Next time they get in a close game, Cleveland might want to do something outside of stand around and let Kyrie Irving (26 points) cook. That was their offense in the fourth quarter last night, and it led to a 9-0 Dallas run in the middle of the fourth quarter, as well as a huge block on Irving’s drive in the final 30 seconds, resulting in an O.J. Mayo (19 points) layup on the other end. Even as Irving had one of the best 0-rebound, 0-assist games you’ll EVER see, the Mavericks worked for enough breathing room to hold on, 103-95 … Here’s a reason why it’s never good to put too much stock in a scout’s breakdown of a NBA prospect. Dion Waiters (16 points) was billed as a D-Wade type coming out of ‘Cuse, a guy who could get in the lane and finish at the rim at will. But so far this year, the dude is way below average in finishing at the rim – even if he’s getting there quite often – and from the line. Meanwhile, he’s dropping threes on the regular when those weren’t supposed to be his strength. But last night during a second quarter stretch, we saw how dynamic the Philly product could be if he puts it all together: he hit a pull-up triple, then drew a foul to get to the line on the next possession, and then got out on the break and pulled off the nastiest spin move of the night before finishing … Other story lines from last night: Memphis held on in Charlotte for their eighth-straight win, 94-87, behind 20 from Mike Conley and 18 and 12 from Zach Randolph … The Bucks got identical 22-point, nine-assist lines from Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis in a 117-113 win over the Hornets … George Karl told reporters about the Spurs: “They’re playing how we like to play, and they’re playing it better.” San Antonio went out and backed that up, getting their first big game of the year from Manu Ginobili (20 points) in a 126-100 blowout of the Nuggets … While the Clippers destroyed the Bulls by 21 as Blake Griffin went off for 26 points and ten boards … And in college basketball, the NCAA finally reinstated UCLA’s star recruit Shabazz Muhammad, and the 6-6 freshman guard will be eligible to compete Monday when UCLA plays Georgetown in the Legends Classic in New York. Tuesday night, he could end up playing against Indiana, the No. 1 team in the country. Muhammad will miss three games and must pay back $1,600 of the illegal benefits he received, but for him, that’s like stealing someone’s lunch money knowing they’re about to hit it big. Muhammad probably doesn’t care – he’s going lottery next summer. And the Bruins definitely don’t – they’re probably throwing a party as we speak … We’re out like Cleveland’s fourth quarter offense.
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