The new ushered out the old in Brooklyn last night in OKC’s entertaining 117-111 W. Russell Westbrook (25 points, nine assists) and his new Air Jordan XX8s (he wore them folded down at the top, not zipped up all the way) may not have gotten the better of the “old” Deron Williams (33 points, a half-dozen highlight plays, four or five ankle joints), who, after a terrible shooting start this year, finally got back to what he used to do: giving people the business off the dribble and from beyond the arc. Coming into the game, he was shooting below 27 percent from deep on the year. Then in the first quarter alone, he dropped two bombs on ‘em … In the end, the Thunder’s offense got too much from Kevin Durant (32 points), who didn’t miss a free throw in 12 attempts, and nearly took Andray Blatche‘s (19 points, 11 rebounds) head off on a drive to the hoop that almost ended in the dunk of the year … Jerry Stackhouse got dunked on again last night, getting a tomahawk from Serge Ibaka (18 points) mashed on his forehead. But we’ll give him this: at least he goes after the shots … Was Kobe going for 30,000 points last night (he was 52 away)? He took less than a minute to answer the question, shooting the first five times he touched the ball, including once against Jeremy Lin in the post where he got behind the backboard and tried to shoot it up and over the glass. But was he going for the win? That one’s more questionable, even if he did score 39 points. The Lakers blew a big lead in Houston, losing 107-105. They didn’t deserve to win either. Anytime you give up 22 points to Toney Douglas and 21 to Greg Smith, you shouldn’t even be allowed into the gym. Pau Gasol wasn’t here to blame, either. He sat out with knee tendonitis. James Harden didn’t haunt them, either. He shot 3-for-19. Dwight Howard‘s free throw shooting was somewhat of a problem, especially since he missed five of ten in the last few minutes, and eight of 16 overall. He’s so shook right now by that he doesn’t even want to go near the ball down the stretch. The Lakers are simply the most overrated team in the league right now … Also, RIP Kobe’s nice shooting percentages to start the year … And while Chicago’s offense was lost in quicksand last night against Indiana, Paul George blew up like we all thought he would this season, dropping 34 points in the Pacers’ 80-76 win. The Pacers, one of the most disappointing teams in the league to start the year, are now finally back to .500 … We’re out like the Pelicans.
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