What Happened Last Night: Johnny HAMziel, Clippers Win Battle Of LA, And Chicago Cools Down Miami

  • Joe Levine

After last night’s Cotton Bowl performance, the legend of Johnny Football has grown to staggering heights that almost make me wish I still lived in Texas so I could experience the hype firsthand. Almost.

Johnny Manziel sets Cotton Bowl record with 516 total yards, Aggies roll over Sooners 41-13

It’s a shame Manziel can’t declare for the draft now, his stock and hype will never be higher. After a record-breaking season and a Heisman Trophy, Manziel put the perfect cap on his season by throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns, running for 229 yards and two touchdowns, and leading no. 9 Texas A&M to a huge victory over no. 11 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

The game was actually close at halftime with the Aggies leading just 14-13 at the break. But Texas A&M scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half and the route was on.

Oklahoma was led by quarterback Landry Jones, who threw for 278 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Though, when you lose this big, who needs leaders?

Chris Paul out-duels Kobe Bryant in perhaps official changing of the guard in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant has already said the Lakers are looking up to the Clippers right now. After last night’s game, maybe that wasn’t just lip service.

Led by Chris Paul’s 30 points and 13 assists, the Clippers downed the Lakers 107-102 to improve to 26-8 overall and remain tied for first place with Oklahoma City. Despite Kobe Bryant’s 38 points and five steals, the Lakers fall to 15-17 and in 11th place despite so much preseason championship talk.

Most notably for the Lakers is the ongoing drama surrounding Pau Gasol’s role on the team. Gasol played incredibly poorly Friday night, finishing with just two points on 1-for-6 shooting, four rebounds, and two assists in 27 minutes. More importantly, he was benched the entire fourth quarter again, only entering the game with 1:07 left after Dwight Howard fouled out. It was Gasol’s fourth benching since Mike D’Antoni became coach of the Lakers. So, you know, the writing is on the wall.

Bulls down Heat 96-89 behind 48-28 rebounding edge

LeBron James scored 30 and Dwyane Wade had 22, but it wasn’t enough as the Chicago Bulls used a huge edge on the glass to pound Miami in a 96-89 victory over the defending champs. The Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Miami’s small lineup was put to the test Friday night and failed miserably against a Bulls team with enough size to make him pay. The Bulls frontcourt (Boozer, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler) combined for 42 rebounds, including all 19 of their offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, Miami’s frontcourt players (Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Joel Anthony) combined for just 15 rebounds total. That is pathetic, but nothing new for Miami, who are the second worst rebounding team in the NBA only to Boston.

All statistics via ESPN