Shoutout: LeBron James had 61 points last night, joining Melo as the only two bros this season to score 60 or more. Ironically enough, both of them did it against the Bobcats, which would make 100 percent sense any other season besides this one, when Charlotte is ranked seventh in defensive efficiency. He went 8-10 from three AND 10-14 at the rim, both of which would be incredible offensive performances in their own right, let alone one guy doing both of them in the same game.
Not so much: The Knicks lost again, this time to the Pistons, making good on their seventh straight defeat. New York is now a half-game ahead of the Boston Celtics, who you might remember traded away two of their best players from last year, played half a season without their other best player and just generally don’t care about winning this season, all while spending about $20 million less to be terrible. Knicks are dead, yo. This kid knows what I’m talking about.
Tip drill: Coming in to the season, if you were to tell me that the Lakers would win a game because Kent Bazemore threw an inbounds lob pass to Wesley Johnson, and that Wesley Johnson tipped it in over the outstretched arms of way-taller LaMarcus Aldridge, I’d have asked you who finally cracked the code on time travel.
Seriously, this is how the Lakers won? I don’t get it.
Derp off: The Bucks (worst in the East) beat the Jazz (worst in the West) by 26 points, so that is something.
JA-SON COLL-INS: Jason Collins made his home debut last night, earning a chant from the crowd right before he checked in late during the Nets’ smoking of the Bullsies.
Best part? When he was whistled for a foul almost immediately, proving to everybody that even though everything has changed, nothing has really changed and that Jason Collins can still foul with the best of them.
Maneuvering: The Kings beat the Pelicans last night (good for them) but every Sacramento win over New Orleans means the Kings risk draft position in an allegedly deep draft (bad for them). So you tell me, who really won last night? (It was the Kings.)
All you need: Kevin Love had another good game and here is the proof.
33 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, four turnovers and two steals in the win for Love, who has been straight ballin’ since February started. The Timberwolves are only 7-6 during that time, so it hasn’t made the biggest difference in the world, but there are still some nice numbers that are being tallied.
Rod Grizzard: The Grizzlies beat the Wizards, thanks to an extravagant 62 points in the paint. That’s what’s going to happen when you combine playing against the Grizzlers with playing without Nene.
Tidbits: Isaiah Thomas wearing one of Shaq’s shirts will make you giggle … Pretty chill Giannis play, if you’re in to that sort of thing … Good shot, Brandon Jennings … Is this the biggest dunk of Robin Lopez’s career? … Looks like the Nets are going to keep Jason Collins around for the season