Steve Nash Is Back; LeBron Destroys Utah

By: 12.23.12
LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

For most of the game between the Jazz and the Heat, the Utah broadcast had an epic slurpfest going on with LeBron James. He repaid their respect by disintegrating the Jazz in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 105-89 win. LeBron (30 points, nine boards, seven dimes) hit pull-up threes, he got all the way to the rim, he found Ray Allen for dagger threes, he hit the glass, he did literally everything in the final frame … How many of his teammates do you think were asking Randy Foye “What did you do last night?” after he looked like a walking zombie against Miami? Foye (1-for-9 shooting) had a play in the third quarter where he caught a ball behind the three-point line and threw up a shut that looked like something out of Bugaloo from Above The Rim. It was ugly, and barely touched the rim. South Beach might’ve claimed another victim … Chicago came into Atlanta feeling pretty good about themselves after winning that New York City slugfest on Friday night, as well as nine of their last 12. They left the ATL as 17-point losers as Al Horford put 20 and 10 on them. It was lopsided almost from the start, and really, the only good thing that came out of it for Chicago was at least the Teagues got the chance to have their unofficial family reunion. Marquis and Jeff matched up against each other for portions of the game, and in typical big brother fashion, Jeff (11 points, eight rebounds) took his lil’ bro’s dinner … Up 13 near the end of the first half, we actually saw Lou Wiliams (16 points) give more than mandatory effort on the defensive end, blocking Kirk Hinrich‘s jumper, grabbing the Hawks an extra possession, which they then capitalized on when Kyle Korver stroked a trey ball. It wasn’t the only time Sweet Lou embarrassed Kirk – he also caught him with a facial … Anthony Davis had the defining play in a 9-2 run late in the fourth quarter of the Hornets/Pacers game as he climbed up the human ladder (Roy Hibbert) for a nasty follow-up jam. It’s too bad the Pacers immediately hit New Orleans with a 10-0 run en route to a six-point win as David West (25 points) murdered Davis with the same moves he’s been scoring on since Davis was hitting up Chuck E. Cheese’s. On the other side, Austin Rivers was attempting to shoot a hole through the backboard … In other scores from last night: James Harden (31 points, eight dimes) and the Rockets turned one of the league’s best defenses (Memphis) into a streetball team, winning 121-96; Denver blew out Charlotte, 110-88, as seven Nuggets scored in double figures; and Portland barely survived by three against Phoenix, largely because of Damian Lillard‘s (25 points, seven dimes) huge second half … In college ball, despite now being 10-1, No. 9 Kansas has yet to play a true road game. That still didn’t matter in their biggest test of the season as they beat No. 7 Ohio State, 74-66. Behind 22 from Ben McLemore, the Jayhawks beat the Buckeyes for the third time in a little more than a year … And No. 3 Syracuse spoiled a 25-point night from C.J. Fair in a four-point loss to Temple in the Garden … We’re out like Jerry Rice‘s receiving yards record.

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