Shoutout: Which is more shocking to you — that Ricky Rubio had a triple-double or that Ricky Rubio scored 22 in a game? Well, both things are true, so pick your jaw up off the floor. The Timberwolves won a one-point overtime game against the Mavericks too, just in case your “I know what’s going on” meter was still properly functioning.
Not so much: 17 points on 4-17 shooting for Paul George, who didn’t make things much better by adding four turnovers to his terrible shooting night, three assists and eight rebounds in the Pacers’ loss to the Knicks. And even though 4-17 is really bad, it somehow felt even worse while watching. He looked really bad.
Nice pop: Phil Jackson in da house!
The Knicks are now undefeated in the Phil Jackson Era, and they even went on a huge run while Lisa Salters was chatting up the newest New York savior. Obviously, this is going to work perfectly from here on out.
Thumbs up: The Spurs beat the Lakers, but the Lakers actually kept it pretty close, so that’s good. Plus, Jalen Rose had a successful interview with Gregg Popovich, which is also good. So just a good night in general, if you ask me.
Phew: The Bulls barely escaped the 76ers, thankfully scoring an eight-point victory and sending Philly to their 21st straight defeat. Michael Carter-Williams was so sad he Charlie Browned about it.
Repeat: This guy again.
Big night for the Suns, who got their own win against the Magic and enjoyed Dallas dropping an OT game to the Timberwolves. Those two happenings pulled the Suns within a game-and-a-half of Dallas for the eighth seed in the West.
Chalk it up: The Raptors won last night, besting the Pelicans in New Orleans. In lieu of highlights, enjoy this profile on Kyle Lowry which focuses mostly on how much he loves shrimp. Spoiler: he loves it a lot.
OK: The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz, but I’m pretty sure there is more jazz in Memphis than bears in Utah, so let’s call it even.
Zipper: Rajon Rondo nearly triple-doubled, finishing just a point shy of making history by having two double-Rs notch a triple-double on the same night. He did have 10 rebounds and 15 assists though, with this being one of the best assists.
The Celtics beat the Heat last night, but LeBron James didn’t play due to a sudden case of “back spasms.” Back spasms, of course, are a late season stand-in for “resting.”
Climbing: Nice win for the Nets last night, beating Charlotte to move in to sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference. So basically, exactly what everyone assumed before the season has finally happened. Just took a while to get there.
Irrelevance: The Nuggets beat the Pistons. Simple question — do you care?
Tidbits: Here’s Kevin Love’s game-winner from last night … Some pretty smooth Joakim Noah-ing right here … Trash shrugging is the new big thing … Seems like Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson are really good friends … Timofey Mozgov was on the positive side of a huge dunk for once … Everything you need to know about those Spurs H-E-B commercials