Milwaukee 98, LA Lakers 79: A night after getting blown out in Portland following the news that point guard Brandon Jennings will be out 4-6 weeks, the Bucks went to Staples and shocked the Lakers thanks to a stirring 22-point effort from reserve Earl Boykins. In the video above, Kobe F-bombs the referees out of frustration late in the game, and is ejected. Afterward, Ron Artest said, “Rip Hamilton got ejected in Detroit. Bob Cousy got ejected … The only person who never got ejected was Jesus … I’m giving out some good quotes today, aren’t I?”
Dallas 105, Orlando 99: That’s four losses in a row for the Magic, and the last two came after trading for Arenas (1-6), the Michael Jordan of Turkey (2-11), and Jason Richardson (4-13). But they’ll be fine come April, that much we’re certain of, but there will be some playing time issues along the way, obviously. It’s like SVG felt bad for playing JJ Redick so little Tuesday, so he started him Wednesday. Dwight Howard collected 23 rebounds to go with his 26 points. Howard’s taken 20+ rebounds three games in a row, but he’s got ways to go (12.8 rpg) if he wants to catch Kevin Love (15.5) for the rebounding crown. Dirk passed Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list. Commenter Miggie Smalls offered this thought.
Chicago 121, Philadelphia 76: The Bulls led by 51 in the fourth quarter and were basically flawless, shooting 64 percent and dishing out 32 assists.
Golden State 117, Sacramento 109, OT: Another embarrassment for the Queens. The Warriors were without two starters (Steph Curry and Biedrins, again), played only eight guys, yet managed to rally from 16 down in the fourth quarter on the road, and won in overtime. Monta Ellis – who we’re still surprised the Nuggets have no interest in – scored nine of his game-high 36 points in OT. Here’s Vlad Rad’s 28-foot buzzer-beater that forced the extra session.
Oklahoma City 99, Charlotte 81: Is it time to blow up the 9-19 Bobcats? Let’s see … who on this roster is keepable? Er, um … nobody? They’re turnover-prone (2nd) because Raymond Felton is gone; their defense has fallen off from last year because they miss Tyson Chandler. The roster is littered with bad contracts. They should start by offering up Captain Jack to anyone who needs a shooter for the playoffs, and see if they can get an expiring deal in return. Under no circumstances should the Knicks have any interest in anyone on this roster.
New Jersey 101, Memphis 94: Hey Carmelo, look, the Nets aren’t terrible! They’ve won 3 of 4! Power forward Kris Humphries has five double-doubles in the last seven games! Brook Lopez is a stud! Jordan Farmar is a real nice backup point guard! As for Memphis, is there a reason OJ Mayo’s minutes have fallen sharply this year?