The most exciting part of Boston’s ugly 71-69 win over the Bulls wasn’t anything that happened on the floor. It was what Kevin Garnett said afterwards. KG told reporters this weekend will be his last All-Star Game. He had 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven staredowns with Joakim Noah last night, and his inclusion in the midseason classic wasn’t out of respect. He’s legitimately deserved it this year. Yet he’s going to be 37 years old in a few months, and some are already preparing for the day when Da Kid hangs ‘em up for good. Does he mean he’s retiring after this year? Possibly. He told Jessica Camerato that he knows something we all don’t know (retirement?). It seems Garnett is accepting that All-Star selections are no longer sure things for him, whether he’s here next year or not … If you are a truly great player, you follow up a pathetic performance with a great one. Paul George did that last night, recovering from one terrible night by posting his second triple-double of the season (23 points, 12 boards, 12 dimes) as the Pacers ran right through Charlotte, 101-77 … Will Bynum was the difference as Detroit beat the suddenly professional Wizards, 96-85. Bynum dropped six late points, and dished out another nice assist, spearheading the game-deciding run for the Pistons. He finished with 20 points and eight assists in barely 21 minutes on the floor, despite getting clocked and hitting the deck twice in the last two minutes. The lil’ man could’ve been decapitated and no one would’ve noticed; there was probably 150 people in the stands and at least half of them were asleep … In other major story lines from last night: Josh Smith (30 points, 10 boards, five dimes) and Al Horford (26 points, 12 boards) baked the Magic into pies, eating them up in a 32-point Atlanta win; Portland took the night off in New Orleans, getting pounded 99-63 as Anthony Davis (21 points, 11 rebounds) had one of his best nights of the year; Alan Anderson (26 points) and Toronto – winners of four in a row – surprised New York by four. Carmelo Anthony built a mansion, shooting 5-for-24 while suffering a right arm contusion; Joe Johnson, C.J. Watson and Brook Lopez combined for 74 points in Brooklyn’s 119-108 win over the reeling Nuggets; Ricky Rubio was one rebound shy of a triple-double (18 points, 10 dimes, nine boards) against Utah, but the Wolves couldn’t stop Al Jefferson (20 points, 11 rebounds) or Paul Millsap (21 points), losing by four to the Jazz; while the Clippers beat Houston by 10 behind Blake Griffin‘s 20 points and 11 rebounds … And if you didn’t catch Eric Bledsoe‘s top 10 dunks that we posted on DimeMag.com yesterday, do yourself a favor and check it out. Just make sure you’re not in a library or in the middle of a meeting – you can’t watch without turning into Stu Scott for a few minutes. By the way, this reminds us. Whatever happened to Jamario Moon? Remember when he was the flavor of the month? At the time, we joked he’d have a Chris Carr-like career – known only for dunking. Turns out even that was wishful thinking … We’re out like Nerlens.
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