OKC outlasted Sacramento 103-92 as Kevin Durant destroyed the box score: 29 points, 14 rebounds, seven dimes. James Harden added 20 off the bench, and Serge Ibaka continued to do what he does best: block everything in site. He had eight rejections … DeMarcus Cousins was STRUGGLING last night, like starting 3-for-14 from the field struggling, like 2Pac “Strugglin.” At one point, he got so pissed at the world that he probably broke an NBA record for most times caught cursing by the cameras in a two minute stretch. Keith Smart seemed to take his side, nearly blowing out both his knees while flipping out on the bench. Cousins regrouped somewhat and finished 8-for-21 for 18 points … Early in the second quarter, the Kings TV broadcast brought Oscar Robertson on air, and he immediately took a shot at Kevin Johnson, saying the former point guard never EVER went left. Really bro? The Big O never had the greatest reputation off the court – now he’s become the typical/cliche aggravated old man – and many people just downright don’t like him. This was one of those instances where he just couldn’t help himself. Someone’s putting Kevin Johnson in the same category as me? Psshhh. He never did this! … But there was something good that came out of the conversation. The Kings’ longtime jack of all trades, Jerry Reynolds, put together his all-era NBA teams, one for 1950-1980 and the other from 1981-present. The ’50-’80 team was the Big O at point, Jerry West at the two, and Rick Barry, Bob Pettit and Bill Russell in the frontcourt while the ’81-present team had a backcourt of Magic and Michael, along with Larry Bird, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. No active players were considered (strange). Does that old squad have any chance in a best-of-seven? … Welp, it took long enough but the Grizzlies finally separated themselves from the worst team in the NBA. For three quarters, it was Charlotte who played like the future top-five playoff seed the Grizz are now guaranteed as. But Mike Conley (20 points) came alive late and Memphis won it, 85-80. That’s now 19 losses in a row for MJ’s bushel of trash despite Gerald Henderson taking it back to high school with 32 points. The Bobcats are so pathetic they might be worse than watching re-runs of CBS’ “Rob.” … And Dallas barely survived, winning by 10 against the Tanking Warriors (can we just rename them to that?). In a throwback game, Vince Carter had 19 points and nine boards. Big win though for the Mavs, who will probably be facing either Oklahoma City or the Lakers in the first round. Who do you think they’d rather see? … We’re out like all forms of tanking.
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