Danny Crawford helped Kevin Durant break down a new barrier last night by tossing him with back-to-back technicals in the closing minutes of Brooklyn’s surprising 110-93 beatdown of OKC. It was the first time KD (27 points) has ever been ejected from a NBA game, and the crowd took it so personally, they were still booing five minutes later. Durant couldn’t help it, not after the Thunder had gotten washed by the Nets over the game’s last few minutes. They had battled all the way back to tie it up at 85, but couldn’t overcome 33 from Joe Johnson, 19 and 13 from Deron Williams, and 25 from Brook Lopez … DeMarcus Cousins went to another level in Sacramento’s 97-94 win in Cleveland last night. It wasn’t just his scoring (18) or his rebounding (16). He was even making plays for everyone else, whether it was intended – like when he hooked John Salmons up with a perfect crosscourt pass for a triple in the last minute – or unintended – like when he ripped Kyrie Irving but fumbled the ball right to Francisco Garcia on the breakaway for a layup … Irving (22 points) should blame his late game theatrics on the white mask he’s wearing (why would he ditch the Dark Knight?). He threw a possession away, and twice let Aaron Brooks get to his right hand and hit floaters in the lane … Salmons obviously hasn’t shaved in at least two months. His “goatee” looks like a spider web now, and it’s big enough to fit DeMarcus Cousins inside … No one’s game has aged as nicely as Tim Duncan, and he did it all last night in San Antonio’s 117-110 win in Milwaukee. TD put up one of those lines (28 points, 13 rebounds, six dimes, three blocks) that wins fantasy leagues, and he even caught a putback dunk in the second quarter, a part of his game that’s been on the endangered species list for four or five years … Other notable scores and numbers from last night: Steph Curry (31 points, eight dimes) and the Warriors ran the Clippers off the floor by 21; James Harden (31 points, seven helpers) powered Houston over the Hornets, 104-92; Portland got throttled by Toronto, 102-79, and Terrence Ross put in 26 points off the bench; Jameer Nelson exploded for 32 points, but missed the one that counted in the final seconds, and Chicago walked out of Disney World with a 96-94 win; Phoenix overcame Jrue Holiday (16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) and Philly to win, 95-89; and Kevin Love‘s season from Hell continued as Minnesota was grilled and served for dinner in Utah, 106-84. Love shot 4-for-14 and scored 13 points … And in college hoops, Syracuse’s 25-point win over Rutgers wasn’t important because Brandon Triche threw up 25 points. It was big because Jim Boeheim secured his 903rd career win, which moved him above Bob Knight into second all time on the career wins list … We’re out like Ray Lewis.
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