Golden State 114, Toronto 102: The Warriors shot a blistering 53 percent, Andrew Bogut returned, and Harrison Barnes nearly matched his earlier dunk-of-the-year slam with this throwdown, but Stephen Curry twisted an ankle and muted the celebration. It doesn’t appear series, but the Warriors sat him for the final quarter anyway.
Brooklyn 97, Orlando 77: Soon-to-be-All-Star replacement Brook Lopez scored 16 points. He’s replacing Rondo, right? I’m a Knicks fan and I can’t even push JR Smith to replace Rondo ahead of Lopez.
Chicago 93, Charlotte 85: I bet you’re sick of Stacey King, right? After he went with the Booze Cruise line, he used that Facebook crap again. Ugh. Little Nate Robinson: 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, three blocks. Anyway, the Bobcats fell to 11-33 and are about to be the worst team in the NBA (again).
Philadelphia 100, Memphis 103: The 76ers raced to a 17-point first quarter lead, and Memphis (playing without Mike Conley) slowly chipped away. Rudy Gay (26 points) scored the game-winner with :13 left. I might still be the only one who believes the 76ers instantly become competitive when Andrew Bynum joins the squad next month … but I’m sticking with that prediction.
Utah 80, Houston 125: This was the worst beating the Jazz have suffered in their building in franchise history. Houston made 16 three-pointers; the Jazz shot a meek 39 percent. The only Utah highlight: Greg Smith was rejected at the rim (nice premature celebration on the Houston bench).