Down one at home against Sacramento, Nene found himself one-on-one in a clear-out against Chuck Hayes. He ended up going left, getting up in the air and basically traveling. Sacramento’s broadcasters spent a hot minute trying to give Hayes all the credit, but it was more like Nene forgot to jumpstart his brain … The game still ended up tied with 7.9 seconds left after Martell Webster (18 points) went to the rim and the Kings backed off like they smelled something funny. Yet the Kings finished off the W when Isaiah Thomas (22 points, seven assists) got to his left hand and hit a high-arcing floater in the lane. All 14 of the Wizards fans in the stands let out a hush. But the best part was seeing the Kings celebrate afterwards. Everyone was chest bumping Thomas and taunting the crowd, and then Aaron Brooks came walking over – the guy who’s riding the bench now behind Thomas – and gave Thomas a half pat on the ass. Then, Brooks walked away with a blank expression on his face. We’ve seen more enthusiasm at toll booths … Joakim Noah lit up Charlotte for 13 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks in the Bulls’ eight-point win. But the best part of the night was Carlos Boozer sending Bismack Biyombo to the floor with a nasty left-handed facial. Stacey King serenaded the play with this: “Ohh, stop it! STOP IT! Get on the Booz cruise!” … In Utah, the Rockets turned the second quarter into a layup drill, and had every fan in the building raining boos as the lead grew to 21. James Harden (25 points) punctuated the run when he unleashed a rated “R” dunk. We thought that would be the end of of it. It wasn’t. The final score was 125-80, Houston … An Andre Iguodala free throw with 0.4 seconds left saved Denver from a ridiculous collapse in the closing moments against the Pacers, 102-101. Danilo Gallinari led everyone with 27 points … And Deron Williams dropped 20 points and nine dimes as Brooklyn destroyed Orlando, 97-77. There are only a few questions we have. One: if you’re J.J. Redick, how do you go from a 31-point game to following that up with five the very next night? And two: the Nets ran a timeout segment where little kids tried to pronounce Mirza Teletovic‘s name. Why? Half of his teammates probably can’t even do that … We’re out like Aaron Gray’s MVP candidacy.
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