Video: Red Bull Midnight Run Finals Take Over Brooklyn
11.20 The Cooler

Carmelo Burns Brooklyn Yet Again; Paul Pierce Does Something Larry Bird Never Did

By 12.20.12
Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce, Dime #5

In Boston’s 103-91 W at home against the Cavs, Cleveland was doing an excellent job of leaving Paul Pierce wide open. Yo Cleveland, the Truth might move like an old man at the Y, but in this case, you can’t be giving him that type of room. Pierce (40 points, eight rebounds, five assists) hit his first six triples, and all of them felt like repeats: stepping directly into a pass, wide open, no dribbles, and a hand from a defender that came way too late. By the time the carnage was over near the end of the third quarter, Pierce had become the oldest Celtic to score 40 in a regular season game, Boston led by nearly 20, and everyone chilled from there … If last night’s tag team performance from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is at all a sign of things to come, all other contenders in the Western Conference need bomb shelters, bunkers, full-body armor, technology support and anything else they can get their hands on. OKC won their 12th straight game, 100-92 over the Hawks, and the NBA’s best duo was responsible for nearly all of it against Atlanta. The first half belonged to Westbrook, who found the perfect balance between aggressiveness and involving his teammates. Still, he was so hot, the dude even pulled out the Dirk special, the one-legged fadeaway. He’d finish with 27 points and 11 dimes. Then in the second half, Durant went to work – destroying Atlanta from every conceivable angle on his way to 41 points on just 23 shots, as well as 13 boards … In a 10-point beatdown of Milwaukee, the Grizzlies shut the door during an epic third frame. We’re not sure they took a contested shot all quarter – it felt like they scored 154 points off fast-break layups in that one, and Z-Bo (15 points, 17 rebounds) even had a dunk. On the other side, Brandon Jennings (9-for-26 shooting, 26 points) and particularly Monta Ellis (1-for-14, four points) were filming the bloopers for a new instructional shooting video … Are Milwaukee’s blood red uniforms the most underrated in the league? Maybe it’s just because their normal uniforms suck so bad, but every time we see them rocking those joints, we want to hop on eBay and drop a cool $75 on some authentic ones … In other scores from last night: Orlando won yet again, by seven over Washington behind 17 from J.J. Redick; Greg Monroe went berserk (35 points, 10 boards), yet Detroit is so bad they still lost to the Raptors, 97-91; the Rockets rode 33 points on 12 shots from James Harden in a 125-103 undressing of Philadelphia; Phoenix and Shannon Brown (26 points) rolled over the Bobcats by 17; Sacramento got 24 from DeMarcus Cousins in a 131-127 upset of Golden State; and the Clippers won their 11th straight game, by 16 over the Hornets behind 18 points from Blake Griffin … And we posted the video highlights of the Red Bull Midnight Run Finals held in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. It’s always interesting to see “normal” sized players ball out in a NBA arena. It just looks different. That being said, Baby Shaq could still give some dudes in the league buckets … We’re out like Myck Kabongo.

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