The Lakers Collapse; LeBron Takes Over In Brooklyn

By: 01.31.13
LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

Brooklyn played Miami tough. For a half. Then LeBron James and Dwyane Wade turned it up as only they can, running through the Nets during a 36-14 third quarter en route to a 20-point blowout win. The fast break forays from James (24 points) and Wade (21 points) opened it up, but it was a play from Mario Chalmers that stood out. Dude got his own rebound sitting on his ass, and found Wade for a jumper. LeBron closed the door at the start of the fourth quarter by hitting a shot that nearly brushed the Barclays Center catwalks. Advice for Reggie Evans: next time, don’t get ‘Bron mad by saying he’s no different than Joe Johnson or Andray Blatche … Down one late against Atlanta, Toronto should’ve subbed out John Lucas III. He was having a good game with 19 points, but you should know anytime Kobe Lucas gets a chance to win a game, he’s going to shoot it. No matter what. He inevitably took a terrible fadeaway off the dribble that was short. Toronto had one more opportunity in Atlanta’s 93-92 win, but a wild final play turned into a H.O.R.S.E. shot from Alan Anderson (15 points). But off the offensive rebound, DeMar DeRozan (23 points) was definitely mauled without a whistle. The no call had Dwane Casey out at midcourt ready to go 12 rounds with the refs … From here on out, it’ll be Rudy Gay taking those last minute shots for Toronto. First reported yesterday afternoon, the Grizzlies and Raptors have agreed in principle to send Gay, along with Hamed Haddadi, to Toronto for Ed Davis and Jose Calderon. Calderon will then be sent to Detroit with Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye going back to Memphis. For Toronto and Detroit, the move doesn’t amount to much – they both suck, and the Raptors still aren’t sniffing the playoffs even if Rudy Gay finally picks up his shooting numbers from his slow start. The deal is all about the Grizzlies, who did this move purely to save themselves from having to pay top dollar to a guy who’s plateaued as a good, but not great player. Still, they had already gotten below the tax line with a prior deal. Why not ride this out the rest of the way, and try to trade Gay again in the summer? The move reeks of desperation … In other storylines from last night: Jrue Holiday tore up John Wall and the Wizards with 21 points and six assists in Philly’s eight-point win; Roy Hibbert (18 points, 11 rebounds) had one of his best games of the year as Indiana beat Detroit, 98-79; Utah beat the Hornets by five, getting 25 points and 10 boards from Paul Millsap; Tyson Chandler scored 21 and missed only one shot as the Knicks ran through Orlando by 16; Tony Parker scored 22, and San Antonio took a sledgehammer to Charlotte, beating them by 24; Denver got 27 from Danilo Gallinari in their 118-110 win over Houston; and we wanted to see how Boston would react to playing without Rajon Rondo, but Sacramento didn’t present much of a challenge. Paul Pierce (16 points, 10 boards) and the Celtics won by 18 in a game that was over by the half … We’re out like Memphis’ title shot.

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