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What Happened Last Night: Kansas Ends Skid, Celtics Crash Back Down To Earth


Top of the mornin’ folks. Let’s talk about sports. Last night in particular, when there were professionals and professionals amateurs competing in various basketball games.

The Kansas Jayhawks ended their three-game skid.

After their recent streak of losses to Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma, the reeling Jayhawks faced another test in Kansas State last night at Allen Fieldhouse. But the game wasn’t much of the game, as Kansas went on to crush their in-state rivals 83-62. Ben McLemore celebrated his birthday with 30 points, Jeff Withey added 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Jayhawks blew this one wide open by halftime, leading 47-29 at the break.

Pretty much everything was clicking on all cylinders, especially after Kansas trudged through a 13-point first half against TCU last week. This all probably means something in the grander scheme of the NCAA Tournament, what with seeds and all, but for now we can enjoy the nation’s best throwing haymakers at each other until the real boxing match gets under way in March.

The Boston Celtics finally came back down to earth, and they crash landed.

After seven straight victories following Rajon Rondo’s ACL injury, the Boston Celtics lost by three points to the Charlotte Bobcats 94-91. It was the Bobcats 12th victory of the season, which brings them one step closer to doubling last season’s total of 7. Progress!

More disconcerting for Celtics fans, however, was Leandro Barbosa’s knee injury in the third quarter, which required a teammate and trainer to carry him off the floor. According to our calculations, the Celtics have like, zero guards. So feel free to give Doc Rivers a ring and tryout for the team – Boston is not averse to scooping up stragglers off the street. Just watch out for the door at the arena’s entrance, is all.

The Brooklyn Nets won in overtime against the Indiana Pacers.

89-84 was the final here, as the Pacers defense largely shut down the Nets offense, but the Pacers offense couldn’t put the ball in the bucket. Not that Brooklyn was particularly good on that end of the floor – Brook Lopez poked David West in the eye 60 seconds into the game, and by the time West returned to action, he literally couldn’t see the basket (he went 2-11). Jeff Pendergraph had a season high 14 points, which crushed his previous high of, uh, six. Paul George shot 1-10. Sometimes basketball players don’t make shots. This was one of those nights. Still, it took an extra period for the Nets to close the deal. This says something about someone, probably.



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