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Kevin Garnett slaps Ryan Anderson in face, Anderson called for foul

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This is about the most Kevin Garnett play you’ll ever see.

He’s running up the court, the Pelican’s Ryan Anderson slides over close to him, and KG reaches out to smack Anderson in the head. The referee sees it and whistles Anderson for the foul.

The best part is the fans in the arena see the video and boo, the referees hear this and review the play with the help of Secaucus, and still keep the foul on Anderson, saying he got in KG’s way. Riiiight.

Anderson and the Pelicans had the last laugh, coming from 17 down to get the comfortable 114-99 win.

Three Takeaways from NBA Tuesday: Anthony Davis too much for Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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A little reading recommendation: Yago Colas has a book coming out called “Ball Don’t Lie” talking about the intersection of hoops, language, culture, politics and more and how it shapes the sport we love. It looks compelling, and you can preorder it now. Also, here’s what you need to know from a four-game slate Tuesday in the NBA:

1) Anthony Davis drops 35 on Timberwolves, Pelicans get needed win. If the New Orleans Pelicans are going to make a push and get back in the playoff picture in the West, it’s going to happen now — Tuesday marked the start of a seven-game homestand. Anthony Davis understood the urgency. Davis put up 22 points in the first half when the Timberwolves had built a 17-point lead — without Davis this game would have been over by half. Davis did most of his damage with Kevin Garnett covering him — KG was a step slow to contest Davis’ jumper most of the night and paid for it. Then when Minnesota inevitably blew their lead (they have led by 17 or more nine times this season and lost five of those games) it was Davis who got to the line, scored a dozen in the final frame, and secured the Pelicans victory.

New Orleans is still four games back of Utah for the last playoff spot in the West, and they are going to have to hop Portland and Sacramento to get there, but it’s not impossible. The Pelicans’ schedule isn’t brutal in the second half, but they need to string together wins. And they are going to have to do it without Eric Gordon, who fractured his finger and is likely out a month.

2) Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the same team is just not fair.
Oklahoma City is still trying to figure out what to do with the starting shooting guard slot — nobody seems to be consistent there. Against Denver Tuesday, when it was the four lock starters — Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams — and Andre Roberson (who started), the Pelicans were -9. Sub in Dion Waiters for Roberson and the Thunder were +10. But we all know the next night Waiters could be the issue. It will be interesting to see if the Thunder try to address this at the trade deadline.

What the Thunder have are Durant and Westbrook, who cover up a lot of those flaws, and are the reason OKC got a 110-104 win in the mile high altitude. Durant led the way with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Westbrook added 27 — but he was the highlight factory for a night.

3) Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked on Hassan Whiteside. Westbrook was impressive, but the Greek Freak had the dunk of the night, powering through Dwyane Wade then throwing it down on arguably the best shot blocker in the game. And the Bucks got the 91-79 win.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder over Nuggets 110-104

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DENVER (AP) — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 110-104 on Tuesday night.

Durant finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thunder, who have won five in a row.

Westbrook scored 27 points and added 12 assists but fell five rebounds shy of another triple-double. He had two straight coming in and five on the season.

The Thunder have won 20 of 24 and are the only team in the Northwest Division with a winning record. They are 12 games in front of Utah.

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points but only seven after halftime for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets.

The Nuggets announced before the game they had signed general manager Tim Connelly and assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas to multi-year contract extensions.

Anthony Davis scores 35, Pelicans beat Timberwolves 114-99

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 35 points and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame an early 17-point hole to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99 on Tuesday night.

Jrue Holiday scored 19 points and Tyreke Evans added 13 for the Pelicans, who’ve won three of four and are four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their next six games at home.

Eric Gordon scored 11 points but left the game late in the third quarter after apparently jamming a finger on his right hand.

Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of 11. Ricky Rubio added 15 points, but the Timberwolves were outscored 63-39 in the second half.

Minnesota led 62-51 after Wiggins’ layup early in the third quarter, but New Orleans then surged to its first lead of the game with a 14-2 run that began with a 3 by former Minnesota player Dante Cunningham and ended with Gordon’s 100th 3-pointer of the season, making it 65-64.

Cunningham hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points in his 12th start this season.

The Pelicans wound up outscoring the Wolves 31-15 in the third quarter, which ended with the Pelicans scoring four points inside the last 3 seconds – first with Holiday hitting a 15-foot pull-up, then with Cunningham stealing Nemanja Bjelica‘s inbound pass and sprinting in for a layup just before the horn sounded.

Minnesota’s Gorgui Deng, standing under the hoop, caught the ball as it came through the net and disgustedly slammed it off the court. Whatever anger he and his teammates felt didn’t translate to production early in the fourth quarter. They needed more than 3 minutes to score their next points. By then, the Pelicans had taken their first double-digit lead on Davis’ 14-foot jumper.

Soon after, Anderson and Holiday both hit 3s, giving New Orleans a 92-79 lead, and Minnesota could not mount another serious threat.

The Timberwolves looked their best in the opening quarter, racing to their largest lead when Bjelica’s tip-in of Zach LaVine‘s miss made it 38-21.

At that point, Minnesota had hit 13 of its first 17 shots.

Towns had nine points and seven rebounds before the period ended.

Davis scored 22 of his points during the first half to help New Orleans trim its deficit back into single digits. New Orleans also appeared to get an emotional charge when Anderson was called for a foul despite appearing to take the worst of a collision with Kevin Garnett, with the Minnesota veteran’s forearm hitting the Pelicans forward flush in the face. Officials reviewed video of the incident, upholding their initial call as boos rained down from fans who could also see the replay on the scoreboard.

The Timberwolves still were able to carry a 60-51 lead into halftime after Wiggins scored his 14th point on an 11-foot jumper with 4 seconds left in the second quarter, but not much went right after for Minnesota after that.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Reserve center Nikola Pekovic, who did not make his season debut until Jan. 6 because of right Achilles tendon surgery last April 8, was given the night off to rest. … Minnesota was shooting 72.2 percent after the first quarter (13 of 18), but went 23 of 58 (39.7 percent) the rest of the way to finish at 47.4 percent.

Pelicans: Davis has eclipsed 30 points seven times this season, with a season-high of 43 (which tied his career high). … New Orleans improved to 9-9 at home this season. … The Pelicans have won six straight against Minnesota.

 

Tweet of the day: Does J.J. Redick look like Adam Levine?

performs onstage during CBS RADIO’s third annual We Can Survive, presented by Chrysler, at the Hollywood Bowl on October 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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You know who Adam Levine is — lead singer of Maroon 5, coach on “The Voice,” sexiest man alive if you asked People Magazine a couple of years ago.

You know who J.J. Redick is, he dropped 40 points and drained nine threes against the Rockets Monday night.

But have you ever seen them in the same place at the same time? Chris Paul has the tweet of the day with this one.

There are similarities: the hair, the ink on the arms, the fancy schools (Redick went to Duke, Levine the pricey Brentwood School in Los Angeles). I think CP3 may be on to something here.