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Harden Ties Kobe For Most Pts At MSG, Oladipo Injury, LA Rep Wants Goodell To Testify

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James Harden started with a four point play on Wednesday night against the NY Knicks and didn’t slow down. Harden finished with 61 points,  15 rebounds and 5 steals, tieing Kobe Bryant for the most scoring points for a visiting player at Madison Square Garden since 1968. Rockets 114, Knicks 110.

In some unfortunate news, it looks as if the Indiana Pacers All-Star guard, Victor Oladipo, suffered a potential season ending injury in a non-contact play against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night.  Oladipo is the Pacers leading scorer this season.

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First it was a lawsuit against the NFL and Roger Goodell, and now a New Orleans congressman, Cedric Richmond (D-LA) wants Goodell to testify in front of the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee about the blown call against the Saints in the NFC Championship game. Richmond said, “The Saints should be on their way to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl. Instead, they are left with the memory of officials who failed to create an equal playing field and deprived them of that opportunity. Officials should not have the ability to determine the fate of a team who rightfully earned their place in NFL championship history.”

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Carmelo Anthony’s Trade, Thompson Sets 3-Point Record, Harden’s New Stat Ties Chamberlain

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The Carmelo circus continues. According to reports, the Houston Rockets will trade Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, who will then waive Anthony so he can sign with another team. The Bulls will receive cash compensation in the trade, while the Rockets will save $2.6 million in luxury tax fees. Now the question is where will Anthony end up? There’s some talk he’ll go to the Lakers to be with his buddy, LeBron.

Golden State Warriors guard, Klay Thompson, set an NBA record Monday night hitting 10 straight 3-pointers to start the game. Thompson was on fire all night, finishing with 44 points and helping the Warriors cruise to a 130-111 victory over the LA Lakers.

The Houston Rockets James Harden continues to impress. In yet another night of scoring at least 30 points (his 20th consecutive), he answered questions about being in the same conversation as NBA great, Wilt Chamberlain (who is the only other player to have 30 plus points in 20 consecutive games), and said, it’s a “credit to the work that I put in”. Even with Harden’s impressive stats, the Rockets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 121-93.

 

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2018 NBA Awards: Harden MVP, Simmons Rookie Of Year, Fired Casey Coach Of Year

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The 2018 NBA Awards broadcast Monday night captured the great performances from the regular season.  James Harden won the MVP after scoring an average of 30.4 points per games.  Oddly, LeBron James hasn’t won the award in the last 5 years. Harden didn’t prepare a speech in case he didn’t win. He said he wasn’t going to get emotional, but sounded a bit choked up when he thanked his mom,”I’m not going to get emotional but she is my backbone, good times, bad times… Sixth Man of the Year [in 2011-12] to the MVP. Shout out to all the [young players]. They got a dream. There is a vision out there. Go chase that dream. … I’ll see y’all next year!” It’s the first MVP award for Harden.

Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons won rookie of the year (even though fellow rookie Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell harrassed Simmons all year by claiming he wasn’t a “true” rookie having sat out the 2016 season). Mitchell even arrived at the awards show in a van plastered with “Rookie?” on the side.

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo took home the most improved player award, and Utah’s Rudy Gobert won defensive player of the year.

Lou Williams won 6th man of the year for the second time in his career (first time in 2014). Drake wrote a song about him as the 6th man.

In the most awkward moment of the night, Dwayne Casey won Coach of the year for the Toronto Raptors, even though he was fired by the Raptors after having lost to the Cavaliers in the playoffs. Casey is now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

 

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LeBron’s Streak Ends, Davis First Playoff Win, Cousins On Plane To Coachella, Crawford Big Baller, Celtics/Bucks Exciting Finish, Harden’s 44 Pts

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Here are a few stories from the first round of the NBA Playoffs. For more highlights, click here.

For the first time since 2012, LeBron James lost a first-round playoff game. The Indiana Pacers cruised to victory and upset LeBron’s streak of 21 straight 1st round wins. Pacers 98, Cavs 80.

The New Orleans Pelicans also had a meaningful first in their 97-95 victory over the Portland Trailblazers.  The win marked the first time since 2011 the Pelicans won in the postseason, and it was the first playoff victory for their star Anthony Davis.

In other Pelicans news, DeMarcus Cousins is rehabbing an Achilles injury, and according to coach Alvin Gentry, he didn’t accompany the team to the playoff game because he wasn’t cleared for travel. His manager, however, posted a photo of the two of them traveling on a private plane to Coachella. Not exactly the smartest PR move.

And, in one more piece of Pelicans news, Guard Jordan Crawford appears to be near signing a deal with Big Baller Brand. He will be the first player (other than Lonzo Ball) to wear the merchandise and potentially represent the brand.

In other playoff news, the most exciting few seconds of the weekend featured the Boston Celtics vs the Milwaukee Bucks tied at the end of regulation. First, the Celtics Terry Rozier made a 3 pointer with 1 second left and put his team ahead. Miraculously, with 1/2 a second left, Khris Middleton shot an impossible looking hail mary to sink a 3 and send the game to overtime, where the Celtics hung on to win.   Celtics 113, Bucks 108

The Houston Rockets looked solid in game 1 with James Harden scoring 44 points to help the team outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101.

 

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Alex Smith To Redskins, James Harden Highest Scoring Triple Double In History, Love Out

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NFL free agency officially begins on March 14th, but big trades are already going down. The Washington Redskins reached a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a reported $71 million. Smith turns 35 in May but had a career high in passing yards this season. Current Redskins QB Kirk Cousins indicated he wasn’t likely to sign a long term deal with the team, so they’re investing in Smith to lead the team for the next few years. The trade isn’t official until free agency begins. No word yet on where Kirk Cousins will end up, but there’s speculation he could become the highest paid player in the League for the 2018 season.

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Houston Rockets James Harden had one for the books by posting the highest scoring triple double in NBA history with 60 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Even LeBron James was impressed by Harden. He tweeted, ” That’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!!” The Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107.

In other NBA news, the Cleveland Cavaliers got more bad news when Kevin Love fractured his left hand during Tuesday’s game against Detroit. It’s likely Love will miss at least a month of playing time. He’ll also miss the February 18th All-Star game

 

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