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Smack / Nov 4, 2012 / 1:40 am

Jesus Saves The Heat; A Rookie Wins A Duel With James Harden

Ray Allen

We don’t want to say we called it, but… we kinda did. After Ray Allen splashed his first shot of the season on a wide-open corner triple, we noted that he’s pretty much automatic from that area. If he gets a look from the corner, you might as well start walking down to the other end. Well last night in Miami’s wild 119-116 win over Denver (the Nuggets offense finally showed up for the first time this year), the Nuggets had a one-point lead in the closing seconds before LeBron James (20 points, nine boards, 11 assists) drove hard to the rim and found Jesus wide open in the corner. Not only did Allen (23 points, six triples) make it, Corey Brewer fouled him to help secure the extremely rare clutch four-pointer. It won the game for the Heat after Danilo Gallinari missed a stepback three on Denver’s last chance. Think about that final play for a second. You have the best player in the world going one-on-one. LeBron’s either getting a great shot, or you’re doubling off the greatest three-point shooter of all time in the corner … This was one of those old 1980s showdowns where everyone just runs around, chucks up shots Ricky Davis-style and no one even pretends to care about defense. Not even halfway through the second quarter, the teams had already combined for nearly 100 points. With no one bothering to check anyone on that end, Chris Bosh was free to drop 40 points … After Sandy took out what would’ve been an epic Nets/Knicks showdown in Brooklyn’s season opener, the Nets came back last night and did the next best thing: beat Toronto 107-100 in the first-ever regular season game in the Barclays Center. Everything there is super Brooklyn. The in-game music feels like they just pulled the soundtrack from 2K13. Jay-Z and Beyonce made at least two dozen appearances during the game’s telecast (Although the camera crews did spend WAY too much time observing random drunken fans. You can’t do that during a celebrity watch; we see a guy all smashed up with a drink in his hand, and we get excited thinking it’s a celeb making a fool of themselves.). We wouldn’t be surprised if Avery Johnson was using the Roc signal to call in plays. But they also unveiled their new mascot, the Brooklyn Knight, and that thing is one of the worst tragedies we’ve ever seen in the history of sports mascots. It’s cool that all fans in attendance got a 32-page comic by Marvel to go with it (probably Brook Lopez‘s pregame reading), but the mascot’s still covered in sharp metal and looks like something out of the old Power Rangers show. As for the action, Lopez led the squad with 27, and dug really deep in securing a whole five rebounds. Deron Williams hit for 19 and nine, and fittingly scored the team’s first basket, but it was C.J. Watson (15 points) who was probably the difference … Can we have O.J. Mayo play against the Bobcats every night? Mayo dropped 30 in Dallas’ 27-point W, and hit seven threes. Not surprisingly, given that this was against zone-obsessed Charlotte, pretty much every one of them was wide open. Darren Collison added 18 and 10 dimes for the Mavs … Everyone knows we probably hyped up Lance Stephenson too much when the dude was in high school (let’s not get into that), and we know it’s only a few games into the new season, but could it be… Lance is FINALLY turning into a decent player? After putting in 15 and six boards on Friday night against Charlotte, he played all of the crucial minutes against the Kings ahead of Gerald Green, and hit a corner three (he had 10 in the game) that proved to be one of the game’s biggest shots. Indiana and Sacramento turned the two overtime periods into wrestling matches – there were probably twice as many bodies on the floor than buckets during the extra frames – but the Pacers survived 106-98 behind 35 combined rebounds from Paul George (17) and David West (18) … And Boston barely survived in D.C., holding off the Wizards, 89-86. It was an odd game: the Wizards bench went absolutely crazy in the second half, and had 62 points on the night. However, the game’s wackiest moment came courtesy of Rajon Rondo (12 points, 12 assists). With the shot clock winding down on a fourth quarter possession, Rondo had his shot blocked, but he caught the deflected shot with just one hand, and flung it into the hoop from nearly the foul line … Keep reading to hear about Brandon Jennings’ buzzer-beater …

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