Ballin: Try this on for size — Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris combined for 60 points and 39 rebounds, marking the first time two teammates have both scored at least 30 points and grabbed at least 19 rebounds in the same NBA game. Plus, Toby Harry hit a game-tying three to push the game to overtime, where the Magic won their first OT game of the season. So basically, Rob Hennigan is the best trader ever. Don’t let him near your favorite baseball cards.
Not so much: Last night’s loss to the Suns, coupled with the Lakers’ victory over the Trail Blazers, means the Dallas Mavericks are going to miss the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons. Another Lock It In success, no diggity no doubt, but that’s still kinda sad. Oh, and the Mavs need to go 3-1 to end the season, otherwise they’re going to be bearded for the entire summer.
Come on: Kobe Bryant played another full game of basketball — 48 minutes exactly, in fact, the first time all season he hasn’t seen a second of rest — and therefore Kobe Bryant did more insane stuff. 47 points on 14-27 shooting, plus a quite respectable 18-18 from the line. Don’t believe me just watch.
Oh, and if the scoring wasn’t enough, he also added eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and four blocks, one of which was so destructive you could hear him cussing out his opponent while blocking the shot. The win marks the first time this season the Lakers have swept a back-to-back.
Neato: Last night’s win against the Hornets pulled the Kings’ home record to an even 20-20, which means that a game on the final night of the season against the Clippers could give the Kings a winning record on their home court during what may be their last season in Sacramento. I think they call that destiny.
Lance: The Nets may have won the war, pretty easily besting the Celtics in Boston, but Brandon Bass took at least one battle and crushed it on Brook Lopez’s head.
Brook had his revenge, of course, going for 21 points and a whopping four rebounds. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson also had their revenge, scoring 29 and 20 respectively, because they don’t like it when their centre gets super dunked on.
#Respect: The Nuggets beat the Spurs last night, which was their fifth straight win. Andre Iguodala had his ninth career triple-double and Kenneth Faried played in bright green shoes.
Silver linings: This is another case of a losing team having a spectacular highlight. This time it’s John Wall being fancy.
Cool play, but the Washington Future Playoff Teams ended up losing at home to the Heat, who were playing without their Big Three on the second game of a back-to-back. It’s almost like one of these teams is better than the other.
Remnants: The Hawks beat Philly by 23, the Pistons beat the Cavs by seven, and the Clippers beat the Timberwolves by 16. I am sure notable things happened in each of these games, but I can’t imagine people really care too much at this point.
Other things: Anthony Davis hurt his knee last night, but it looks like it’s not serious … Here’s JaVale McGee not botching a wide-open breakaway dunk. He’s grown so much … Kobe also blocked a dunk attempt by a fellow who’s 12 years younger than him … Jordan Crawford had a tip dunk over Reggie Evans where he literally placed his hand on top of Reggie’s head to help him elevate … Last night’s win clinched the No. 1 overall seed for the Heat, so they’ll have homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs