Ballin: Just read all this stuff about LeBron James’s 31-8-8 line that was enhanced by a crazy 13-14 shooting performance, which doubles as the best single game shooting percentage of his career. Amazing.
Not so much: On a night that saw five of its eight games up for grabs during the fourth quarter, a Magic team missing Glen Davis, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo scored a total of 61 points. So basically, an NBA team missing most of its starting five isn’t very good.
Savor it: This is literally Shane Battier’s first dunk in four years.
Just as good, Battier followed his dunk up with a really great tweet because it’s 2013 and that’s what you do. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose.
Through the quad: Missing both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers dropped their third straight game and seventh of their last nine. Meanwhile, their loss was the Wizards’ first win after a four-game losing streak. Kind of like an airbrushed yin-yang t-shirt of a result.
What: Here is J.R. Smith airballing a free throw during an NBA basketball game.
That’s very funny, but not quite as funny as Mike Woodson’s reaction to J.R.’s airball.
Rewind: Down four with about 1:20 remaining, a ball went out of bounds under the Bulls basket that looked like it went off Roy Hibbert’s leg. Instead, the ball went to the Pacers, the play wasn’t reviewed and Paul George hit a wide-open three on the ensuing possession. Game.
Speed burst: Just because it’s funny to see a big guy run down a point guard, here’s Greg Stiemsma with a chasedown block on Damian Lillard.
The Blazers won, but Greg Stiezy will always be able to tell his kids he was faster than at least one guard.
Huh?: This was seriously the last play of regulation for the Utah Jazz — a high pick and pop that ended with Randy Foye kicking out to Al Jefferson for a three. He missed by about six feet, if you can believe it.
Other things: The Thunder won by a lot of points and had at least one cool highlight … Here’s what DeMarcus Cousins got ejected for at halftime — calling a ref a female … Awesome throwback jerseys for the Kings last night … Chris “The Bird’s Man” Andersen is quite agile … Tyson Chandler became the first Knick since Willis Reed to grab 20 rebounds in three straight games … Carmelo Anthony kind of leaked that James White is going to be in the dunk contest … Nick Young threw down a 360 in a game last night