Undermanned and the backup, backup point guard has a career night and game-winning 3 for a W. E’Twaun Moore follows in the steps of DJ Augustin, Nate Robinson, and John Lucas III with this random breakout game — 19 points, a career high, and 9/10 shooting. The play Thibs drew up proved to be perfect with 4 seconds left as he used Pau as a decoy down low to feed the hot hand. The ensuing Pau/E’Twaun hug was heartwarming too. #SeeRed
Welcome back, Craig Sager as well! I know you were probably planning on talking to Russell Westbrook (who put up a ho-hum 40, 8, and 7) but no, you’re post-game interview is with E’Twaun Moore.
AD topping even James Harden for buzzer beater of the year. What an adjust by Davis in mid-air to cap off a thrilling ending, 41 points and 10 rebounds, and a 106-103 victory over their 8-seed chasing rival, OKC Thunder. Westbrook had a career high 48 points with 3 FTs to tie the game and set the stage for Davis’ heroics with 1.2 seconds left. If you saw the ending to this live, you were in for a treat. Incredible.
One of the games of the season took place in Oakland tonight as the Bulls snapped the Warriors’ 19-game winning streak at home with a 113-111 OT win, capped off by Derrick Rose’s smooth step-back J with 7 seconds left. That bounce is insane.
The game was a weird one in which the Bulls still won, missing 2 starters (Mike Dunleavy, ankle; Jimmy Butler, illness) and Rose committing 11 turnovers, missing 20 shots, and only having 1 assist. Those numbers are as ugly as those line-drive 3s he was bricking at the end of the game, but Rose was in attack mode and still managed to put up 30. The aggressive way he was playing alone makes it a net positive. This shot only amplified that, of course.
One of Rose’s turnovers was capitalized in a special way by Steph Curry. I’ve had to watch this a few times too. *dap*
But all in all, the Bulls get the last laugh and probably their most impressive W of the season. Trap game alert in L.A. on Thursday, but as Taj Gibson so poignantly says, tonite was a big W for the Bulls.
James Harden with the coldest buzzer beater of the year.
Sorry P.J. Tucker’s ankles. Wow. This is the 3rd buzzer beater that the Suns have lost on this year (here are the other two) and that will almost certainly come back to haunt them as they race for the 8th seed these next few months. Tough luck.
Elsewhere in the L, J.R. Smith and LeBron James connected on probably the coolest alley-oop of the year so far.
And even without Kobe for the rest of the year, the Lakers are a gift that just keeps on giving.
Cardiac Kemba with his 3rd buzzer beater of the season — tonight coming at home on the honeycomb floor vs. the Pelicans. Just watch how tough this shot is. Gotta love the heart from this undersized guard who’s been doin’ it big ever since leading UConn to the ship. Tonight was his 3rd 30+ point game in a row, leading the Hornets to a 98-94 victory over New Orleans.
Kemba Walker has 4 tying/go-ahead FG in last 5 seconds of 4th Qtr/OT this season. The last player with more in a season was Kobe in ’09-10
Other notable plays tonite: Kyrie Irving doing some Uncle Drew things (albeit in a losing effort), Marc Gasol doing some Larry Bird things (fantastic), and Russell Westbrook dunks on the Kings (again) with Jalen Rose paying homage to the late great Stuart Scott.