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Ballin’: Ron Artest is Pissed

New York 128, San Antonio 115: Best team in the NBA? Whatever. The Knicks shot 55 percent, and their big 3 – Amare, Felton, Chandler – tallied 87 points. It probably was the best win in the D’Antoni era. Really, do the Spurs scare anyone in the West? If only the Thunder could get an inside presence for the stretch run, they could steal the West …

Memphis 110, Oklahoma City 105: … Zach Randolph scored 31 and grabbed 16 rebounds and Marc Gasol had 10-10. See, without an interior factor – Ibaka fouled out; Collison is blah – the Thunder probably aren’t going anywhere in the West. Trade ideas, anyone?

Miami 101, Milwaukee 89: The Heat looked like a bored sprinter who decided to pull away late in the game. So that’s what they did to win for the 19th time in 20 games. Wade scored 34 points and LeBron had 25 points to go with nine assists. Soon enough, we’ll read a column about the pair splitting the MVP.

Chicago 111, Toronto 91: Taj Gibson was thwarted at the rim by Amir Johnson, but still finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls (23-10) remained in striking distance of the Celtics and Heat in the East. Considering they’re doing it without Joakim Noah, that’s impressive.

LA Lakers 108, Detroit 83: Ron Artest is pissed about this report from Woj at Yahoo: “Artest loudly confronted Jackson. As he tried to fit into the defending champions a season ago and earn his way, Artest grudgingly went along with Jackson’s public floggings. This season, Artest has less tolerance for it. Essentially, Artest told Jackson that if he wants to coach him, coach him. Just stop embarrassing him in public.” Artest’s response yesterday: “I’ve worked too hard to have something like this come out. My image is very important to me — whatever image I have left — and this hurts, this really hurts. I’ve tried so hard not to be part of any controversy, not to be part of any conflict, for this to come out now, that’s weird, and it’s really hard.”

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