We’re not sure what was more incredible in the first half of Houston’s 140-109 destruction of Golden State. Was it the fact that the Warriors shot 58 percent from the field and were still trailing by 15? Or was it Houston making 14 three-pointers? Both teams were so unconscious (the Rockets had 77 points at the break) that when Steph Curry banked in a shot from midcourt at the buzzer, it was almost expected. It’s hard to say the Rockets ever cooled considering they scored 140, but at least in the second half, they finally started missing (they still finished with 23 made triples, tying a NBA record). Jeremy Lin went to work against Golden State’s backcourt, cutting them up and finishing with 28 points and nine dimes, his best game in nearly two months. James Harden added 18 points … Paul George might be going through basketball puberty this season, and we might be as big of fans of him as anyone, but even we had to laugh at Indiana’s crowd in the fourth quarter of their 114-103 win over the Hawks. In the final frame, George (29 points) started getting MVP chants from Area 55, Roy Hibbert‘s ticket section. You can’t blame the fans. Hibbert hasn’t given them anything to cheer about all year; they were probably just bored. Meanwhile, George was by far the best player on the court. The only other player close was Jeff Teague, who had 24 points and eight dimes in his return home … And you thought the Super Bowl lights fiasco was bad. Last night in the third quarter, the Indiana-Atlanta game was delayed for what seemed like 20 minutes on the replay of a single call. D.J. Augustin drove to the rim and got decked by Al Horford, and the referees seemed like were deliberating from defensive foul to flagrant foul to offensive foul to technical. After a while, the animosity in the crowd was rising to Spring-1995-Source-Music-Awards levels … Midway through the third quarter, Ian Mahinmi airmailed a free throw, and Pacers’ announcer Quinn Buckner started breaking out bedroom noises: “Heeeeeemmmmmm, that one touched everything but nuthiiiiiing, nuthiiiiing.” … Atlanta’s ’90s retro uniforms still look like a Photoshop mashup. They are super dope though, although it would’ve been better had Steve Smith, Mookie Blaylock and Chris Crawford showed up … And Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari (each with 22 points) and the Nuggets came from behind to beat Milwaukee, 112-104, spoiling Sam Dalembert‘s career night (35 points, 12 rebounds) … We’re out like Golden State’s defense.
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