Breakfast Special: Kevin Durant, Number 1 Pick

Well, you gotta hand it to Kevin Durant. He was finally the first overall pick at something.

Durant got selected first in the All-Star “draft” for Team LeBron James, and the Warriors’ top mercenary even drew a great response from the Trail Blazers on Twitter that doubled as a vicious burn on Greg Oden:

Ouch.

Meanwhile, on TNT, the Dubs beat the Timberwolves 126-113, shooting an insane 21-of-37 (56.8 percent) from three-point land; Durant had 28 while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had 25 each, the three combining to shoot 18-of-27 on three-pointers.

Oh, and Durant also had a triple-double, notching 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Because the correct response to being picked first in an All-Star draft is to play like the MVP. Well-done, KD. Well-done.

Your man of the match:

And hey, want to see a ton of three-pointers?

Russell Westbrook Goes Bonkers

Westbrook had 46 points in the Thunder’s 121-112 win over the Wizards, overcoming 41 points by Bradley Beal in the process.

OKC shot 45-of-87 (51,7 percent) and pulled down 13 offensive rebounds, which was enough to power past a Wizards team that shot 16-of-35 (45.7 percent) on threes.

Indeed, this game might’ve gone the other way but for the fact that the DC Family committed a mind-boggling 23 turnovers against just 14 for the winners. Nine extra possessions, that’s a killer.

Plus, the starters played relatively even in terms of plus-minus; it was the Thunder bench that put up an average of plus-10.2 between the five guys.

How about some full-game highlights:

The Knicks Are Awful

New York, now just 6-19 on the road, got smacked hard in Denver by a 130-112 count Thursday night.

It was a Total Team Effort for the Nuggets, behind a team-leading 23 from Gary Harris, as Denver made 60 percent of their field goals and fully half (14-of-28) from three-point land.

It’s not even that the Knicks played badly. They shot 54.9 and 38.1 percent from the field and from three, dished out 32 assists on their 45 makes, got 21 from Kristaps Porzingis and Michael Beasley and 20 from Enes Kanter, committed only ten turnovers, and otherwise played well in scoring 112 points.

They just played no defense whatsoever, and that doomed them.

But it was Nikola Jokic, with the big double-double, who gets man-of-the-match honors:

O Pat Riley, Where Art Thou

The Kings and Heat played an ugly game Sacramento won 89-88 in Miami.

Buddy Hield had 24 off the bench to power a Kings team that shot 46.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three; the problem was in that three-point percentage; it came on just 5-of-12 shooting. Steph, Klay, and KD each made at least that many threes by themselves last night.

Miami, meanwhile, made 12 three-pointers, but they took 34 of them (35.3 percent) and were so bad on deuces that they shot only 37.8 percent overall, so despite the greater number of points from the perimeter and a dominant (46-38) rebounding total, they just plain fell short.

Indeed, this might not have been as close as it was if Sacramento hadn’t not only played Dark Ages basketball but shot a dreadful 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line.

Highlights? Well, how about De’Aaron Fox coming flying in for the game-winning dunk, proving that even an ugly game can have a fantastic finish:

And Finally…

Terry Pluto once wrote a book called “Loose Balls”. It was not the Robin Lopez Story, but it could well have been:

Happy weekend, everyone. That delayed Is He Any Good is coming this morning (long story short, life intervened yesterday), but other than that, try to avoid Shaqtin’ a Fool on the icy streets of the world in January. Thanks for reading!