There wasn’t much more Toronto could’ve expected out of DeMar DeRozan last night. He played one of the games of his life – 37 points, eight boards, six dimes, one clutch facial on Paul Millsap that had every Toronto fan reminiscing about the time he got robbed in the dunk contest, and he did it all in 60 MINUTES OF PT. Add all that up, plus an 11-point second half lead for the Raptors and a tying triple from John Lucas III at the end of the second overtime (his third basket all season) and Toronto should’ve won this one. But yet Utah still found a way to get it done in the third overtime, sneaking out of there with a 140-133 win. How’d they do it? We can start with their dreaded big lineup, which went most of the way during the closing minutes, and featured Millsap (34 points, nine boards), Al Jefferson (24 points, 17 boards) and Derrick Favors (15 points, four blocks) all playing well. Or we could just say Utah made a ton of, some would say, improbable three-pointers. Jefferson made a triple (second one of his career) late. Then, Millsap made three of them in the extra sessions, which would’ve been surprising if we didn’t know he’s 15-39 (nearly 40 percent) on those shots in the last five minutes of fourth quarters and overtimes (courtesy of @kpelton) … It must be fun having Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The two stars saved OKC in Detroit, 92-90, during a night where the Thunder definitely deserved to lose. Luckily, they picked the night they’re playing the travesty that is the Pistons to have their worst game, and Westbrook (33 points, 10 rebounds) and KD (26 points, nine boards) each had one of those “No f-ing way we’re losing to the NBA’s worst team” nights. Down three with 30 seconds left, Brandon Knight had a look at a triple that hit every part of the rim and didn’t go in. The Pistons had been up 13 in the third and 11 going into the fourth … Other stat lines from last night: Boston beat Chicago by six as Rajon Rondo went off for 20 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and five steals … Nikola Pekovic‘s 20 points powered Minnesota to yet another W, this time by eight in Dallas (after praising their offense as one of the league’s best, Dallas has now lost three games in a row and hasn’t hit 100 in any of them) … Phoenix held off Denver, 110-100, as Goran Dragic (21 points, seven assists) had another nice night … And Atlanta won in Portland by eight behind 19 and 11 from Josh Smith … We’re out like Bynum.
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