LeBron (40 points) used up all of his rounds in the first 12 minutes last night. The Heat only scored 82 in a home loss to Milwaukee last week, and James looked like he was going for that himself. He scored 24 alone in the first quarter, and scored in every conceivable way possible, eventually lifting Miami to a 14-point lead. But the Bucks started the fourth quarter on a 22-3 run as Brandon Jennings (31 points, eight assists) blasted three threes in a row all off high screen-n-rolls (By the way Brandon, how do you take 14 threes in a game?). From there, Milwaukee finished it off, winning by eight after holding Miami to 37 points in the second half … Danny Granger fired himself up after he and Kevin Love had to be separated, and proceeded to bang out 29 of his 36 points in the second half of Indiana’s 10-point win in Minnesota … The Minnesota play-by-play guys spent a portion of the first quarter fawning over Indiana’s throwbacks – which as we said yesterday are awesome – but then they started openly calling for short shorts to be added to the uniform. Weird. Minnesota’s throwbacks made them look like the University of Washington … Steve Nash (30 points, 10 assists) and Marcin Gortat (23 points, 11 rebounds) did their thing in Phoenix’s 120-103 win over New Orleans, but we can’t forget about our man Greivis Vasquez dropping 20 points, six rebounds and 12 assists … Boston beat the Raptors 100-64 as Toronto must’ve forgot they had a game. When your leading scorer is Jerryd Bayless (14 points), something’s wrong … For the second time this season, Dwight Howard cut JaVale McGee into tiny pieces and served him as an appetizer, going off for 23 points and 18 rebounds in the Tragic’s six-point win. Howard also did this … John Wall had a great night shooting: 1-for-12 for two points … In Jersey, the Nets dressed eight players (and probably only a slightly bigger number than that watched the game) and rode their horse Deron Williams (26 points) to a three-point win over the reeling Pistons, who couldn’t even get a three off in time on their final possession … J.R. Smith just dropped 60 in China, and did it without any of his family members throwing down in the stands. It’ll be interesting to see what Smith does when he comes back to the league. He’s learning how to shoot even more triples over there … And Allen Iverson‘s in another hip-hop song. He’s not behind the mic this time, but he’s the subject. The track is “Allen Iverson” by Don Trip. You might assume it sucks, but the track is actually pretty good … RIP Don Cornelius … We’re out like Egyptian soccer riots.
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