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NBA Roundup: Bombs Away!

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Notes on Monday's games in the National Basketball Association ...

Sheedtastic. We could go on and on about Rasheed Wallace's 60-footer that sent the Pistons to overtime against the Nuggets on Monday, where Detroit eventually won, 113-109. But the blog Need4Sheed was actually at the game ... so take it, Need4Sheed. "I was actually right about to walk out of the game when the pass was stolen and Sheed knocked down the shot. I literally almost fell flat on my face. Denver Coach George Karl was not happy with Rasheed's shot. He said he wouldn't comment on a lucky shot. He also said that it was pure luck and if you gave him 100 of those shots he wouldn't make one. George, If you think Sheed can't hit that shot, you are mistaken. He practices those every day. I think you need to watch this video and then apologize." Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with a season-high 34 points and 10 assists, Wallace scored 22 points.

That's How Shaq Rolls. Meanwhile, Shaquille O'Neal did a backward somersault, pronounced himself "The Big Baryshnikov,'' and disappeared into the parking lot. It all happened after his 22 points led Miami over Atlanta 106-89. Shaq passed Reggie Miller for 12th on the NBA's career scoring list and put the Heat in first place in the Southeast Division by a half-game, and third in the Eastern Conference.

It's Carlos Boozer Time. Carlos Boozer scored a career-high 41 points and 16 rebounds to help the Jazz beat the Wizards 103-97. The last Jazz player to score 41 points was Karl Malone on Dec. 20, 2000 against Philadelphia. Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points for the Wizards; 26 in the second half.


Those Spurs Will Sneak Up On You. If defense and the ability to win on the road count for anything, look for San Antonio to make a serious playoff run. Tony Parker scored 20 points and nine assists and Michael Finley had 20 points as the Spurs beat Golden State 126-89. San Antonio has won 17 of its past 19, and nine of 10 road games.

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