Shoutout: DeMar DeRozan DeScored 34 DePoints DeOn 10-16 DeShots, DeGiving DeHim DeSix DeStraight DeGames DeWith 30 DeOr DeMore DePoints. This syntax joke is exhausting though, so just know that he’s been killer, including yesterday in a big win against the Warriors.
Not so much: The Hawks allowed the Suns to score 79 points in the first half of yesterday’s game, which just so happens to be the most points scored in a first half this entire season. Atlanta has now lost 10 of their last 11, but lucky for them, they play in the Eastern Conference and still have a 3.5-game lead for the eighth playoff spot because no one can play well enough for a long enough time to catch them.
Yet again: Joakim Noah is making a case for first team All-NBA center, notching another triple-double in the Bulls’ win over the Knicks. “Here are some highlights of those plays happening.” — Perd Hapley
14 assists on the afternoon for Noah, who tallied 10 of those in the first half. With those 14 assisters, he became the first center since at least 1986 to have that many in a game and sidled up next to his buddy Brad Miller as the only centers of the past decade with two triple-doubles that include assists in the same season. Needless to say, I am elated.
Wash, rinse, repeat: The Pacers beat the Jazz, thanks to a third quarter outburst after playing a close first half. This sentence describes basically every win of the season for Indiana.
Creaky: Tim Duncan’s still got it. Evidence.
If my calculations are correct, Brandan Wright’s parents’ parents were only 12 years old during Tim Duncan’s rookie season. Amazing to think that Timmy Deucecan is still alive and making it happen more than 80 years down the road. Spurs won, by the way.
Do you care?: The Magic beat the 76ers, handing Philadelphia their 14th straight loss. Let me know in the comments if you care about this at all.
Betterment: Russell Westbrook scored 26 and Kevin Durant scored 28 as the Thunder beat the Bobcats. They both made interesting dunk shots as well.
Do you like dunk shots? Which of these is your favorite dunk shot? Lots of questions to answer so far.
Tidbits: Derrick Rose’s son was in attendance at the Bulls game yesterday, looking very cute and wearing a pair of tiny Jordan Xs … Jimmer Fredette was also at the Bulls game, looking very cute and beating one of Michael Jordan’s worst records in his very first Chicago appearance … Here’s Giannis Antetokounmpo doing some soccer stuff … Someone tell any of the Knicks it’s OK to stop the ball … Jermaine O’Neal missed yesterday’s game in Toronto because of some sort of passport issue