Dirk Nowitzki is old and content? The Big German exploded for 40 points as Dallas held off a furious fourth quarter rally from the Jazz in a 102-96 victory. Remember how everyone was on Dirk’s ass about having a down year? Dude has been money for a good minute now, and last night he needed all of 21 shots to quiet Utah’s music … After the Wizards kept giving the Cavs chances to win it, Anthony Parker‘s final pull-up three that missed sealed their fate in Washington’s 101-98 W. Jordan Crawford continued to light it up, going for 31 while John Wall added 24 of his own, winning his matchup with Kyrie Irving (20 points) … Interesting story about how Wall still holds Antawn Jamison‘s old locker (who REALLY went at his former team, dropping 29). In it is a picture of the championship trophy; Jamison left it there as a reminder for the Wizards’ new cornerstone. There’s a lot of “funny” going on here … We hope y’all saw JaVale McGee (11 rebounds, four blocks) take off in the third quarter in an attempt to go coast-to-coast. He looked more uncoordinated than a fawn on it’s first steps. At the end, the frolicking ended up with McGee on the floor and the ball out of bounds … We were really looking forward to the Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge matchup. Then it happened. Minnesota helped Portland continue their downward spiral, winning in the Rose Garden by 12 as Love destroyed LMA (14 points) with 42 points and five threes. It all boiled over in the final half of the fourth quarter, when Love connected on a three-point play in Aldridge’s face, fouling him out in the process … Dwight Howard scorched Milwaukee for 28 points. Orlando should’ve just kept him on the court for the whole 48 minutes in their 114-98 win; They looked unbeatable with the big fella out there, and functioned like a terrible horror movie with him off it (blowing most of a 17-point lead with Howard on the bench) … Danny Granger dropped 20 and the Pacers took New Orleans out into the alley and used them as punching bags, winning 102-84 in a game that was pretty much over at halftime … In college ball, it was a good thing Jordan Brand took us to the first UNC/Duke game this year because in the one last night, the Blue Devils left their games at home. An 18-1 first half run started UNC’s run of dominance that didn’t end all night in their 88-70 win. Kendall Marshall led Carolina with 20 points and 10 assists … And Aquille Carr caught ANOTHER facial. In a close game. On someone who is 6-3. Plus the foul. Thankfully, no one came running out on the court looking for dap … We’re out like T-Mac.
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