The Clippers looked like another L.A. team during their five-point win in Boston. DeAndre Jordan (21 points, 9 rebounds) was a pogo stick inside as he picked up the slack from the first bad game from Blake Griffin (12 points, 7 rebounds) that we can remember. The Clippers answered every Celtics run run with big shots, including a couple of huge threes from Mo Williams (28 points) to quash the inevitable Boston rushes late in the game … At the start of the second quarter for the Celtics, Boston had a lineup on the floor of Sasha Pavlovic, Troy Murphy, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and Carlos Arroyo – not one of them was on the roster two weeks ago … Chicago showed the Bobcats exactly what playoff-style defense is all about last night, wearing them down in a 17-point Bull win. You can tell D.J. Augustin (6 points) hates playing against Derrick Rose (20 points, 6 assists). It dates all the way back to college when Rose disrobed the little guy in the NCAA tournament. This is like one of those instances where there’s that one kid growing up who, now matter how ill your outfit is, he always one ups you at every party. It feels like he’s doing it on purpose. Next time they play, Augustin better come with the purple bowtie if he wants to hold his own … After the game Michael Jordan told reporters this about Rose: “MVP of the season. He deserves it. He’s playing that well. He deserves it. Without a doubt. And if he doesn’t get it, now he’ll see how I felt a lot of years.” … Some of the Dime Crew was at New Jersey’s four-point win over the Warriors: Brook Lopez (26 points, 10 rebounds), who still has Valentine’s gift-wrapping paper in his locker, was shooting a couple of game-ending free throws. Even though it was only a two-point game, Kim Kardashian started walking out. Right before she exited, a tanned crony tapped her on the shoulder, so she looked up at the scoreboard for a split second and continued on her way … Other headlines from around the league: Al Jefferson scored 34 points and had the game-winning layup at the buzzer as Utah beat Toronto by two; Minnesota was led by Kevin Love (16 points, 21 rebounds) for his 52nd consecutive double-double in a 26-point slapping of Indiana; Brandon Jennings (18 points) and the Bucks won by 20 against Cleveland; San Antonio beat Detroit by seven behind Tony Parker (23 points); Orlando snuck by the Kings by four as Jameer Nelson (26 points) went off; and the Hornets rode Jarrett Jack (21 points) in the fourth quarter during an unbelievable one-point comeback win over Dallas … If you thought NBA refs were bad, we hope you caught the Rutgers and St. John’s Big East Tournament game yesterday. St. John’s Justin Brownlee stole a pass with his team up two in the final seconds, but then traveled and stepped out of bounds while celebrating with almost two seconds left. Nothing was called and time ran out. The refs screwed up so bad, the Big East had to issue an apology. Rutgers wasn’t just robbed. It was like they got jumped in the middle of a foreign country, had all of their money, phones and passports stolen, and then had to watch as the assailant drove off with the car … As we told you yesterday, there was another big game in New Jersey last night. Number-two St. Anthony’s beat their inner-state rivals, number-one St. Patrick’s, by 17 in a de-facto National Championship … We’re out like apologies.
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