With the NFL turning into glorified flag football, Indiana’s 111-101 win over Chicago would’ve fit right in on the gridiron. They’re two of the most rugged teams in the league, and between Joakim Noah, David West, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Hansbrough, and everyone else not named Carlos Boozer or Roy Hibbert, they could probably take the Chiefs or Jets (if they meet in the playoffs, what are the odds Lance and Nate get into a scuffle?). Last night, Chicago saw its 41-game winning streak when it scores at least 100 points end at the Pacers’ hands, who’ve now won 14 straight at home. West had 29 points and nine boards, and Paul George had 21 points and 11 boards while being compared to Reggie Miller after his back-breaking triple in the fourth. George also caught this ill reverse alley-oop and threw a between-the-legs pass on the break. Seriously, how good is this cat? … It’s always funny counting all of Lance Stephenson’s unnecessary dribbles. Sometimes it works, like in the second quarter when his crossover slid Daequan Cook right out of his uniform and he made a J. Most of the time, it just leaves Frank Vogel with a headache … In the fourth quarter of Portland’s two-point win over the Wolves, you saw the double-edged sword that is Ricky Rubio. The Spanish magician played his best game of the year, finishing with 15 points and 14 assists, and he energized the whole arena in the fouth quarter with his playmaking. He got Dante Cunningham (23 points) enough dunks to last him a month. But then with a chance to tie in the final seconds, Rubio dribbled around in a circle, couldn’t find anyone to pass to, and had to throw up some junk that got snuffed by LaMarcus Aldridge (25 points, 13 boards) … Aldridge missed both freebies after that, even with the broadcast guys basically guaranteeing he’d miss at least one, but Cunningham’s jumper at the buzzer was well short … Utah beat Sacramento in overtime, 98-91, as they got 20 points from Randy Foye. The Kings rocked their old ’90s retro uniforms – you know the ones… they look like NASCAR decals. It’s too bad those will always be the uniforms we remember Mitch Richmond in. If you wore those trashy things, they inevitably started rubbing off on you … If we told you someone got ejected at halftime of the Jazz/Kings game for obnoxious arguing with the zebras, how long would it take you to guess DeMarcus Cousins? Four seconds? Two? One? It happened last night. Cousins wouldn’t leave the refs alone, and you could almost see Isaiah Thomas as he was pushing his center away like “C’mon dude. Again?” During the Super Bowl halftime show, they muted Michelle’s mic for parts of the performance (sorry, she’s getting dissed twice in today’s Smack). The Kings need to do that with Cousins … In other storylines from last night: Spencer Hawes (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Philly won easily, 78-61. We think they beat the Magic, but we’re not quite sure. Pretty much their entire team didn’t play; and Russell Westbrook had 24 as OKC murdered the Mavs, 112-91 … We’re out like DMC.
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