So much for the Celtics’ winning streak. They went down to Charlotte and coughed up a late lead, losing 94-91. A Gerald Henderson triple and then a Ramon Sessions (19 points) pull-up gave Charlotte the late lead. They held on to it after Kevin Garnett missed a jumper on the next possession, and then Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley both missed potential tying triples with nothing but tap water in their veins. Byron Mullens, one of the three best fantasy pickups of the week, dressed up as Wilt for the night, going for 25 points and 18 boards … Did you know Sessions has made the sixth-most free throws in the NBA this year? That has to be the most WTF stat ever … Henderson and Bradley were locked into an awesome physical battle in the third quarter. After three or four possessions of them dishing it out, Henderson got frustrated and tried to take Bradley off the dribble. Never a good thing. The play ended up in a breakaway Bradley dunk … Check out the final two minutes of regulation in Brooklyn’s five-point overtime win in Indiana: first, Roy Hibbert backed Brook Lopez into the paint and canned a nice right shoulder jump hook to push the Pacers in front. After that, Joe Johnson got ripped by George Hill (22 points), who finished on the break for a four-point lead, and on the following possession, Lopez (25 points) got sucked up by Hibbert in an isolation and lost the ball. Indiana’s game to win, right? Without Paul George (five points), who forgot to wear his big boy pants before fouling out, the Pacers had no offensive creativity, and never threatened once the game ended up in overtime … During the first quarter of Atlanta’s wild victory in Dallas, we saw something we’ve never seen before. Dirk (24 points) was posting up Josh Smith (26 points, 13 rebounds, six assists), and went into his one-foot fadeaway routine. Smoove not only defended it perfectly, but he got a piece of the ball and the thing bounced off the top of the backboard, nearly going out of bounds. Up until that point, we thought that was impossible. It was just another highlight in a long game of them for Smith, who did everything. He even made four of five triples … In other scores from last night: Ryan Anderson unleashed a 31-point night against Detroit in the Hornets’ 105-86 W; and while Stacey King was busy calling himself the “international man of mystery” because the game was broadcasting in China, the Spurs were waxing his Bulls, 103-89. Kawhi Leonard led everyone with 26. The Spurs had no Duncan, no Tony Parker, no Manu and their starting lineup looked like a random five at the Y… and yet they still won against one of the East’s best teams in their building. Someday, can we ask Gregg Popovich to take care of our health care problem too? … We’re out like Boston’s winning streak.
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