Derrick Rose did his usual thing of stopping you in your tracks in Chicago’s 104-99 win over New York. Rose’s backdoor dunk after shaking Jeremy Lin was fire in motion, again. We’d like to see a SportsScience segment on the hardest dunkers. Rose (32 points) has to have one of the fiercest downward forces on his slams of anyone. This one was payback for a nasty block on Rose by Jeremy Lin (15 points, eight assists) on a slice to the rim in the first half … That’s six losses in a row for the Knicks if you’re counting. Another number to consider: 18. The rebounding line was 56-38, Bulls … Phoenix-Minny was a shootout of old in the desert with the Wolves taking out the Suns, 127-124 despite 25 and 10 from Steve Nash and 28 points from Jared Dudley. Early on Nikola Pekovic (24 points) lent credence to the rumor he was actually built in a factory in Montenegro and sent here to destroy us all. He exceeded his average of 13 points a night by putting up 15 in 10 minutes on Phoenix. Drop-step, in. Hook, swish. Post move, nothing but net … Kevin Love‘s 30 and 7, including 5-of-9 from three, leads us to this crazy stat: Monday was only the fourth game all season he’s had single digit rebounds. If we want to get into an MVP debate, where is Minnesota without him? … Even though the referees tried to slow down the game with approximately 1,345 technicals, we still eventually got in the nightcap with Boston holding off the retirement home with a nine-point win over the Clippers. Led by Paul Pierce‘s 25, they looked like a whole new squad after the break, rather than the one that went into the half down after a horrid second quarter … The Celtics got the dub but L.A.’s Lob City reputation grows (as will YouTube’s hit count) after Blake Griffin‘s reverse alley-oop from Mo Williams. It’s hard to place in Griffin’s (24 points, nine rebounds) Spectrum of Slam, but we’ll give it an eight (which is an 11 for almost anyone else). For our money, DeAndre Jordan‘s (13 boards) in-air snatch of Rajon Rondo‘s layup was better … And because we’ve had some confusion from a few of our readers who didn’t notice them: Yes the comments are back for good on all of our posts. They’re just a little different… we think for the better, from the individual viewing customization to the reply system to the fact that they’ll greatly reduce the number of impostors many of you complained about … We’re out like T.J. Ford.
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