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DIME SMACK: Let it Snow, let it Snow

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No matter what the Philadelphia announcers say, "E-Snow" is not a nickname for . Snow did tie a season-high with 19 points in helping the Sixers beat and the in the nation's capital after looking horrendous in a six-game home stand. MJ tried his damnedest, dropping in 25 points, 8 board and 7 dimes, but he couldn't overcome the absence of Stackhouse and leaving early with the flu. ... The officials spent 15 minutes trying to get the call right, but in the end it just didn't matter. nailed the controversial game-winning jumper, beating the game clock to all zeroes but not the shot clock, so it seemed. Perhaps swayed by the home crowd, or fearing for their lives with 20,000 angry fans out for blood, the refs appeared to blow the call by calling JO's bucket good and giving the the W over the . O'Neal's basket was his first and only field goal in the second half after missing his first five shots. "It was kind of a bizarre game for me," O'Neal said. That was probably the longest he's waited in three years before knowing if he's going to score. ... The and put on one of the most boring double-OT games we've ever seen. No one really wanted to make the game end or even felt like scoring a ton of points for a game with 10 extra minutes of tick. had a chance to put his team in a solid position to win with a couple of late free throws but he missed them both. Luckily the grabbed the board after a loose ball and it made its way back to the Rastafarian, who connected on the game-winning layup with 7.6 seconds remaining. , who had 30 on the night, missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, extending the ' losing streak to 19 straight road games. Ouch! ... was the Truth when it really counted, sticking a short J for a four-point lead late in the game over the in what proved to be the decisive bucket. Prior to that shot, Pierce had hit just one of his last 10 shots and made just 5 of 21 shots all game. ... scored 37 big points on the night but had his last second shot rim out as the dropped a squeaker to the Clip Joint. was rock solid with a team-high 34 points and 15 boards. Despite those lofty numbers, that wasn't the biggest individual output of the nights, as took advantage of the first of 's seven-game suspension for confronting and threatening an official following a game a few days ago, to post the gaudy line of 31 points, 20 boards and 4 dimes in the T-Pups win over the Jail Blazers. ... Skip To My Lou signed a guaranteed deal with the T-Dot for the remainder of the year, guaranteeing some magical moments and many migraine headaches for the Purple People Eaters. ... The UConn/UNC game was off the heazy yesterday evening. UNC rushed out to a huge 22-3 lead but the Huskies, used to large leads against them, clawed their way back from the double-digit deficit to take the lead with 1:13 remaining in the second-half on a drop off, behind the back pass to for the power flush on the break. UNC fought back and grabbed the lead and the ball up 1 with 33 seconds left to play. With the shot clock less than a second behind the game clock, UConn had a brain fart and didn't foul until just 3 seconds remained when diaper-dandy hit both free-throws to seal the game. ... With taking it to the Dookies, there are no more unbeaten squads in college basketball, just the way we like it. ... We're out like the refs from Indiana.

Tagged: Bulls, Pacers, Heat, 76ers, Kings, Wizards, Jermaine O'Neal, Maryland

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