Crazy night in the NBA
Curry was really beyond amazing on this night; he shot 11-13 from beyond the arc and still had 7 assists while playing all 48 minutes. It seemed every shot he put up from 25 plus feet was as easy as a layup. Only Kobe Bryant (61 points) and Michael Jordan (55 points) have shocked and awed the MSG crowd the way Curry did. Curry really can become a superstar in this league if he can only keep his ankles healthy. Let’s pray he doesn’t become another Grant Hill.
Not having David Lee was critical in the Warriors loss. With Andrew Bogut out (is that even a surprise anymore?), guys no taller than 6’9” were trying to keep Tyson Chandler off the boards. I felt Warriors head coach Mark Jackson could’ve used seldom played Andris Beidrins, who is a legit 7 footer, to try and deter Chandler on the glass. Very surprised Jackson stayed as small as he did.
In the shocking upset of the night, The Phoenix Suns went into San Antonio and ended the Spurs 18-game home winning streak with an overtime win. The Spurs were fully healthy coming off their 7-2, 25 day rodeo trip, and somehow managed just 1 point in the extra 5 minutes. An amazing end to regulation saw Manu Ginobili miss a free throw that would’ve iced the game, only to see Jermaine O’Neal throw a pass on a line over 60 feet to a wide open Wesley Johnson, who caught the pass and calmly buried the game-tying 3 as time expired to force the extra session. You have to see it to believe it.
It was also turn back the clock night for Suns center Jermaine O’Neal, who led the team with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Suns had been showcasing O’Neal recently prior to the trade deadline, but are still giving him minutes and he is producing like it was 2005.
The Memphis Grizzlies trailed 38-19 after one quarter at home against the Dallas Mavericks, and trailed by as many as 26 points before mounting a comeback for the ages. The Grizzlies went on a 24-0 run and actually outscored the Mavericks 24-5 in the 3rd quarter. Yes, the Mavericks recorded just 5 third quarter points. The Grizzlies went on a 40-9 run from the time they trailed by 26 points. By the way, it was Memphis’ 8th consecutive win. It appears they have adjusted well without Rudy Gay.
In only 27 minutes of action (due to a blowout win) Kevin Durant recorded his second triple-double since the all-star break. What a remarkable feat in such limited time. Durant just gets better and better, and is becoming an all around threat on the floor. He makes the game look so easy. By the way, more bad luck for the Hornets, who were without Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon again. Hopefully the name change to the Pelicans will do this franchise wonders (sarcasm), or at least keep them healthy.
Further proof how bizarre the NBA can be: The Cavaliers without Kyrie Irving won at Chicago Tuesday night and then returned home to beat the much improved Raptors. It makes you scratch your head how some teams rally around each other to win games minus their star player, but can’t win with them.
Monta Ellis drained a 3 at the buzzer to lead the Bucks to victory in Houston. Ellis finished with 27 points and 13 assists. The Bucks sit comfortably in the 8th spot in the East, with the reward likely being the sacrificial lamb of the Miami Heat in the first round.