With a jump shot in the closing seconds of the first quarter Tuesday night in San Antonio, LeBron James became the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 points in his career. The celebration didn’t last long.
The milestone basket put the Cavaliers up 29-25 after one quarter, but by the end of the second quarter, the Cavs were down by eight, 63-55.
Known more for his defense than his scoring, Kings seventh-year shooting guard Garrett Temple dropped a career-high 34 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, as Sacramento won in Orlando 105-99 in a matchup of teams tied for the NBA’s worst record (14-33). The win ended the Kings’ season-high eight-game losing streak, and trade deadline buyers must have been paying attention to what Temple was up to.
The Thunder snuck past the visiting Nets 109-108, but Carmelo Anthony doesn’t get much of the credit. ‘Melo scored just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, had exactly zero assists and registered a minus-7. He played about six minutes and scored only four points in the fourth quarter, when OKC erased an 11-point deficit.
Following months of being excluded from “The Process” in Philadelphia, Okafor finally landed in a better situation when he was acquired by the Nets in December. As a former No. 3 overall pick, Okafor has shown flashes of his potential, but his season average of 5.4 points over 11 games? Not quite All-Star caliber.
Defense wins championships, but not necessarily All-Star games. The 2017 All-Defensive Second Team guard hasn’t quite been an All-Star offensively this season, shooting 22 percent from 3-point range and 33 percent from the charity stripe.
An eight-year veteran that has only appeared in 10 games this year for the Timberwolves, Aldrich has managed to receive the same amount of peer votes (three) as he has made field goals this season.
With career averages of 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, Ajinca has been a serviceable big man in the league; he received a couple of votes too many for a player that will not log one minute this season due to injury.