7 Takeaways from Tuesday Night's Star-Heavy NBA Action
While Tuesday's NBA action didn't feature many exciting finishes, there were plenty of individual sterling performances to delight basketball fans.
Some of the NBA's biggest stars came out to play, with LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden all surpassing the 30-point mark. Harden's teammate, Dwight Howard, fell a point shy of 30 but had 13 rebounds.
LeBron James Joins the 500 Club
Another game, another milestone for King James.
LeBron James became just the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 10 points in 500 consecutive games, joining legends Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Moses Malone.
"When I see a stat like that, I'm like: ‘Wow,' because I know the history, know the guys who paved the way for myself and my teammates ... and to be in such a great class like that, it's an amazing feeling."
LeBron capped the milestone in style, destroying the Toronto Raptors with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Toronto played the champs tough, trailing by only two at the half and keeping the game close throughout, but the Heat laid claim to a 104-95 victory. Miami is back to a game over .500.
Pacers Drop the Pistons, Face Huge Test Wednesday
The Pacers struggled with the Detroit Pistons in the first half, particularly in a nine-point second quarter. But they found their touch in the second half, scoring 61 points and finishing off the Pistons, 99-91.
Indiana was led once again by forward Paul George, who has looked every bit the superstar thus far in 2013-14. George scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Indiana will host the Chicago Bulls Wednesday in the second game of their back-to-back. That game should be brutal, low-scoring Central Division basketball at its finest. All eyes will be on George and Chicago's Derrick Rose, each of whom has had success against their division rival, according to ESPN's game preview:
The Bulls are 14-6 against the Pacers with Rose and 4-5 at Indiana. They went 1/3 against the Pacers last year without him, including 0-2 on the road.
George scored 34 points -- the second-highest total of his career -- in the first meeting with the Bulls last year, an 80-76 Pacers win Dec. 4, 2012.
Harden and Howard Power the Rockets
The Blazers kept the game close at the half, but the Rockets blew them away in the third and fourth quarters. They were no match for James Harden and Dwight Howard.
The tandem had perhaps their best game since Howard came on board, with Harden scoring 33 and Howard notching a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
Tyson Chandler Goes Down with a Knee Injury, Knicks Lose
Through three games (and five minutes), Tyson Chandler was the best player on the New York Knicks. But Chandler banged knees with Charlotte guard Kemba Walker in the lane and limped off the court.
The Knicks couldn't recover from the loss of their star center and fell to the Bobcats, 102-97. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led both teams with 32 points but shot only 10-of-28 for New York, who dropped to 1-3.
Chandler will be reevaluated by team doctors Wednesday, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling:
Hearing a knee sprain for Tyson Chandler, but still could miss some time. #Knicks say he's having further tests tomorrow.
If he's out for any length of time, the Knicks could be in serious trouble.
Brook Lopez Leads the Nets over Utah
Of all the wily, accomplished veterans in Brooklyn's starting lineup, it was the youngest, Brook Lopez, who paced Brooklyn with 27 points and seven rebounds.
Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward both had over 20 points for Utah, but they were no match for Brooklyn's balanced, star-laden rotation.
Bledsoe's Suns Beat Gordon's Pelicans in the Battle of the Erics
Eric vs. Eric: WHO YA GOT?!?
Neither player is an All-Star (yet), but Eric Gordon and Eric Bledsoe are both fine players in their own right. And both players put on a display Tuesday in New Orleans.
Gordon paced the Pelicans with 20 points, but they were no match for Bledsoe and the Suns. Bledsoe led Phoenix with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting.
The Suns rebounded quite well from their first loss of the season and now sit at 3-1, the surprise of the West.
Monta Ellis Helps Dallas End Skid vs. Lakers
The Lakers got a sterling 21-point performance from Nick Young on offense but were blown off the court on the defensive end, giving up 124 points to the Mavs.
Leading the way for Dallas was guard Monta Ellis, who scored 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting. This is the second 30-point performance for Ellis in his first four games with the Mavericks. So far, he looks like the Ellis of old, and the Mavericks offense looks deadly.