go up five with a minute remaining. O.J. Mayo, meanwhile, had nine points and three assists in the final 6:17 to lead the Mavs to a win over the 76ers. He scored 26 on the night, needing only 12 attempts from the field to do so. Cool for these guys. Way to go, guys.
No: Anthony Davis adamantly disagrees with this shot attempt.
Great block aside, the Hornets have lost nine straight games and are in last place in the Western Conference. Low-key failure is one of the best kinds.
Keep doin’ it: Speaking of low-key failure, the Toronto Raptors won their third straight game last night. A 3-game or more winning streak is something the Raps have done once in each of the past two seasons, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Other things: Here is Eddy Curry making a clutch three in China … And here’s Tim Duncan getting away with a big, ol’ traveling violation … This will change the way you feel about this year’s Golden State Warriors … MarShon Brooks just keeps getting chasedown blocked … Stephen A. Smith practicing jumpers … What is the obsession with LeBron’s sweaty headband?