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Lion Face Lemon Face 12/23/13: LeBron Knows That Murder Is A Crime, Right?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Eveeeeeeerywhere we go. Not really. There are no NBA games tonight, which doesn’t scream, “IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON” to me. But hey, maybe I’m just being picky. After all, there were 11 games last night and most of them were bags and bags of fun. So instead of complaining about it, let’s just take a look at the best and worst moments from all those games.

Lion Face: LeBron continues to do LeBron-things

Last night against the Hawks, LeBron James filled up the stat-sheet, per usual, scoring 38 points on a highly efficient 16-for-28 shooting, pulling down eight boards, dishing out six assists and corralling two steals. He also baptized Paul Milsap in the closing seconds of regulation to cut the Hawks’ lead to one, which later lead to Ray Allen forcing overtime with three clutch free throws.

LeBron does know that murder is a crime, right?

Lemon Face: Paul Pierce’s first scoreless game in over a decade

Paul Pierce only played 15 minutes against the Pacers on Monday because he got thrown out after flagrantly fouling George Hill on the fast-break. But in those 15 minutes, he was pretty terrible, missing all seven of his field goal attempts and scoring a whopping…zero points. And here’s the sad part: It’s the first time since 1999 that he’s failed to register a single point in an NBA game. I think that’s what they call a “decline sign.” Oh, and there’s this, too:

Lion Face: Jonas Valanciunas’ celebration

Now THIS is how you celebrate an and-one:

Lemon Face: The Rockets let the old Dirk catch fire

HOW DID YOU LET OLD MAN DIRK TORCH YOU, HOUSTON? I’m joking. Dirk Nowitzki is the man. And with with his 31 points last night, he passed Alex English and moved up to 13th on the all-time scoring list. Let’s enjoy his greatness while he’s still around, folks.

Lion Face: The Charlotte Bobcats are the best they’ve ever been

With their overtime win against the Bucks last night, the Bobcats pushed their season record to 14-15, which is good enough for the 5th best record in the woeful Eastern Conference heading into Christmas. But that’s not all the exciting news. See, last season, the Bobcats got off to a pretty good start, but then fell off a cliff in December, winning only one game. But this season, they’ve been so much better and are off to the best 29-game start in franchise history, according to r/NBA. I don’t know about you, but I think that deserves a huge round of applause.

/starts slow clap.

Lemon Face: Tim Duncan decks Sean Elliot 

Hey, Sean Elliot, watch ou…oh, too late.

Lion Face: The Spurs’ new point guard

The Matt Bonner experiment didn’t work out, so the Spurs are using Tim Duncan as their point guard for now and it’s gotten off to a roaring start.

Tim Duncan runs the point.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING, AMIR?!

Lemon Face: Matt Barnes isn’t a happy man

The league announced on Monday that Matt Barnes’ foul on Kevin Love has been downgraded to a flagrant one. Great. Barnes must be happy. Oh, but wait. Because he didn’t leave the court in a “timely manner,” he has since been fined $25,000. Bad. Barnes must be angry. And, hey, he just tweeted about it. This should be interesting.

I’m sure David Stern will love the “#EvenWhenYouWinYouLose smfh!” part of that last tweet.

Lion Face: The best fast-break ever

My mouth actually dropped when I first saw this. It’s just so pretty and wonderful and amazing and I JUST CAN’T STOP WATCHING.

Lemon Face: Who needs Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Chris Kaman when you’ve got Miles Plumlee?

Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman and Robert Sacre – the Lakers’ four big men last night – combined for 21 points, 15 rebounds and zero blocks against the Suns. Miles Plumlee, on the other hand, put up 17 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks all by himself. That’s pretty ridiculous, as was this alley-oop:

Oh, and, duh, the Suns won.

That’s all from me today, but *ahem* HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Thanks to r/NBA for the GIFs.

Scott Rafferty