It’s hard to question a team that’s No. 1 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. But before last night, you had to hold Philly up with an asterisk. They were blowing everyone out yes, but their only playoff-worthy opponent had been Portland on opening night. They lost that game. But last night, Andre Iguodala had one of his best games of the season (20 points, nine rebounds, five dimes), and the Pacers were held to an ugly 36 percent from the field (Danny Granger didn’t play after he ate something bad.). The Sixers had six players in double figures, and while Spencer Hawes‘ lil’ game he’s playing on everyone (When will he come back to Earth?) didn’t work on Roy Hibbert (Hibbert killed him for most of the night) they beat the Pacers handily (96-86) for their fifth straight win (and all of them have been by at least eight points). Once again it was the third quarter that boosted Philly. They hit the Pacers with a 15-3 run to blow it open at that point. Dating back to the middle of last year, the 76ers are now 43-30 in their last 73 games … The return of Bad Porn hit DimeMag.com yesterday … Speaking of great names, Squeaky Johnson, the former UAB point guard, has finally made his NBA debut. After years of sweating it out in the D-League (he’s 29 years old), he made a couple of appearances with the Hornets last week. This is our type of dude: He ended a few serious relationships because he didn’t want a family to get in the way of his dream, which was making the NBA. Check out what he said about being in the NBA: “Oh my gosh, it’s crazy. You can use your phone on the plane. It’s like a four-star restaurant up there. You have seats where you pretty much can lay down.” No one told him it was like that? … Johnson and the Hornets went into Denver and surprised one of the best teams in the league with a convincing 13-point win. New Orleans was in control from start to finish. Carl Landry had 21 and one disgusting jam. The Nuggets only seriously challenged once in the second half. When Ty Lawson (15 points) returned, limping from an ankle injury, he sparked them with a three, a floater and then a feed off a pick-n-roll that ended in a Nene cram … The Bulls rode Carlos Boozer (23 points, eight rebounds) and Derrick Rose (22 points, eight assists) in their 92-68 blowout over Detroit. We mentioned it in our Power Rankings, but Chicago, outside of a flopper against Atlanta, has now held teams to 64, 74, 83, 83 and 68 points in games this month … And the Raptors limited Kevin Love (3-for-16, 13 points, 14 boards) to his worst game of the season while Amir Johnson (19 points, 11 rebounds), Andrea Bargnani (31 points) and Toronto improved to 4-5 with a 10-point win … We don’t believe him for one second, but Andre Drummond is saying he will come back no matter what for his sophomore year at UConn. While he could use another year learning from one of the best coaches ever, it’ll be hard to turn down top three money (he’s reportedly playing this year as a walk-on) … And will Jerry Sloan return to coaching? He sounds ready … We’re out like LSU.
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