Russell Westbrook had 24 and Kevin Durant added 22, and in the second half OKC kept pushing Dallas’ head under water. Yet the Mavs continuously responded. Dirk (27 points) hit a trio of treys in the second half of the fourth quarter to finally put the visitors back in the driver’s seat. But for perhaps the first time all year, Kendrick Perkins (14 rebounds) actually did something important. On Dallas’ last two possessions, he twice contested Jason Terry and forced him into terrible misses, the first one being an airball, as Dirk hung out by the three-point line. OKC won the game 95-91, but Dallas really lost it with their execution in the end game. Hubie Brown would’ve collapsed watching that … Orlando escaped Canada with a 92-88 win behind 36 and 13 from Dwight Howard, who did the impossibly hard thing of missing nearly three times as many free throws (10) as actual shots (four). Down the stretch, DeMar DeRozan (23 points) hit two shots you wouldn’t expect from him – one a three, and another outside of the paint – and then down four with just over a minute left, he missed the one shot you would’ve EXPECTED him to make: a driving layup. Up two, J.J. Redick finally closed the oven door, hitting a corner three with less than 10 seconds left … At one point, Jameer Nelson lost his footing and ended up feet first in the front row. He just wanted some help getting up. A female fan wanted a lil’ action. She reached for his ass. He got out of there just in time … Remember when we asked who was better between Jrue Holiday and Brandon Jennings? Well in the Bucks surprising win over Philly, Jennings burglarized the Sixers’ point, stealing his game, confidence and perimeter shot, outscoring Holiday 33 to eight … Al Jefferson got himself together, laced up the boots and went to work as Utah gave it to Cleveland 109-100 behind Big Al’s 25 points, 13 rebounds and seven dimes … And we thought the Warriors had one of those teams where they simply roll the ball out. Golden State jumped on Washington and beat the Wizards by 20 points last night as Golden State – for once – played the part of the mature team. Monta Ellis put up 25 and eight, and even Ekpe Udoh lost his mind for a night and wasn’t a complete offensive liability, going for 17. The perfect symbol for Washington’s night came on one defensive possession where JaVale McGee became the second player in two nights (after nearly never happening before) to spike a jump shot. The problem is it went right back out to Ellis, who drilled a three. Lost in this mockery of a basketball team was John Wall‘s night: 20 points and 14 dimes (with two turnovers) … We’re out like ass-grabbing fans.
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