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Kyle Kuzma torched the Rockets, and 12 other things from Wednesday night

Houston’s winning streak is over!

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma swooshed his first five three-point attempts and never slowed down. In just the 28th game of his career, he took off for 38 points and did something only Magic Johnson had ever done as a rookie in an L.A. uniform by adding seven rebounds and four assists to that total. That’s how Luke Walton’s team snapped the Rockets’ 14-game winning streak and gave Chris Paul his first loss in Houston.

The Lakers put on their best Rockets impression, draining 15 threes out of 35 attempts (seven belonged to Kuzma). Though James Harden went off for 51 points, Houston never seemed within reasonable range to pull this one out down the stretch.

It was an impressive win for L.A.’s youth.

Brandon Ingram contributed 13 points, six assists, and six rebounds, and Lonzo Ball had 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.


With Nikola Mirotic back in the lineup, Chicago is on a SEVEN game winning streak. The Bulls beat the Magic, 112-94, behind 15-point outings by Nikola Mirotic and Jerian Grant, and a 16-points, 10-rebound night from Denzel Valentine.

Winning is bad for a team looking to score a top-three or better pick in the upcoming draft. There is solace in all of the winning though, or at least that’s what our resident Bulls fan wants to believe.

Who’s going to stop the Warriors?

Don’t look now, but they’ve officially got the longest winning streak in the NBA for the first time this season. They’ve won 10 in a row and could make it 11 when they play the Lakers Friday. And here’s the kicker: They’ve done most of this work without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. This team is incredible.

I’m not sure when the next time they’ll lose is. They don’t go back on the road until 2018. The only challenge it looks like they’ll have in the next week is against the Cavaliers.

This team is hitting its stride at a great time and it’s just getting started. Watch out, Houston, here they come.

J. Cole showed up for Dennis Smith, Jr.

And he got super excited when he made this tough shot.

Smith stepped up for the Mavericks with 15 points, five assists, and five rebounds in a win over the Pistons with Cole in the crowd. The two North Carolina natives are both from Fayetteville, so you know it’s all love.

Now, if only Cole would drop an album.

Russell Westbrook: Still a great dunker

NBA rims should fear this man.



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Pacers 105, Hawks 95 (Indy Cornrows recap | Peachtree Hoops recap)

Heat 90, Celtics 89 (Hot Hot Hoops recap | Celtics Blog recap)

Kings 104, Nets 99 (Sactown Royalty recap | Nets Daily recap)

Bulls 112, Magic 94 (Blog a Bull recap | Orlando Pinstripe Post recap)

Lakers 122, Rockets 116 (Silver Screen and Roll recap | The Dream Shake recap)

Thunder 107, Jazz 79 (WTLC recap | SLC Dunk recap)

Mavericks 110, Pistons 93 (Mavs Moneyball recap | Detroit Bad Boys recap)

Timberwolves 112, Nuggets 104 (Canis Hoopus recap | Denver Stiffs recap)

Spurs 93, Trail Blazers 91 (Pounding the Rock recap | Blazers Edge recap)

Warriors 97, Grizzlies 84 (Golden State of Mind recap | Grizzly Bear Blues recap)

Clippers 108, Suns 95 (Clips Nation recap | Bright Side of the Sun recap)

Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball's rookie running mate, showed promise early