Draymond Green may never hit a shot again to beat a defending champion team, so he should savor last night. It couldn’t have gotten much easier. With Shane Battier leaving him to hedge toward Klay Thompson, Green was left wide open underneath the rim, and his layup with 0.9 seconds left lifted Golden State to a 97-95 statement win in South Beach. Thompson finished with 27, and nearly matched LeBron. James, who went for 31 points, had a chance on the final possession, but even if his fallaway looked good, it didn’t fall … When was the last time a team started 15-7 and no one cared, no one took them seriously and no one even bothered to watch them? This Golden State thing is undeniably historic because even with “Mama There Goes That Man” Jackson as a coach, we’re all busy watching the Lakers self-destruct instead of the Warriors … It was kind of funny hearing Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith on Game Time last night trying to convince everyone that Goran Dragic‘s game-winner against Memphis was only possible because he’s European. To clue you in: Dragic went to the rim on Marc Gasol, got caught along the baseline, and pivoted three times until finding the room to roll it in around Gasol’s arm. It was just a great move, great footwork – had nothing to do with where the dude comes from … On the contrary, Memphis’ money play was throwing the ball to Rudy Gay 30 feet from the hoop and letting him go one-on-one. Even with the Phoenix announcers ready to propose to Gay – on his clutch play: “It’s like clockwork… It’s automatic” – the Suns played great defense, and Gay (21 points, 11 rebounds) looked like he was in Game 7 of the 2011 First Round all over again … In other games last night: Boston survived 24 points from O.J. Mayo, and beat Dallas by two in double overtime behind 16 points, 9 rebounds and 15 assists from Rajon Rondo; Orlando fell at home to Atlanta by six as Josh Smith had another solid all-around night (16 points, 11 boards, 5 blocks); Joe Johnson had 23 points and the Nets finally won a game, 94-88 in Toronto, despite the best efforts of the officials to block their free throws (Kris Humphries is probably still laughing about this one); Joakim Noah (21 points) was the difference down the stretch in Chicago’s 96-89 win in Philadelphia; The Bucks beatdown Sacramento by 13 as four different players (Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute) all had at least 16 points; Houston and James Harden (31 points) ran through the Wizards, 99-93; and Mo Williams hit a bomb from deep at the buzzer to take out San Antonio, 99-96. Even though he made it, we have to say: it was a terrible shot – wasting four or five seconds to shoot a contested 25-footer. If you’re a Spurs fan, all you can do is laugh. In a game dominated by the big guys (Tim Duncan had 22 and 21 while Paul Millsap threw in 24 points, 12 boards and five dimes), to have it end like that was shocking … We’re out like a Jordan comeback.
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