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DIME SMACK: Yao-Shaq lives up to hype

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Rarely does a heavily-hyped game live up to its enormous billing, but Shaq-Yao I was possibly the best NBA game of the year. You want surreal? How about Ming blocking Shaq's first three shots? If anyone thought that Shaq was just going to come out and beat the huge Chinese rookie into submission, Yao killed that idea right away. Shaq got the better of Yao statistically, racking up 31 points and 13 boards, but Ming more than held his own with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. In addition, although Shaquille seemed to dunk at will in overtime, Ming had the biggest basket of the game, a huge dunk off a tremendous feed from to give the a 108-104 lead that would hold up. ... Speaking of Franchise, he was magnificent in scoring a career-high 44 while collecting 11 dimes, and his setup for Ming at the end of overtime was positively Jordanesque, with Yao playing the Bill Wennington role. Don't sleep on . Solid stats across the board, including 29 points, and he guarded Kobe tough. He's sort of hidden behind and Francis on this team, but the dude has some serious game. If Houston keeps the three of them intact, they're going to be an NBA title contender for years to come ... Bill Walton can be amusing, but it's good to hear him get shut up once in a while. At one point in the fourth quarter, he mused, "Another horrible possession for Houston." Just at that moment, Mobley nailed a three right in Walton's grill. What's that? There were other NBA games yesterday?. Actually, the omnipresent Smack Gods also took in the /Raptors game in the Garden State last night, and it was possibly the worst game we've ever been to. Because of injuries, Toronto only dressed eight players, none of whom were . Our boy has been doing well, but he had an awful game against J-Kidd with five points and five turnovers as the sleepwalked to an 11-point win. Jerry O'Connell was courtside for this debacle; the stars really come out in Jersey ... Starbury was on his game last night, hitting for 41 points and 11 dimes as the took it to the Mavs. , who had a season-high 32, commented on his team, "We can't worry about having the best record and all that stuff. We've got to play better defense." Considering that Nash was "guarding" Steph, the move towards better D might just have to start with him. Stop the presses: Cotton Camby made his season debut last night. The pregame over/under on how long he'd play before he reinjured himself was 10 minutes. Cash in your unders — Marcus tweaked his foot and left the game after merely 17 seconds, a new low for him. He managed to come back and play a few minutes later in the Denver's absolutely meaningless win over the Cavs. ... Break up the ! They're 8-4 since Christmas after beating the T-Wolves last night. had 28 points somehow. Big games in the ACC and Big East today, as Duke and Maryland continue their blood rivalry in the new Comcast Center while 'Cuse and Pitt lock horns. We caught some high school hoops the other day, as we saw ' former school, Paterson Catholic, massacre Saddle Brook in Jersey. PC's 6-11 senior Darryl Watkins was ridiculous, with 29 points and three alley-oop dunks in the first half. He hasn't picked a school, although Rutgers has been tossed around a lot. However, none other than North Carolina, forever searching for post players, is apparently making a late run at him. We heard that FOX renewed The Simpsons until at least 2005, meaning that all is still right with the world for the next two years. We also hear that Britney Spears is now dating idiotic Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Sometimes, life just isn't fair. We're out like Shaq's invincibility.
Tagged: Mavericks, Warriors, Rockets, Bucks, Nets, Suns, Raptors, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Earl Boykins, Yao Ming

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