Shoutout: 40 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and a win for Kevin Durant, who really could have finished with the #veryrare 40-10-10 triple-double if he really wanted to. Some people just hate round numbers though.
Not so much: During the third quarter of their loss to the Clippers, the 76ers were trailing by a mere 56 points. They finished the game scoring just 78, meaning they trailed by more than two-thirds of the points they scored for an entire game despite playing just half-ish of the game. I don’t know how that works out mathematically, only that they lost by 35.
What?: The Magic beat the Pacers yesterday, and they used one of the worst out of bounds plays in history to finish it off.
Maybe not the wisest of plays, but it’s certainly effective. Perhaps it was such a botched play that it confused the Pacers so much they couldn’t score or something, but it totally worked. Can’t wait to see Jacque Vaughn come back to this later in the season.
Neato: The Bulls beat the Lakers, largely thanks to a super smart steal by D.J. Augustin inside of a minute left. It’s like everyone around the NBA always says, “Gotta be careful around that D.J. Augustin, he’s our generation’s Gary Payton.”
Crush mode: I know the Kings lost to the Wizards — who are back to .500, by the way — but this is still a pretty chill thing that happened for Sacramentos, the fresh maker.
‘Twas such a fantastic dunk that I kind of think Marcin Gortat should have to shave his beard and donate it to Quincy Acy’s beard. I also think this would be a good form of tribute for anyone that gets dunked on, though I will admit that there may be logistical issues with getting one beard to attach to another.
Whoops: The Grizzlies (who have been one of the best teams in the league for the past few weeks) lost to the Cavaliers (whose failures are one of the biggest stories in the league right now), which is only mitigated by the fact that Mike Conley is still out. But still, it’s the Cavs, who have somehow won two straight games.
Sprangs: You like dunks? So do various Plumlees, this time Mason, whose dunkertons helped lead the Nets to a win over the Pelicans.
I think it’s safe to say that we’re approaching peak Plumlee in the league right now. I know there’s another one chilling at Duke right now, but both of the older Plumlees are in the Rising Stars Challenge, and both are regularly dunking a lot. Maybe things will change when Plums III comes to the league, but I’d say there’s a very good chance we look back on this time and realize that things have never been more Plumlish than they are right now.
Check: The Mavericks beat the Celtics. Tell your friends.
Tidbits: If you’re interested in slow motion versions of Plumlee dunks, then this will suit your tastes … Chris Paul came back last night, so Blake Griffin had some huge alley-oops last night and also smiled a lot … 94 percent of the reason Kendrick Perkins plays so much is because of screens like the one he set on Carmelo Anthony yesterday … More from the Anthony Davis is Awesome archives … I guess this guy is not a Bulls fan … Shoutout to Andre Drummond for keeping it straight-up weird in his videobomb