Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/28/12
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: Brand, Collison come off the bench, fails to jump start Dallas Dallas does not have Dirk Nowitzki, and so any thoughts of making final statements or analysis of the team is likely incomplete. O.J. Mayo has been thrust into a starring role for the Mavericks and has generally done a good job. Tuesday night was not one of those nights where Mayo fit into his new role. Mayo scored only 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting, missing a 3-pointer to win the game at the buzzer. More importantly for Dallas was what happened at the end of the game. Coach Rick Carlisle elected to go with Darren Collison and Elton Brand on the bench to start the game, hoping to jump start the two veteran players. Brand scored 17 points and Collison had 12 points and six assists. So maybe it did serve to boost those two. But Dallas also got off to an extremely slow start before taking over in the first quarter when Brand and Collison checked in. That did not last though as Phialdelphia was able to pull out the victory in the end. The 76ers got 22 points from Evan Turner, 20 points from Thaddeus Young and 18 points from Jrue Holiday. Philadelphia continues to play well with Andrew Bynum on the shelf. Dallas meanwhile continues its up and down play. The Mavericks got blown out against the Lakers during the weekend and are still figuring out how to prevent that from happening again. There is still disappointment running wild in Dallas. And still waiting to do until Dirk Nowitzki returns. 2: The Love Returns Kevin Love was not feeling himself while wearing the hand wrap protecting his broken hand in the short time he has been back. Removing it has made everything right. Love recorded his first 20/20 game of the year, scoring 23 points and grabbing 24 rebounds in Minnesota's 97-89 win over Sacramento. Love hit 8 of his 17 shots and made 2 of 8 3-pointers, so Love is still working his way back. But Minnesota got what it needed from Love in this game. Love has not missed a beat for the Wolves in returning. And Minnesota is slowly bringing him back into the fold and getting comfortable with the All-Star forward in the lineup. All five Minnesota starters scored in double figures with Luke Ridnour scoring 18 points and Nikola Pekovic adding 16 points at center. Sacramento, for its part, fought hard to stay in the game late. The Kings got 20 points each from Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento kept fighting but could not get much closer than the final margin in threatening Minnesota. The Kings continue to struggle. 3: HIGHLIGHTS!!! George Hill wins it in L.A. Philadelphia patience Dion Waiters between Scola's legs 4: Line of the Night: James Harden -- 24 points, 12 assists Harden continues his torrid pace in Houston with another double double and another surprise display of his playmaking ability. Harden also had six rebounds as Houston scored 99 points through three quarters and won 117-101 over the Raptors, ruining Kyle Lowry's return to Houston. 5: You can quote me on that I can't remember the last time I asked to come out of a game. In the fourth quarter, I waved at Coach and said, 'You've got to get me a couple minute break.' I'm still a ways away [from being himself]. I came back and played three games in four nights with no practice. I had one practice yesterday and then right into another back-to-back. I kind of threw myself into the gauntlet a little bit. -Wolves forward Kevin Love It was a great feeling. It’s something you dream about all the time, hitting the game winner. -Pacers guard George Hill on hitting the game-winning shot [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Adam Silver defends Draymond Green suspension decision

Sean Payton agrees with Brees setting contract deadline

Report: Lakers not high on DeMar DeRozan

Knowshon Moreno planning NFL comeback attempt

Report: Jets offered Fitzpatrick $24 million over three years


Ray Rice still hoping to play in NFL in 2016?

Report: Malcolm Butler seeking new contract before season

Rex Ryan still angry with Mario Williams over criticism

Report: Thunder players critical of Durant, Westbrook after loss

Klay Thompson felt he should have made more three-pointers

WATCH: Steven Adams makes a monster dunk on Draymond Green

A-Rod's daughter honors dad with homework assignment

Kevin Durant: Thunder won't watch video from Game 6

Jhonny Peralta cuts thumb opening box, has return delayed

Warriors-Thunder Game 6 one of highest-rated in NBA history

WATCH: Meet the mustache men of Wake Forest baseball

WATCH: Golfer goes crazy after winning BMW with hole-in-one

WATCH: Manziel confronted by owner of rental car company

Giants positioning themselves for another World Series run

Athletes who served in the United States military

WATCH: Warriors owner bowed down to Klay Thompson

Baylor QB recruit hints that he could decommit

WATCH: Edelman screams 'free Brady!' at Boston concert

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How expanded instant replay has hurt the NBA

Best regular-season NBA teams not to win a championship

Every time an NBA team came back from a 3-1 deficit (and what it means for the Warriors)

How disallowed goals can change the course of NHL games

The five most disappointing MLB teams this season

QUIZ: Identify these NHL Hall of Famers by their nicknames

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

QUIZ: Name every NBA franchise's original incarnation

The 15 biggest playoff upsets in NBA history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker