For the first time since we can remember, Philly played a close game and didn’t completely suck in the last two minutes. In games decided by four points or less this year, the Sixers were 1-8. In games decided by five points or less where they played Chicago without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, they are now 1-0 after winning Game 3, 79-74. The Sixers went on a 19-2 run and held the Bulls to one basket over an eight minute stretch to destroy a 14-point deficit. But it might’ve never happened had Noah not rolled his ankle in a nasty fall, and then had to walk off to cheers from the obnoxious Philly crowd. He tried to come back in, but was moving like the alien zombie from “Men In Black” … Philly fell behind in the second quarter just because they couldn’t make a shot. It wasn’t exactly Chicago defense either; The Sixers were shooting blanks, 2-for-11 to start the period. In fact, the entire first half from both sides was a complete dud, like Nastradamus, just a bunch of misses, ugly shots, turnovers and content that was about as exciting as geometry class … It’s not exactly a blueprint for a championship, but in their series-changing 99-84 win over the Lakers, Denver followed the lead of their diminutive point guard and their wild backup big man. Someone sped up the tape of Ty Lawson (25 points) in the first quarter, and he was doing everything from making jumpers to bullying Jordan Hill under the basket. Aside from him, the rest of the Nuggets were raining triples, and even JaVale McGee (16 points, 15 rebounds) was hitting all sorts of acrobatic shots in the lane, getting Pam McGee to start getting crunk on the sidelines (When McGee was still putting in work in the fourth quarter, mommy starting mean mugging the cameras). By the time the Lakers looked up, it was a 24-point Denver lead with the crowd ready to start the party early after a 19-0 run … Andrew Bynum was due for 48 minutes of sulking, wasn’t he? In the first half, he didn’t score and probably didn’t sweat either as the Lakers got destroyed on the glass. He at least stepped it up in the second half to finish with 18 and 12, but struggled at times with the Nuggets’ double teams. Kobe also had problems, shooting just 7-for-23 for 22 points, and every run the Lakers made in the second half was halted by something ridiculous: a Faried (15 rebounds) jumper or a three from Andre Miller or a Lawson circus shot … And one night after Kyrylo Fesenko nearly got jumped at a bar by about 50 college creepers with beer muscles, he tweeted out this photo of himself being a boss at Disney World … We’re out like Atlanta’s frontcourt.
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