Terrence Jones came off the pine to score 20 points in Houston’s 107-105 win over OKC, a game that turned into a battle of the benches in the second half … He’s one of our favorite “IDGAF” players in the whole league, and last night, Russell Westbrook (19 points in 16 minutes) went at Jeremy Lin harcore, like “Cappadonna on ‘Winter Warz'” hardcore. He posted up Linsanity almost every time down during the game’s opening minutes, and had 10 of the Thunder’s first dozen points. Seven minutes into the game, he’d already scored 16 points and had left Lin with a permanent sad face. Houston’s new lead guard is lucky they called the dogs off in this one. Russ West looked like he wanted to drop a half dollar … There’s been some buzz coming out of San Antonio about some rook named Nando De Colo. Last night in San Antonio’s two-point win over Atlanta, he lived up to it, scoring 11 (with nine dimes) but more importantly going one-on-one with the game on the line and canning a jumper … Without Kobe, who sat out with a strained shoulder (after dunking on everyone in practice), Portland destroyed the Lakers, 93-75. Damian Lillard led the way with 14 points and seven dimes … DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and nine rebounds during Sacramento’s 102-96 W over the Suns … Andre Drummond had 12 points, seven boards, two blocks (including an explosive help-side swat), two steals, a trio of beast mode alley-oops with Will Bynum, and the game-winning bucket in Detroit’s 101-99 win against Toronto. On the other side, in a loss, DeMar DeRozan killed in the style department (easy 17 points, a memorable one-handed rim rocker, and a pair of sick Air Jordan 14s). But he also airballed a pull-up jumper with 10 seconds left and a chance to take the lead … Paul George led all scorers with 16, and yet Minnesota easily beat the Pacers, 84-70. Why? Kevin Love, and especially Nikola Pekovic completely dominated the Pacers frontline, holding Roy Hibbert to five points and four rebounds while combining for 26 points and 13 boards … And if you couldn’t get anymore excited about the start of the NBA season, which is now less than three weeks away, Gerald Wallace said this an ESPN video about the opening game between the Knicks and Nets: “It’s going to be one of the biggest games in NBA history.” … We’re out like Jeremy Lin’s swagger.
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