The objective here is to get you through last night’s news in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee — even if you are a coffee chugger like the boss.
Let’s just say it was a good night to watch TV — if we’re talking about the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows on TNT. The basketball itself wasn’t all that competitive — yet still produced these five nuggets of knowledge.
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- It was a night of mosts. The Celtics’ 116-95 victory over the Lakers, moving them to 6-0 without Rajon Rondo, was their largest margin of victory and the Lakers’ largest margin of defeat of the season. The Nuggets 128-96 throttling of Chicago represented the most points the Bulls have given up this season (or in any of the three seasons Tom Thibodeau has been their coach) and the most Denver had scored.
- Kevin Garnett became the 16th NBA player to reach 25,000 career points, nailing an 11-foot turnaround jumper that gave him put the Celtics ahead 39-29 with 8:08 left in the first half. Jerry West, Reggie Miller and Alex English are now the three guys ahead of him on the career scoring list.
- After learning he had been included in the field for the slam dunk contest at All-Star Weekend, Kenneth Faried of Denver had a series of rim-rattling, crowd-pleasing jams that set the tone for the Nuggets’ eighth straight win. Faried finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes as the Nuggets won for the 15th time in 18 games since Jan. 1.
- Dwight Howard had nine points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes before fouling out with 5:07 left in his first game back after missing three with shoulder pain. Our own Moke Hamilton was at the game, and he thinks Kobe Bryant is testing Howard’s manhood by pushing him to play through the pain.
- The Lakers have a quick turnaround as they move through their seven-game road trip (they are 3-2). They play at Charlotte tonight, then at Miami on Sunday. El Lay had won six of its previous seven games to move three games behind the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Stat Mann is the nom de guerre of our research statistician, who spends a lot of time watching basketball in central Connecticut. Someone would be angry if they discovered he was moonlighting here.