Breakfast Special: Steph Gonna Steph With A Vengeance

Stephen Curry has been full Beast Mode since returning from injury; in his two games back, he’s shot a combined 24-of-36 (66.7 percent) from the field, 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from three, and 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) from the line, scoring 70 points, and sticking the knife into the heart of the Dallas Mavericks as Golden State won 105-102 Wednesday night:

Dude’s an assassin like Agent 47 out there.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 25 each as well, and that’s been a lethal combination all season long.

Show me a player, any player, in the entire league who wouldn’t supremely piss off his coach taking a 35-footer with plenty of time left on the shot clock. Then show me any player in the entire league who left no doubt whether the shot was going in:

Your stretch drive highlights:

You like blocks? We’ve got blocks:

Yes, We Have No James Harden. We Have No James Harden Today

The Rockets may be missing their MVP, but it seems from their record with various players out that the real win drivers are Chris Paul and Clint Capela.

And both of them were in the lineup to beat up the hapless Orlando Magic on the road, 114-98.

Capela notched 21 points, while Paul flirted with a triple-double in strange ways, notching eight points, 13 assists, and seven rebounds.

The Rockets hit 15-of-34 from three, held Orlando to 6-of-31, and Gerald Green inexplicably ended up with 27 off the bench on 7-of-10 from long range.

Which makes him the man of the match:

A Spoiled Boston Homecoming

Isaiah Thomas got a DNP-Rest a day after returning to the Cleveland lineup, but he was still in uniform against the Celtics.

Trouble was, Boston absolutely laid the smackdown, leading by as many as 23 before winning by 14.

LeBron James was stifled by the defense, scoring only 19 points, while the Celtics got 20 from Terry Rozier off the bench to power the win.

Meanwhile, Kevin Love was terrible, scoring just two points on 1-of-11.

Cleveland shot just 34.8 percent overall, a true smackdown by a Celtics defense that has vaulted to tops in the NBA.

Halfway home and Boston is 31-10. Not a bad start.

Meanwhile, consider foes once more on opposite sides of the dispute:

He ain’t exactly Havlicek or Bird, but…

Your man of the match, Rozier:

Thunder UP

Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony continue to get things done for the resurgent Oklahoma City Thunder; this time they notched 20, 24, and 21 respectively as part of an absolute slaughter of the Lakers at Staples Center.

Terrance Ferguson had the game of his life in the starting two-guard spot as well, scoring 24 points of his own on 9-of-12 overall and 6-of-9 from three.

Oklahoma City shot 60.2 percent from the field, as the Lakers continue to collapse, just half a game up on Atlanta for the worst record in the league.

Defense ain’t nothin’:

We got a fine rookie crop not seen since 2003-04 around the Association:

Hell, let’s give the kid Man of the Match:

Lightning Round

Some other roundups from around the NBA Wednesday:

Bradley Beal had 27, John Wall and Marcin Gortat had 25 and 21, the Wizards shot 59.3 percent as a team, and that was enough to sink the Knicks in DC by a 121-103 count.

Speaking of teamwork, Joel Embiid (21 points), Ben Simmons (26), and J.J. Redick (20) powered the Sixers to a big home win over the Spurs 112-106; Philly now sits just a half game behind Indiana for the 8 spot.

On the subject of the Pacers, they look like a team in desperate need of their star; they dropped to 0-4 without Victor Oladipo and lost their fifth straight overall, getting pummeled in Milwaukee by the Bucks 122-101. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 and had his way with the Pacers defense, while Khris Middleton added 27.

Miami beat Detroit 111-104; the Pistons are 10-13 since starting the year 10-3, but that 20-16 overall record still has them sitting pretty in the East. Boban Marjanovic got the start, and HERO OF SERBIA scored 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line, adding nine rebounds and committing just two fouls:

Kelly Olynyk led Miami with 25, while Goran Dragic had 24 and Josh Richardson notched 21 in the team spirit win.

Brooklyn beat Minnesota 98-97 despite 30 from Jimmy Butler; Spencer Dinwiddie exploded for 26 including the game-winner:

The Bulls took a tie ballgame into the fourth quarter against the Raptors, but Toronto was just too strong for them and won 124-115. DeMar DeRozan had 35 and hit 5-of-8 from three; if he’s seriously developing that kind of outside game, look out, league. DeRozan also hit all ten of his free throws to get to that 35 count on just 10-of-20 from the field.

Toronto went 19-of-19 from the line, helping them secure the victory.

New Orleans was also perfect from the line in their 108-98 win at Utah; the Pellies hit all 12 of their charity tosses and shot 50 percent from the field for good measure. Anthony Davis had 29 points, while Utah simply couldn’t find the range from three, hitting just 7-of-32 (21.9 percent) from out there.

And finally, the Denver Nuggets rode a stellar 36 points from Gary Harris on a rock-solid 14-of-17 shooting to a 134-111 blowout win over the Suns at home. Denver shot 62.2 percent as a team, and if they hadn’t turned the ball over 20 times, the game would’ve been an even bigger laugher than it turned out to be. The Nugs usually don’t do this on school nights.

Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double, scoring 14 points, pulling down nine boards, and dishing eight assists in the win.

SITE STUFF!

It’s Thursday, and that means someone’s getting the microscope treatment for Is He Any Good. This week, we go to Oklahoma City and revisit the career of Paul George, wondering if playing alongside two other All-Stars has elevated his game…or exposed it.

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