Leon Powe is there to make big shots: Ray Allen is still pissed about that non-call even though the Celtics scored a last-second victory over the determined Minnesota Timberwolves, 88-86 . The Celtics prevailed and overcame the emotional uplift Kevin Garnett's presence in a suit and tie gave to the chomp-less Wolves. Paul Pierce had 18 pts. and six assists. Allen scored 17. Al Jefferson's KRS-one-lookin' ass had 18 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.

Dammmmn, Carmelo. Carmelo Anthony erupted for 49 points and didn't have to snitch on anybody to do it. The Nuggets completely eviscerated the injury-riddled Wizards 111-100, improving their record to 30-19 and moving just a game behind the Jazz in the tree-huggy Northwest conference.

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So, that Pau Gasol trade looks like it might work out: Jesus. Anybody else getting a little chub from the Lakers? L.A. took Dwight Howard and his Orlando Magic down a few pegs, defeating the Florida magicians 117-113. Gasol: 30 pts./9 boards. Bryant: 36 points/10 boards/6 assists. Rest of the Western Conference? Terrified.

Lebron only needs two teammates on the floor be succcessful: Lebron James is the Tincup McAvoy of the NBA right now. James once again piggybacked his handicapped Cavs to victory, whitewashing the Hawks, 100-95. Lebron's also got a sore thumb, but managed to drop 26 points anyway.