Breakfast Special: January Blowout Sale!

The Golden State Warriors won an NBA basketball game by 31 points on a night where only six games were played league-wide.

The Warriors posted just the fourth-best victory margin among the winning teams, as three of the top four East squads won by more than that.

But the losing team in the Dubs’ game is why they’re leading the show, because they beat the Denver Nuggets, 142-111, in Denver.

Golden State scored 51 points in the first. That’s first quarter, not first half. And they hit 10 threes in the frame, a franchise record. The 51 points? Also a record…for the entire league, for points in a quarter.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson notched 31 points apiece, Steph hitting 8-of-13 from three and Klay burying 5-of-8.

Kevin Durant had 27, hitting 5-of-7 from three himself as Golden State shot 21-of-39 from long range in the contest.

Draymond Green had what appeared at first to be another “Dray is washed” game, scoring just four points on 1-of-5 shooting, but he had 13 assists, six rebounds, and a game-high plus-41 in 31 minutes of action.

And Andre Iguodala had eight points on 4-of-5 off the bench…including a plus-22.

Denver got flat-out stomped in this one. It was over when the ref threw the jump ball up to start the game.

And while you can’t make too much out of one game, one can’t help but wonder if this was a “playoffs, yo” statement game for the Warriors, who might just get Denver in the Western Conference Finals.

After all, the Warriors came into this game half a game behind the Nuggets in the standings.

They’re half a game ahead now, 30-14, sole possession of first place and 3.5 up on third-place Oklahoma City.

In other news, word of the Warriors’ demise may be just a little bit premature.

Men of the match? Well, combine for 89 points and you too can get three guys onto a highlight:

Welcome to Breakfast, John Collins

The Atlanta Hawks have two of the most exciting young players in the league in John Collins and Trae Young.

Trouble is, we never get to talk about them because the Hawks are so often a punchline for some team on a losing streak that draws Atlanta and gets an easy win.

So yes, the Hawks are terrible.

But they beat the Thunder 142-126 Tuesday in a game where Collins shot 12-of-14 from the field, scored 26 points, and led an Atlanta attack that shot 62.2 percent from the field and 48.6 percent (18-of-37) from downtown.

Young had 24 points of his own, plus 11 assists and six rebounds on 8-of-17; you can’t win Most Improved Player if you’re already great, and that’s what Young seems bent on doing as he learns how to play NBA basketball. I still say he’s an early favorite in 2019-20 when he truly blossoms the way De’Aaron Fox has this year.

Collins is man of the match:

And hey, the Hawks aren’t in the featured section very often, so let’s give some love to Trae while we’re here:

Cheese Staked

The biggest winner in the sport last night was the Philadelphia 76ers, who welcomed the Timberwolves to the land of cheesesteak and 18th-century tourist attractions and straight-up pantsed them 149-107 for the biggest victory margin of the night.

Minnesota shot 38.9 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three, and hit 29-of-35 from the free throw line.

Philly? 59.8, 48.8 (21-of-43!), and 18-of-21.

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds, Ben Simmons had 20 on 0-of-0 from three-point land, Landry Shamet posted a game-high plus-26 to go with his 12 points off the bench, the Sixers actually outscored a team that scored 51 points in a quarter not just for the game (149-142) but for the first half (83-79.)

That’s right…on a night the Golden State Freaking Warriors made league history, they still got upstaged, that’s the kind of night the Sixers had.

Seven players scored in double figures in the Total Team Effort. Nine scored eight or more.

And Simmons (11 rebounds, nine assists) nearly notched a triple-double.

Which, in turn, makes him your man of the match:

Lightning Round!

The Pacers played host to Phoenix, got up 19 after one quarter, then pulled away in the fourth to crush the Suns 131-97.

And if you noticed the Suns scoring under 100 and thought to yourself without knowing already that Myles Turner came back, well, good for you. Turner’s Defensive Player of the Year candidacy only grew in his absence, and the man was back to restore order.

Turner has evolved like a Pokemon with the ponytail and the schnozzola mask, and he had 18 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 28 minutes.

This Bojan Bogdanovic play was a live ball. Yes, really.

Your men of the match? How about Bojan…and Tyreke Evans, both of whom had 20 to lead the Total Team Effort. The Pacers are 9-1 when they get a TTE.

The Milwaukee Bucks ritually slaughtered the Miami Heat 124-86, with only two Miami players scoring in double figures.

The Bucks, meanwhile, had a Total Team Effort, with no player scoring more than Eric Bledsoe‘s 17 but all 13 players scoring and 10 guys notching at least seven points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in just 25 minutes.

And finally, the Lakers minus LeBron James were only seven points better than the dysfunctional Chicago Bulls, the final margin landing at 107-100.

Lonzo Ball led the way with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 0-of-0 from the free throw line (dude’s so afraid of contact it’s only a matter of time before someone hacks him), while the Bulls helpfully obliged their opponents by shooting just 9-of-31 from three-point land.

Tyson Chandler led the Lakers with plus-19, his veteran leadership anchoring the team in the absence of James and Rajon Rondo.

Dollar Store Westbrook earned his man-of-the-match honors:

Coming later today: De’Aaron Fox’s case for Most Improved Player. Stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!