Phoenix 121, LA Lakers 116: The Suns hit a franchise record 22 three-pointers (video of all of them after the jump) in dealing the Lakers their second loss in a row. J-Rich scored 35 points (7-of-10 from deep) and Steve Nash, in his first game since announcing the birth of his third child and his divorce, scored 21 points and had 13 assists. Said Nash about the 3-point barrage: “You see Pau against us, it looks like he’s playing with a nerf hoop on the back of someone’s bedroom door.”
Detroit 100, Sacramento 94: The only two reasons to watch the Kings – is a) to see how Tyreke Evans’ sophomore campaign is going (20 points) and b) to monitor the progress of DeMarcus Cousins (six points and six turnovers in 24 minutes; and did you see Marc Stein reported that the Kings fined him for clashing with an assistant; Sam Amick says the team has big problems). That’s four wins in five games for the Pistons, who have five guys averaging 10+ ppg.
San Antonio 117, Oklahoma City 104: Nick Collison returned, but it didn’t help the Thunder, who outside of KD & Westbrook, look awfully ordinary (5-4). DeJuan Blair had seven offensive rebounds the Thunder had five. The Spurs are a quiet 8-1 (2nd best record in the league), and made 11-of-20 from deep (Matt Bonner was 7-for-7). OKC is last in the NBA defending the three.
Houston 104 New York 96: That’s five losses in a row for Knicks – Amare’s pissed – who missed 13 of 16 three-point attempts. They’re 2nd in the league in taking 3’s (25 per game), but only 23rd in making them (33 percent). Still puzzled as to why Wilson Chandler is taking twice as many shots as Gallo. Toney Douglas? That hot streak appears over; he’s 2-16 from deep in his last three games, but still jacking shots with reckless abandon.
Atlanta 111, Minnesota 105: Kevin Love returned to earth following Friday’s 31-31 and only tallied 22 points and 17 rebounds in the loss. The Wolves are 3-8, but how nutty is it that Michael Beasley continues his strong play (25 points; averaging a career-high 20 ppg)? Bassy Telfair even played well, scoring 18 points.
In the battle of John Calipari’s stud point guards a few nights ago, Derrick Rose won round one. Not included in that montage are these two acrobatic layups.