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Al Jefferson Leads Bobcats to Victory: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/30/14

  • Al Jefferson came ready to play last night, tying a season-high with 35 points and also grabbing 11 rebounds as the Bobcats pulled out a 101-98 win over the Nuggets. Big Al scored seven of the Bobcats’ last 11 points over the final three minutes. It was his second straight 30+ point night, as well as his tenth in a row scoring at least 20. Jefferson has been good all year, but his last five games have been incredible. Over the last five nights, he’s putting up averages of 27.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.6 blocks. This is exactly what Charlotte envisioned when they brought Jefferson in over the summer. The Bobcats especially need these performances right now as they fight to keep control of the eighth and final playoff spot.

 

  • After falling down early, the Thunder dominated from the 2nd quarter on last night. Really, however, they took control once Kendrick Perkins was removed from the game. Check out this incredible stat from Tom Haberstroh. Perkins’ value has decreased significantly since the Thunder acquired him from the Celtics a few years ago, and against teams like the Heat that go small, he’s worse than worthless. He actually hurts the team.

 

  • In the 3rd quarter of that Heat-Thunder matchup, there was a stretch in which Kevin Durant and LeBron James traded baskets that was just awesome. Each of them scored eight points in about a two minute stretch. It reminded me of a pickup game where someone scores on you, so then you have to go right back down and try to redeem yourself by scoring on them. Except instead of it being two scrubs playing pickup, this was the two best players in the world.

Go to the 50 second mark of this video to check it out.

 

  • Kevin Love kept up his impressive play, leading the Timberwolves to another win, 88-77 over the Pelicans. Love dropped 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. It was the second straight game Love put up a 30 spot. The T’Wolves have now won five of their last six and are just two games out of a playoff spot.

 

  • As we saw last night, Evan Turner made the mistake of actually making the buzzer beater to give the Sixers a win over the Celtics, which is actually more like a loss in the long run. What we didn’t see, however, was this dunk by Jeff Green, which was pretty awesome, imo.

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