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3.22 The Cooler

Jeremy Lin Torches Philly; JaVale McGee Is The New King In Denver

By 03.22.12
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Joe Johnson (photo. Zach Wolfe)

The TV announcers: “I have no idea how this happened…” Neither do we. Arron Afflalo (23 points) converted on a three-point play to cut Detroit’s lead to one in the final 10 seconds. Then, he missed the free throw. Luckily, Clown U graduate JaVale McGee was there to tip in the miss and win the game for Denver, 116-115. McGee had 15 points and three blocks off the bench, and came through in a way he never did in Washington … On the other side, Ben Gordon was flowing. At one point in the third quarter, he had 37 points on 14 shots. He still finished with 45 (and tied Latrell Sprewell‘s record by making his first nine triples without a miss) despite the Nuggets starting to trap him all the way out to midcourt in the second half … Zaza Pachulia loves missing game-deciding layups. After trailing by six late in overtime against the Cavs, Atlanta scored six in a row on a Joe Johnson three and then a Josh Smith (32 points, 17 rebounds and five assists) three-point play. With the chance to take the lead, Zaza got wide open under the rim, and missed another gimme, something he’s been doing a lot of lately. Luckily, he has Joe Johnson (22 points). Johnson, who hit a three at the buzzer of regulation to send it to overtime (Good idea Cleveland. Go up three and leave JJ open from deep), made another pull-up to save Zaza’s ass. The Cavs had one last try but Kyrie Irving FINALLY missed a game-winner, and Alonzo Gee couldn’t put down the point blank tip-in. Atlanta survived 103-102, but Irving (29 points, nine rebounds, nine assists) was a beast again. You know he’s already built up a rep when we’re shocked when his final shot doesn’t drop … Nene went for 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards looked like a completely different team in their 108-89 win against the Nets. We mentioned Deron Williams (17 points) played like he had ‘roid rage the other night. Well he took it up another notch last night, getting thrown out for arguing in the second half. He says the last part of this season won’t affect his decision this summer. But the Nets better hope this recent string of psycho behavior is just because it’s that time of month again … Toronto: How can you have camo uniforms and not have Brad Miller on your team? That’s sacrilegious. Despite 23 from DeMar DeRozan, the Bulls beat the Raptors by 12, but the real story were those uniforms. They wanted to honor the military by rocking them. We say good intentions, but never wear those things again. Unless you’re Brad Miller … Orlando got 57 combined points from Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard and rolled over the Suns 103-93 … And in Golden State’s nine-point win in New Orleans, Klay Thompson did his best Monta Ellis impersonation with 27 points, five boards and five dimes … If you want to stump your boys today, ask them about triple-doubles last night because we guarantee no one knows Jarrett Jack actually had one (17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 helpers) … We’re out like Sean Payton.

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