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NBA Scores And More: LeBron Beats Unrecognizable Cavs, Blake Griffin Hosts Another Dunk Party

The Heat moved to 3-0 against the Cavs with a 27-point whooping. In other action, Blake Griffin is one-upped by DeAndre Jordan and Mike Conley dancing all over the Magic defense.

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Cavaliers Vs. Heat: LeBron James, Miami Drop Another Loss On Cleveland

LeBron James had 24 points and eight assists, Dwyane Wade scored 34 and the Miami Heat beat about the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time this season, this one with a 117-90 result. Antawn Jamison scored 21 for the Cavs, and Manny Harris added 20.

Most striking about Cleveland at this point -- besides the 21-game losing streak, that is -- is how unrecognizable the rotation has become. J.J. Hickson is the only current Cavs starter that LeBron played with much. He got a few months with Jamison, but Harris? Christian Eyenga? Ramon Sessions? This isn't just a team missing LeBron. At this point, due to injury, it's a whole new, worse team.

Cleveland shot just 40 percent from the floor, down from their league-worst 42.4 percent. The Cavaliers have the dubious distinction of the league's worst offense and defense, a rarity even in the annals of the NBA's most embarrassing teams.

But enough of all that. The Heat played! Joyous occasion! Mike Miller continues his weird transformation into a Princeton offense big man, with 11 rebounds off the bench. Eddie House followed his game-saving Sunday performance by taking a game-high six three-pointers (calm down, bro), and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 rebounds against, don't forget, his old team.

Mercifully, the Cavs have just one more game against the Heat this season. It will be in Cleveland in late March, and it will be unwatchable.

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Bucks Vs. Clippers: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Hulk Out In L.A. Win

Blake Griffin had his eighth 30-point game of the season with a 32-point, 11-rebounds, six-assist night in the L.A. Clippers' 105-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeAndre Jordan, Griffin's frontcourt running mate (Vote Griffin-Jordan 2011!) added 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Randy Foye, temporarily manning Eric Gordon's position, hit the 20-point mark for the third straight game.

Milwaukee's offense was solid (for a change), as Corey Maggette scored an efficient 25 points (6-13 floor, 13-15 line) and with Brandon Jennings scoring 12 off the bench in his second game back from foot surgery. Jennings hit two of Milwaukee's five threes, reminding us that his shooting prowess has perhaps been missed as much or more than his ballhandling and playmaking ability.

In what was perhaps a dunk contest preview, Griffin uncorked a windmill on an undefended breakaway. Get your oohs and ahhs ready.

That may have been the NBA's "Dunk of the Night," but for this game I'll cast my lot with Jordan, who turned Jon "Mancakes" Brockman into oatmeal.

As an old Floridian sitting at a dog track might say, "Yowza!"

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Nuggets Vs. Nets: Carmelo Anthony's Impressive Display Not Enough To Melt New Jersey

 

Carmelo Anthony did his absolute best to make the New Jersey Nets feel as if they were missing out on something wonderful, and perhaps in New Jersey's heart of hearts, they did feel a twinge of regret as 'Melo poured in 37 points from every spot on the floor and every angle, even though New Jersey's own Nets ran away with a 115-99 victory. Luckily, Mikhail Prokhorov has no heart, just a chilled martini glass and a lack of patience for flimsy-flamsy basketball players. And so, the détente remains just that.

There's no shame in wondering whether the Nets' players, specifically those mentioned in amaranthine 'Melo trade talks, played with extra spiteful passion. Devin Harris, essentially a salary throw-in back when 'Melo was the rage, racked up 18 assists. Travis Outlaw, whose poor performance has necessitated a small forward of Anthony's caliber, scored 21 points. Derrick Favors wasn't great (six points, six rebounds and some foul trouble), but box scores are nothing compared to the flame in a young man's eyes. And I assure you that Favors' flame burns brightly.

Meanwhile, Denver must cope with back-to-back losses in Philadelphia and Newark, something Western contenders ought not suffer, and something that will undoubtedly cast aspersions on any idea the Nuggets could chase a title and convince 'Melo to sign his extension. It's not happening, apparently. The Nuggets failed to catch even the foundering Jazz despite the soft schedule.

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Magic Vs. Grizzlies: Mike Conley, Memphis Dance On The Grave Of Orlando's Defense, Win 100-97

Mike Conley scored 26 points and tallied 11 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies busted up the Orlando Magic 100-97. Memphis' 100 points came in a slow-paced game, and the Grizzlies shot 53.3 percent from the floor. Conley himself hit nine of 14 shots and four three-pointers. He absolutely shredded former All-Star Jameer Nelson.

That caused an interesting scenario, given that Nelson's well-paid back-up Gilbert Arenas played well to start the fourth. The Magic trailed by 14 points minutes into the fourth quarter. Stan Van Gundy rolled with a line-up including three starters -- Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu -- and two back-ups, Arenas and Ryan Anderson. That unit quickly went on a 12-0 run, and battled with the Grizzlies throughout the fourth, eventually tying the game at 96 before conceding to Conley's awesome will.

Whether this particular game will have an impact on the point guard position in Orlando going forward remains to be seen; Stan Van Gundy isn't a fluttery-hearted pancake artist, so expecting him to flip on a whim is misguided. But the eyes see what they want to see.

In other action:

Pacers 104, Raptors 93: It is the year of replacement coaches! Frank Vogel won his Pacers debut as interim coach, potentially giving the Raptors, led by a head coach, Jay Triano, of questionable repute, ideas. Roy Hibbert had 24 points, his highest total since November.

Mavericks 102, Wizards 92: Dirk Nowitzki had a silky 24 points on 7-11 shooting as the Mavs sent the 'Zards to a 0-24 road record. Tyson Chandler had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Jason Kidd was a rebound away from a triple-double. Trevor Booker, starting in a three-forward line-up with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, was scoreless in 11 minutes, which is too bad, because Booker is one of the least contemptible Wizards big men.

Jazz 83, Bobcats 78: The Jazz survived Game No. 3 without Deron Williams, but it took 21 points from Al Jefferson and 20 off the bench from C.J. Miles, in addition to the completely mediocre you've come to expect from the Bobcats. Charlotte is now 3-2 on its road trip, with a Wednesday game at Detroit wrapping things up.

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