Milwaukee 104, Denver 112: The announcers called this the “shot of century” and then downshifted to “shot of the year.” Either way, very impressive shot by Gallo, who scored 22 points as the Nuggets outscored the Bucks 33-18 in the 4th quarter. Perhaps the most surprising NBA line of the year: Sam Dalembert: 27 minutes, 17-of-21 shooting, 35 points, 12 rebounds. He plays for the Bucks, and came off the bench to have the best game of his career after Larry Sanders got hurt. Also, you just can’t go soft at the rim when JaVale McGee is in the vicinity.
Indiana 114, Atlanta 103: Paul George is probably the best player we haven’t written enough about in 2013. The great find from Fresno scored 29, leading six Pacers double figures. They’re 30-19 and probably would be the best story in the East – remember, their best scorer from a year ago, Danny Granger, hasn’t played a game – if the Knicks didn’t dominate out of the gate. Indiana has won 15 straight at home.
LA Lakers 92, Brooklyn 83: Kobe Bryant dunked, Dwight sat, and Pau Gasol got hurt. The Lakers inched closer to the .500 mark. Earl Clark, the former Louisville star, scored 14 points and took 12 rebounds.
Phoenix 96, Memphis 90: The Grizzlies were blitzed in the 4th quarter – at home, the second time in a week that’s happened – and lost to the Suns. Jerryd Bayless is the new scorer for Memphis, I guess – he scored 29 points (11-of-15 shooting). Record since the Rudy Gay trade: 1-2. Kendall Marshall sighting for Phoenix: 11 points in 32 minutes in the best game of his rookie season.
Golden State 109, Houston 140: The Rockets made 23 3-pointers (watch all of them in the video above), then the Warriors got sick of it, and Draymond Green decked Patrick Beverly. They record for NBA 3’s in a game is 24, and the Warriors didn’t want to get humiliated that way. Houston scored 77 points in the first half. Jeremy Lin: 28 points, nine assists. Lin had more three-pointers (5) than the Warriors did (3). About the only highlight of the game for Golden State was this halfcourt bomb from Stephen Curry.