Ballin: I don’t know which is sillier — that Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points in the last 6ish minutes of the Lakers’ win against the Hornets or that the Lakers needed Kobe Bryant to score 13 points in six minutes to beat the Hornets. Either way, two points a minute is a killer pace. Respect.
Not so much: I wish there were a way to calculate how many games the Bulls have lost because they don’t have Derrick Rose around to score in the fourth quarter. It has to be like a million or so.
Get out of here: This occurred in an actual professional athletic competition.
Perhaps even more amazing, this is only the second-fanciest alley-oop in Clippers history. Absolutely stellar.
As the prophecy foretold: Not only did the Lakers throw down a 33-9 quarter to score a much-needed win, both the Jazz and Rockets lost games to sub-.500 opponents by a combined seven points. L.A. is now a game-and-a-half out of the eighth seed.
Duh: Damien Wilkins led the 76ers in scoring, so the 76ers lost. Atlanta’s win keeps them a half-game ahead of the Bulls for the fifth playoff seed and a half-game behind the Nets for fourth.
Chicken dinner, part 1: One-on-one basketball doesn’t win games any more. It’s all about teamwork.
Props to Jeff Green for snaring a pass Kevin Garnett was obviously excited to throw. Nice catch.
Neat: The ninth place Toronto Raptors beat the 13th place Phoenix Suns by 27 points. The game’s leading scorer had 15 points and none of the Suns’ starters scored in double-digits.
Homies: Memphis and Golden State both won home games against non-playoff teams, so that is good for them. Taking care of business is important. (Warriors’ win came on a Klay Thompson three, which is technically a game-winner but not a last second kind of dealio.)
Chicken dinner, part 2: Team basketball is dead. Hero ball is where it’s at.
LeBron’s pretty strong, you guys.
New York update: Both New York team, the Knicks and Nets, beat non-playoff teams by double-digits. This has been your New York update.
Other things: JaVale McGee knows as much about the atmosphere as you would expect … Clutch block from Dwight Howard last night … Good thing Luc Richard Mbah a Moute didn’t steal Blake Griffin’s crossover or we wouldn’t have seen another Blake Griffin dunk … Nate Robinson played the first six minutes of last night’s game in the Nike Air Yeezy 2 before realizing those shoes weren’t really meant for NBA basketball