Brandon Jennings was content to wait. While the Nets came out hot Monday in New Jersey, Milwaukee’s oft off-target star found his stroke wherever he wanted as the game went on. Jennings stepped back for six threes on 11 attempts and had a game-high 34 in the Bucks’ win. He’s in the best shooting season of his career at 40 percent from the field (Progress, people. Progress.). While it’s progress that he’s better year-over-year, it’s still not good. It was nice though, to see his third night of 50 percent shooting or better this month, after not hitting that mark once in February … You might want to put money down on Milwaukee next time these teams meet. It was Milwaukee’s 10th straight win over N.J. … Another Gerald Green sighting! The great thing is some people will bemoan the four-fingered assassin’s alley-oop dunk because his head wasn’t four inches over the rim like last time. His chin has to be happy about that … Kris Humphries (career-high 31 points, 18 boards) went for 10 of the Nets’ first 13 points doing his bull/china shop routine through Milwaukee’s front line. With Deron Williams out for a second straight game, he neutralized reigning conference player of the week Ersan Ilyasova early. The same Ilyasova who dropped 29 and 25 on the Nets’ heads the last time these teams met never got going, with four points … There was an ad about a Nets Social Media Night for their game against the Bobcats. Who, exactly, will be talking about that game? … The Hornets missed their first six shots before Marco Belinelli made a triple, leaving New Orleans’ waiting fans standing awkwardly. After a few minutes it broke the “this is a fun novelty” limit and just got weird. Charlotte went on to win the game, 73-71, that no one was there for after The Biz snuffed Trevor Ariza‘s pathetic dunk attempt at the buzzer … Everyone missed Al-Farouq Aminu‘s (10 points) hammering transition dunk, plus a nifty up-and-under reverse later … In San Antonio’s 112-97 win over Washington, Tim Duncan went the length of the floor against the Wizards for a slam that took us back to 2003. If that isn’t an indictment of the Wizards’ effort this year, what else is? Duncan got a long rebound at the top of the paint and dribbled right through three defenders before a Statue-of-Liberty finish. He had three dunks in the first quarter. “That’s absurd,” remarked the play-by-play announcers … Chris Singleton saved some face for the Wizards’ D later in the first with an “CARD REJECTED” block on Manu Ginobili at the rim … JaVale McGee put us in stitches when he was short with his dunk in the first quarter. Add another to the reel … Al Jefferson put up 33 and 12 only a day after his grandmother passed away, and though he’ll take off on Thursday for her service, he helped bulldoze the Pistons, 105-90 … Rodney Stuckey kept Detroit close with his 29 points … Keep reading to hear about yet another New York loss …
Derrick Rose did his usual thing of stopping you in your tracks in Chicago’s 104-99 win over New York. Rose’s backdoor dunk after shaking Jeremy Lin was fire in motion, again. We’d like to see a SportsScience segment on the hardest dunkers. Rose (32 points) has to have one of the fiercest downward forces on his slams of anyone. This one was payback for a nasty block on Rose by Jeremy Lin (15 points, eight assists) on a slice to the rim in the first half … That’s six losses in a row for the Knicks if you’re counting. Another number to consider: 18. The rebounding line was 56-38, Bulls … Phoenix-Minny was a shootout of old in the desert with the Wolves taking out the Suns, 127-124 despite 25 and 10 from Steve Nash and 28 points from Jared Dudley. Early on Nikola Pekovic (24 points) lent credence to the rumor he was actually built in a factory in Montenegro and sent here to destroy us all. He exceeded his average of 13 points a night by putting up 15 in 10 minutes on Phoenix. Drop-step, in. Hook, swish. Post move, nothing but net … Kevin Love‘s 30 and 7, including 5-of-9 from three, leads us to this crazy stat: Monday was only the fourth game all season he’s had single digit rebounds. If we want to get into an MVP debate, where is Minnesota without him? … Even though the referees tried to slow down the game with approximately 1,345 technicals, we still eventually got in the nightcap with Boston holding off the retirement home with a nine-point win over the Clippers. Led by Paul Pierce‘s 25, they looked like a whole new squad after the break, rather than the one that went into the half down after a horrid second quarter … The Celtics got the dub but L.A.’s Lob City reputation grows (as will YouTube’s hit count) after Blake Griffin‘s reverse alley-oop from Mo Williams. It’s hard to place in Griffin’s (24 points, nine rebounds) Spectrum of Slam, but we’ll give it an eight (which is an 11 for almost anyone else). For our money, DeAndre Jordan‘s (13 boards) in-air snatch of Rajon Rondo‘s layup was better … And because we’ve had some confusion from a few of our readers who didn’t notice them: Yes the comments are back for good on all of our posts. They’re just a little different… we think for the better, from the individual viewing customization to the reply system to the fact that they’ll greatly reduce the number of impostors many of you complained about … We’re out like T.J. Ford.
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