Breakfast Special: Score 50. Lose. Repeat.

Three times this season, a player has gone for 50 or better in a game his team lost. Kemba Walker had 60 in a loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 17. James Harden scored 54 on Monday and came up short against the Wizards. And now Kevin Durant has a 51-point game in a loss on his record, as the Warriors lost 131-128 in overtime in a potential Finals preview at Toronto. Bright side? Durant only had one turnover; Walker had nine and Harden had 11 in their losses. For the winners, Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting, Pascal …

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Breakfast Special: Precious ROY in Dallas

Luka Doncic has seized the conversation for Rookie of the Year, as not only are his Dallas Mavericks 10-9 and in eighth place in the Western Conference after the Mavs thumped the Rockets in Houston by a 128-108 count, but by point differential Dallas is the fifth-best team in the West. Houston, meanwhile, has lost four in a row to drop to 9-11, all the way down in 14th, with only the wretched Suns below them. Early in the season, you can talk about small sample sizes and early outliers and all that…but we’re a quarter of the way through …

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Breakfast Special: Mile High Club

As savage demolitions go, holding LeBron James to 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting and the worst plus/minus of any Laker (-23), smashing the Lakers on your home court 117-85, and getting within half a game of first place in the West at 14-7 in the process… …well, let’s just say the Denver Nuggets had themselves a time at home Tuesday night. Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray, and Malik Beasley all had 20 points for the winners, Millsap’s 10 rebounds gave him a double-double, Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 10 boards for a double-double of his own, and Denver’s defense held …

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Breakfast Special: B-Sides And Rarities

The Charlotte Hornets actually gutted out a close win for a change. Furthermore, they managed to get down 14 and still claw their way back. Besides, holding Giannis Antetokounmpo to just 20 points and 11 rebounds is an accomplishment worth celebrating. The real surprise here? Mike Budenholzer’s ultra-efficient inside-out game didn’t generate the easy two-point chances that are normally its hallmark (Milwaukee, at 59 percent, leads the entire NBA in two-point percentage), and that’s how 110-107 wins happen; the Bucks shot just 21-of-44 (47.7 percent) on the deuces. Kemba Walker had a weird 21 points in this one. He shot …

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Breakfast Special: When Bad Teams Go Good

Riddle me this, Batman. When an NBA team becomes my ultimate idee fixe, how many times are they going to have to bear out my points about them before it literally drives me insane? Because I think I’m actually barking mad, and I have the Atlanta Hawks to blame. The Hawks beat Charlotte by one point, 124-123, snapping a 10-game losing streak, and I am leading my freaking column with it because the 9-10 Hornets have a +4.5 point differential, the kind of figure that should have them on pace for 53 wins. I don’t believe in stuff like “learning …

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Breakfast Special: Turkey Day Leftovers

We’ve got a Black Friday sale of NBA highlights for you today, as a busted Wi-Fi signal gave me the day off for what was supposed to be a Turkey Day Dinner special. But enough about that. We’ve got to talk about the Milwaukee Bucks. Because Milwaukee annihilated Portland 143-100 on Wednesday night, taking out the squad that entered the night as the top team in the Western Conference and giving them a good old-fashioned behind-the-woodshed beating. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting, grabbed 16 boards, and came one assist shy of a triple-double with …

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Breakfast Special: A POR-NY Night At MSG

You get the feeling that with the Trail Blazers in town to play the Knicks, some cheeky fool in the promotions department could’ve come up with Adult Film Appreciation Night, because it was a POR-NY game! OK, OK, enough tomfoolery. Basketball may be better than sex, but not when it’s the Blazers playing the Knicks. Portland continued their first-place run in the Western Conference (!) with a 118-114 win at MSG, riding 31 points from CJ McCollum and 29 from Damian Lillard to the win in a game where two quarters were tied (the teams played level at 25 in …

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Breakfast Special: Big Easy Scoring

Sports has gone mad with scoring power. Besides one hell of a Monday Night Football game that even as a Patriots fan I want to see rematched in the Super Bowl (54-51? Are you kidding me? I’ve seen college basketball games not put up that many points,) the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs put up one hell of a show that the Pellies won 140-126. That’s right, someone hung 140 on a Gregg Popovich-coached team and I’m not so sure it even surprises anyone anymore. Anthony Davis had 29 points. E’Twaun Moore had 24. Jrue Holiday had 21. …

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Breakfast Special: Heavy is the Burden on LeBron

The story of LeBron James‘ career has, with a couple of rare exceptions in Miami where Dwyane Wade was a bona fide Hall of Fame sidekick, been a case of carrying utterly wretched teams further than they have any right to go. Indeed, most of the case for James as the NBA’s greatest of all time hinges on the narrative of “he won a championship with a G-League team in 2016.” (and if you want me to say something nice about Kyrie Irving, you must be new here.) And here he is in Los Angeles, dragging the freaking South Bay …

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Breakfast Special: Dray, Durant, Dubs Destroyed

Well, if the Golden State Warriors were hoping for anything resembling relief with Draymond Green back in the lineup for a big national-TV game against the Houston Rockets Thursday night, the giant turd they left out on the court at Toyota Center would seem to suggest that the squad’s got bigger problems. Dray was 0-of-5 from the field, had no points, five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers, whatever he contributed defensively got swamped under a minus-10 that was second-worst (behind only Kevin Durant) among the starters, and Golden State lost to Houston 107-86. Durant had a team-high 20 points, …

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